Whiplash: What are the main causes and cures?

Whiplash is arguably the most common injury suffered in motor vehicle accidents. It occurs after rapid movement of the head and neck and most commonly follows motor vehicle accidents involving a rear end collision.

What causes whiplash?


Specifically sudden force or rapid movement stretches and tears the muscles in the neck to cause whiplash. Typically the sufferer of whiplash will notice tenderness around the neck, headaches and tightness in the neck. There may also be a decreased range of motion and pain.

The symptoms can occur immediately or may take some time to become apparent but it is extremely important to realise the condition is real and that untreated whiplash may lead to even greater problems including depression and anxiety.

How do you treat it?


Since 1928 when the term whiplash was first used medical professionals have considered the condition and are in a position to provide sound advice to assist recovery. While this article should not be considered in place of proper medical opinion the current treatments appear to be as follows:

  • Applying ice to the neck for 20-30 minutes every 3-4 hours for the first two to three days post injury.
  • If your Doctor recommends it you may use a neck brace support.
  • Pain killers if recommended by your Doctor.
  • Application of heat to the affected area after two to three days of icing that area.
  • Treatment such as Ultrasound, massage or physiotherapy.

Under the Motor Accident Insurance Act insurers are obliged to pay for treatment upfront, that is before the claim is settled. Physiotherapists and other health professionals can submit treatment plans so that a victim’s treatment is funded directly by the Insurer. Law firms such as  Sinnamon Lawyers can also assist in obtaining funding for that treatment which could well lessen the impact of the Whiplash injury in the future.

How to avoid it?


Finally, while it is not possible to prevent motor vehicle accidents, there are many safety measures we can take to minimize the risk of whiplash in an accident. The proper use of devices such as seatbelts and car seats for children, in hand with safe defensive driving techniques will greatly help to minimize the chance of whiplash.

What do you think? Have you suffered from whiplash? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.


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8 ways to happiness

by: V

As we grow up, we learn that the world is not a perfect place.  We find that things don’t always go our way, that sometimes we get hurt, and that we do fail.  But just because life has its disappointments doesn’t mean we should give up on being happy.  Abraham Lincoln once said. “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” 

Are you ready to bring joy into your life?  If you are, then here are fabulous tips on cranking up your happiness meter.

Happiness Meter

Happiness Meter Level No. 1: Let go of the past.

It’s hard to be content when there’s a big weight on your back, and the past is one of the heaviest burdens a person can bear.

So, let it go!


Leave behind those old mistakes, regrets and frustrations – there’s nothing you can do about them, anyway.  Once you clear out the closet of your past, you’ll find you have more space and energy to enjoy what you have NOW.

Happiness Meter Level No. 2: Have wonderful friends.



The happiest people are those who find pleasure in the company they keep.  If you find that you’re hanging out with people who don’t support you or who make you feel bad about yourself, then maybe, it is time you looked for friends elsewhere.  Surround yourself with people whom you can respect and treats you with respect, who are positive and honest, and who make you laugh and feel good about who you are.

Happiness Meter Level No. 3: Take good care of yourself.


While it is okay to indulge yourself once in a while (a little chocolate can do wonders in the happiness department), too much of anything never ends well.  Balance is key here.  Eat well and engage in physical activities you love.  Don’t be scared to try a new sport, either.  A healthy body is a happy body.

Happiness Meter Level No. 4: Set goals for yourself.


Having goals to achieve give you a sense of purpose and direction.  It helps to write them down.  If you are busy challenging yourself and doing everything it takes to make it all happen, there won’t be any time to be miserable.  Because there is nothing quite as fulfilling as making your own dreams come true.

Happiness Meter Level No. 5: Be spontaneous.


This is to remind you not to get caught up in No. 4.  Sure, planning out your life and knowing what you want will help you be happier with yourself.  But it is also important to take time off to do things that aren’t part of the Big Plan.  Loosen up! Bring flowers to your mom, just because.  It is life’s little surprises that give it meaning.

Happiness Meter Level No. 6:  Spread the love!


That old warm, fuzzy feeling is far too underrated these days.  One of the best ways to make yourself happy is by doing nice things for others.  It could be as little as holding the door open for someone else or as big as spending a whole day at a children’s home.  Your problems become smaller and easier to handle when you’re thinking about other people.

Happiness Meter Level No. 7: Learn something new everyday.



To be happy is to grow and experience new things.  The world is full of things to see, feel and know.  Open your mind to them!  Don’t limit yourself by thinking YOU CAN’T.  DARE yourself to do things you’ve never done before.  You never know what you might discover about the world and yourself.

Happiness Meter Level No. 8: Believe that you deserve to be happy.


A lot of people are depressed because they don’t think they ought to be happy.  They count their faults instead of their blessings, and punish themselves because others are suffering and they are not.  Don’t be one of those people.  Every one of us deserves happiness.  Instead of brooding over our feelings, we should learn to take happiness when and where to find it.

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boy truths learned #1

Boys aren’t very smart – so don’t tell them one thing when you actually mean the opposite.  Just be honest with them.  Also, boys often act on impulse – naah, not the giving of platinum wedding rings thing – which means they don’t overthink as much as we do.  This can be a good thing (they are spontaneous), but we do really make an issue over it.  Lastly, not all boys are alike.  Understanding them is a lifelong experience.

Boy Truth#1

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