How to Reduce Whiplash Recovery Time

Whiplash is something that may stick with you long after a car accident. The name for whiplash comes from the motion of cracking a whip that happens typically after a rear end auto accident. The condition can leave long lasting affects as it can damage the muscles in the neck, the ligaments that maintain proper position of the bones, and discs between the bones.

Whiplash can happen at speeds as low as 5 mph1 and distort the bones in the neck from the proper position.2 68% of people in accidents experience damage and degeneration to the spine.3 Once you have whiplash it is difficult to recover as patients experience the symptoms for as long as 5-10 years.3

A new study reviewing all the literature on whiplash showed that whiplash patients primarily recover in the first 3 months before healing levels off.4 This review shows the importance of getting proper treatment early for proper healing to take place.

Dr Dan Spinato, a whiplash specialist in San Diego, CA helps whiplash patients get natural relief, as an Upper Cervical Chiropractor focusing on maintaining the proper alignment of the upper neck. This method using exacting testing to ensure that the Atlas (C1) bone is proper aligned at the base of the skull and top of the neck.

Research has shown that whiplash patients under chiropractic care have an average recovery time of 29 weeks.3 It has been proven when the spine is properly aligned after a whiplash type injury pain, muscle strength, range of motion, and neck alignment improve. If you have just had a whiplash injury or are suffering years later, having the neck alignment examined by an Upper Cervical Chiropractor is a proven and reliable method for natural relief.

1. Severy DM, Mathewson JH, Bechtol CO. Controlled automobile rear-end collisions: an investigation of related engineering and mechanical phenomenon. Can Services Med J 11:727-758, 1955.
2. Deans GT,Magalliard JN,Rutherford WH.Incidence and duration of neck pain among patients injured in car accidents. British Medial Jouranal 1986;292:94- 95.
3. McCoy HG, McCoy M. A multiple parameter assessment of whiplash injury patients undergoing subluxation based chiropractic care: a retrospective study. JVSR. 1997;1(3):51-61.
4. Kamper SJ, Maher CG, McAuley JH, Rebbeck TJ, Sterling M. Course and prognostic factors of whiplash: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Pain 2008 Sep 15;138(3):617-29. doi:10.1016.

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NUCCA Chiropractic Care

What is NUCCA
The National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) is an organization of Doctors of Chiropractic dedicated to patient care, education and research.

Spinal health care using the NUCCA procedures focuses on detecting and correcting a small misalignment in the upper neck area. Gentle, non-invasive adjustments don’t require any turning, twisting or popping.

Your upper cervical spine (neck) area influences all areas of your body. Injury or chronic misalignments can cause headaches, migraines, neck pain, low back pain, weakness and more.

The NUCCA technique is currently offered by less than 1% of all the Doctors of Chiropractic.

Before the NUCCA procedure can be performed, I will sit down with you and discuss your history and symptoms. If I determine that NUCCA can help, a thorough examination and x-rays will be done. A complete report of your findings and treatment options will be discussed. 

First adjustment
Precision x-rays are taken of the spine before any treatment begins. The adjustment is performed with the patient lying on their side and the doctor applying a very light pressure behind the earlobe. A full demonstration can be seen on the video above.

The NUCCA procedure can be summed up with 5 major distinctions as compared to traditional Chiropractic:

  • Gentle adjustment to the neck with no turning, twisting or popping.
  • Precision x-rays to measure before and after corrections.
  • Total body posture and balance improvement
  • Greater stability to the spine
  • Hold adjustments longer with fewer visits

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