Some Causes of Whiplash
- Car Accidents
- Head Trauma
- Sports Injuries
Symptoms of Whiplash
- Low back pain
- Unexplained fatigue
- Spinal stiffness
- Digestive complaints
- Neck pain
- Lowered energy
Most of us sometime in our life would have experienced a fall or knock that caused pain or discomfort with body and the back. This may have been due to damaged ligaments, muscles and joints. The spine may be twisted or jammed in various places causing a trauma pattern. Most of the time the body will heal itself and unravel the trauma pattern so that person can lead a healthy and pain free life.
Violent forces like those from a car accident, fall or sports injuries will lead to whiplash. The whiplash pattern may be so strong that the body may not be able to heal itself properly. This will lead to long term problems of reduced health and may leave the person with aches and pains that last months or years.
For some unfortunate individuals the forces may not need to be that great. A person with poor health, bad posture with an already strained spine, a history of poor nutrition, long term stress or previously unresolved whiplashes, will have a weakened system that cannot cope with even a small trauma. Having poor health will also mean that the body will find it more difficult to heal itself, leading to long term pain and aches.
The body has a great way of compensating for whiplash. Though the whiplash pattern may not be fully healed, the body will support and work around the injured areas. The person doesn't feel any pain. As the person ages, has more stresses or has another knock, the bodies ability to work and compensate may begin to fail. Stiffness and pain in the body may come back to haunt that person months or years after the first injury.
When the body is struggling to work through a whiplash there is a need for outside help. Osteopathy will help readjust the body from the whiplash pattern to a more normal healthy one. This will be done by treating and adjusting the whole body and spine with gentle mobilising techniques. Even though the pain may be in one are of the body, like the neck, the whole body will need to be adjusted. The hips, legs, shoulder, mid and lower back may need to be treated, which for some may be a strange concept. The reason for this is simple, a knock to one part of the body will influence the whole body. Imagine a tall tree that sways in a strong breeze and gets stuck in that bent position. It would be useless if not damaging to take one branch and yank the whole tree back! Far better to gently pull and push the roots, the trunk and various branches of the whole tree to it's correct position. Osteopathy offers a gentle whole body approach to treating whiplash injuries that can lead to lasting relief. By moving and mobilising the key areas in the body so it bends and sways freely and together.
If you are still suffering pain or stiffness in whiplash injury then osteopathic treatment may help you.