You’re driving home from work when you hear the unpleasant sound of a crunch as the car behind you speeds into your rear bumper. The good news is that other than a few bruises, you came out of the accident unscathed.
At least you thought you did.
A few days later, you feel a certain stiffness in your neck that you can’t seem to get rid of. Your vision is a little blurry and you’re getting the worst headaches. These are all symptoms of whiplash.
Your doctor will give you a list of neck exercises for whiplash to try out along with regular treatment. Here are a few they might mention.
Range of motion is one of the most common exercises whiplash neck pain. Tilt your head to one side. When you start to feel even the slightest tinge of pain, stop and tilt your head to the other side.
If you find that the side to side tilts is too painful, you can also practice looking up and down. Whichever you decide to do, repeat it 5 times at least three times a day.
Find a wall and lean your back against it while staring straight ahead. Slowly pull your neck and chin against the wall as well. You’ll feel some slight pain on both sides of your neck and you’ll have a silly double chin, but it works.
Hold your position for 5 seconds before you relax your neck. You’ll do three sets of ten once a day.
Yes, walking is one of the neck exercises you can do after a car accident. It doesn’t only work for whiplash. It’s great for any injury you may be suffering from after the crash.
That includes abdominal pain. You can check out this article to learn more about that. For now, let’s keep going with neck pain. A brisk walk will get the blood pumping throughout your entire body.
This will jumpstart your natural healing tissues. The light swinging of your arms will also give your spine a healthy workout. It might be hard to get going at first.
Try brisk walks around your block or house even and work your way up from there.
To begin your Brugger’s stretches, sit up straight in a chair and hold your hand out in front of you. Move your head forward until it touches the palm of your hand and hold it for at least five seconds.
Move your hand over to the left side of your head and do the same thing. Once you’ve done that 15 times, do the right side of your head and so on and so forth.
Try Out These Neck Exercises for Whiplash
Along with other treatments after a car accident, you’ll be asked to do neck exercises for whiplash. Even the easy head movements on this list won’t be easy to complete. Take them slow and we promise you’ll be on your way toward a speedy recovery.
Are you looking for additional ways to bounce back after an accident? Check out the health section of our blog for more articles like this one.