Whiplash and the Chiropractic Lifestyle
Collisions that occur during sporting events, slips, falls or
automobile crashes can all have a damaging effect on your neck and
back. These types of collision-related injuries are often called a
The resulting instability of the spine and soft tissues can contribute
to headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, pain in the shoulders, arms
and hands, reduced ability to turn and bend, and low back problems. As
the body attempts to adapt, symptoms may not appear until weeks or even
The chiropractic approach to these types of injuries is to use specific
chiropractic adjustments to help normalize spinal function. After a
thorough case history and examination, the doctor will recommend a
series of visits to help restore proper motion and position of spinal
bones. If caught early enough, inflammation can be reduced and scar
tissue can often be minimized.
Consult a Doctor of Chiropractic before depending upon addictive pain
medication, enduring constant whiplash-related headaches or submitting
Most auto-related whiplash injuries
occur when a car is stopped and occupants are unaware that they are
about to be hit from the side or from behind.
Whiplash is most commonly received from riding in a car that is struck
from behind or that collides with another object. When the head is
suddenly jerked back and forth beyond its normal limits, the muscles
and ligaments supporting the head and spine can be stretched or
torn. The soft, pulpy discs between spinal bones can bulge, tear, or
rupture. Vertebrae can be forced out of their normal position, reducing
range of motion.
Chiropractors are experts in the care of the bones, nerves, muscles
and connective tissues that make up about 60% of your body. All of the
joints in your body are part of this musculo-skeletal system and its
optimal function is necessary for overall good health. Ask your Doctor
of Chiropractic for more information about a care program that may
include specific spinal adjustments, exercise recommendations,
nutritional advice or other conservative methods of care based on your
health history, age, current condition and lifestyle.
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