At the Osteopathic Health Centre Chester we can help you recover from a host of conditions including; low back pain, neck pain, sports injuries, arthritis and muscle spasms.

We are conveniently placed for visitors coming to us from all parts of; Cheshire, Wirral, Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales, Chester, Christleton, Tattenhall, Tarporley, Malpas, Kelsall, Helsby, Frodsham, Hawarden, Great Sutton, Ellesmere Port, Queensferry, Hawarden, Flint, Wrexham.

Whiplash Injuries

Whiplash injuries commonly result in neck pain and stiffness as well as pain in other parts of the body, in particular, the low back and hips

The most common reason for a whiplash injury is a road traffic accident. In a rear end collision the unsupported neck is subjected to an initial violent backwards bending (hyperextension) followed by a forced forwards movement (flexion).

During other traumas, such as a fall or trip the body can sustain a whiplash injury either moving forcibly from back to front or from side to side (lateral whiplash).

Most whiplash events result in soft tissue injuries overstretching neck muscles and damaging the ligaments and joints of the cervical spine.  Characteristically, pain and stiffness is worse 24 hours after the injury as the tissues become inflamed. In addition, the seatbelt can cause bruising and restriction across the front of the chest and the base of the spine can become ‘compacted’ into the seat.

Musculoskeletal/mechanical injuries sustained as a result of a whiplash can be assessed and treated soon after the accident or months later if symptoms persist.

The osteopath will be particularly interested in the details of how the accident happened to help understand the pattern of forces to which the patient was subjected during the accident.

Information on how the patient was sitting in the car (whether they were looking to one side or forward) and where the car sustained the impact provide information to help assess which musculoskeletal structures may have been injured.

The osteopath will ask for information about previous injuries and health problems which may have left their mark on the patient’s musculoskeletal framework and weakened its ability to cope with the forces involved in this particular accident.

This individually tailored approach to diagnosis enables the osteopath to structure a treatment plan, prescribe exercises and give advice on care.