Whiplash

People tend to associate whiplash with car accidents.  But did you know that whiplash can also be caused by sports injuries or work accidents?


Whiplash refers to a condition in which the joints, discs and muscles of the neck are jerked beyond their normal limits, resulting in them being overstretched or torn.  This most commonly occurs in motor vehicle accidents.  When someone in a car is hit from behind, their body is propelled forward immediately, while the head lingers for a second.  This delay means the neck muscles are overstretched.  To compensate for this discrepancy, the neck muscles quickly contract to bring the head forward, in line with the body.  Unfortunately, this tends to overcompensate, with the neck muscles being stretched further than necessary, as the body returns to its normal position.


Chiropractic care for acute whiplash involves gently restoring the natural motion of the spine and removing any associated pain.  Chiropractic adjustments relieve pressure from the spine, and returns muscles and discs to their natural position.  Soft tissue massage also reduces muscle inflammation and prevents scar tissue from forming.


Chiropractors do not usually recommend the use of neck braces following whiplash, as these can make the overstretched muscles weak, resulting in a longer and more difficult period of recovery.  Chiropractic is a faster and more effective option for the treatment of whiplash, reliving pain earlier and giving back free motion sooner.


If you suffer from whiplash, call us for an evaluation appointment to see what chiropractic can do for you.