Did you know that for every car accident these days there are 2.7 cases of whiplash? In other words, the number of cases of whiplash is rising despite there being no increase in car accidents!
Researchers from Norway (where whiplash is a major epidemic) visited Lithuania, where whiplash is unheard of. A comparison of 202 Lithuanians who had been in a car accident and a similar number who had not, revealed that there was no difference in the amount of neck pain or headaches experienced, even including the more serious accidents. (Shrader H et al. Lancet. 1996 , 347:1207-11 & Shrader H et al.2006,13:1226-32)
One study demonstrated that following a simulated accident, where the neck didn’t move at all, one month later 10% of people still had neck pain! Studies like this also demonstrated that whiplash is more likely to become persistent if the individual is already suffering from stress or emotional turmoil in their lives. (Castro WH et al. International Journal of Legal Medicine. 2001,114:316-22). Add to this the inner anger and turmoil brought about by the accident itself and you can see how if this underlying cause is not recognised, the symptoms will persist.
Finally, a study of demolition drivers in the US showed that almost none had chronic neck pain, despite having an average of about 150 collisions! They love what they do and without any ‘traumatic’ emotions being involved, it is clear that the physical force alone was not causing them any injury or pain.
Broken bones heal, so why not a sprain of the neck?
Whiplash is actually a soft tissue strain which should normally resolve within 2 or 3 weeks, but when the underlying emotional cause is not recognised, then this stress induced condition will often persist and/or recur. Unfortunately most people who have had whiplash in the past believe that whenever they develop neck pain it must be due to the fact that there is still some sort of injury there. This is despite the fact that; they have had no further physical trauma, they might have months when they are pain free, and the initial accident was often many years earlier and often even did not even involve much force anyway.
Full Recovery is possible
I have been developing the SIRPA™ approach over the past few years based on growing evidence demonstrating that the brain can cause very real pain even where there is no physical damage. By addressing the underlying cause and because the process is reversible full recovery is possible, as you can see from the many real success stories.
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Steps to recovery
- Read my book, ‘Chronic Pain: your key to recovery‘ for a full understanding and tools to help you begin your own recovery journey.
- The online SIRPA Recovery Programme – provides more in depth information, strategies and support for those who require additional guidance.
- One to one consultations with myself in person or via skype are possible, either for assessment or to help provide motivation and guidance while you are following the programme.
Other conditions we can help with:
• Inconsistencies relating to current theories about chronic pain