Whiplash Treatment in Huddersfield
Whiplash is a general term to describe an injury to the neck as a result of a sudden jerking motion, commonly resulting from a rear end collision in a road traffic accident. It occurs following a sudden acceleration-deceleration force that causes unrestrained, rapid forwards and backwards movement of the head and neck. It occurs following a sudden acceleration-deceleration force that causes unrestrained, rapid forwards and backwards movement of the head and neck. Whiplash treatment options can vary but we feel it is important to understand more about whiplash treatment to help your body heal by understand what your brain is experiencing!
Unfortunately, whiplash is poorly understood and is often misdiagnosed and mistreated. When approached correctly, this injury can be resolved relatively quickly. However, as is the case with many injuries, whiplash can become difficult once it becomes a chronic issue.
So What Is Whiplash?
If you have a whiplash injury your head and neck can become very stiff and painful. Movement can be restricted and sore and the head may feel ‘heavy’. It may also affect other parts of your body and you may get associated headaches or pins and needles sensation as a result of nerve compression.
The brain is very clever and wants to avoid serious injury at all costs. It realises that the neck has just been through excessive movement at a rapid speed and to protect the neck it sends signals to the structures around the area to become tight and work harder to give the neck more stability.
Unfortunately, after the initial impact your brain doesn’t realise that the danger to the neck has passed, and so these structures stay tight for days, weeks, months or years depending on how well it is treated. As a result, the big muscles around your neck and shoulders work very hard and the smaller muscles in the front switch off, creating muscular imbalances. Your core stability muscles might also become inhibited and you end up with muscles around your neck trying to give stability to your whole body! To further complicate things, the tepmporomandibular joint, muscles around the jaw, muscles of the tongue, and suprahyoid or infrahyoid muscles are all often involved, and rarely assessed or treated. While massage and release techniques may give temporary relief, unless all structures are properly assessed and the balance restored the tightness and pain will just keep coming back!
How can ProSport Physiotherapy help with my whiplash?
At ProSport Physiotherapy, we look at your whole body and leave no stone unturned when assessing your condition. We look at every detail, no matter how small and work to restore balance to the body. We aim to get you back to 100%, even in chronic cases where traditional approaches have failed. If you think you have a whiplash injury, or have suffered pain as a result of a similar injury (even if it was years ago), get in touch and start your journey back to a PAIN FREE life!