Whiplash happens when you strain the muscles in your neck. It’s associated with car accidents, but it can happen whenever your neck is forced to jerk backwards or forwards.
Nobody likes the feeling of having a strained neck, but if you have a whiplash injury, it’s important to immediately call an expert in Denver who can provide you with a treatment plan.
Depending on the severity of the injury, your plan can include any of the following.
Use a cold pack and then a hot pack
Applying an ice pack to your neck every three to four hours for the first two to three days will reduce the swelling in the muscles. Follow with a hot pack or a warm towel for the next few days.
Learn to relax
Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and meditation can be as effective as pharmaceutical painkillers in reducing pain. If you like to swim, taking a few gentle laps in a swimming pool is also a good, zero-impact way to help you relax, also while improving your strength and mobility.
Exercise, but do it gently
Doctors recommend that you refrain from vigorous exercise and heavy lifting while suffering from whiplash. However, you can still do activities that promote gentle movements to help strengthen your neck muscles as you recover. Light yoga or stretching exercises can help increase your pace of recovery.
Get a massage
Having your neck massaged stimulates the muscles, promotes better blood flow, and gets rids of the lactates and toxins that cause pain in the neck. Your doctor can help you find a licensed massage therapist specializing in working with people who have whiplash.
The amount of time you spend treating whiplash and rehabilitating your muscles after injury depends on how severe the problem is. If you’re like most people, the symptoms will disappear after the first few days, and you’ll be well on your way to being injury-free once again.