Safety Tips for Avoiding Whiplash

For those in recovery after an auto accident caused whiplash, chiropractic treatments are some of the best forms of care you can receive. At Apollo Chiropractic, our chiropractic care treatments will help soothe and repair even the most damaging effects of whiplash.

In many cases, the effects of whiplash could have been lessened or even eliminated altogether with the proper safety precautions related to vehicles. Even in cases where whiplash is sustained, the right precautions can make the care we provide that much easier to administer and see true results from. Here are three tips for ensuring your risk of whiplash is as low as possible while you drive.

Seat Placement

When you are seated in a car that impacts another object from the front and stops suddenly, physics naturally dictates what happens next. The way your seat is placed can make a huge difference here – if there’s too much cushion (say, if you naturally lean too far back in your seat), all that space can create a heavier “whipping” sensation as you rock forward from impact.

Properly aligned seats, on the other hand, will offer support to your torso and back as they’re impacted. No more than a 20-degree angle is generally recommended. This isn’t to say that they can simply remove all damage, but the right seat placement will take some of the load and torque off your back, and leave you at lower risk for whiplash.

Head Restraint

Perhaps even more vital is the head restraint. Many people view this as nothing but an aesthetic afterthought, but the head restraint is vital during a collision – if it’s placed properly, it will cushion the head and stop a major whipping effect that would otherwise take place. The head restraint should be level with or above the top of your head, and it should be about 2 inches from the back of your head in your normal seated position.

High Safety Ratings

The seats and head restraints are the most direct factors in influencing whiplash, but there are several others. Cars with the highest safety ratings didn’t get those by accident, and whiplash is exactly the sort of thing they’re rated to protect against. Proper seat belts and airbags are very important, and in today’s modern age, more and more manufacturers are able to make cars capable of avoiding many common collisions altogether.

Want to learn more about our whiplash treatments, auto accident recovery, or any of our other health services? Speak to the professionals at Apollo Chiropractic today.