Any gentle neck and shoulder exercises that focus on strengthening those muscles are helpful in preventing whiplash. There is no exercise that can prevent whiplash however, the stronger your neck is the less jerking and jolting you will experience during the collision. Unfortunately, even when you avoid potential risk to prevent whiplash, collisions occur and often do not have control of how your body moves within the vehicle. If you are experiencing whiplash symptoms, there are some exercises you can do to improve movement, relieve pain and strengthen after whiplash. These exercises include:

  • Isometrics– this involves placing your palm against your forehead and fighting resistance for 3-5 seconds
  • Neck turns –stand straight and look right until you feel a pull, then repeat looking left
  • Neck bend/chin tucks– pull your head down and bring your chin into your chest
  • Neck extension– slowly tilt you head backwards and look up towards the ceiling
  • Back twists– sit up straight, twist your torso right, then twist your torso left
  • Shoulder rotations– roll your shoulders back
  • Side to side bending – tilt your head to the right as if your ear is about to touch your shoulder. Repeat on the left side.
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