This is a “just-in-case” post which I hope none of us have to use! Check out today’s guest article by regular contributor, Brooke Chaplan, who shares with us five exercises to help recover from whiplash.
According to The Lucky Law Firm, every person is likely to experience at least one kind of car crash during their lifetime. And while it’s true whiplash is not really considered a serious ailment, one would be hard pressed to tell, based on the serious pain it inflicts on anyone suffering from it after an accident.
Every doctor will prescribe the standard dose of extra rest for the neck, leaving it still and reducing the amount of stress put on its muscles. However, there are some additional steps you can take to reduce the discomfort and pain of whiplash. The following are five effective exercises that will help your neck recover faster.
This seems to be instinctual when dealing with a kink in the neck. Luckily, it’s for good reason as neck rotation is very effective in aiding a faster recovery.
First sit with your arms at rest by your side. While keeping your upper body still, turn your head slowly to the right as far as you can without discomfort and hold it there for a few seconds. Then do it to the left and repeat the rotation about five times.
This exercise is fairly self-explanatory as well. Push your shoulders back slightly and tuck your chin into your collar area as much as you can without feeling pain. Hold that position for a couple seconds and repeat about a dozen times. Make sure to keep your eyes facing forward for the best stretch.
Unfortunately, whiplash effects more than just the muscles in your neck. This exercise will help stretch muscles in the upper back that are also strained by whiplash.
Stand straight with your elbows pointed out by your side. Then stick out your chest so your back is arched and move your shoulders vertically up and down. Don’t try to complete the exercise too quickly and breathe through each set.
Anterior Shoulder Stretch
Focusing additionally on the shoulders, this exercise will stretch out the inner shoulder muscles to relieve some discomfort. First, stand straight with your feet shoulder width apart. Then grasp your hands together behind your back and try to pull them toward the sky. Be sure to keep your back straight throughout.
That long name simply refers to the muscles that extend from the shoulders to the collar bone. First, place your right hand on your left shoulder. Now tilt your head over and back to the right side. Hold that position for up to 10 seconds then repeat for the left side.
These five exercises will greatly aid in relieving the discomfort and pain you might be experiencing from whiplash. Be sure to stop the stretches if you’re feeling major discomfort and if it doesn’t subside, contact a medical professional.
About the Author
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.
Have you ever had whiplash or know someone who has? Did you ever use any of these exercises to recover from your injury?