Posts Tagged ‘whiplash’

Chiroflow Pillow; Simple Way to Reduce Whiplash Pain

Monday, March 18th, 2019
Water Pillow

Chiroflow

The neck pain and discomfort following an auto accident or some other form of personal injury accident can cause a lot of discomfort and pain. One of the most common issues following an incident is trying to get into a comfortable position to sleep. Duties under duress while sleeping is something that needs to be documented by the treating facility of doctor to let the at fault parties know that the accident you were in has now caused you personal issues and discomfort in more ways than just the average level of pain you deal with during the day.

On the other hand, a patient who has a more chronic condition and has difficulty sleeping because of general pain throughout their neck or back will start to calculate how long it’s been since they’ve had their current mattress. It’s usually a lot longer than the recommended timeline that can range between every 5-10 years, depending on who you ask.

Shopping for mattresses is not high on anyone’s “fun things to do today” list. Whenever a someone mentions to me that they’re going to  change their mattress to see if that helps with a physical complaint I always recommend for them to spend a few bucks on this pillow first. Generally it ends up saving them a lot of money because it quickly solves the problem. Chiroflow Pillow has been an amazing resource for many patients over the past 15 years.

Chiroflow is a water based pillow that you fill up to your comfort level (soft, medium or firm), seal the container and let it do it’s magic. It’s been proven to reduce neck pain, general body aches and provide better sleep quality as well. It works because the fluid inside the pillow is contained in a bladder that supports the weight of your head and neck no matter what position you’re lying in. It’s really that simple. Being able to maintain a quality sleeping position during the entire sleeping cycle, even if you toss and turn like me, really helps restfulness and reduce pain.

The benefits of sleeping comfortably do more than just relieve neck pain. When the natural curvature of the neck is supported it makes sleeping on your back more comfortable and this allows the body to utilize the part of the nervous system that takes over functions in the body when it’s at rest. This is called the parasympathetic nervous system or also known as “rest and digest”.

Patients have experienced many benefits from using this type of neck pillow and wake up feeling refreshed and with reduced levels of not only neck pain but also decreased low back pain. If you are planning to shop for a new mattress trying a water pillow may be the first step and save you a lot of time and money.

Disc Injury After Auto Accident

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Following a rear end collision it is common for the patient to have whiplash from the impact of the accident.  The sudden impact of being rear ended forces the body into different and opposing directions at a speed that is uncontrollable and near impossible to stop while it’s occurring.

Another term for whiplash is cervical acceleration-deceleration syndrome. The sudden impact causes the head and neck to quickly move in one direction and then another in the opposite direction and this causes the soft tissue to become injured in the process.

Immediately following an accident it is always advised to have an evaluation as soon as possible to rule out any fractures or any life threatening conditions. Most of the time an injured person will be sent home and instructed to follow the R.I.C.E. method to begin the healing process. Soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains are typically what follow a slight rear end collision but there are times when they develop into more serious grades of injury that involve a more complex treatment.

In about 25% of those cases a disc injury is caused and can become a chronic problem. Most disc related injuries involve a tear in the outer portion of the disc and the nerve endings in them get torn and cause pain. It can take months for those tears to heal and with proper treatment that person can return to their normal daily activities without any residual problems.

Some of the symptoms that a person may experience following whiplash can be;
Dizziness
Headaches
Stiffness
Visual changes
Memory changes
Jaw pain

Some symptoms related to a disc herniation from whiplash are:
Neck pain
Shoulder pain
Tingling or burning sensation in the arm, hand or fingers

Herniated disc are generally diagnosed from a combination of the medical history, examination and imaging studies from MRI. There are different approaches and strategies for the person who was injured in an accident to insure proper healing in order to get back to their normal routine as fast as possible. A common treatment technique for many practitioners is called McKenzie method. These exercises are used to extend or stretch the area of the spine that is injured and helps decrease the pain levels of the person who was injured.

Chiropractic care and home exercises are beneficial and non invasive ways to manage pain following certain types of disc injury following an auto accident.