Why whiplash pain doesn’t go away and how to cure it!

By Unpain Clinic on July 6, 2022



Did you know that neck conditions are actually one of the most common conditions from muscle skeletal injuries? Today, millions of people suffer from chronic headaches, migraines, neck tension. And sometimes it is related to specifically neck injuries. And sometimes it’s actually related to compensations that go in the body. Imagine our head and neck, it’s pretty much the tip of the tree. And if the trunk of the tree, it’s not as stable, then pretty much any wind, any challenge, any shaking is going to shake the tip of the tree more than it should. So as you probably know, my approach to human body, we are a single structure, we cannot separate your neck pain from something that is going on with your big toe. And how that relates is because if you when you walk, if you don’t have a full extension, and you don’t push off properly, that’s going to jam your neck. But let’s not go in the advanced details here. Let’s just cover the most basic things that people go through. And so the most common question is I have a neck pain, what should I do? Where should I start? So if you have any new neck tension or pain, that has been only for a couple of weeks there and you have no clue why that’s happening, it might be because you have done an activity that this little bit more out of your routine. And typically, what I would highly recommend for that is just go and search on Google for massage for neck pain, find a therapist or if you already have a massage therapist, go and see them and try a couple massage therapy sessions just to see if that helps. If that doesn’t really help or solve the problem, then my next option or preference would be either a physiotherapist or a chiropractor. Typically what helps mostly from physiotherapy modalities, it could be the IMS, the dry needling, because it releases the tension of your neck muscles. And adjustment can adjust your vertebra in the spine. And that can help a lot to actually alleviate the neck pain. And if that actually doesn’t solve the problem, then it means that you might have actually further dysfunction and compensation in the body. And that’s where we come in at on pain clinic, but we say wait for, you know, two months or so try with other modalities. If nothing helps, then we can actually use the shock wave or our tools to first try to figure out the cause and go from there. The most common condition that we see it’s actually whiplash injuries, especially car accidents happen a lot during the year. But wintertime, it’s much more busier. Obviously, due to icy snowy conditions, people are not careful. Unfortunately, we still have people that text and drive or distracted driving. And it’s awful because when you get in car accident, honestly, by accident, it’s only two or three seconds. That’s all it takes to ruin your life. And it’s not just the physical injury of your body of your muscles. It’s also the trauma, there is a so much emotional trauma that we see when we treat chronic Whiplash is after car accidents that it’s unbelievable. People are afraid to drive after that. People even some people that they’re not afraid, you know, consciously to drive anymore. But subconsciously, you’re constantly under more stress when you’re driving and if some if you see somebody you know coming from behind you tense up so your body thinks that again.

There’s going to be another car accident, another injury so When whiplash does happen, most of the time, where we see the injury is what we call it at suboccipital muscles like right here, like, literally behind, you’re literally where your head goes and attaches on the, on the spine. And these muscles have 200%, more proprioception than any other muscle in the body. What that means. So proprioception is the sensors, where it tells your brain, your nervous system, your body, where you are in space, and time. So if those muscles are 200%, more sensitive than any other muscle in the body, it means it’s almost like it’s going to take 200 times, you know, harder to rehab those and therefore, once your body goes in compensation, you got this whiplash injury. And now, you cannot work you cannot function properly, you’re going to force your body to work differently. Sometimes, if the problem is there for very long time, your body actually learns that posture. That’s now the way your normal way of walking and functioning and doing things. So even though there’s no more problem there. Your body learned this new pattern, and we call it dysfunctional pattern. And most of the people then end up with chronic headaches, mine migraines, blurriness, in front of their eyes, you almost feel like you have a curtain in front of you. Lack of focus, why those things happen is because imagine this, when you wake up in the morning, you have 10 litres of energy to go through the day, before you sleep and recharge five liters, let’s say go to the organ system to keep you alive. So the heart can pump normally, your lungs can bring oxygen, your liver can take care of the blood, and then kidneys can actually do the detoxification in the body. And then the other five litre of your energy, if you’re properly and fully recharge, go to the muscle skeletal system. So you can actually walk go for to work, and go and buy groceries and do activities. But what happened, if one of those Cisco Systems are not working properly, it means that they’re not as efficient. So they’re going to actually use more energy