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Whiplash Causes, Signs, Therapy, Ayurveda Idea

By Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) & Dr Manasa, B.A.M.S
Whiplash is a neck damage. It’s brought on as a result of motion of the neck just like the cracking of a whip. Herein there’s forceful and speedy forwards and backwards motion of the neck resulting in the neck damage. Different names – Neck sprain, Pressure
Observe – these phrases embody different forms of neck accidents.
Learn – Stiff Neck Causes, Ayurvedic Therapy And Cures


Mechanism of whiplash – This situation normally happens when the top is thrown backward and forwards, forcefully and rapidly. This will ultimately result in damage of bones within the backbone, inter-vertebral discs, muscle tissue, ligaments, nerves and different tissues of the neck.

Essential causes of whiplash –
Rear-end automobile accidents (commonest trigger)
Auto / automobile accidents particularly rear-end collisions
Bodily abuse / assault – It could happen when one is punched or shaken. It’s a generally seen damage in shaken child syndrome.
Contact sports activities / sports activities accident like soccer tackles
Different forms of traumas, falls and so on
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The ache and different signs of whiplash begin getting higher in folks affected by this situation. The aid begins few weeks after following the remedy plan. Interventions embody medicines for ache aid and train. Some folks might wind up with persistent neck ache and problems which run a protracted course.


Indicators and signs normally develop inside few days of the damage.

  • Ache within the neck
  • Stiffness within the neck
  • Actions of the neck worsens the ache
  • Lack of vary of movement / actions within the neck
  • Complications (normally begins on the base of the neck / base of the cranium)
  • Ache or tenderness within the higher again, shoulder or arms
  • Numbness / tingling within the arms
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

Extra signs are additionally famous in some folks –

  • Tinnitus – ringing within the ears
  • Blurring of imaginative and prescient
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Irritability
  • Melancholy
  • Issues associated to reminiscence
  • Problem in concentrating

When to seek the advice of physician?

Under talked about situations of the whiplash ought to provide you with a warning to seek the advice of physician instantly –
Signs / neck ache occurring after a automobile accident, sports activities damage or different traumatic damage. This situation ought to be promptly and precisely recognized and damages across the neck or damaged bones shall be dominated out.


Often inside a couple of weeks following damage many individuals who’ve whiplash begin feeling higher. Additionally they don’t appear to have any lasting signs from the whiplash damage. Some folks proceed having ache for a number of months or years following the damage. It’s tough to foretell the interval and nature of restoration in whiplash accidents since this varies from individual to individual. Persistent ache is extra prone to happen if the signs on the onset of whiplash have been intense and have quickly began. It could additionally happen if the preliminary signs of whiplash embody extreme ache within the neck, excessively restricted vary of actions and ache radiating in direction of the arm.

Unhealthy prognosis of whiplash are related to
Having earlier historical past of whiplash
Previous age
Excessive pace damage
Current neck ache or low again ache
Learn – Low Again Ache – Ayurveda View Level And Therapy


Prognosis of whiplash is normally completed by means of an intensive examination. Case historical past and narration of occasions resulting in the signs will assist the doctor to diagnose this situation. Your physician might palpate your head, neck and arms whereas asking you to carry out some actions to entry the vary of actions / movement in neck and shoulders, depth of ache, diploma of movement which causes or worsens the ache, tenderness in your neck and in addition within the again and shoulders, sensation and power in limbs and reflexes therein. Some imaging checks too might be required regardless of accidents associated to whiplash not being obvious on imaging checks. S rays, CT scan or MRI scan could also be suggested to rule out the opposite situations that are just like whiplash or could be masking the whiplash ache.


Prevention of whiplash and associated signs consists of being cautious with or avoiding the causes which ends up in the identical. One must be cautious whereas driving or taking part in sports activities and in addition ought to stay away from abuse and assault. One ought to take security measures associated to driving and sports activities significantly.

