The structure of the neck allows for a number of movements and is able to cope with a lot of adversities.
But if the impact is too big, the upper vertebrae cannot manage their position and as a consequence they cannot get back into their original position afterwards.
Obviously we are thinking here of all kinds of possible accidents and falls (sport, traffic,…). But also of heavy lifting, problems at birth (mother and/or child) intubation during an operation, etc.
A dislocation in the AAO-zone can happen in different ways:
The upper vertebra (C1 or Atlas) has rotated a few millimeters to the left or to the right (twisted) and as a result the head and the second and the third cervical vertebra start to compensate a lot. The rest of the spine is also needing to find a solution.
Structurally this can lead to scoliosis, lateral pelvic tilt, a leg length difference, back pain, headache……….
The upper vertebra is twice out of position. In case of whiplash it is possible that the atlas is pushed additionally to the left or to the right.
The first problem (torsion) initially causes smaller complaints, but these complaints increase with time which creates the need for all kinds of treatments.
The whiplash position usually creates serious and complex complaints very quickly. Other therapies fail (sometimes for years), or bring only temporary relief. Patients with a real whiplash are often desperate and hopeless.
They represent the biggest group of candidats for a Collum Treatment for our practitioners.