Skip to main content
Whiplash Treatment Upper Cervical Chiropractor in Mount Dora, FL Near Me

Whiplash Treatment With Upper Cervical Care in Mount Dora, FL

Many people seek out upper cervical chiropractic care in Mount Dora, FL, after having an auto accident injury. One of the most common car accident injuries is whiplash, which occurs when the head and neck are whipped from back to front, similar to cracking a whip. Most car accidents are rear-end collisions, with whiplash being a common result. Whiplash can also occur from other kinds of trauma, accidents, abuse, and falls.

Many people in Mount Dora in an accident don’t even realize they have sustained a whiplash injury until weeks or months later when the problem becomes persistent and leads to other issues. If you injured your neck in an accident or other incident, this article will help you to understand if you have a whiplash injury and how upper cervical chiropractic care can help you treat it.

Because most whiplash incidents impact the spine and the surrounding nerves and tissues, upper cervical chiropractic care is an excellent avenue for treatment—arguably the BEST. Chiropractic doctors are skilled in assessing the source and degree of injury associated with whiplash and determining an effective treatment plan. Chiropractic care is gentle and non-invasive. Through small adjustments, people find great relief from the pain associated with whiplash and are on the road to full recovery. Call our team at Mount Dora Family Chiropractic to discover how upper cervical chiropractic care can help you recover from whiplash.

Complimentary Whiplash Consultation

We’d love to meet you for a 15-20 minute session with a doctor to get your story, conduct any preliminary tests, and see if we can help you. If so, great, if not, we’ll help you find the place that can.

How Our Whiplash Care Plan Works

1. Real Answers

You have a story and we want to hear it. We want to understand you. If we feel we can help, we’ll complete a very detailed exam–unlike anything you’ve done anywhere else to get to the root of the problem.

2. Real Solutions

Once we’ve gotten to the bottom of things–the root cause–we’ll tailor-make a program of care first to stop the damage and turn things around, then continue to move your health and function in a constructive direction.

3. Real Life

At the end of the day, you want your quality of life back. Better. Stronger. Healthier. We desire to help you achieve the life that God has called you to–getting you back to your sense of purpose and joy.

How We Treat Whiplash With Upper Cervical Care in Mount Dora, FL

Comprehensive Consultation and Exam

The doctor and team will first do a consultation and preliminary evaluation (complimentary) to ensure you’re in the right place, and we can help you. If so, we’ll do a much deeper dive into your condition and how it’s affecting your life. Once we understand you clearly, we’ll thoroughly examine your spine and nervous system utilizing chiropractic, functional, and neurologic testing to find the root cause of the problem(s).

CBCT (3D Panoramic X-ray) and Motion Study X-rays

Once we’ve determined that you are a good candidate for care and we can help you, we will likely need to take very specific forms of imaging to pinpoint the problem (unless you are pregnant). We want to get a good look at the curves of the spine, the alignment (or lack thereof), any degenerative changes, contraindications to care, and ultimately find out EXACTLY what we need to do for you to get better.

*Depending on the findings, we may need to refer out for an MRI to get conclusive answers and the severity of the damage.

Specific Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

At our family-oriented practice in Mount Dora, we provide a specific and unique form of chiropractic care that is very precise, extremely effective, and incredibly gentle. In fact, there is no twisting or “cracking” of your spine. Utilizing a form of care known as Blair Upper Cervical, which focuses on the top two bones in the neck, where your head and neck come together, tends to yield uncommon results due to the neurological influence of this critical area of your spine. We add a supportive type of adjusting for the rest of your spine known as TRT (Torque Release Technique). This is also an exact, effective, yet gentle instrument-based technique that produces fantastic results.

When the joints of your spine are misaligned, it puts pressure on the joints and, more importantly, on your nervous system—known as a subluxation—which may cause pain and affect your global spinal alignment and health. Your specific adjustments aim to reduce the subluxations, taking pressure off your spinal joints, nervous system, and vasculature, reducing nerve tension, and improving blood and CSF flow so your body can self-heal the way it was created.

