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 from a whiplash injury due to 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)
- 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 whiplash injury?
Begin Chiropractic care early – within a week of being injured.
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.