Whiplash injuries can be caused by any number of events, although most people associate such an injury with a car accident. Unfortunately, most people who suffer from whiplash simply rest and use ice. After a few weeks, they figure any pain or other residual symptoms are here to stay and just have to be lived with. Is there anything that can help a person to recover fully from a whiplash injury?
What Is a Whiplash Injury?
When whiplash occurs, the neck muscles are overextended. As a result, the top bones of the spine can lose their proper position. In turn, this can put pressure on the spinal cord or brainstem. This is why not all symptoms are necessarily relieved by ice and rest. If a misalignment has occurred, this needs to be corrected in order to allow for proper vertebral blood flow as well as cerebrospinal fluid flow.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic for Whiplash Injuries
Upper cervical chiropractors are specifically trained to look for and relieve misalignments of the C1 and C2 using gentle methods. By use of specific x-rays designed to get a 3-dimensional look at the atlas and axis (the top two bones of the spine), the exact location and degree of a misalignment can be measured. Then a low force correction can be administered. This is called the NUCCA technique.
At Providence Chiropractic, we use the NUCCA method of upper cervical chiropractic to help patients find relief from the many symptoms of a misalignment. A balanced atlas facilitates proper blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow as well as proper brainstem function. As a result, many patients see overall health improve as well as less neck pain. Gentle adjustments last longer and give the body time to heal. Thus, benefits are long-lasting, and care is cost-effective as patients only need adjustments when the atlas is out of alignment.