The Lasting Effects of Whiplash and Where to Go for Help
Enduring whiplash can be hard, especially if there is no time for a person to stop and recover. Bills need to be paid, the children need to be cared for, the house needs to be cleaned, and the boss wants to see improvement in work projects. Who has time to cope with pain? It may seem easiest just to put some ice on it and hope it goes away. While ice is a great idea and can help reduce swelling, a person may have to take one step further to find relief and prevent future problems from arising.
There is a real possibility that the force of the accident could have caused one of the top two bones of the upper neck to misalign. These bones are responsible for holding the head in the proper position, and they help it to be flexible. Because of the flexibility, it is also an area that is prone to misalignments. The hyperextension of the neck, called whiplash, could have done some damage to the spinal canal. This is the space in the vertebrae where the spinal cord runs through and meets up with the brainstem.
Whiplash and Fibromyalgia
It may sound odd, but a whiplash injury can lead to fibromyalgia and other serious pain conditions later in life. How is this possible? It is due to the damage done to the spinal canal and, in turn, to the brainstem. If the misalignment isn’t corrected, signals to and from the brain and body are distorted, and this wreaks havoc on the body. The problems in the neck can manifest as stiffness and burning in the shoulders, hips, lower back, and a number of other places. It can lead to sleepless nights, irritability, and much more. So, what should a person do?
Even if the car accident was more than a decade ago, it is important to find out if a misalignment is still present. At Premier Family Wellness, we examine our patients’ necks for such misalignments. Then we work with them to correct the problem using a gentle method called the Blair technique.
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