Whiplash Treatment Chiropractor in Mount Dora, FL Near Me Upper Cervical Care Diagram

Custom Therapeutic Exercise Plan

Depending on your particular case, we will design a custom rehab/exercise plan to help you recover quicker and, most importantly, attain lasting results. Your unique exercise plan aims to help restore global spinal imbalances, address muscle weakness, increase range of motion, and improve your posture. We also aim to keep it simple—so you can do it at home quickly. If you are a severe case, we may refer you for physical therapy aimed at a more tailored and monitored exercise rehab to complement your upper cervical chiropractic care.

Whiplash Chiropractor in Mount Dora, FL Near Me Whiplash Exercises

SoftWave TRT (Tissue Regenerative Technologies)

Shockwave Therapy, or Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (EWST), is a non-invasive treatment that involves the delivery of shock waves to an injured area to promote healing. This treatment produces highly effective shock waves that initiate biological regeneration processes at the cellular level.

Treatment involves technology that applies short, frequent, and high-intensity bursts of mechanical energy (in the form of a shockwave) into soft tissue that is injured, scarred, or contains adhesions, is painful, or inflamed.

SoftWave triggers a cellular response upon delivery that activates the body’s natural healing process. Patients experience the transformative benefits, including:

  • Increased blood supply (promotes healing)
  • Promotion of angiogenesis (new blood vessels)
  • Modulation of inflammation (pain reduction)
  • Activation of resident stem cells (generates new tissue)
  • Restoration of tissue elasticity (healthier tissues)
  • Endogenous growth factor activation (improved wound healing)
Whiplash Treatment Chiropractor in Mount Dora, FL Near Me SoftWave Therapy

Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Mount Dora Family Chiropractic’s specialty, focuses on the upper spinal region where the head and neck join. It is well known that any history of trauma (even if mild or years ago) can cause a misalignment in the upper neck. This region of the spine houses and protects part of the most critical region of your nervous system—the brainstem. All postural control emanates from this region. Thus, a misalignment of the top two bones in the neck (known as the atlas (C1) and axis (C2) vertebrae) can and will cause postural distortion, predisposing the spine and discs to injury. This postural distortion will usually be seen as:

  • One leg shorter than the other (pulled short due to abnormal neurological
    Firing of the muscles)
  • A pelvic tilt
  • Unlevel shoulders
  • Head tilt

Doctors of Upper Cervical Chiropractic understand that misalignments or subluxations in this part of the spine are often at the root of pain, whether the injury and misalignment are in the neck or the low back. Furthermore, subluxations left undetected and uncorrected may prevent full recovery and cause chronic health conditions in the long term.

Of course, this doesn’t mean we ignore the other parts of the spine, as there may be other damage or misalignments that must be addressed. Upper Cervical Chiropractic doctors simply acknowledge that without properly addressing this area, care in other areas of the spine will be far less effective and short-lived since the entire spine will continue to compensate due to the upper cervical misalignment that has not been properly assessed and corrected.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic care aims to realign the upper cervical vertebrae to restore proper nerve function and promote overall health. This form of care, along with lifestyle modifications and support, can significantly improve the healing, relief, and long-term stability of those suffering from disc injuries and acute or chronic pain from whiplash.

