Whiplash and Head Restraints

Let’s face it. Human beings were not born to travel at high rates of speed, like that attainable in an automobile, and the human body was not designed to absorb the punishment that an automobile collision can produce. We have two legs, not four and the last time I looked, no wings, so the advent of speed is relatively foreign to us. Nevertheless, it now seems natural to drive automobiles and fly in airplanes as if our human bodies were designed to do so.

The problem with traveling faster than our legs will take us is that the delicate nerves and tissues in the neck and spinal column can be severely damaged by an abrupt collision at any unnatural rate of speed. People have reported whiplash and the associated pain, from a collision when stopped and being struck by a car traveling at a mere 5 miles per hour. The mass of the car is multiplied by its speed to produce a velocity that, at very high speeds can literally rip the human body to shreds!

Head Restraints
Automobile manufacturers have designed seat belts to prevent one from being thrown out of the vehicle, and shoulder restraints to keep us from hitting our heads on the windshield. Motorcyclists are required to wear helmets to prevent head trauma. But nothing has been done to keep the head stationary and prevent it from being thrust violently back and forth or from side to side in every single automobile accident. It can be argued that nothing can be done to restrain the head securely enough to prevent neck injuries as the head need to turn frequently in order to operate a motor vehicle. The amount of support needed to lessen neck injuries would require a driver and passenger seat to more closely resemble a child’s car seat. It would have to be of “one-piece” construction, but that would severely limit a driver’s visibility and probably cause more injuries than it would prevent

Automobiles seats were originally designed without head supports, later called head restraints. The problem is that at the exact moment of impact, one’s head is rarely firmly pressed against the head restraint and a full range of snap-back occurs as if the restraint was not even present. As a matter of fact, the head restraint can do more harm than good as it can act as a catapult to thrust one’s head forward at a much greater rate of speed and unnatural angles than if none were present as the head recoils off of it.

Given the delicate nature of the nerves, tendons, discs, and other connective tissue in the neck, whiplash injuries can produce pain that doesn’t go away. The joints in the neck need to be gradually properly aligned and the protective discs need to be given proper space for the connective tissue to heal. A program of chiropractic care by a Chiropractor in Arlington Tx can properly align your neck joints so that the muscles and tendons can heal and support your neck naturally and pain-free.

This website and article is published by Peter Mcree on 2016-01-13

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