Many past accidents that go untreated have an impact on current symptoms. Low Velocity Impact and Whiplash (LVW) is a leading cause of this symptom complex. The old adage that “if nothing hurt then nothing was injured” could not be more misleading.Present research continues to prove that these low speed accidents especially whiplash can indeed cause many problems, some of which may be lifelong if not corrected.


At Oregon Chiropractic Services we explain the basic definition of LVW as one in which the body is at rest and upright while strapped into the seat when a sudden impact, either by deceleration (hitting an object) or acceleration (being hit by another object).

1st PHASE, there is movement of the lower torso with respect to that of the head which remains stationary.
2nd PHASE, the force transcends up the spine with the head moving in opposite directions to that of the torso. Injury to the side of the neck opposite the direction of force occurs.
3rd PHASE, the event culminates with rebound of the head and upper back toward the direction of force because of restraint and many times produces injury to the opposite side.

Once the human body is subjected to the physical forces of break in inertia, created momentum and gravity, instability is established with potential energy.

Present research in Low Velocity Whiplash like that produced by Michael D. Freemon, DC, PhD, of the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University; Portland, Oregon and Arthur C. Croft, DC, the Spine Research Institute of San Diego; San Diego, California, continues to reflect that impact injury of a subtle nature can still affect each vertebrae of the spine and often produce symptoms that are days, weeks and at times many months after an accident.


Common symptoms include having stiff, sore muscles and mild headaches. Symptoms can delay in showing up for a day or more, this can result in more intense headaches, pain or even muscle spasms. Symptoms usually appear within the first few days of trauma.

Visit a chiropractor is you have any of the following symptoms: neck pain, stiffness around the neck, lower back pain, dizziness, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, difficulty concentrating, difficulty remembering, sleep disturbances, fatigue and shoulder pain.


Each individual case of whiplash is different, at Oregon Chiropractic Services we take our time to carefully diagnose and implement the appropriate chiropractic treatment. It is for this reason we encourage you to seek treatment following an automobile accident. Dr. Bernhard has been serving the community for over 31 years. His expertise and clinical skill has helped assist thousands of patients in healing back to normal.

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