The sudden “whipping” of the neck most commonly during a car accident. The neck is violently forced backwards, and then whipped forwards, then rebounds backwards again. The muscles of the neck try to stabilize the head during these punishing motions and end up getting hurt in the process. Bad enough when it happens but even worse when you know an accident is coming because the muscles of the neck tighten up and then are forced to go move. Most of the damage to the neck is soft tissue (muscles, ligament, and/or tendons) but it’s the aftermath that really causes problems for whiplash victims. In order to compensate for the injuries, muscles of the neck will spasm up to protect from any more damage. In severe cases, this can last for weeks and maybe months. This can actually produce postural changes and a neck full of scar tissue over a short period of time leading to a number of biomechanical problems in the neck.

the FIX

Electric Stimulation used to facilitate muscle spindle contraction, Promote blood flow, Decrease pain and inflammation.
Therapeutic Ultrasound used to heat deeper tissue to decrease swelling and pain while promoting healing.
Intersegmental Spinal Traction used to massage, stretch, and traction the entire spine.
Cervical Spine Decompression used to traction-out neck and low back.
Chiropractic Manipulation Therapy (CMT) or Spinal Adjustment
Massage Therapy to reduce spasm, promote blood flow, and facilitate movement
Therapeutic Stretching (ART – Active Release Therapy, PIR – Post-Isometric Release, PNF - proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation)
Biomechanical Reeducation – Recover normal range-of-motion and return to normal function. Kinesio-taping for postural correction