What our patient’s say…
“I couldn’t move my neck after a bike accident last year. I was given a collar and painkillers at the hospital. After 3 weeks and no improvement, I decided to call Robert Griffiths. He immediately started to fix the problem, told me to take the collar off and showed me how to exercise my neck safely. I see amazing improvements after each treatment and can now move my neck fully. I’m so glad I made the decision to seek proper help, treatment and advice. I would still be wearing a collar if I hadn’t!” Sophie Kitson, Cyclist
Whiplash is a term used to describe a neck injury caused by a sudden movement of the head forwards, then backwards. Because the neck muscles are not adequately braced for this excessive movement, the joints and ligaments are exposed to damaging levels of strain. The pain and stiffness stemming from whiplash injuries can be severe and long-lasting unless treated effectively.
Pro-performance treatment for whiplash associated disorders returns normal movement and muscle relaxation to the neck, then we focus on strengthening the muscles to support the neck and head properly.
Whiplash normally affects the area surrounding your neck and upper back. It can also cause headaches and refer pain to your shoulders, arms and mid back. This type of neck pain usually begins between 6-72 hours after a car accident or traumatic injury. Whiplash can be painful any time of day, when moving your neck or sitting still for prolonged periods of time. You may also have very restricted movement in your neck and shoulders, whilst lying down flat can often ease the pain.
Whiplash can be diagnosed by following a full case history and physical exam. Further investigation by x-ray or MRI is only necessary if a fracture or nerve damage is suspected.
Whiplash occurs after your head gets thrown forward, backwards or sideways. This sudden movement damages the joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments of your neck. Whiplash can occur following a:
Road traffic accident.
Sudden blow to the head during contact sports (e.g. rugby or boxing).
Slip or fall where the head is jolted backwards.
Whiplash treatment at Pro Performance Clinics is designed to reduce pain and restore normal movement to your neck. Early treatment and a specific home mobilisation program are key to a quick recovery. Resting your neck and keeping it still with a collar will delay improvements.
1. We relax your painful neck and head muscles using massage, acupuncture and gentle stretching.
2. We mobilise and/or gently manipulate your painful neck joints to relieve the stiffness.
3. We stop the pain from coming back by strengthening the weak muscles surrounding the neck.
4. We will also give you exercise advice to reduce the chance of future whiplash injuries occuring.
Please note, your whiplash is very different to everyone else’s, so your treatment plan will be uniquely tailored to suit your individual condition.
Preventing whiplash using neck strengthening exercises is essential, especially if you play contact sports like rugby. We guide you through an easy to follow exercise program that strengthens your upper back and neck muscles. Helping you stay pain free and fitter than before!
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