Research was done on a group of 100 people with such problems as whiplash, fibromyalgia, clinical depression, and neck pain. Of these, 85% of the whiplash sufferers reported increased sensitivity to the muscle in the upper area of the back of the neck. This spot is also a trigger point for those with fibromyalgia and neck pain, although, whiplash patients do have a higher sensitivity than these.
Some facts from the study as to how whiplash affects the body are quite interesting. Here are just a few:
- Those suffering may also experience such things as vertigo, dizziness, difficulty chewing and swallowing, headache pain, pain in one or both arms (called brachialgia), problems with vision, and more.
- Damage to the muscles, joints, discs, nerves, and ligaments may cause the pain associated with whiplash.
- An injury can cause a particular type of neurotransmitter to be released into the body through the central nervous system. This hinders blood flow to and from the brain by causing muscles to contract and not allowing them to relax.
- Pain in the arms may be a result of muscle pain in the neck area that is being caused by a compression of nerves and ligaments from the top rib to the collarbone, probably due to an accident of some sort.
How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care Can Help
According to the above information, the conclusion can be drawn that whiplash affects the upper cervical spine. When whiplash occurs, the ligaments in the neck become over-extended causing possible misalignments of the bones of the upper neck. By seeking out the care of an upper cervical chiropractor, a person can begin on the path to healing.
At Vital Life Wellness Center, we use the NUCCA technique to find misalignments in the upper neck and correct these misalignments. The weight of the head needs to rest properly on the vertebrae for optimum health. Once any misalignment is corrected, a person might just find themselves recovering completely from all symptoms of whiplash.
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Dr. Andrea Pritchett of Vital Life Wellness Center in Dublin, California is an Dublin Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Expert trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Her upper cervical clinic also serves Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon and Danville. She is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including children’s conditions such as ear infections, colic and scoliosis and problems that adults face including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, sciatica, neck and back pain, and more. More information can be found on our website at https://www.vlifewellness.com/