Your neck is jam packed with nerves, glands, blood vessels and lymph vessels. It also has 48 different joints, plus your brain stem, spinal cord, spinal column, muscles, ligaments, tendons, fluids, meninges and more! It also balances your heavy head!
If the head and neck are thrown or “snapped” back and forth very quickly, you can have a whiplash injury. Whiplash is most commonly associated with auto accidents, but over the years of research we are realizing this condition occurs more often from falls and in “collision” sports such as football, rugby, wrestling, martial arts, and boxing. In addition to the disc and soft tissue damage, whiplash causes spinal column misalignment, nerve irritation or impingement, and muscle strain/sprain of the neck and back. Millions of people suffer whiplash damage yearly.
Whiplash and other neck injuries can cause headache, numbness, coldness or “pins-and-needles” in the face, chest, arms, wrists or hands. They can also result in anxiety, muscle spasm, insomnia, neck pain, ear ringing, dizziness, hearing loss, eye pain, blurred vision, sensitivity to light and other symptoms.
Chiropractic has been a blessing to millions of people suffering from neck and whiplash problems, saving many sufferers from unnecessary drugs and surgery. By utilizing adjustments of the neck and back the damaging effects of whiplash can be eliminated. Muscle and tissue are allowed to heal, and importantly to the patient pain is decreased. Whiplash, if left untreated, can cause major neck, shoulder, and upper back injury months or even years later.