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April 27, 2005

Results Of A Rear-End Collision

Frequently, rear-end accidents result in whiplash injuries. A new client was referred to me after clearance from their doctor following a rear-end accident. They had low back pain, especially on the right side.

When thinking in physical terms about the transfer of energy during the accident, right sided-low back pain corresponds to the hard breaking required in the accident. My client's car was hit from behind while still rolling, though slowing, and the car from behind was beginning to accelerate. If you can imagine that scenario, it's easy to see why the majority of pain landed in the low back rather than resulting in whiplash.

Because of the amount of pain, I worked very lightly in the low back stroking toward the shoulders to dissipate the tension over a larger region. I anticipate tightness settling in the neck once the low back pain calms down. So I worked in shoulders as well. Finally, I performed a dural tube rock an important hold in Craniosacral therapy. The client's body immediately began dissipating heat and went into spontaneous "still point" for several minutes. Afterward, the client reported reduced pain and was able to lie comfortably on their back. I finished with the cranial base release and induced another "still point".

Posted by linda at April 27, 2005 8:15 AM

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