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neck pain in carConsidered a common yet complex bodily injury, whiplash typically results from a rapid, forceful back-and-forth motion of the neck. This abrupt movement often stems from incidences such as car accidents or extreme amusement park rides like roller coasters.

Affecting More Than the Neck

While commonly associated with the neck, the repercussions of whiplash extend to multiple areas of your body. It impacts the upper spine and base of the skull, posing a risk for concussions. Simultaneously, it can cause damage to the muscles and ligaments surrounding the joints in the upper spine or neck region.

The Role of Chiropractic Care

If you experienced whiplash, it’s vital to seek care straightaway. Dr Laura Priestley (Chiropractor) can perform a comprehensive assessment to determine the severity of the injury and identify any possible ligament damage or fractures in the spine. Once serious conditions have been ruled out, she will assist you in managing the symptoms of whiplash.

The primary goal is to restore normal spinal movements, particularly in the upper neck area, and reduce muscle tension. This approach promotes healing and ensures the brain recognises the healing process, thus reducing the unnecessary muscle lockdown often seen in whiplash patients.

What to Expect

As primary healthcare professionals, chiropractors do not require a GP referral. They can provide the best course of care to suit each person’s condition. In acute whiplash cases, Laura will apply low-force adjustments initially, with manual spinal adjustments incorporated as the condition improves.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to recover?

As each person’s body is different, healing time will vary from person to person. It could take several weeks or even months to heal from a neck injury completely.

Is there a way to avoid a whiplash injury?

While it’s impossible to avoid such injuries entirely, defensive driving techniques can reduce the risk, as most whiplash injuries occur due to automobile accidents. Ensure that your taillights and turn signals are in good working condition and maintain a safe stopping distance ahead of you at all times.

Get on the Healing Path

If you’re tired of struggling with the persistent pain and discomfort resulting from whiplash, contact Zest Chiropractic to book an appointment with Laura.




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