The knowledge that you can get chiropractic whiplash relief in Sioux Falls is a relief in itself. It’s definitely not easy walking around with pain in the neck. Most people associate whiplash with fender-benders and some crazy stunt like jumping motorcycles over hurdles. But just to let you know, you need not be a daredevil to get whiplash. You might come off as meek as a sheep and yet end up hurting your neck seriously.
It’s been 33 years since the release of Top Gun, the action movie that launched Tom Cruise to superstardom. Now the world awaits the sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, where Cruise reprises his role as the aging ace fighter pilot, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell.
His fame and fortune are already the stuff of legend, but Cruise has earned his keep. He even learned actually to fly fighter jets. In the soon-to-be-released sequel, it will actually be the Hollywood icon that people will see behind the jet cockpit, for real.
Imagine all the G-forces and whiplash he must have endured while training for the aerial scenes. He does make everything look easy, even the seemingly “Mission Impossible” of twirling and soaring the jet at breakneck speeds. His press handlers do not say anything, but if Cruise needs chiropractic whiplash relief in Sioux Falls, he will surely be welcome here like the satisfied locals who already had their neck adjustment sessions.
What Is Whiplash?
You don’t have to be a death-defying, stunt god like Tom Cruise or a certified military fighter pilot to get whiplash. You could be out Sunday driving with the family to go for some ice cream and end up with a serious neck injury.
Technically speaking, whiplash is a soft tissue injury of the neck. An unexpected jarring movement of the head and neck is the main culprit for this injury. The head and neck movements are very swift, often involving a front to back motion or a side-to-side movement.
Ligaments, muscles, and tendons in the neck are over-flexed, causing pain and injury from the head down to the neck and shoulders. The upper back is also affected and can feel tender, stiff, or painful.
Normally, whiplash is associated with a car crash or collision. However, as recent studies show, we can also get whiplash from various activities and not just from road or vehicle-related accidents.
Symptoms of Whiplash
Symptoms may appear within 24-48-hours after an accident or injury-causing activity. It is also possible to experience whiplash effects several days, weeks, or even months after the triggering event. These symptoms include:
- Neck pain
- Stiff and tight neck and shoulders
- Numbness and tingling in the arms
- Reduced or total loss of range of motion
- Muscle weakness
- Tiredness or fatigue
Four Must-Know Facts About Whiplash
To know more about the risks of whiplash, it is important to be familiar with some of the lesser-known facts about this neck injury.
1. No Need for Speed to Get Whiplash
One does not have to be involved in a high-speed car crash or vehicular accident to suffer from whiplash. It does not even require a certain speed for a person to sustain a neck injury. A car moving at five to ten kilometers per hour that suddenly stops can still cause a person to get whiplash.
There are so many factors involved like the head and neck position, type of seat used, the running conditions and direction of the vehicle, the use or non-use of restraints like seat belts, to name a few.
In fact, sports-related activities like football, soccer, boxing, and skiing can also cause whiplash. These sports activities involve a lot of head, neck, and upper body movement. Contact sports also make a person vulnerable to a violent external force to the head and neck, as in the case of receiving a punch inside the ring.
2. Too Much Rest is Bad for Whiplash
One would think that rest is needed to recuperate from whiplash fully. In general, a person with whiplash or any other injury indeed needs to take some time off. The recovery involves allowing the body to recharge and heal itself while limiting any other activity that could cause complications.
3. No Contact Does Not Mean Zero Head Injury
In the past, people thought some contact or direct hit on the head and neck is the cause of whiplash. In reality, even if there is no contact between a hard object and your head or neck, an injury can still be sustained.
For example, a car collision at a very leisurely speed of 10 miles per hour is just enough to cause a sudden movement of the head and neck. This movement can cause a misalignment in our upper cervical spine, cause pain in the neck, dizziness, and other symptoms.
4. There are More Symptoms Other than Neck Pain
Whiplash also connotes neck pain, but there is actually more than one symptom. People who sustain whiplash may also experience headaches, dizziness, confusion or disorientation, fatigue, sleep problems, and even chewing and swallowing food problems.
How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Works for You
If you or a loved one has neck pain symptoms or were involved in a car collision or sports accident, come in for a quick assessment. Chiropractic whiplash relief in Sioux Falls is safe, convenient, and accessible to all.
Chiropractic whiplash relief in Sioux Falls is essentially about working on the two topmost vertebrae of the spine, the atlas and axis bones. These bones are vulnerable to injury or misalignment due to their mobile, segmented structure.
At the earlier instance of injury, pain, or discomfort, it is best to get an assessment from a certified health care provider or upper cervical chiropractor. Neglecting neck pain could lead to more serious health problems down the road.
Through gentle techniques, the proper alignment of the neck bones can be restored. This action relieves pain by allowing the muscles to regain a relaxed state. Even nerves that are compressed or impinged on by a misalignment are set free, removing the pain, tingling, or numbness. Whiplash can be gone with the application of careful, skillful upper cervical spine adjustments.
Contact us to book an appointment or get more information on how upper cervical care helps people deal with whiplash and other health concerns.
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