How to Treat Whiplash Treatment at Home

Whiplash is a term used to refer to neck strain. Neck strain happens when something dramatic and forceful happens to jerk the neck back forwards or forwards in violent motion. This can happen during a physical contact sport, a fast ride in an amusement park or a violent car collision. The sudden aggressive force stretches and tears the muscles around your neck causing great discomfort. To get a bit more graphic, whiplash is brought about by ligaments and muscles on your neck stretching beyond their normal range of motion.

Whiplash is thought of as a mild condition in most quarters, though it can lead to a lot of long term discomfort. Whiplash is not to be confused for neck sprain. Whiplash or neck strain is precipitated by damage to tendons, tissues or ligaments that connect muscles to bones, neck sprains, on the other hand, are as a result of damage to tissues or ligaments that connect bones to each other.

Signs you're suffering from whiplash

Neck tightness

If after a violent episode that involves the neck leaves you feeling tight in that area with a restricted range of motion, then it’s possible that you might have whiplash.

Pain

You may experience pain while rocking your head if you suffer from whiplash

Headaches

Whiplash also manifests itself by strong headaches that are felt at the base of the skull spreading all through to the forehead.

Thankfully whiplash is indeed very treatable, you can treat it at home too without necessarily going to the doctor’s office.

Whiplash treatment at home

You can treat whiplash from home in the following ways:

Ice your neck

The same way you ice your arm or face when you suffer a blow is the same way you should ice your neck in case you suffer whiplash. Place an ice cold press on your neck for 15 minutes every 3 or 4 hours. This helps alleviate the pain and discomfort.

Support your neck properly

Because of the tearing of ligaments and tissues in the neck, you want to have your neck well supported and held. Stack up a few pillows and have your neck firmly placed there in order to offer your neck proper support. A neck collar or brace is also great for holding up the neck firmly into position as the healing process goes on.

Moist heat application

One of the symptoms of whiplash is a swollen neck. Once the swelling has subsided considerably, you can use some moist heat to heal your neck. Warm or wet towels will do the trick. A warm bath is also great at accelerating the healing process.

Massage

Massages are often portrayed as luxuries. Massages are also medicinal though since they go a long way in relieving a lot of aches and pains. A strained neck can be well addressed by a proper neck massage. A gentle and effective neck massage will soften tissues hardened by trauma while also relieving all the tender spots.

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