When You Whip It Good

When You Whip It Good

Have you ever been in a car accident? According to the National Safety Council, statistically you will have a total of three to four accidents in your driving lifetime whether it's your fault or another driver's. There are about 10 million auto accidents each year, from parking lot scrapes to multi-car pileups. Even though you may walk away without injury (or at least it feels that way), some symptoms can take weeks or even months before they manifest and start to become noticeable. Regardless of the type of accident and amount of pain experienced initially, all impacts warrant a second look.

Any body part that is jarred or thrown forward unexpectedly beyond its normal limits can sustain stretched ligaments and even tears. The ligaments supporting the head and neck are especially vulnerable to this because even though your body is held relatively still by a seatbelt, your head and neck are vulnerable. Think about it. Your head weighs about 10 - 15 pounds which is moving very rapidly through an excessive range of motion when a sudden impact happens. This potential force can cause a hyperflexion-hyperextension injuries (often called whiplash) affecting soft tissues in the neck, as well as the joints and intervertebral discs. Whiplash is exactly like what it sounds like, a forceful, rapid back (hyperextension) and forth (hyperflexion) movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip. Most assume it can only occur during high-speed accidents, but a change in speed of just 2-3 miles per hour can cause it.

Whiplash injuries can create instability to the spine and causes pain as well as headaches, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, lack of concentration/clarity, neck and low back pain, depression and more. However, sometimes these symptoms don’t show up for days to even weeks later. The body goes through a normal reaction to brace and protect itself, causing the muscles prevent you from further damaging yourself. This process is a normal mechanism but may sometimes mask more serious issues.

Ways to Treat It
Chiropractors are spine specialists and are the first choice in assessing injuries related to the nerves, muscles, joints and connective tissues of the spine. At any stage of healing and recovery from whiplash associated injuries, chiropractic adjustments can help reduce pain and restore normal function.

Physical therapy is also effective when you have to rehabilitate a broken bone or weaken and/or damaged muscular condition that is very common from whiplash injuries. Most therapists will also assess muscles that may be out of balance and show exercises to help you recover from these imbalances to get the body to balance and recover.

Acupuncture is great for stimulating the bodies natural healing response. Acupuncture needles promotes blood flow to wherever the needle is placed, so it can encourage fresh blood and nutrients to move into the injured areas. This helps recover faster from tendons and ligaments injuries as well as the whole musculoskeletal system.

Massage therapy is used to reduce muscle spasms, increase circulation and help with relaxation and pain. Massage therapists play a key role in helping the muscular system recover naturally by applying pressure at areas that need to be released called trigger points. These points are essential for the body to fully recover and heal. Massage therapists also utilize many different types of techniques that address the whole body.

When you treat injuries right away, you are putting the body in the best possible position to heal and recover quickly without having issues in the future. 

Let Them Eat Seattle (Chocolate) Cake
5 Cooking Ingredients with Everyday Household Uses