Neck Pain and Whiplash Queenstown
Neck pain can be caused by many factors. Our cervical spines (neck region) house and protect some very important nerves and blood vessels. Trauma, postural and emotional stress can cause severe pain syndromes in our necks and upper limbs. Chiropractors are trained in identifying all causes of neck pain from nagging aches to medical emergencies.
Wry neck (torticollis) and whiplash are among many common neck injuries that present in the Chiropractic office. Wry neck is the sudden loss of the ability to turn your neck. The locking up of the neck is both painful and scary as it is an area of our bodies that is normally capable of moving in all ranges of motion. There are several theories as to the cause of wry neck and a number of activities have been noted to precipitate the onset. Chiropractic analysis and treatment of the neck is the most effective way to tackle an onset of wry neck. It is not uncommon for babies to be born with wry neck. These babies will tend to only sleep with their heads rotated in one direction and will only want to breast feed on the one side that is comfortable for them. Obviously the discomfort experienced by the baby will render them miserable and will have an effect on the entire family. Chiropractic care is a safe, gentle and effective way of addressing wry neck in a newborn or child.
Whiplash is a sprain/strain type of injury that occurs when our necks experience a sudden movement back and forth, like the crack of a whip. Queenstown has a large number of sports and activities that can cause a whiplash injury. Depending on the severity of the trauma a whiplash injury can cause significant damage to discs, joints, muscles and ligaments for months. Chiropractors specialise in addressing these injuries by restoring joint function and treating affected soft tissue with massage and trigger point techniques.
At Wakatipu Chiropractic we integrate Chiropractic with professional Massage Therapy to ensure people suffering from neck pain and/or whiplash receive the fastest and most effective treatment and relief. We also have a network of other referral sources from physiotherapists to neurosurgeons that we utilise when indicated.