Whiplash is most commonly associated with rear-end car collisions in which the
heads of those in the front car are suddenly snapped back and forth by the impact.
It is more accurately called cervical acceleration/deceleration (CAD) trauma
or syndrome, which describes the rapid movements that can injure the vertebrae
of the neck and the muscles and ligaments that support them.
Who suffers from whiplash?
Anyone can be subjected to whiplash, even in a low-force car crash at speeds
as low as 5mph. But injuries associated with whiplash can also result from other
mishaps in which the head is pushed or jerked beyond its normal range of motion.
Whiplash most commonly causes serious and lingering neck pain, but there may
also be back pain, headaches and dizziness. Inasmuch as bruising of the brain
can sometimes occur in auto accidents and similarly severe causes of whiplash,
some victims have experienced blurred vision, ringing in the ears, nausea and
What can chiropractic do?
The sudden accident that caused the whiplash in the first place may
fade into memory, but the physical and psychological damage of whiplash
can become chronic,
eroding a victim's quality of life. Chiropractic techniques and chiropractors'
skills are particularly well suited to relieving the neck pain and other debilitating
effects of whiplash because they can:
* restore movement lost after the accident,
* overcome muscle weakness and enhance muscle tone,
* speed recovery, and
* diminish chronic symptoms that can persist or recur over
Repeated and effective chiropractic adjustments have proved successful for many
thousands of patients. Chiropractic can, in many cases, significantly reduce
patients' distress and allow them to return to their normal activities rather
than seeing themselves as invalids--as so many whiplash victims do long after