Neck Pain is one of the most common symptoms following a whiplash injury sustained in a car accident. A combination of chiropractic care and rehabilitative exercises has been proven to be the most effective way to achieve sustainable pain relief following a car accident.
1. Post Isometric Relaxation
After a car accident, our muscles often splint to protect our joints/discs/ligaments/tendons which can limit our range of motion and lead to longer term complications. This is why it's important to begin treatment by restoring proper range of motion. Post Isometric relaxation is a muscle energy technique that helps muscles relax and helps us regain proper range of motion.
2. Chiropractic Adjustments
During a whiplash injury, the joints are often damaged leading to pain and injury. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to be effective in decreasing pain and speeding the healing process following a car accident.
3. Soft Tissue Massage
Suboccipitals. Levator Scapulae. Upper Trapezius. Scalenes. These are all neck muscles that can be damaged as a result of whiplash. A mix of soft tissue therapies can be used to to decrease pain and improve strength, elasticity, and neuro-muscular control of our muscles and surrounding tissues.
Combining these treatments with neck exercises discussed in a previous article (Link) is the most effective way to decrease pain, improve healing, and improve stabliity to ensure sustainable pain relief following a car accident.