What is Whiplash?

Doctors will sometimes use the term “hyperextension injury” to describe it, but whiplash is a more visceral term to describe the trauma that affected the victim’s neck.
The neck itself has abruptly completed a whip-like motion, bending first towards, then away from the point of impact. As the head moves rapidly in one direction, the muscles in the neck receive the message to contract. The momentum of the head can cause strain or sprain to the muscles and ligaments in the neck as the head reaches the end of its movement.
Car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash. Over 20% of people who have been in car accident and rear-ended report whiplash symptoms. Whether the sudden motion occurs front-to back or side-to- side, whiplash can affect muscles all the way into the victim’s back and arms.
The most serious form of whiplash compresses nerves in the neck and causes multiple sprains of the ligaments. Serious hyperextension injuries are in the minority though, as 95% of the time whiplash tends to cause more superficial damage, like muscle strains and tears.
Whether the pain is serious or minor soreness, massage can provide relief and, more importantly, prevent chronic problems in the long run.

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