to function. And you don’t get more energy. Naturally, the only way is to use stimulants. And that’s false energy. That’s actually a booster, for example, coffee, energy drinks, or medication that brings the pain down. So you don’t feel much pain, but your system, it’s still working hard, it’s not as smooth. So now, if your muscles are not working properly, what that means they’re going to take that energy off your Oregon system. And therefore, by the end of the day, you actually feel tired, the lack of focus, and so many other symptoms. And if you’re lucky to sleep during the night, you can recharge yourself. But let’s say now due to the neck pain, you’re blaming the pillow, which I don’t believe much on that because you first have a dysfunction or problem and then a pillow becomes an aggravating or relieving factor. But anyway, if you don’t sleep properly, you’re not able to restore that energy for the next day. And God forbid, you know, if we were lucky to have not stressful day at all right? Nowadays, there’s so many stressors that we get exposed to, that suck so much energy out of the system. And this is just a big picture without going into too many details, overloading you and overwhelming you. This is the reason that that little car accident or the big car accident that injured your neck, let’s say long time ago, even like couple of years ago, that’s the reason why you perhaps today are suffering from other problems and other symptoms. So the neck, it’s a very, very critical region and part of the body. And the reason is that everything in your body from the muscular system muscles and bones, it’s actually trying to work properly so it doesn’t jaw your neck when you walk when you run when you do things. And as you know, the biggest sensors of our body, our eyes are located in your head, they are directly connected to your neck muscles. When we are born as a veal, you know, babies, we start seeing, and then we only have a certain amount of the visual field that we can just cover just by moving our eyes. And then we realized if we move the neck, we actually can see more. So that’s how our nervous system now puts this amazing pair of our eyes and our neck muscles.

So you can turn your neck and you can cover more you can see more, right? So neck muscles and your eyes your visual, they’re directly connected in terms of the function, then we have the vestibular system. So we have C, three senses here on our hat, you can hear the center of balance, it’s actually in your middle ear, but controls what tells your whole system where things are, where things should be where the center of gravity is. And then you have the sense of smell. Right? So for those reasons, your neck, it’s extremely important. And it’s extremely sensitive to even treatments. So I don’t want to go and talk about, you know, so much so many other modalities and things that are available out there. If they help you, if you’re happy where you are. That’s great, that’s amazing. I want to be a hero to people that already have tried exercise adjustments, need delaying muscles or any annex like any other form, and they are still experiencing pain. So an option. In this stage, it would be actually true shockwave therapy in combination with a radial shockwave or radial pressure wave. And I want to show you, or just give you an idea how we typically treat somebody in chronic pain, after whiplash injury or car accidents. Although now we know that your injury is caused from the car accident or a sports injury or like a hockey injury, we still need to assess your whole system. And the reason is that if you had any previous injury in your body, let’s say ankle sprain that you remember, the reason why I say ankle sprain that you remember is if it was big enough, you will really remember. And it doesn’t matter how long ago it was literally from your time you’re born today. And why we ask for ankle sprains is because unfortunately, unfortunately, we only have two legs. So when one gets injured, the other one is going to get overworked. So you have an ankle sprain, you’re going to start walking differently. And now if you’re still with me, if you remember that your neck has your, the muscles that control your neck have 200% more properties, proprioception sensitivity, they are going to be so sensitive that any change in your whole body, they’re going to react. Okay, so we made sure that no ankle sprains if there’s ankle sprain, we actually go and treat it with shockwave with a focal shockwave only in the first session. That’s all it takes just to reset things reset the sensors. So we bring the stability back in in the body. The second question that we ask you is any surgery from the time you were born to today, and why this is so important for us is because let’s say if you had the C section, if you had happened back to me, breast augmentation surgery, gallbladder, open heart surgery, or ankle surgery or any other surgery in the body where your skin in the fascia was cut, that’s already causing a dysfunction in the system. And remember, this body keeps scores. Every time when you have an injury, you’re gonna get a score from the body. And there’s a point that if you get enough scores, enough injuries, your body start compensating for the first one for the first injury, and then it learn to function a little bit differently. Now it has the second injury and it, but the first one wasn’t fixed. So now it compensate even more for that. Now the third one, and now you have this huge injury