Fibromyalgia and the Domino Effect of Whiplash

Fibromyalgia and the Domino effect

What is Whiplash?

Have you ever been in an automobile accident? Do you think you might suffer from Whiplash? Did you know whiplash can occur in a rear-end accident at only 5 MPH. What is it? It’s is an overextension of the neck muscles. So, if you were in a recent automobile accident, there is a good chance you suffered whiplash.

Even if you weren’t in an auto accident, whiplash can occur. Any sudden movement of the head that causes it to whip back and forth  can cause that overextension. Think of it this way, if the impact of a vehicle from behind at only 5 MPH can cause it, it doesn’t take that much to cause such an injury.

While, pain in your neck and back may be a sign of whiplash, it is not the only sign. There are other major signs, and it’s important to be able to identify them. Listed below are some other common symptoms of whiplash. It is important to note if you aren’t experiencing any pain in your back or neck, or any of the below symptoms they may only be the beginning of the complications.

Symptoms of Whiplash

  • Pain in your arms or legs
  • Herniated Disc
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Vertigo/Dizziness
  • Tinnitus
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Visual problems
  • TMJ
  • Fatigue/Insomnia
  • TMJ
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Torticollis/Dystonia

Fibromyalgia and Whiplash

If you been diagnosed with fibromyalgia you may notice that a number of the symptoms associated with whiplash are also associated with fibromyalgia. This is no coincidence, as whiplash and other types of head and neck injuries including concussions have been associated with the onset of fibromyalgia symptoms.

NUCCA and Whiplash

So, how can NUCCA care help? When your Atlas vertebra, which is your uppermost vertebra, is out of alignment, it causes a domino effect throughout your body. Among other effects, your body will not receive the right nutrients, irritation to your nerves occur, there is improper cerebral blood flow, and more. NUCCA will realign your Atlas vertebra with your neck. Once this vertebra is aligned with your neck, your brain will be able to communicate with your body correctly.

When proper brain to body communication is restored, fibromyalgia symptoms are frequently eliminated or significantly improved. Find out more by downloading our fibromyalgia e-book below:

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Dr. Craig Lapenski and Dr. Martha Schenk of Advanced Spinal Care, in Graham, Washington are your Graham NUCCA Specialists trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Their upper cervical clinic also serves Puyallup, Tacoma, Olympia, and Sumner. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, vertigo, neck and back pain, and more. More information can be found on our website at