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Posted on 04-07-2011

We've all been there before, ladies. Your alarm didn't go off on the one day you needed it to, and getting ready is more frantic than a grade four class in a Sweet Factory.

Plan of action? Chaotic scramble to make coffee. Zip in the shower. Throw together whatever outfit you can. Sprint to the bathroom so your wet hair doesn't do any more damage to your new blazer. Plug in the blow-dryer, flip your head over and-

Yikes. You've pulled a muscle in your neck. Not only does the timing suck (injuries are never convenient), but your upside-down invisible prison is making you anxious.

What do you do?

First, don't panic. The last thing your neck muscles need are more tension. Try calling for help if someone's home. If not, slowly raise your torso without moving your neck or back. Keep it in the same position to prevent further injury.

Once upright, take a deep breath and avoid causing the muscle to move or strain. Call us , explain your injury, and book an appointment as soon as possible. Grab some Motrin (an anti-inflammatory) and relax-you'll be helped soon.

So, you're probably wondering what happened to you. Chances are that your pre-blow-dry whiplash caused a minor musculoskeletal injury. Sure, the name seems daunting (medical diagnoses have a menacing way about them), but they're a lot more common than you think. The injury is a conjunct issue between your skeletal and muscular systems (in this case, your neck muscles and upper spine), and there are many medical solutions to this issue. In fact, according to a study in 2002, approximately 25% of over 6,000 adults suffer a musculoskeletal injury every year. With such a huge percentage, it's no wonder that there are such a wide variety of treatment methods.

Living Well Medical uses top-notch equipment to get to the root of your soft tissue injury. By utilizing a customized system of manipulation, acupressure, chiropractic and other advanced techniques, we'll heal your injury-and get you blow-dry ready before you know it!

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