in the system that literally shook off your whole body. It was a trauma to the whole system, emotional and physical, and it hit you specifically on your neck. So now your body goes in alarm mode in the panic mode. And now it says, Okay, I already have other body parts that are compensating, this is so critical for me, we’re just gonna go in lockdown. And it tightens up all your muscles, nothing let go. So to help your body to let go, we literally need to almost like peel the onion, right, so we start from the first injury back to the most recent one. If we just go straight after your neck, and we don’t actually correct the previous injuries, you we are just treating a symptom, the latest symptom, and that’s the reason why your neck doesn’t get any better or doesn’t get better to the point where you’re back to normal. If only the neck is treated after whiplash injury. And because of this neck tension, and muscle tension, there are so many trigger points around that they they can cause so many migraines and headaches. For example, this muscle that is the what we call it, the SEM muscle, it attaches B behind your ear, and it goes into touches on the on your clavicle ah there, this muscle can compensate for what we call it the whole frontal chain, kinetic chain for your core muscles for your adductor muscle like the inner thigh and can go down to your feet. So if you have any compensation in the body, that muscle is going to go in overworking mode. So trying to actually hold your neck and support your neck so it gets super tight. Now you added the impact of the car accident. Now it gets even tighter. And we have about seven to eight trigger points and this muscle and those trigger points can actually give you so much headache. Once you get there, they what’s going to happen. Now your eyes get more sensitive, you cannot. You don’t want to see light, because now any stimulation that your body needs to deal with, whether it’s light that goes through your eyes, whether it’s smell, whether it’s a noise, it’s going to bother your system. Because your brain needs even at this stage need to process this information. If it wasn’t processing the information light would not bother you. Some would not bother you smell it would not bother you. That’s why you go in a dark room where there’s no other stimulations. And your body’s trying to calm down the system and try to kind of figure out and restore and heal itself. Remember this every single single second, that we are alive in this planet in this universe, we are in survival mode. Our nervous system is trying to protect us constantly 24/7. And when it learns a pattern, it learns where you go to work what you do it start assessing all the stimulation as not a huge risk, right. So now if there’s something new stimulation, then if you already are in panic mode, if you’re already healing, it’s going to try to force you to go in a safe place so it can heal properly. There was a recent study that came actually from McGill University here in Canada, that anti inflammatories might be actually one of the reasons why we end up in chronic pain. I personally knew this a long time ago because if our nervous system created inflammation, there is a reason why it created that 1000 years ago, 500 years ago, we did not have a medication, a chemically induced you know medication in the body. We had foods you had herbs, just to help the system heal. So if you get an injury, there is an inflammatory response from the body that comes to heal that injury. If we if we take a medication, the medication the because it’s an artificial change in the system is going to force your body to reduce that inflammation. Yes, it’s going to help you a lot for the pain. But your body is trying to repair itself. So then you don’t have or you don’t end up in chronic pain it’s trying to heal. And if you actually decrease that healing respond, then there’s never healing actually happening. I’m not saying to you do not take anti inflammatories, because when the pain level is so high, you have to do something to reduce that. And for any medication, you still talk to your doctor. But I just wanted to give you an idea that your nervous system is constantly trying to heal you, your body’s trying to heal you. So listen to your body, when you get injured. Pay attention to what it wants, what it wants to eat, what it wants to do. Because healing is not just the physical aspect, you need to heal everything you need to heal your mind, you need to heal your muscles, and then you need to heal your spirit. And when those get together, that’s how we feel better. Because we’re not single structure, we have billions of billions of cells inside our body. They all work together. And we know that there’s no machine, you know, yeah, that it will just literally scan and heal everything. But it’s interesting. When you give the right thing to the system, it start kind of unfolding everything and putting and healing everything back in its place. So one thing that we have created the term pain clinic, using shockwave therapy specifically, are protocols that treat you in the most functional or holistic approach, still using shockwave to actually heal the system. So when you have a whiplash, we don’t just treat you on the suboccipital muscles, we need to start there. So we treat everything from the suboccipital muscles, you go and treat all along the spine, the cervical region, treating the upper trapezius muscles, treating your rotator cuff muscles, treating the front of