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Whiplash is a trauma injury to the neck typically caused by the forces experienced in a car accident, fall or blow to the head.  It involves the rapid movement sideways, forwards or backwards of the head and neck resulting in an over extension of the tendons and ligaments and damage to the tissues in the neck.  The effects of whiplash are not always immediate and can take a day or two before they are experienced.  Whiplash usually causes tenderness, swelling and pain in the neck, reduced movement in the neck and it can lead to headaches.  It can take several months for people to recover from mild whiplash and it may lead to longer-term neck and back problems.


The following symptoms are commonly associated with whiplash:

  • Ÿ  Pain in the neck and back
  • Ÿ  Muscle spasms
  • Ÿ  Numbness or tingling in the hands and arms
  • Ÿ  Headaches
  • Ÿ  Dizziness, blurred vision and vertigo
  • Ÿ  Tinnitus
  • Ÿ  Difficulty swallowing

Chiropractic Treatments for Whiplash

Your treatment plan depends on the severity of your whiplash injury. The most common chiropractic technique is spinal manipulation. A chiropractor can help with recovery from whiplash in many ways.  After locating the areas where there is a lack of mobility and where swelling may have occurred, it is possible to manipulate this area through gentle massage and stretching to reduce the inflammation and restore more movement.  As symptoms and pain reduce, the chiropractor can work on a wider area along the spine and any other effected joints to improve mobility and support to the injured neck.

Managing Whiplash

Once whiplash has been identified, there are many things a sufferer can do to speed up their recovery.  It is recommended that sufferers try to maintain good posture when walking or standing and provide good support for the effected area when in bed or sitting by using a good pillow.  Relaxation techniques have also been shown to work with alleviating some symptoms and aiding recovery.

Keeping mobile will speed up the recovery process so it is important not to stop moving the effected area even if it is painful initially.  A chiropractor can help with this by easing the pressure in the effected tissues and increasing movement.


I was in so much pain. I couldn't stand up straight and was terrified of what was going on with me. The minute I arrived at Dr. Dylan's office, I was greeted with kindness and professionalism. After the first treatment I felt instant relief and left the office standing upright again! Great service! After 3 years now I am a regular client and love the way that Dr. Dylan's care has helped me.

Ventura, California