Recently at a seminar, we were learning about treatment and alignment of the upper cervical spine after whiplash injuries. The speaker was a very esteemed atlas orthogonal doctor and chiropractor. In passing he mentioned that when an atlas orthogonal doctor restores a proper alignment of the head and neck within 72 hours (post injury), the inflammatory response will be reduced or stopped. Meaning there won’t be as much pain, swelling, etc. Essentially if you more immediately reduce the misalignment, you will reduce the future swelling, pain, and suffering.
This rang a bell in my memory. Playing basketball growing up, a common remedy for a jammed finger was to pull on the finger right after the injury (essentially a crude adjustment of the finger to open the joint space). We were told that that would stop the finger from swelling (inflammatory response). So you can see how the theories are similar. And while I wouldn’t suggest pulling on your neck right after an injury, but I would suggest seeing an upper-cervical-based-chiropractor. (www.GlobalAO.com; www.UPCSpine.com)
Dr. Ryan Spurgeon, DC, BCAO – October 2013
Olathe and Kansas City Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Practitioner