Whiplash is an injury to the neck that is caused by rapid acceleration-deceleration forces to the head and neck. The injury can involve strain to muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, discs and nerves.

Our resident extreme sports loving Osteopath Bret Murray is all too familiar with whiplash, having experienced it many times at the hands of mountain bike riding, snow skiing and water skiing. At Blackburn Osteopathy we see many varied causes of whiplash. You wouldn’t believe how many adults that get whiplash from jumping on trampolines.

What makes whiplash injuries unique it that they involve tension and compression type injuries to both sides of the neck. In a car accident if a person is hit from behind, the head will move backwards causing stretching at the front and compression at the back, it will then “whip” forwards causing stretching at the back and compression at the front.

The symptoms of whiplash can vary greatly. Typically people will experience greater pain the day following an incident and the neck will feel tender, bruised and weak.

The osteopaths at Blackburn Osteopathy have great experience treating whiplash and they can also help with rehabilitation exercises to make sure your neck is strong, functioning well and not at greater risk of reinjury.

Bret Murray, Osteopath