When people hear the word “whiplash,” they think of the typical car accident-style injury. In medical terms, a whiplash is considered a neck injury resulting from a rapid acceleration or deceleration. In our office, a “whiplash” is considered a meningeal contraction that can be caused by a multitude of antagonists.
Meningeal tissue is a thin sheath of tissue that covers the spinal cord. Its purpose is to protect the spinal cord as well as bring it nutrients for nourishment. It attaches from the base of the skull (cranium) all the way down to the hips (sacrum). When there is a trauma from a car accident, severe emotional shock, continuous clenching or grinding of teeth putting stress on the jaw muscles, lack of sleep, poor posture, misalignments in the neck, nutritional deficiencies, presence of toxins (metal and chemicals), etc., the meningeal tissue can shorten, tighten up and torque to protect itself.
Problems that arise from a whiplash/meningeal contraction can be as simple as a decreased range of motion in your neck not being able to extend your neck back, muscle tightness and imbalances due to compensating for the meningeal contraction causing poor posture and the feeling of leaning forward with excessive weight on your knees, a decrease in spinal nourishment leading to potential minor neurological and autoimmune issues, etc.
The best way to notice whether you have a meningeal contraction or not, is to stand or sit straight up, shoulders square and try to bend your head backwards (extending at the neck) until it is parallel with the ceiling. If you can see the ceiling without having to lean back at the waist, then most likely, your head goes back 90 degrees and you have no meningeal contraction. On the other hand, if you can’t bring your head back all the way and/or feel yourself leaning back at your shoulders/waist to see the ceiling, most likely you do have a meningeal contraction.
Whether from a car accident or one of the other antagonists, we have a technique our office designed that can address and correct your whiplash/meningeal contraction.