Maybe you were rear-ended in a car accident or suffer from whiplash from a fall or sudden head movement. Once you’re injured, you’re more susceptible to further injury.
Whiplash, a soft tissue injury to the neck, is also known as neck sprain or strain. Here are a few things you can do to reduce the chances of re-injury:
Keep your head in alignment with your spine.
Hold your phone up. Don’t spend a lot of time hunched over while you chat with your friends. Your head weighs about 10 pounds. Even more when your head leans forward, backward or sideways. That can cause a lot of strain on your neck.
Don’t talk on your phone while you drive. Avoid accidents and save money by driving slower. Watch out for the other guy.
Don’t sleep on your stomach.
See if supportive neck pillows help you.
Wear non-slip shoes and house slippers.
Be especially careful in the bath or shower as well as on ice and snow.
Regularly do exercises your medical professional gave you.
Muscles shorten when they’re injured. The right exercises with good form can lengthen and strengthen your muscles to keep you in the game.
Give yourself a neck massage by putting a couple tennis balls in a sock. Then lie on the floor and put the sock behind your neck. Rest your neck on the two tennis balls inside your sock.
You can also use the pulse setting of your shower head with very warm water to massage your neck.
Talk with your doctor.
See your medical professional before starting any new exercise program. No two injuries are the same. So no two treatments should be the same either.
These are just a few things you can do at home to help you avoid re-injuring your neck.
Robert W. Ferguson, D.C., F.I.A.M.A., state-licensed chiropractor and acupuncturist, sees patients at 2250 W. 86th Street, Ste. 100, on the north side of Indianapolis by Le Peep restaurant. Just look for the orange sign.
Chiropractic Rehabilitation & Acupuncture now accepts Healthy Indiana Plan for chiropractic services, and most insurance for chiropractic therapy and acupuncture.