You’re in your car, relaxed, waiting at a stoplight. Suddenly you hear a screeching of tires, behind you and the harsh sound of metal hitting metal. In the split second before you can brace yourself, you feel your car moving forward from some unseen force! You’ve been rear-ended.
What happens in those few seconds can have tragic consequences. And what you do about it in the next hours, days and weeks can forever affect your health.
Upon impact, your body pushes deeply into your seat. Your head, momentarily isolated by your neck, delays its reaction while your body quickly reaches the limits of your seat.
Then, your body instantly changes directions, moving forward to the limits of your seat belt. Now, your head starts moving backward in the opposite direction! Unrestrained by a seat belt your head is jerked back and then forward beyond its normal limits. Everything seems to be happening in slow motion, yet you are unable to stop your head from whipping backward and then forward.
First surprise. Then anger. Then pain.
Don’t minimize your own injuries because your car has sustained little or no damage. An immediate chiropractic examination is essential. Pain pills won’t heal inflamed tendons and ligaments. Muscle relaxers won’t heal torn muscles. A cervical collar won’t restore a graceful forward spinal curve.
What is needed are specific chiropractic adjustments, because they can help restore proper motion and position of individual spinal bones, and can help assure proper healing. Chiropractic doctors can help you get well and stay well after the trauma of a whiplash injury.