What Is Whiplash And How To Soothe It

By Ashleigh Overlander | Health

Nov 17

What Is whiplash

It recently snowed for the first time this year here in Minnesota, and it was just warm enough that nothing was really staying on the ground, but there was definitely snow falling, and of course I had forgotten to replace my tires, the treads were quite worn out. I was going up and around a turn at about 20mph and my tires slipped on the snow, my car fish tailed and I ended up crashing into a rock wall. It wasn't bad enough that I had to get a new car. In fact I reversed out of there and basically kept on driving, no big deal. A few days later, my neck and back still felt fine. That was 3 weeks ago. This monday, the 13th, I woke up with possibly the worst migraine I had ever had. I ended up having to work both days monday and tuesday, I stayed in bed all day wednesday and on thursday I went back to work and ignored the fact that I had whiplash. though this is definitely not a smart move, so I scheduled a chiropractic appointment.

What Is Whiplash

Whiplash is when your neck and head are forced backward and forward causing your spine to put under severe stress. Whiplash can occur when you get in a car accident from as slow as 10 mph, but you can also get it from dancing, sports, bungee jumping, playground accidents, as well as falling. It is known as cervical acceleration-deceleration (CAD) syndrome.

Symptoms:

Some symptoms can be:

  • Severe pain
  • Neck instability
  • Pain, tingling, numbness, and/or weakness that radiates into the shoulder, arm, and/or hand
  • Problems with balance or coordination
  • Mental health issues, such as increased irritability, depression, trouble sleeping, reduced concentration, or other drastic changes in behavior

Recovery:

It can take up to 2 to 3 weeks for whiplash symptoms to show up and then recovery can vary depending on how severe your whiplash is, most commonly it can take up to days or weeks for minor conditions, and about 3 months for worse conditions. When you leave whiplash untreated you could experience chronic spinal pain, stiffness, muscle spasms.

Treatment:

It is best to apply ice and a hot pack to your neck, alternating between the two, shortly after the accident, it is preferable to get into a chiropractic a.s.a.p. and start adjustments which will be the safest and healthiest for your body. Some people might say you'll need to get surgery, but it's just stressed muscles, and chiropractic work is meant for that area.

  • You can also use essential oils to ease the pain while it heals. I like to use a mix of Cypress (induces circulation) and Peppermint (anti-inflammatory) which I dilute in coconut oil, i use this on my neck as a relaxer, and I use lavender and peppermint on my forehead and feet for my headaches and nausea 

Whiplash causes damage to the tissues, and the body has to create new tissues in order to heal, several types of tissues to be exact. The best way to heal properly is through extra nutritional support. Proteins , Vitamins and Minerals, and fats will help your rebuild most effectively. Magnesium(Muscle relaxer), Calcium (Nerve conduction and Bone Health), and  Vitamin E, D, A, and B (increase protection and healing).


Best Foods For:

Proteins: Eggs, Almonds, Red Meat (limited amounts)

Vitamins and Minerals: Red Meat, Fish, and Nuts

Fats: Avocados, Salmon, Dark chocolate

Magnesium: Almonds, Spinach, Bananas

Calcium: Broccoli, Almonds, Kale, Oranges


Sources:

https://www.oklahomalawyer.com/blog/long-term-effects-untreated-whiplash-injuries/

https://www.spine-health.com/conditions/neck-pain/what-whiplash

https://www.spineuniverse.com/blogs/hawkinson/how-can-relieve-neck-pain-caused-whiplash

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About the Author

Dance Teacher and IIN Certified Health Coach I am 100% Addicted to coffee, no shame to it, and my favorite dish is chocolate pancakes Over the last year I have been on a path of authentic self discovery. For the longest time I was living the way others told me I should, dressing and acting a certain way, but I was never truly happy, and I learned that the only way to live a happy life is to love myself and in order to do that I had to BE myself. Using what I have experienced I Coach others to find their authentic self and true health.