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The Whipping Motion of The Neck Puts Upper Neck At Risk

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The Whipping Motion of The Neck Puts Upper Neck At Risk

The Whipping Motion of The Neck Puts Upper Neck At Risk

When a car accident takes place, the whipping motion of the neck is nearly inevitable. Whiplash puts a lot of pressure and tension on the upper neck joints. This type of injury can cause tearing of the loose ligaments and tendons of the upper neck in very complex ways. During a car accident, the body is strapped to the car, but the head is able to fly around freely creating a whipping motion at the neck.

Because the ligaments are weaker in the upper neck joints, the whiplash injury is much more likely to misalign the upper neck than the lower neck. Unless the head and neck injury is properly evaluated, it can lead to long term upper cervical instability.

The head and neck misalignment affect health and body functions, which can lead to ongoing symptoms after an injury. Headaches are one of the most common symptoms following a head and neck injury. While the majority of standard protocols focus on evaluating the brain, many signs and symptoms are pointing directly to the upper neck involvements.

The atlas misalignment puts pressure or tension on the brainstem and spinal cord. Because there are many vital nerves and vessels that go through the atlas (C-1), the pressure on the upper neck can disrupt blood flow to and from the brain, the cerebrospinal fluid within the cranium, and nerve signals traveling to the brain.

Upper Neck Misalignment’s Impact on Health and Symptoms

Have you suffered from headaches, arm discomfort, or neck pain after a minor car accident? Many people report symptoms even after a small crash, especially from rear-end impacts that often lead to upper neck injuries due to the sudden whipping motion on the neck.

During such accidents, the force transfers forward as the seat presses against your back. Your body moves upward and forward, but your head initially stays still. This sequence affects the neck curvature into an S-shape. Such a movement makes the head and upper neck bend forward and backward in the opposite direction from the lower neck. This leads to considerable stress and damage to the spine. Notably, the lower neck region, primarily the C4-C6 spine, becomes the most vulnerable point, which resulting in arm and shoulder pain.

Whipping motion resulting from a car accident involve complex mechanism of injury. Recent research indicates that even at speeds as slow as 8 mph, the risk of sprains and strains in the spine is high, even if the neck movement seems to be within its normal range of motion.

Most common symptoms related to whiplash injury are followings:

Neck Pain
Soreness and discomfort in the neck area are common whiplash symptoms. The pain or discomfort can be immediate or develop gradually.

Neck Stiffness
The neck can become stiff and tensed and restricted in its range of motion, making it difficult to move comfortably.

Headaches
Headaches often starts at the base of the skull, and it can result from the sudden movement and strain on the neck muscles.

Shoulder and Upper Back Pain
Pain or discomfort can extend to the shoulders and upper back due to the impact on the neck and spine.

Dizziness
Some people can experience dizziness or a feeling of lightheadedness, which could be due to the sudden jerking motion in the head and neck.

Fatigue
Whiplash injuries can lead to fatigue and tiredness due to the response to the trauma.

Jaw Pain
Whiplash can sometimes cause jaw pain or difficulty in jaw movement due to the impact on the neck and surrounding muscles.

Tingling or Numbness
Sensations of tingling, numbness, or even weakness in the arms or hands can occur if nerves are affected.

Visual Disturbances
Blurred vision or difficulty focusing might arise as a result of the sudden motion.

Sleep Problems
Some individuals with whiplash injuries might find it challenging to sleep comfortably due to pain and discomfort.

Memory Issues and Concentration Problems
Difficulty with memory and concentration can sometimes accompany whiplash injuries.

“Get Your Neck Evaluated after A Car Accident!”

The head and neck misalignment affect health and body functions, which can lead to ongoing symptoms after an injury. Headaches are one of the most common symptoms following a head and neck injury. While the majority of standard protocols focus on evaluating the soft tissues in the neck joints, many signs and symptoms are pointing directly to the nervous system involvements.

The atlas misalignment puts pressure or tension on the brainstem and spinal cord. Because there are many vital nerves and vessels that go through the atlas (C-1), the pressure on the upper neck can disrupt blood flow to and from the brain, the cerebrospinal fluid within the cranium, and nerve signals traveling to the brain.

Wontaek Hwang, DC
Upper Cervical Chiropractor
Wheeling, Illinois
Original article @headandneckcare


A Guide to Finding the Perfect Pillow for a Good Night’s Rest

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A Guide to Finding the Perfect Pillow for a Good Night’s Rest

Sleeping position matters.

As we spend a significant portion of our lives sleeping, it is essential to choose a pillow and mattress that promote healthy alignment of the spine. Sleeping on your stomach, however, can lead to a range of health issues and discomforts. This position forces your head and neck to turn to one side and bend backwards, leading to strained neck muscles and misaligned spine. In addition, it can cause poor circulation and discomfort in the shoulders and arms. In this blog, we will explore how to find the best pillow to ensure a comfortable and restful sleep, while also maintaining proper spinal alignment.

The purpose of the pillow.

The purpose of a pillow when sleeping is to provide support and alignment for the head, neck, and spine. The ideal position is to maintain a straight line from the base of the skull to the tailbone, with the head resting on a supportive pillow that keeps the neck in a neutral position. This neutral position helps to prevent strain on the neck muscles and spine and can reduce the risk of developing neck pain or stiffness. Therefore, selecting the right pillow is essential to ensure a comfortable and restful sleep while also maintaining proper spinal alignment.

Thickness matters.

It’s important to consider the thickness of your pillow when searching for the right one. A proper pillow should provide support for your head and elevate it slightly, which is the most neutral and unstressed position for your neck and spine. However, it’s crucial to avoid having your neck tilted backwards without proper evaluation. This can be risky in various ways, which could worsen any pain in your neck if you extend it for prolonged periods. It’s important to maintain a neutral position for the neck as much as possible, and avoid excessive or repetitive neck movements that can cause strain or injury.

Neck extension or tilting backward can be bad for the neck if done excessively or repeatedly, as it can put strain on the neck muscles and vertebrae. Here are a few reasons why:

  1. Increased pressure on the neck: When you tilt your head backward, the weight of your head is transferred to the back of the neck, which can increase the pressure on the vertebrae and muscles in that area. This can cause pain, stiffness, or even muscle strains.
  2. Compression of the spine: When the neck is extended, the space between the vertebrae decreases, which can compress the spinal cord and nerves in the neck. This can lead to tingling, numbness, weakness, or even nerve damage over time.
  3. Poor posture: Excessive neck extension or tilting backward can also contribute to poor posture, which can put additional strain on the neck, shoulders, and back. This can cause discomfort, pain, and even increase the risk of developing spinal conditions over time.

Take away.

The right pillow can make a significant difference in the quality of sleep and overall health. By providing support and alignment for the head, neck, and spine, pillows can prevent strain on the muscles and joints and reduce the risk of developing discomfort, pain, or stiffness. Moreover, selecting the right pillow can improve sleep quality, reduce the risk of developing sleep-related issues, and even provide therapeutic benefits. Therefore, taking the time to find the best pillow for your sleeping needs is worth the effort.

Wontaek Hwang, DC
Upper Cervical Chiropractor
Wheeling, Illinois
Original article @headandneckcare

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