Different options embody – buying a automobile with extremely rated head relaxation after which adjusting the top restraint correctly. Airbags, seat belts, correctly designed seats and adjusted head restraint will shield one from sustaining a whiplash damage in a rear-end collision.

A 2002 Canadian research – confirmed that solely about 14% of headrests evaluated have been correctly adjusted. It was 28% within the UK. That meant 72% of entrance seat occupants didn’t correctly modify their head restraints or they’d improperly adjusted head restraints. Amongst remaining 28% who had head restraint in correct place, 11% had a hard and fast / non-adjustable one piece design and the safety was additionally restricted to solely a shorter particular person. One also needs to put on a security belt whereas driving and sit upright.
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Ache management would be the major aim of whiplash remedy. The opposite targets might be to enhance and restore regular vary of actions / movement within the neck and get the ailing particular person again to regular actions. Ache administration shall be achieved by means of relaxation, warmth or chilly software, ache medicines and injections and muscle relaxants.

Workout routines as important a part of intervention
Some stretching and motion workout routines shall be suggested. These workout routines shall be completed at house. Helps in attaining ache aid and different motives of the remedy talked about above. Workout routines are skillfully mixed with a remedy plan. Train will yield higher outcomes if moist warmth or heat bathe is taken over the painful space earlier than doing the train.

Widespread workout routines suggested
Rotation of neck, in each instructions
Tilting of head from one facet to the opposite
Bending of neck in direction of the chest
Rolling of shoulders
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Bodily Remedy

Bodily remedy will assist those that have ongoing ache associated to whiplash or those that need assistance by way of workout routines which might assist in bettering vary of movement. This can assist folks with whiplash to really feel higher and stop additional damage. Bodily remedy would come with workout routines which assist in strengthening the muscle tissue, enhance one’s posture and restore regular motion.
TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) is a process wherein delicate electrical present is utilized to the pores and skin. This ease neck ache and in addition assist in bettering muscle power quickly as per sure analysis works.

Foam collars

Lengthy again tender foam cervical collars used generally to ease the accidents associated to whiplash and in addition to carry the neck and head nonetheless. Research have proven that the muscle power would possibly lower if the neck is saved nonetheless for lengthy time period. This will even intrude with restoration from whiplash. Even these days these collars are used to restrict motion and assist to cut back ache quickly after the damage. This additionally assist the folks to sleep nicely at evening.

Different Drugs

Acupuncture, chiropractic care, therapeutic massage and mind-body therapies are additionally helpful in treating whiplash however they aren’t supported by analysis proof.
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Ayurveda Idea of Whiplash

Whiplash can’t be in comparison with anybody situation defined in Ayurveda treatises. Under talked about are the hypothetical understanding of whiplash in Ayurveda language as a result of resemblance in manifestation of illness, signs and remedy in managing each these situations.

  • Vata aggravation – In Ayurveda, abhighata vis-à-vis damage is among the major causes of vata aggravation. This aggravated vata causes ache and different signs of whiplash.
  • Vatarakta – Journey historical past, various and irregular postures in journey, trauma and so on are talked about beneath etiological components of Vatarakta. Related etiologies are the reason for whiplash. So, whiplash could be thought of beneath vatarakta for remedy function.
  • Greeva shula / Manyastambha – Greeva shula means neck ache. Manyastambha means ache within the nape of the neck / neck stiffness.
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Ayurveda remedy

Whiplash could also be handled on the under stated strains of remedy –
Vata Chikitsa – remedy prescribed for aggravated vata
Vatarakta Chikitsa – remedy prescribed for vatarakta vis-à-vis gouty arthritis / peripheral vascular illness
Greeva Shula / Manyastambha Chikitsa – remedy prescribed for neck ache and ‘neck nape remedy’

Different interventions

Mamsagata Vata Chikitsa – remedy for aggravation of vata within the muscle tissue positioned within the neck area
Asthigata Vata Chikitsa – remedy for aggravation of vata within the bones positioned within the neck area
Sandhigata Vata Chikitsa – remedy for aggravation of vata within the joints of the neck area
Snayugata Vata Chikitsa – remedy for aggravation of vata within the ligaments and tendons of the neck area
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Therapy in response to signs –

