An accident has occurred. No matter what the details are, the fact is that whiplash was the end result. What can a person do to heal quickly from the effects? Are there things that should and should not be done? Let's emphasize the truth of the matter: whiplash will not just go away like the common cold. You must be pro-active in the healing process.
A good thing to begin with is icing your neck area. Cover an ice pack with a thin towel (never place it directly on the skin) and leave it on for no longer than 30 minutes. Do this every 3 – 4 hours for the first three days after the accident.
After a few days of icing your neck, you can begin to use moist heat. Be sure the swelling has gone down before attempting this. A hot shower or bath may also help relieve some of the stiffness.
Neck braces have been found to actually weaken the muscles of the neck. So, be sure to check with your upper cervical chiropractor before you put one on.
Speaking of upper cervical chiropractors, a person will want to have their neck examined by one as soon as possible. They will be able to detect and correct any misalignments caused by the accident. What causes a misalignment in a whiplash victim?
It is called whiplash because the muscles of the neck react much like a whip being cracked. This over-extends the muscles and leads to a misalignment of the upper neck area. This type of misalignment causes such things as headaches, symptoms of multiple sclerosis, vertigo, carpal tunnel, TMJ disorders (problems with the jaw), and more.
By consulting with an upper cervical chiropractor and receiving adjustments under their care, a person may see relief from many of these problems. Whiplash symptoms may ease up or go away altogether once the misalignment in the neck has been corrected.
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Dr. Perkins grew up in Novi, Michigan and attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He received his Doctorate Magna Cum Laude with a focus on Upper Cervical Chiropractic care. Chris is well known in the community for his public speaking and holds a number of professional certifications. We are proud to say that Dr. Perkins and Perkins Family Wellness has been recognized by Hour Magazine as one of the Top Chiropractors in Metro Detroit for 3 years in row.