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Whiplash And The Chiropractic Lifestyle
The tragic result of uncorrected trauma.

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 “whiplash.” 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 months later.
Textbook Normal Loss of Curve a common result of acceleration/deceleration injuries is the loss of the normal forward curve, causing chiropractic, orthopedic or neurological examination findings.

Injuries to the neck caused by the sudden movement of the head backward, forward, or sideways is commonly referred to as “whiplash.”

Worn too long, a cervical collar can further weaken supportive muscles and actually lengthen recovery time!

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 to surgery.

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.

Occupants often suffer more than the car.

Whiplash is most commonly received from riding in a car that is struck from behind or that collides with another object. When the head I suddenly jerked from 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.

Even though the car may have received little damage, occupants can suffer serious spinal injuries.
Source:
Whiplash and the Chiropractic Lifestyle. Golden, CO:Back Talk Systems, Inc., 2007.
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