Whiplash is a common injury  and is incredibly painful. It affects your neck, and since we use this part of our body all of the time, it’s difficult to rest, recuperate, and regain your strength.  In most cases, it will pass on its own with time and rest, other people want help in speeding up the process and ensuring that their neck heals in the most efficient way possible. For these people, a trip to the chiropractor may be in order.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is the term used to describe when your head moves quickly forward and then backwards, which commonly happens in road traffic accidents, however any scenario that causes this snap of the neck can result in a whiplash injury.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of whiplash may be delayed for 24 hours or more after the initial incident or accident, however, people who experience whiplash may develop one or more of the following symptoms, usually within the first few days after the injury.  The degree of whiplash that you suffer will depend on the severity of the accident or incident you were involved in.

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Pain in the shoulder or between the shoulder blades
  • Low back pain
  • Pain or numbness in the arm and/or hand
  • Dizziness


Chiropractors approach whiplash gently, as they understand the soreness attached to the injury. Before moving into full blown treatment, they may actually help you stretch the neck muscles or recommend ice at home to reduce the swelling that comes with the injury. They may then move on to spinal manipulation, which involves using their hands to place the vertebrae of the spine back into their proper location. This may help to eliminate stress and pressure caused by spinal misalignment, and allow the spine and neck to begin the healing process.

Your chiropractor may also recommend a clinical massage such as deep tissue, sports or trigger point massage.  These professionals can help patients by addressing muscles that are responsible for deviation of the posture.

Not only can they help to alleviate pain and prevent long-term dysfunction, but they can also help to raise awareness in patients so that they can make appropriate changes to their posture.

Specialised neck exercises may also be given to speed up recovery.

If you think you are suffering from a whiplash injury or would like some further information, or to speak to a member of our team,  please call us on: Hitchin 01462 420077 or Luton 01582 579687, alternatively e-mail us at: hitchin@healesclinics.com or luton@healesclinics.com