Did you know that there are approximately 6 million reported car accidents each year?(1) Many people experience whiplash trauma, however, few people understand the far-reaching effects that it has on human health. There is a general notion that people who claim injury from whiplash accidents are making it up, but the forces involved in whiplash trauma tell a different story. In this blog, we would like to explore how whiplash trauma affects the upper cervical spine and the central nervous system.
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE NECK DURING A WHIPLASH INJURY?
When someone sustains a whiplash injury it is due to the quick acceleration and then deceleration. In a rear end accident there is first a quick acceleration of the head forwards and then the head is whipped backward in the deceleration. In low impacts, it appears that the lower cervical spine sustains the most injury (2). However, in higher velocity collisions it appears that the upper cervical spine sustains more injury upon extension of the head as it whips backward. The rapid whipping motion damages the supporting soft tissues causing them to become swollen and irritated. The joints that are affected misalign as a result of this type of injury. Once the segment is misaligned the deep muscles of the neck become spastic and if not corrected chronic neurological issues follow.
Three things result from whiplash trauma
- Injuries to the soft tissue cause pain, restricted motion and vertebral misalignment.
- Muscle spasms becomes chronic as the damaged soft tissue leads to abnormal joint mechanics in the neck.
- Abnormal bio-mechanics of the C-spine lead to long-term irritation to the central nervous system-chronic health problems.
Blair Upper Cervical Care is a little known procedure that focuses its attention on the neck and skull junction. This critical junction houses the brain-stem which controls and regulates most of the functions in the human body that are not under your conscious control. Whiplash injuries have a cascade of effects on the central nervous system which can lead to chronic health problems. The most common conditions we see in our offices that have resulted from whiplash injuries are, Post Concussion Syndrome, Neck Pain, Meniere’s Disease, Vertigo, Migraine Headaches, Cognitive problems, Insomnia and fibromyalgia to name a few.
The Blair Upper Cervical approach is simple: A Blair upper cervical doctor runs neurological tests to locate spinal misalignment’s in the neck that are impacting the central nervous system adversely.
Once the misalignment is located, a series of precise x-rays are taken of the joints of the neck to determine what direction the vertebrae has misaligned. Once this is determined, a precise gentle correction is made to restore normal motion. Once corrected the soft tissue has a chance to heal and repair and the result is reduction of nerve interference and healing. Healing Whiplash Injury can be accomplished by correcting those structural problems at the base of the skull.