“Crash! That dreaded sound of your car hitting someone else’s car. After making sure you are okay and checking the damage to your car, you start to think about the headache (literally!) that will follow a car accident. Even in very minor car collisions, you may experience whiplash symptoms, which can easily turn to chronic pain if they are not addressed.
- Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory: Make sure to follow the correct dosage written on the bottle or consult with your primary doctor about the best choice of medication for you.
- Stretches: Performing range of motion exercises for your neck will help to lessen the stiffness and help you regain your full mobility. If you limit your motion, you will continue to experience stiffness through your muscles and joints, which may lead to chronic pain.
- Massage: Soft tissue massage brings increased blood flow to an area to help with healing of the damaged muscles and tissues. It may also lessen symptoms of headaches.
- Stability exercises: Stability exercises will help to strengthen your neck muscles. Use your hand to gently push against your forehead. Use your neck muscles to resist the motion and to remain still. Repeat this 10 times while pushing from behind as well as from the side.
- Physical therapy A physical therapist may perform manual stretches and massage to your joints and muscles as well as check your cervical alignment. They will give you an exercise program to help you restore your body’s natural balance of strength and stability after a car accident.”
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