Is It Only Car Accidents that Cause Whiplash?

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Is It Only Car Accidents that Cause Whiplash?

Whiplash, Neck Pain, Neck Ache, Back Pain, Back Ache, Headache, Headaches, Migraine, Migraines, accident, car accident, Neck Injury, Neck Trauma, Sports AccidentIt is true that car accidents are one of the main reasons for someone to be diagnosed with whiplash. In fact, being hit at speeds as low as 5 mph can cause whiplash. This is slower than many people run. In fact, the fastest man in the world runs up to 28 mph.

However, there are a number of other reasons that a person may experience whiplash. One major symptom that may indicate one has had whiplash is having abnormal headaches begin suddenly. Whiplash can be the result of any kind of trauma to the head or neck that causes the ligaments in the neck to move beyond their normal range of motion. This includes turning the head too quickly or moving in an odd position. Here is a list of some more ways in which whiplash can occur:

  • Overusing the neck muscles
  • Holding the phone to your ear with your shoulder
  • Tripping and falling
  • Physical abuse or altercation
  • Being hit on the head by something falling
  • Injury while playing sports
  • A bicycle accident
  • Riding a roller coaster
  • A car accident

Why It is Important to Seek the Care of an Upper Cervical Chiropractor for Whiplash

One thing that often occurs due to whiplash is a misalignment in the upper bones of the neck. If either the atlas or axis vertebra is misalignment by as little as ¼ of a millimeter, it can cause major problems within the body. This type of misalignment puts pressure on the brainstem and hinders signals being sent between the brain and body.

By seeking the care of an upper cervical chiropractor, one can be sure whether he has a misalignment causing some of his health problems. If so, a gentle technique that does not require popping or forcing the spine into alignment can be used. This low force adjustment allows the bones to move back into place naturally, giving the body a chance to begin healing the damage done. This is a vital step in recovering from the ill effects of whiplash.
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