Hello and thanks for clicking on this blog. My name is Dr. Greg Beasley and I have been a chiropractor for 21 years, 14 of those here in south Everett. A large part of my practice involves neck pain, headaches and upper back pain due to whiplash type injuries. I would like to add a little information here today in regard to whiplash, neck pain and neck strength.
If you have ever been involved in a whiplash type injury where your head was whipped back and forth and developed pain in the neck either that day or over the next couple weeks, you most likely have weak muscles in the neck from the whiplash. Yes, chiropractors deal with bones and joints, but remember, those bones and joints are moved by muscles. Most people think that the boney part of the spine is what holds the head up. That is not entirely true. A significant amount of stability of the neck comes from the very small muscles close to the spine. If your head feels heavy after a car accident these muscles are most likely weak.
Chiropractic care will help the joints of the spine heal properly, but if you are not exercising the muscles of the neck and upper back you will most likely not achieve all the results you want. I am not talking about an hour of exercise a day or going to PT 3 times a week for an hour. Most of the cervical exercises for neck pain can be done for about 3 minutes, three or four times a day.
Here is a pic of some very easy exercises to do daily. The link is very long, but the exercise is easy. The link also comes from a surgical site, but don't worry, most people do not need surgery after a whiplash!
If you have other concerns due to neck pain, headaches, upper back pain please contact my office and I would look forward to sitting down and speaking with you about your pain from the whiplash. Thanks