Why Do Women and Men Experience Auto Accidents Differently?
For years, doctors and scientists alike have noted that women report whiplash symptoms more frequently than men. Some scientists hypothesized that this may be due to the smaller circumference and lower muscle mass of female necks.
A study published in 2003 evaluated the degree of movement in male and female necks during low-speed collisions. They found that women's necks do indeed move significantly more than men's necks. This higher degree of motion translates into more frequent whiplash symptoms in women.
These findings confirm that men and women experience auto accidents differently. Fortunately though, for both men and women, chiropractic care can relieve the painful symptoms of whiplash.
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