Whiplash and Your Spine

Whiplash and Your Spine

Whiplash, Car Accident, Spine Alignment

Whiplash, Car Accident, Spine AlignmentSo, you were recently in a automobile accident. A friend told you that you should really go see a chiropractor. You told them your back or neck doesn’t hurt that bad, your icing those areas that do hurt, and you just don’t have the time or money for X-rays and a chiropractor.

Well, right now, your friend is being the best friend to you they can be by telling you what you need to hear, rather than just what you may want to hear. To understand how whiplash can lead to various chronic problems including Fibromyalgia, Sciatica, Carpal Tunnel, TMJ, and more, it is important to understand the structural damage that can occur within your body when whiplash occurs due to the spine being compromised.

 Connective Tissue

 Have you ever wondered what keeps your spine from collapsing? Well, the answer is connective tissue. That is tissue that makes up fat, bone, cartilage and more. It serves different purposes depending on where it is located in the body, but its purpose surrounding the spine is to support the spine.

When the impact of a rear-end collision that causes whiplash is strong enough to tear that connective tissue, it can no longer support the spine. This lack of support can lead to a misalignment of the spine.

 Upper Cervical Misalignment

The most common area of your spine to misalign is your upper neck. This is because the upper neck is the most movable and vulnerable to severe stress such as that which is applied during a whiplash injury. The top two bones in your spine called the Atlas and Axis protect your brainstem and spinal cord right below the skull.

If your Atlas and Axis vertebrae, are out of alignment by only ½ millimeter, the brain and the body cannot communicate correctly via the brainstem. This can cause various conditions such as migraine headaches, Fibromyalgia, Sciatica, and more.

Restoring your Body through Upper Cervical

After a whiplash injury it is important to have your neck thoroughly evaluated for misalignments especially in the upper cervical region. An upper cervical specialist is uniquely qualified to evaluate and correct misalignments of the upper neck. Once these misalignments are corrected and proper nerve, blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow is restored muscles and other connective tissues can heal and eventually get back to full function. The spine is left in a misaligned state problems frequently worsen to the point of becoming chronic and can linger for months, years or even decades.

Dr. John Pairmore and Dr. Dennis Young of Pairmore and Young Synergy Chiropractic, in Anchorage, Alaska have 44 years of combined clinical experience. Their anchorage chiropractic clinic is the only office in Alaska that has the specialized Atlas Orthogonal Adjusting Instrument. Dr. Pairmore and Young also serve Fairbanks, Wasilla, and Eagle River along with the entire state of Alaska. They are 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, whiplash and other neck injuries, chronic back pain, sciatica and more. Learn more about Our Team.