Whiplash

whiplashWhiplash is an injury to the soft tissues of the neck from a sudden jerking or “whipping” of the head. This type of motion strains the muscles and ligaments of the neck beyond their normal range of motion.  Although Whiplash is usually associated with car accidents, any impact or blow that causes your head to jerk forward or backward can cause neck strain. The sudden force stretches and tears the muscles and tendons in your neck.

In 1976 my mother received whiplash as a result of a car accident.  I was in my late teens at the time and remember vividly the horrid headaches my mother endured.  The poor woman never fully recovered from her neck injury.  She found some temporary relief from chiropractic adjustments but struggled through periods of debilitating neck and back pain until she passed in 2005.

Several years ago I experienced a jarring fall from an office chair onto the hard tile floor.  I landed hard on my seat but felt ok initially.  I slept fine that first night.  It was around 2am the second night after the fall that I became aware of how badly I had injured myself.  I awoke to a searing pain in my head.  Struggling into the bathroom I found my jar of M&L Salve and smeared it liberally around my neck.  Relief came in less than two minutes.  The Salve began working on contact to relax the muscles stopping the horrific pain before I had crossed the room to my bed.

Over the next few months I used the M&L Salve nightly along with the BF&C Packs.  The M&L Salve stops the spasm while the BF&C works to knit the damaged area back together.  There is still a tendency in my neck to spasm if the muscles become chilled.

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