WHIPLASH INJURY:
How can an Osteopath help you?
Whiplash

Whiplash Treatment

We use massage and stretching techniques to reduce tension in tight local muscles and gradually improve the movement in your neck, shoulders and other affected body parts. We may also realign the joints and massage the muscles in your neck, upper and mid back and shoulder blade area if we judge they contribute to neck pain and/or arm symptoms. We may also use dry needling (modern acupuncture) to relax muscles, stimulate blood circulation and accelerate tissue repair. We provide specific tailored exercises to help with the recovery process, and may also give advice on posture and lifestyle.

We sometimes require X-rays, scans and other tests to make a diagnosis and on rarer occasions may refer you to a GP or a specialist for additional investigation or treatment.

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Whiplash Symptoms

Most frequently, whiplash symptoms are the result of a road traffic accident, and may include:

  • Acute or chronic neck pain and/or stiffness
  • Reduced and painful neck movements
  • Muscle spasms and pain in shoulders or arms
  • Pain, numbness or pins and needles in arms and hands
  • Headaches, dizziness, or vertigo
  • Lower back and pelvic pain


Exercise Videos

We have selected the exercises we most frequently advise our patients to do and turned them into short video clips.

bridge to health excercise video


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Top Tips to Manage Whiplash

  • 1.Wherever possible, unless specifically instructed otherwise by a hospital physician, avoid using a neck brace
  • 2.Apply ice to the painful areas – wrap a gel ice pack or frozen peas in a tea towel and apply directly onto the skin for 10-15 minutes every hour
  • 3.Take a daily shower alternating hot and cold to encourage local blood circulation and tissue repair
  • 4.Perform regular gentle neck and shoulder stretches and movements within the pain-free range of movement
  • 5.Keep moving and active if possible, avoiding long spells of lying down
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