Chicago Rolfer™ Helps Whiplash
Updated: Mar 28
One of the most common injuries that people suffer from after an auto accident in Chicago is whiplash. When a client of mine books an appointment after a car accident, it is often to help releive the pain that results from a whiplash injury.
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a term that is used by the medical profession to describe a neck injury that occurs as the result of a car accident. Being hit from behind or “rear-ended” is one of the most common type of auto accidents and the one most likely to produce whiplash. When you are hit from behind, the head whips back and then forward, causing the injury.
How Is It Diagnosed?
When a Rolfer works with someone who's been diagnosed with a whiplash injury, they look at other areas of the body in addition to the pain in the neck. Very rarely do these injuries come in isolation. They will look for any areas that display poor range of motion, lack of movement and fluidity, muscle spasm, general weakness, and pain. In the acute phase, you probably won’t be able to turn your head comfortably and your head may hurt. Your Rolfer may also palpate or feel around your neck and back looking for tender spots and tightness in addition to your Rolfer's other body reading assessments.
Rolfing® for Whiplash
When whiplash is still in the acute stage, a Rolfer may use light and gentle manual therapy techniques. If inflammation is really high and pain is extreme, it may be a good idea to wait 2-3 days before receiving a session. I have personally seen clients the day after an accident and some walk out of the session as if they weren't in an accident, this will depend on the client if they wish to be seen immediately. You might also have been advised by a treating physician to apply ice in order to reduce the swelling. After the initial swelling has subsided and the pain lessens, the care you receive from a Rolfer will still include manual therapy techniques or soft tissue manipulation to restore motion to your neck and other parts of your body. No one likes the thought of getting into a car accident, but you have little control over being hit from behind when you’re driving. If you think you may have whiplash, the key is to seek attention as soon as possible. If you’re not in a medical emergency, book a session with me at one of my several locations in the Chicagoland area so we can assess your situation and get started on the appropriate care from Rolfing.
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