Whiplash (WAD)

Whiplash is the common name for a cervical acceleration-deceleration (CAD) injury to the neck, occurring a result of sudden distortion of the neck associated with extension. Motor vehicle collisions (especially rear-end collisions) are a well-known cause of whiplash, but this type of injury is a surprisingly common by-product of many types of falls.

Whiplash can cause a constellation of injuries depending on the degree of trauma. These may include:

  • joint and disc injury
  • soft tissue tears (muscle and ligament damage)
  • nerve damage
  • pinched nerve
  • brain injury
  • spinal cord injury
  • TMJ disorder
  • Dizziness
  • nausea

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Chiropractic care for whiplash-associated disorders is essential to full recovery. The chiropractors at Natural Pain Solutions have decades of combined experience treating whiplash, and we have access to the latest techniques and technology to ensure you get better, faster.

Our doctors offer:

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Soft tissue management
  • Acupuncture
  • Laser
  • Chiropractic neurology
  • Dry needling

Customized stretching and strengthening programs

Even patients who had motor vehicle collisions years prior to seeing us report marked improvement in their chronic pain with our safe, effective, scientifically proven1 techniques.

The common medical approach to whiplash is to prescribe powerful painkillers, muscle-relaxing drugs, and anti-inflammatory drugs.

These medications mask the symptoms of whiplash as your body struggles to heal on its own. Most of these medications are only safe for short periods of time – prolonged use can cause major problems in the rest of your body. If your doctor has prescribed these drugs, be sure to ask him or her questions about the side effects, both short and long term.


When I was 32 years old, I was in a roll-over MVA. I was very fortunate to escape with just bumps and cuts, but the next day I was in quite a bit of pain, so I went to get checked out. The hospital gave me painkillers and muscle relaxant medications, and sent me on my way since my x-rays appeared normal.

Two years post-accident, I was still having daily headaches, neck and shoulder pain. I would alternate acetaminophen and ibuprofen throughout the day, but the pain was constant. My medical doctor offered more powerful painkillers and muscle relaxers, but I felt there had to be a better way.

I began seeing Dr. Roch, who was careful to explain to me every aspect of my treatment. He gave me exercises to do at home and made sure I was doing them. He explained proper ergonomics to me, and showed me exercises I could do at my desk to help keep me headache free. He adjusted my neck and spent extra time at each appointment working out the soft tissue damage that I had sustained in the accident.

Slowly but surely, I began to see improvement, and real change in how my body was functioning. I realized one day a few months into my care that I had not had to take painkillers in a few days. Today, I don’t even keep them in my home. It has been so liberating, not to be tied to the pain.

The sequence of events that occurs within 300 milliseconds in a motor vehicle accident

1 A symptomatic classification of whiplash injury and the implications for treatment J Orthop Med 1999;21 (1): 22-25

Chiropractic treatment of chronic whiplash injury. Injury. 1996; 27: 643-645

0 ms

Rear car structure is impacted and begins to move forward and/or crushes
Occupant remains stationary
No occupant forces

100 ms

  • Vehicle seat accelerates and pushes into occupant’s torso (i.e. central portion of the body in contact with seat)
  • The torso loads the seat and is accelerated forward (seat will deflect rearward)
  • Head remains stationary due to inertia

150 ms

  • Torso is accelerated by the vehicle seat and may start to ramp up the seat
  • Lower neck is pulled forward by the accelerated torso/seat
  • The head rotates and extends rapidly rearward hyper-extending the neck

175 ms

  • Head is still moving backwards
  • Vehicle seat begins to spring forward
  • The torso continues to be accelerated forward
  • The head rotation rearward is increased and is fully extended

300 ms

  • Head and torso are accelerated forward
  • Neck is “whipped” forward rotating and hyper-flexing the neck forward
  • The head accelerates due to neck motion and moves ahead of the seat back

Manitoba Public Insurance pays for examination and treatment as a result of a car accident or bike vehicle accident. We bill them directly for your convenience. Please ensure you bring your injury claim number so that we can process the claim promptly.