Whiplash

whiplash osteopathy Genova

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Whiplash refers to a mechanical trauma in anterior-posterior direction that gives oscillatory dynamics impact mainly on the axial structures.

The ordinary mechanism of injury is a car collision from behind, also minimal.

We know that those who suffer a whiplash injury do not feel anything in the immediate: all the problems arise after a few days, sometimes a few hours.

whiplash osteopathy Genova
The dynamics of the cervical spine
Kapandji, Fisiologia articolare
Maloine-Monduzzi, Vol.III, pag.215

Over time, the consequences of whiplash occur with a state of general malaise that includes severe pain associated with cervical or lumbar pain,sometimes nausea, headache, dizziness, numbness and other possible neuro- vegetative symptoms.

These symptoms are not attenuated, if not only thanks to temporary remedies, and have a tendency to become chronic, often becoming quite disabling.

According to Osteopathic theories the whiplash never gives rise to the same framework lesion, although it is the result of a standard dynamic.

In fact it is statistically impossible that two patients get the same lesional set or have the same symptoms, furthermore an injury that a patient got from a whiplash can add up to already existing injuries.

So every patient should be examined and treated individually.

The case of a 38 years old patient. She primarily claimed neck stiffness and inability to turn her head sideways she also complained a low back pain, especially in the morning.

Osteopathic examination showed restrictions to the level of the occipito- mastoid suture and to the right level of the falx cerebri. In addition, she had a restriction in the liver that was tilted anteriorly.

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Before the accident the patient was fine so it is possible that the craniosacral restrictions have been acquired at the time of the impact, the bands of the liver lesion almost certainly because this organ is a rather important inertial mass (weighing about 2 kg) and under the impulse of a strong acceleration may be responsible of a restriction of mobility at the level of local bands.

Once dysfunctions have been reduced, the patient has seen a steady improvement in their health status until the disappearance of any symptoms in less than two weeks.

She reported having had episodes of nausea and "empty head" in the 48 hours after the first treatment, the whole has then quickly regressed in the following days.