Check Out Our Online Reviews

Based on 133 reviews
Thomas Hardin
Thomas Hardin
I encourage all to look into this practice. I initially came here to solve a common lower back issue that flared up one day. After the consultation, care, and self treatment exercises this common issue is nothing more than a distant memory. I feel taller, more fit, and more capable of getting after the things that make my life busy. I am grateful for the treatment and professional expertise that surrounds the practice.
Kenneth Gonzalez
Kenneth Gonzalez
My overall physical and emotional health has improved dramatically. Attentive professionals who look for the specific care you need to feel your best. Not only do you improve your spine, you learn nutrition skills and multiple tips to improve your overall health. Very generous and helpful staff. I have felt increased mobility, and advanced my physical potential.
Trisha A. Eckoff
Trisha A. Eckoff
Wonderful experience with the staff and chiropractor. Dr. Todd and his assistant Deb took the time to explain the sphine to brain functions. In the consultation he also recommended his technics plus the healing process with which type of treatments were best suited for me. I tried and loved the softwave tissue regeneration with Julie. Help my throbbing burning shoulder pain immediately. I felt very comfortable and went ahead and set up my next appt.
Steve P
Steve P
Amazing Chiropractic office. I am treated like family, and Dr. Todd has helped me and my family with our issues. Highly recommend!
Susie Mayer
Susie Mayer
Mt Dora Family Chiropractic is wonderful from the moment you step in the door. The staff is super warm and friendly. They always work hard to accommodate your schedule. Dr. Todd genuinely cares about his patients and has helped me tremendously with controlling migraine headaches. Since starting here the number and severity of my migraines has decreased significantly. My overall health continues to improve as well! I’d give them 10 stars if I could!
Raina Steward
Raina Steward
I became a patient of Mount Dora Family Chiropractic about a year ago due to an auto accident. Dr. Todd and his staff treated me like family from day 1 and worked to get me back to optimal health. Even after being released from the auto accident care I continued to treat. Since being a patient my migraines have diminished and I'm no longer on blood pressure pills. I highly recommend MDFC for optimum care of your health!
Samuel Thornburg
Samuel Thornburg
Thorough, friendly, knowledgeable!
jeremy veilleux
jeremy veilleux
The staff is very friendly and welcoming. The office atmosphere is relaxing. Dr. Todd has helped with the chiropractic issues I have been having and made lots of improvements.
Tonya Keefer
Tonya Keefer
Dr. Todd and Carolina are as friendly, approachable and genuine as they come as far as medical staff go and their love for their clients and helping others is evident. I am highly satisfied with my chiropractic care from Mount Dora Family Chiropractics! Highly recommend, no regrets. .
Jamie Veilleux
Jamie Veilleux
Great office atmosphere, listens to your needs, and feels like family

Common Whiplash Symptoms and Injuries in Mount Dora, FL

Whiplash injuries can range from mild to very severe. Injuries tend to be more significant when your headrest is positioned too low. If the impact was severe or the headrest was low, broken bones and tissue damage are possible. We highly recommend seeing an upper cervical chiropractor and receiving a thorough examination and specialized X-ray series. Even if the impact seemed mild, you may have whiplash if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder, upper back, and arm pain
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Pain when turning the head
  • Inability to move or turn the head fully
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms, hands, and fingers
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Depression
  • Change in menstrual cycle

As you can see there are a wide range of symptoms and not all of them may be immediately traceable to whiplash. Even if a doctor has cleared you, your pain could still be related to whiplash, and you may need treatment to correct the problem and prevent long-term chronic pain and symptoms. Getting your spine checked as soon as possible after a whiplash injury is critical. The sooner you start treating the issue, the less chance you have of it developing into a long-term or permanent problem.

Check Out Our Location Near You

2255 Crescent St Mt Dora, FL 32757


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I should see an upper cervical chiropractor for a whiplash injury?

If you have been in an auto accident (recent or in the past) or have unresolved pain and symptoms that haven’t responded to other treatments or home care, it would be prudent to get a proper upper cervical chiropractic spinal evaluation. If you have accompanying tension headaches, upper back or shoulder pain, fatigue, or brain fog, these are red flags for spine and tissue damage caused by whiplash best addressed by an upper cervical chiropractor.

Is a massage or chiropractic better for a whiplash injury?

Both are great but serve different purposes. Massage primarily focuses on the soft tissues (muscles, fascia), improving circulation and reducing stress, whereas chiropractic focuses on the neuro-structural system (the spinal joints and adjacent nerves). Because a chiropractic adjustment affects the nervous system, it will also directly affect muscle tension and postural tone. We find that massage is a wonderful compliment to chiropractic care but not a replacement for it.

