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The holidays may be a time of celebration, but the pressure involved means they can often be as stressful as they are enjoyable. Unfortunately, this stress can have a significant effect on your body since when you feel stressed, your body produces hormones that trigger your natural ‘fight or flight’ response. This response causes your heart to race, your breathing to speed up and your muscles to tense, ready to react. These effects aren’t serious if they only happen once in a while, but when your body goes through this process repeatedly in a short span of time, it can be bad news for your health.
Whiplash is a fairly common injury in which the head and neck are moved rapidly back and forth. Often, we see this type of injury associated with car wrecks but can also occur from a variety of activities. This type of injury can cause intense pain that makes it challenging to accomplish regular physical activities. However, the good news is that chiropractic care can help.