What is Whiplash?

Whiplash is a relatively common injury that occurs to a personís neck following a sudden acceleration - deceleration force that causes unrestrained, rapid forward and backward movement of the head and neck.


Fortunately, whiplash is typically not a life threatening injury, but it can lead to a prolonged period of partial disability.  While most people involved in minor motor vehicle accidents recover quickly without any chronic symptoms, some continue to experience symptoms for YEARS!.

What causes Whiplash?

Whiplash is most commonly a result of motor vehicle accidents, in which the person is in a car that is not moving, and is struck by another vehicle from behind. It is commonly thought the rear impact causes the head and neck to be forced into hyper extended (backward) position as the seat pushed the personís torso forward - and the unrestrained head and neck fall backwards. After a short delay the head and neck recover and are thrown into a hyper flexed (forward) position.


More recent studies investigating high-speed cameras and sophisticated crash dummies have determined that after the rear impact the lower cervical vertebrae (lower bones in the neck) are forced into a position of hyperextension while the supper cervical vertebrae (upper bones in the neck) are in a hyper flexed position. This leads to an abnormal S-shape in the cervical spine after the rear impact that is different from the normal motion. It is thought that this abnormal motion causes damage to the soft tissues that hold the cervical vertebrae together (ligaments, facet capsules, muscles).

What are the symptoms of Whiplash?

Common Symptoms:


 Neck pain and stiffness


 Shoulder pain and stiffness

 Arm pain and/ or weakness

 Back pain

 Jaw pain

 Visual disturbances

 Ringing in the ears




In a more severe and chronic case of Whiplash Associated Disorder, symptoms may include:







 Drug dependency

 Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

 Sleep disturbance (insomnia)


How can we treat Whiplash?

We offer several treatments to help relieve your whiplash pain, including massage and acupuncture.  Let us help you lose that pain and gain mobility and more!


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