Whiplash happens due to damage that was done to the muscles and tendons causing the neck to be strained. This does not only happen when one is in a major car accident. The fact is that it can occur at speeds as low as five miles per hour.
A person can go that fast on foot. This means whiplash can even occur as a sports-related injury or someone running into another person. Even such a common thing as falling can have enough of an impact on the neck to cause whiplash. Anything that causes the neck muscles to over-extend can be a reason for whiplash symptoms to arise. What are some practical things a person can do if they get a diagnosis of whiplash?
Helping the Body Heal
- Use an ice pack: Putting ice on the area for about twenty minutes every three hours or so is a good thing to do for the swelling that may occur in the neck. Be sure to wrap the ice in a thin cloth to prevent frostbite. Also, do not leave the ice on for more than twenty minutes at a time.
- Apply moist heat: Do not do this before icing. Wait until you have iced your neck for two or three days. Ice will take away the swelling; heat will restore blood flow.
- Seek the care of an upper cervical chiropractor: Misalignments may have happened during the incident. By caring for these as soon as possible, you can avoid complications and pain later on.
Why Upper Cervical Helps
It may be easiest just to apply ice or heat to the area and wait for it to heal. However, this is not the best thing to do for your neck. If misalignments are not addressed, they can lead to a number of serious health issues down the road. At Dynamic Life Chiropractic, we can find and correct misalignments, allowing healing to begin and restoring the flow of blood. You can look forward to a healthy life after whiplash with the proper assistance.
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