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Whiplash—What to Do Next After Icing It

After a whiplash injury, ice is a great way to keep swelling to a minimum. However, icing the injury is not the only element of the healing process. For example, putting ice on your neck won’t correct any underlying misalignments caused by the accident or injury.

Upper cervical chiropractic care has been specifically developed to correct this exact type of misalignments in a gentle way. Adjustments that fix the misalignment can help to prevent or correct other issues that often arise from a whiplash injury.

The Connection Between Whiplash and Vertigo

Even a slight misalignment in the neck can have far-reaching effects. This is because such a misalignment can actually affect blood flow to the brain. That can cause numerous symptoms including vertigo (the sensation of movement when there is none).

The vestibular system controls balance and orientation in space. When this system is not working properly, vertigo and other symptoms can occur. While this may seem like something you don’t necessarily have to worry about just because you experienced a whiplash-type injury, in reality, up to half of people who experience whiplash will also experience vertigo following the injury.

While whiplash refers to a neck injury, a misalignment of the upper cervical spine can actually affect the brainstem. It may cause pressure to build up due to restricting proper blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow.

Upper Cervical Care

In conclusion, ice is definitely an important part of treating an injury. It can help with swelling and pain. However, you shouldn’t stop at just ice, especially if you are having other symptoms (even if the injury occurred a number of years ago). Getting examined by an upper cervical chiropractor is a great way to get help for additional symptoms or maybe even nip them in the bud.

The goal is to maintain your overall health and help you get back to full ability as soon as possible, whether that means getting back to work as fast as possible or just being able to care for daily activities.


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Long-Term Effects of Whiplash and How to Cope

The term whiplash comes from the way a whip moves when it is cracked. It is generally associated with someone being in a car accident. In fact, at speeds as low as five miles per hour whiplash can occur, altering the neck bones so they are no longer in their proper position. The effects of whiplash can last for up to 10 years if they are not treated properly and in a timely manner. If not treated, muscles and ligaments in the neck can be damaged leading to improper posture and affecting overall brain function.

Whiplash, Concussions, and Children

Whenever a child plays in a game of sports, he is susceptible to injury. Whiplash may be the cause of concussions on the playing field. Concussions usually mean an extreme impact to the head causing symptoms to occur immediately. However, research reveals that even minor whiplash during a sporting event can lead to concussions. This can be difficult to diagnose and, therefore, hard to treat.

Effective, Long-Lasting Treatment

Whether someone has endured whiplash due to an auto accident or a sports game, a great place to turn for treatment is to seek the care of an upper cervical chiropractor. We can help our patients find natural relief by addressing the root cause of the problem. Often it is due to a misalignment in the upper neck. We use precise tests to detect whether or not the atlas (C1) is in proper alignment at the base of the skull and top of the neck. If a misalignment is found, the brain and body may not be communicating properly. Because of this, the body cannot heal and function correctly.

A study completed using whiplash patients proved that by entrusting their care to upper cervical chiropractors, they were able to heal much quicker than those not doing so. By keeping the spine in proper alignment and correcting any problems, pain, range of motion in the neck, muscle strength, and neck alignment improved significantly.


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