Whiplash and ABI

A whiplash, concussion and other Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) may have long-term effects. Many people underestimate this. They are happy that they are able to get out of the car without visible injuries after a collision, and expect that the headache and neck pain that they feel will go away in a few weeks. And in half of whiplash cases this is true, but a large part of the other half still has symptoms even one year later. The other half has long-term symptoms that last anything between a few months to more than a year.

What is a whiplash?

A whiplash is diagnosed in case of symptoms after an accident (usually a rear-end collision) or a fall on the head. In accidents such as this, the neck receives a heavy blow. The powers that are released first cause an extreme lengthening of the structures in your body, followed by an extreme shortening. Structures not only refers to the cervical spine and shoulders, but also your windpipe, oesophagus, and anything connected with it.

Would you like to learn more about the possibilities
of osteopatic treatment in this case?

We treat your whole body

The osteopaths at Life is Motion treat your whole body, even if you come to us with just a headache or neck pain. We feel how your cerebral membrane, spinal cord membrane and cranial bones move. Together with the brain, these structures may influence recovery after a whiplash. The impact of a whiplash may have a restrictive effect on the mobility of your whole body. We track all areas with a loss of movement and treat them in order to improve circulation, mobility, and nerve stimulation. This is how we lay the foundation so that your body can heal itself.


A concussion may be caused by a fall on the head or a heavy bump to the head. Taking rest and an advice to be woken up during the first night(s) is the best advice that we can give you. If your symptoms such as headaches and fatigue last longer, then we can use osteopathy to help you.

Chronic symptoms after a concussion

People who keep chronic symptoms after a concussion often experience a sinus headache. We use calm, mobilising and massaging techniques to stimulate and improve circulation in the head and neck. This may help to reduce the symptoms, improve your sleep quality and allow you to be well-rested so that your body can resume its own recovery process.

A few frequently occurring symptoms are:

  • Headache
  • Neck pain
  • Heartburn
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Beeping or ringing ears
  • Fatigue, concentration disorders, forgetfulness
  • Emotional exhaustion problems
  • Problems enduring light or sound
  • Lower back pains, pelvic problems
  • Radiating pain in the face, shoulders or arms
  • General stiffness of the body