What can I do in the meantime to relieve whiplash injury symptoms?

  • Relaxation Techniques: Incorporating relaxation practices such as deep breathing, meditation, yoga, or progressive muscle relaxation into your daily routine to relieve stress and promote overall well-being is one way of reducing tension and improving health and well-being.
  • Cold or Hot Compress: Applying a cold or hot compress may relieve neck or back pain due to whiplash injury. If it is a fresh injury <72hrs, only use cold packs wrapped in a dish towel applied to the affected area. 15-20 minutes every hour as needed. After the initial 72-hour acute phase, you may introduce heat (hot packs). We recommend alternating with hot and cold, ending with cold.
  • Adequate Rest and Sleep: To properly recover from a spinal/soft tissue whiplash injury, make sure you’re sleeping enough by setting a consistent sleeping pattern and schedule. A lack of restful slumber or irregular patterns could prolong your recovery.
  • Drink Plenty of Water: Dehydration will only slow healing and magnify symptoms. Aim for at least 8-12 glasses daily or half your body weight in ounces.
  • Ginger: The anti-inflammatory properties may help relieve whiplash symptoms. You can consume ginger in various forms, such as fresh ginger slices, tea with ginger extract, or supplements. Ginger can also help reduce any associated nausea.
  • Magnesium Supplementation: Magnesium may help with reducing neurological and muscle tension. Food sources rich in magnesium include leafy green vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Supplements may be an option; just be sure to consult your doctor first!
  • Avoid Pro-inflammatory Foods: These include processed foods with added sugar, preservatives, etc. Make an effort to eat clean, whole foods such as pasture-raised meats, organic fruits, and veggies. Also include healthy fats in grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish, avocado, and raw almonds/walnuts. The essential fatty acids in fish oil supplementation improve recovery and protect the brain in the event of future concussions.
  • Essential Oils: Many individuals find relief from nausea, headaches, and muscle tension associated with whiplash injury with essential oils like lavender, peppermint, or eucalyptus. Simply dilute several drops in a carrier oil before gently massaging or inhaling their aroma onto temples for immediate results. Be careful not to overdo it!

What’s the best way to sleep with a whiplash injury?

If you are currently symptomatic, the best posture to sleep in is semi-recumbent (as in a recliner chair) with support under your neck. Some contoured pillows are good (some are terrible)—we recommend the Killapilla—or simply roll a small towel to put under your neck. If you can lie flat in bed, put a pillow under your knees to help achieve a more neutral spinal posture. Your pillow shouldn’t be too thick and should support the natural curvature of your spine. If on your side, it’s crucial to have just the right amount of pillow height so that your head is not tilted up or down, which will only irritate your neck joints and receptor nerves, possibly aggravating your symptoms. Also, while on your side, keep your knees bent with a pillow between your knees.

Movement and Stretching: If possible, keep moving! Don’t sit for more than 20-30 minutes without getting up and moving around for several minutes. If it’s not too difficult, try to get in some walks of 10-20 minutes a couple of times a day as well. Movement hydrates the joints and discs and increases blood flow and circulation into the damaged tissues while helping to flush out damaged cells and inflammation (pain). Only do so within pain limits.

Does a chiropractic adjustment hurt?

No, a chiropractic adjustment should not hurt. Some technique models use more force to move the vertebrae where there may be an audible “cracking or popping sound”. This is nothing to fear, as it is just gas escaping the joint. That being said, in our office, we utilize a very specialized form of care that does not involve twisting or “cracking” of your spine—it is very gentle, precise, and extremely effective at producing results. You can learn more about “Upper Cervical” chiropractic care on our website.

You can also find more information at and

Complimentary Consultation

We’d love to meet you for a 15-20 minute session with a doctor to get your story, conduct any preliminary tests, and see if we can help you. If so, great, if not, we’ll help you find the place that can.

Skip to content