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One of the most common injuries that we treat is also one of the most common for car crashes: whiplash.

Whiplash goes with car crashes like peanut butter and jelly, but it doesn’t have to stay!

We at Relief Plus have the equipment, treatment, and disciplines necessary to treat whiplash quickly and easily!

What is it?

Whiplash is an injury to theWhiplash causes a hyperextension or hyperflexion of the neck that causes sprain or strain on the cervical tissues of the neck. neck due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip. The most common way this happens is through rear end collisions, when you body is shot forward, but is (hopefully) stopped by your locking seat belt, thus forcing you back to your seat. This motion can injure bones in the spine, disks between the bones, ligaments, muscles, nerves and other tissues of the neck. Yes, one simple little rear-end accident can cause all this!

 

I think I have it, but I’m not sure?

Although severity and the number of symptoms vary case by case, typical symptoms include:

  • Pain, tightness and decreased range of motion
  • Pain when rocking your head from side to side or backward and forward
  • Tenderness and headaches at the base of the skull that radiate towards the forehead.
  • Dizziness, impaired sight.

 

What causes it?

Whiplash is primarily caused by auto accidents – especially rear-end collisions. The force of the hit causes your head to move forward and then backwards quickly.
Whiplash can also be caused by a sports injury. Football tackles and other sports-related collisions can sometimes cause whiplash injuries.
Whiplash may also result from incidents of being punched or shaken.

 

How is it treated?

Relief Plus uses 5 different treatments together to treat our patients:

  • Chiropractic adjustment will be performed in order to align the vertabrae in the neck and reduce pressure on the nerves from the spine. This is a routine treatment that will have great benefits for the whole body.
  • Soft tissue massage will be administered to further reduce the tightness of the muscles and bring blood flow to the area.
  • Dry needling will be administered to reduce the swelling and inflammation in the affected neck muscles. This also brings in blow flow to the area in order to repair any damaged muscle tissue.
  • Deep tissue laser therapy accelerates your body’s natural healing process through photo-bio-stimulation, which stimulates the mitochondria to produce elastin and collagen (the builders of tissue).
  • Our physical therapy team will help you find what changes should be made to your lifestyle, posture, and movement in order to bring life-long relief.

 

Relief Plus also recommends the following supplements during the healing and treatment process:

  • Vitamin C for collagen formation.
  • Copper to maintain strong blood vessel walls.
  • Vitamins A and D and Calcium to build and maintain strong and healthy bones.
  • Magnesium to help relax the muscles.
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) to reduce chronic nerve and bone pain, as well as alleviate headaches.