Whiplash is an injury that occurs when a person’s neck is whipped backwards and then forwards very suddenly. It is believed to be related to strain and injury of ligaments, tendons, muscles and other soft tissues, and is very common after a motor vehicle accident. Common symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Fatigue (in some cases)
  • Muscle spasms

Fortunately, most people recover from their whiplash injury, but approximately 15% do not recover, and develop what is known as chronic whiplash syndrome. This occurs when the healing of soft tissue injures does not proceed normally, and can cause chronic pain. It can also cause sleep problems, irritability, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and poor concentration and memory. Head and neck pain can spread to other parts of the body, including the low back, shoulders and arms.

There are many factors that can prevent a full recovery from a whiplash injury. These include:

  • Physical injury
  • How you handle and perceive pain
  • The events and stress in you daily life
  • How your culture treats trauma
  • Previous or current concussions, also known as mild traumatic brain injuries
  • Dental problems or TMJ dysfunction
  • Previous injuries or surgery affecting the tonsils, ears, arms, head and neck
  • Hormonal factors that affect mood and sleep


Chronic whiplash syndrome can ruin lives. It affects marriages, family life, ability to work, mental health, and the community at large. Our treatment plans combine conventional medical treatment with acupuncture, natural health products, breathing and posture exercises, as well as counseling and education about mindfulness and self-care. We treat the whole person, and address many factors to ensure the best results and the best possible healing experience.