Whiplash and Chiropractic Care

How does a whiplash occur?

An abrupt acceleration-deceleration force, that causes a forward and backward movement of the head and neck can cause a whiplash injury.

It’s important to note that a whiplash injury is usually accompanied by concussion (A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that affects your brain function).
A whiplash injury can have short term and long term repercussions and side effects if not treated properly which in most cases it is not.

Usually when somebody suffers a motor vehicle accident, depending on the severity of the accident;

They will either:

  • Not get checked by any health professional
  • Take some medication without seeing their GP
  • Visit their GP and take the prescription
  • Visit a physiotherapist
  • Visit a Chiropractor

Structural Chiropractors recognise the need for structural integrity and that if the person does not fully recover from a whiplash injury, they may continue to have problems for years after the accident.

A whiplash does not only cause pain and discomfort in the neck, but can also cause:

  • Concussion (as mentioned earlier in this article)
  • Spasmodic Torticollis (Wry Neck)
  • Dizziness
  • Hearing loss for low frequencies,
  • Dysphonia (difficulty speaking)
  • Globus (a sensation of something stuck or of a lump or tightness in the throat).

So what should you consider for optimal healing of your injury?

Begin Chiropractic care early – within a week of being injured from whiplash.

At Revolution Chiropractic once we’ve performed a thorough consultation and examination, we compose all our findings and present you with a detailed report of diagnosis and recommendations to go along with it such as:

  • Structural exercises and stretches to supplement your chiropractic care to normalise your spine once again
  • Nutritional supplementations to help healing
  • Proper ergonomics on sit, stand and sleep
  • Other lifestyle recommendations (whatever is relatable and will help you)

After each treatment in our office you will also be going straight onto your in-office rehabilitation devices and exercises.