Whiplash is commonly associated with Car Accidents, where the car is hit from behind, although these injuries can be sustained in many other ways, including falls from stools, bicycles and horses.
It stands out as one of the main injuries covered by Car Insurers. In the UK 430,000 made a claim for whiplash in 2007, which is 75% of the UK's motor insurance claims.
Whiplash injuries are complex, and the onset of symptoms can be delayed by a day or two, so everyone involved in a Car Crash should be examined by a Doctor and X-Rayed to rule out any serious injury.
Whiplash can best be described as "A sudden acceleration or deceleration applied to a human body which is not prepared for such an event."
The idea of lack of preparedness is very important, as the bodies protective mechanisms are just not ready to cope with the instantaneous impact of collision.
When a car is hit from behind there is a sudden acceleration of the body.
The skull, spine and sacrum are drawn upwards, their weight effectively decreasing.
The lower back is forced forwards and the neck & head is forced backwards.
During the flexion phase the skull, spine and sacrum are drawn downwards and forwards, increasing their weight.
The net result of these sudden forces is to embed the sacrum between the pelvic bones. The upper neck is disrupted and the bones at the cranial base become jammed.
The Cranio Sacral System is effectively locked.
The bones in the pelvis and cranium are simply unable to move.
This goes a long way in explaining some of the bizarre symptoms that people suffer after a whiplash injury.
There are a number of other injuries that people can suffer with whiplash such as bone fractures, torn muscles and ligaments, displaced organs, vertebral joint compression and shock.
It is very important to have yourself examined at Hospital, as your health matters, and your insurance company will want to see a medical report for your insurance claim.
Where there is no "Serious" Injury, Osteopathic treatment and Acupuncture can usually help greatly with the results of whiplash.