We are surrounded by stress every day from work, home, finances, and sometimes, pain. If a person has recently been in a car accident and has whiplash, it can be a stressor to the body. Many feel that icing it is sufficient to help them get through the day, and it may be quite helpful, but more is needed to recover fully.
It is important to recognize what happens in the upper neck when whiplash is incurred. The muscles of the neck are over-extended and can cause the top two bones of the vertebrae to temporarily form a curve or “s” shape. This can damage the spinal canal, which protects the spinal cord. When lasting damage is done to this part of the body, it can affect many other parts of the body. If it is not treated as soon as possible, it can actually lead to such things as fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions. But this can be easily preventable. How?
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care and Whiplash
Upper cervical chiropractors, like Dr. Jeff Leach of Plymouth, Minnesota, have specific training that helps them treat whiplash patients effectively. They begin by using special 3D x-rays to see if there is indeed a misalignment in the upper cervical spine. If a misalignment is found it can be the root cause of the pain being experienced. Even a small misalignment can put undue pressure on the brainstem. This causes the signals to and from the body and brain to be unreliable. It also hinders the flow of blood, oxygen, and cerebral spinal fluid, causing the body to no longer function properly.
Once Dr. Leach determines where a person’s particular misalignment is, he will tailor a treatment plan for them that will begin to heal the body from the effects of whiplash. He does this using advanced tools and techniques designed just for upper cervical chiropractic care. Once a patient’s spine is back in alignment, it won’t be long before they begin to see some improvement from symptoms of whiplash. Why not call for an assessment today?
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Dr. Jeff Leach of Living Well Chiropractic, in Plymouth, Minnesota is a Plymouth Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and St. Louis Park. He 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 migraines and other headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain, and torticollis. More information can be found on our website at http://www.livingwellmn.com/