Unfortunately, this is the time of year when most auto accidents happen. In most car accidents, whiplash occurs. Let's define whiplash; hyper flexion and hyper extension injury. What does that even mean? Your head flexing forward beyond its normal range, and then extending back beyond its normal range. This is what causes sprain/strain of the spinal ligaments. Whiplash can also produce brain injuries. OUCH! So what now?
Head to your chiropractor. Once you receive a full neuromuscular exam, getting adjusted can take a lot of stress and strain off those injured nerves and ligaments. I have had whiplash twice in my life. Let me share both of those very different stories with you...
The first time I had whiplash, I hit a patch of black ice and went into the ditch. What eventually stopped my car was a telephone pole right into my driver's side door. I was incredibly embarrassed, so I avoided my dad (my chiropractor) as much as possible. At first, I was very sore, a bit concussed, and tired. After a few weeks, I began to get headaches that got increasingly worse as the days went on. I developed a reverse spinal curve which puts tremendous pressure on your spinal cord. I finally swallowed my pride, and started a regular regimen of adjustments. It took me about six months to feel mildly normal again.
The second time I had whiplash, I was t-boned on my way to school. Again, I was embarrassed, out of it, and tired. The first thing I did this time, however, was go to my dad's office. He took x-rays immediately to check for fractures, or any signs of ligament tears. My dad performed a very thorough neurological and muscular exam. When he determined I was safe to receive an adjustment, he did just that. I was adjusted three times a week for two weeks, two times a week for three weeks, one time a week for a month, and then back to my regular once a month routine. After the first week, the only symptom I had was soreness. After week two, I felt 80% better. I didn't experience headaches, or any changes in my posture either!
Now, which story would you like to have if you unfortunately encounter whiplash?
Call me today!