The Relationship Between Whiplash and Poor Posture
What most people don’t know, is their posture before the accident plays a crucial role in answering the following VITAL questions:
- How much damage the initial injury caused
- How difficult it will be to correct the damage which occurred
- How likely they are to experience chronic pain and disability
Poor posture means INCREASED likelihood of injury. If you were aware your posture wasn’t the best before the accident, it’s likely your injuries are more severe than you realize.
Unfortunately, many people can relate to having been involved in a collision whether it’s a car crash (MVC) or sports-related injury at some point in their lives. Whether it was a major accident or a minor one, MVC’s and collisions are no fun and can cause both minor to serious injuries and everything in between to anyone involved. These injuries are commonly referred to as ‘Whiplash Injuries’.
50% of all people involved in a collision, motor vehicle or otherwise, have some form of chronic pain. Injuries from collisions can disrupt your daily routine, cause you pain, prevent you from work and end up causing a serious financial drain.
MVC’s are on the rise, making for much more dangerous roadways with more distracted drivers texting and speaking on their phones,. It’s impossible to control other people’s behavior but we can certainly do our best to drive defensively and be careful. Despite our best efforts, MVC’s happen so having a plan for quick recovery is the key to getting back on your feet and avoiding long-term problems.
More serious collisions tend to mean more serious injuries, ranging from cuts and bruise to broken bones, brain damage, and even death. Less serious collisions like “little fender benders” or a “knock or ding playing ball” may not seem like a big deal, with victims often walking away without a scratch, believing they have escaped the crash unscathed. Others may only complain of a slight headache, neck pain, stiff or kinked neck while resorting to taking over the counter pain killers, or wearing a neck brace to assist with their recovery – research has shown low speed impacts can often cause as much IF NOT MORE damage than collisions that “look” more serious.
If you have experienced any of the following a collision:
- Neck pain and stiffness,
• Arm pain,
• Thoracic outlet symptoms,
• Lack of concentration,
• Degenerative arthritis in the cervical spine,
• Disc herniations.
What many whiplash injured patients don’t realize is that a slight headache or neck pain is a true sign of a much more serious injury to your neck and underlying soft tissues. The effects of the collision on your posture and how you feel may not result immediately but, can take days or weeks to appear.
Postural misalignment as a result of a MVC is a serious health PROBLEM. Altered posture will cause nerve interference – hindrance of critical nerve energy that is responsible for every function of our organs, and every movement of our limbs. Ignoring postural problems can manifest into pain and discomfort, fatigue, sleep disorders, organ dysfunction, depression, and eventually disease. How do you want to age?
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