Sl No Signs of whiplash Ayurveda remedy precept Ayurveda intervention / remedy
1 Ache, stiffness of the neck, lack of vary of neck actions Greeva shula / manyastambha chikitsa
Vata Chikitsa Greevaga – Mamsa, asthi, sandhi, snayugata vata chikitsa
Vatarakta Chikitsa
Abhyanga / Swedana
Greeva Vasti
Vatahara Lepa
Pinda Sweda (patra, shashtika shali)
Vasti in persistent and recurring signs
2 Headache Shirashula Chikitsa Nasya
3 Ache / tenderness within the higher again, shoulders, arms
Numbness within the arms
Vishwachi and
Apabahuka Chikitsa 
Abhyanga / Swedana
4 Dizziness  Bhrama Chikitsa
Vatahara Chikitsa
5 Fatigue Klama Chikitsa
Vatahara Chikitsa
6 Tinnitus Karnanada / Karna kshveda Chikitsa
Vatahara Chikitsa
Karna Poorana
Murdni Taila
7 Irritability
Melancholy Issues associated to reminiscence
Problem in concentrating
Manasika Roga Chikitsa
Apasmara Chikitsa
Avasada Chikitsa
Vata / Kapha Chikitsa
Murdni Taila
8 Sleep disturbances Anidra Chikitsa Murdni Taila
9 Imaginative and prescient blurring    

Therapies, Panchakarma Remedies

Snehana and Swedana
Oleation and sudation are literally not thought of amongst Panchakarma therapies. They’re preparatory procedures for these 5 specialised therapies.

Exterior oleation –

a. Abhyanga – natural oil therapeutic massage
b. Snehadhara – pouring / showering of medicated oils and ghee on the neck
c. Greeva vasti – oil pooling on the neck

Ksheerabala Taila, Mahamasha Taila, Mahanarayana Taila, Prasarini Taila, Balashwagandha Taila, Lakshadi Taila and so on shall be used for the above stated therapies.

Inside oleation –
a. Snehapana – consuming of medicated (illness particular) ghee / oil in metered dosage
b. Nitya snehapana – oral consumption of small portions of medicated fat (ghee / oil)
Guggulutiktaka Ghrta, Rasnadi Ghrta, Maharajaprasarini Tailam, Bala Tailam, Masha / Mahamasha Taila and so on shall be used for this function.

Sudation remedy – that is normally completed together with exterior oleation remedy. The under talked about sudation therapies shall be most popular within the remedy of whiplash –Patrapinda sweda – bolus sudation ready with natural leaves
Shashtika shali pinda sweda – bolus sudation ready with particular rice (paddy grown in 60 days) processed with milk ready with natural decoctions

Nasal instillation of medicated ghee / oil is the perfect remedy for whiplash.
Brmhana Nasya i.e. nourishing errhine remedy is right on this case. In persistent circumstances and recurring signs
Pratimarsha Nasya day by day instillation of small amount of medicated ghee / oil within the type of drops shall be used. The under talked about medicines shall be used for this function –
Ksheerabala Taila 101
Masha Taila
Maharajaprasarani Taila
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Vasti – medicated enemas, particularly anuvasana vasti, matra vasti – small amount of unctuous enema and brmhana vasti – nourishing enemas are useful in persistent circumstances of whiplash and in presence of extreme signs. Under talked about medicines could also be used for this function –Guggulutiktakam Ghrtam, Sahacharadi Tailam or Ksheerabala Tailam


Mahayogaraja Guggulu
Rasnadi Guggulu
Maharasnadi Kashayam
Prasarinyadi Kashayam
Dashamula Kashayam
Maharajaprasarini Tailam
Rasonadi Kashayam
Mustadi Marma Kashayam
Kokilaksham Kashayam
Guluchyadi Kashayam
Guggulutiktakam Kashayam
Gandharvahastadi Kashayam
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