Nutrition for Whiplash Injuries

Whiplash injuries are very complex.  They involve bruising, twisting, and compressing of soft tissue, as well as connective tissue such as tendons, ligaments, and fascia.  Moreover, they may result in the fracture of a vertebrae, or rupture of a vertebral disc.  See Craniosacral Therapy — Whiplash Injuries.

The body needs to repair a lot of tissue.  Moreover, it needs to repair several types of tissue.  To do this effectively, it requires extra nutritional support in the form of high quality nutrition.  Nutritional supplements are another valuable tool.

Whiplash injuries damage and tear down tissue.

This tissue needs to be repaired.  Damaged cells need to be flushed out of the body and be replaced by new cells.  Proteins are particularly important, as they provide structural support and play many roles in the body’s metabolism.  The deposition of new tissue requires high quality vitamins (fat-soluble, water soluble), minerals, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.

High quality foods provide all of the above.  Nevertheless, nutritional supplements can be of great assistance to the body as well.  Below is a non-exhaustive list.

A naturopathic physician, trained in herbal medicine, nutrition, and physical medicine can help you choose the types and quantity of supplements that best support your healing process. He/she can also can give you some herbs that can alleviate much of the pain, as well as facilitate tissue repair.

Below are some nutrients known to help the body to recover from injuries, including whiplash injuries.

VITAMIN C is necessary for collagen formation, an important substance in connective tissue and scars. Thus, Vit C plays a vital role in tissue repair. Moreover, Vit C helps to strengthen blood vessel walls and thus reduces the amount of bruising.

BIOFLAVONOIDS protect from oxidative damage due to tissue damage. They also stabilize capillary walls and thus may help to reduce bruising and swelling of the tissue.

COPPER helps to maintain strong blood vessel walls.

VITAMINS A and D play important roles in building and maintaining strong and healthy bones. Thus they support the healing of bone fractures.

CALCIUM is important for nerve conduction and bone health. Calcium also regulates muscle contraction, helping to reduce muscle pain from inflammation causing muscles to cramp up.

MAGNESIUM helps to relax the muscles, thus supporting the healing process and reducing muscle pain.

VITAMIN B COMPLEX supports energy production in the muscle cells, reducing lactic acid production, and helping to repair injured muscle, as well as connective tissue.

VITAMIN B1 (Thiamine) helps to reduce chronic nerve and bone pain, as well as alleviate headaches.

VITAMIN E is a potent antioxidant that helps to protect from oxidative damage due to tissue injury.

ZINC supports protein synthesis necessary for tissue repair.

D, L-PHENYLALANINE stimulates endorphin production in the brain to decrease pain sensation.