the neck, treating your pec muscles. And then we actually go underneath here on your armpit area because there is a joint that it’s actually made from muscles. It’s just where your scapula in your ribs attached. So we have a group of muscles, the subscapularis muscle, which is one of the rotator cuff muscles, we have the serratus muscles that can actually pull your scapula. And if your shoulders go here, it’s not necessary that just your back muscles, the chest muscles are actually pulling, we have so much muscle underneath here. So these muscles need actually release. So with the true shockwave that we do, we have the ability to reach 12 centimeters deep in the body. So we can actually physically go and release those muscles. And when we do the treatment from the sub occipital region, down to here, we are resetting everything at the same time. So we’re releasing your skin, your fascia, your muscles, your tendons, your ligaments, and then your body starts releasing the nerves and then you start actually allowing the joints to go to their proper place. Because even the cervical vertebrae are a joint they get pulled from the muscles. Now, if you combine this treatment, let’s say with chiropractic adjustment, with physiotherapy exercise, with massage, everything else is going to help but shockwave it’s almost that regeneration seed. We are planting a regeneration specifically where the injury is and treating the dysfunction at the same time. So treating it this function stimulate stimulating regeneration stimulating healing. So anything else become as a fertilizer. So if you like to go for walk if you’d like to exercise if you’d like to put heat pack, that becomes a fertilizer off that regeneration seed and that’s how things actually heal properly. And with the main effect of the shockwave being angiogenesis, which is A new blood vessel growth. And this has been scientifically proven that shockwaves stimulate angiogenesis, completely new capillaries, new blood vessels, wherever you do the the true Shockwave. Every year, there are 250 studies that actually come out in shockwave field for different body parts. For muscle skeletal injuries, it’s been used since 91. So we already know the mechanism of how shockwave works. And then after your body creates the new blood vessel in the in the area in the region, because we have triggered your body’s natural healing response, your body has responded properly. That means about seven to eight weeks later, you get your own stem cells coming to the area where we applied the shockwave to repair whatever has been injured. So obviously, depends on the degree of injury, some tissues will actually heal faster, some might take longer, but typically at unpaid clinic what what we do for chronic cases, if you’re going to treat a region that already has been treated, and you’re still in pain, then we tried to go about three to five sessions initially to get the healing going, then allow your body to heal for about four to six weeks time. And then in six weeks, we see if you’re happy where things are, you’re feeling 50 6070 80% Better, you might only need one session, and then you go with a life. If things feel 30 40% Better than what we do is we do this initial three to five sessions. And then every six weeks or every three months, we treat that area to boost the regeneration, the healing, while you still continue with other therapists or other modalities to help the recovery. Okay, so I hope this made sense for you. I hope this triggered a curiosity that there’s still possibility. And believe me, wherever you are around the world, never give up on on healing, and never give up trying to heal yourself. Do not accept the status quo, do not accept the pain, do not accept that, hey, this is the way I’m going to be there is always a solution. And you never know, it could be the simplest thing that could change your life forever. So not like Shockwave. It’s an advanced tool. But sometimes even though shockwave doesn’t help, and it could be just like an energy work, or it could be just a food or it could be just a technique that could actually solve the problem. So always try keep trying because you are in charge of your body, you are the CEO of your body. If you wait for medical system to help you, that’s not gonna help much as we know, because it’s focused so much in symptomatic treatment. If you have a physical injury, you know, if you have a tear, obviously, we need the surgery, we need the medical system to go and repair that. But if they’re if you’re in a stage that there’s no physical injury in the system, but you still have pain, and you have done CT scan, MRI X ray, everything comes clear. Then just keep trying because you’re going to find the solution. Okay, if there’s anything that we can help, you can always go to unpaid clinic.com. That’s our website book, a telehealth session, we can discuss, email us contact us, give us a call whatever you prefer, wherever you are around the world. Our goal is to help humans reduce pain by 70%. That’s, that’s that’s what we aim constantly. And if you’re not from Edmonton than we actually have practitioners around the world. I teach actually shockwave therapy at my other company. It’s called I Love Shockwave. So I trained practitioners in proper shockwave applications around the world. So we have a huge network of clinicians that do similar treatment as at unpaid clinic, and they might be able to help you. Okay, have a lovely, lovely day. And we’ll talk to you next time.