Here at Warwick Chiropractic in Lacey have some neck exercises Olympia for you to try if you are in pain. Did you know that about 90 percent of neurologically injured whiplash patients never recover and even have neck muscle dysfunction up to a year after their accident? We want to see this number come down because whiplash is an often overlooked injury as people tend to think it will get better on its own.
Researchers have been investigating this issue for a long time now, and it seems to be that these whiplash problems are a result of the body’s first response mechanism to an injury of the brachial plexus (the network of intersecting nerves that give rise to three nerves that travel down the arm to the hand. The superficial muscles will become more active in order to protect and take tension off of the brachial plexus, and results in a shrugged position. This shrugged position is often seen in patients with whiplash injury here at Warwick Chiropractic.
This protective mechanism can slowly cause the deep neck muscles to weaken. These muscles are important in maintaining normal vertebral alignment and posture. This could possibly result in secondary injury and some long term problems seen in many whiplash patients, even after the first injury to the brachial plexus has healed.
A recent controlled study was done where 171 chronic whiplash patients with arm pain and showing some signs of neurological deficit performed neck specific exercises for 12 weeks, or nonspecific physical activity during a 12 week period. Those who performed the neck specific exercises had great improvements in arm pain, pain frequency, and had some neurological recovery. Those who performed general physical activity did not report improvements like those from the neck specific exercise group.
Two authors who conducted the study mentioned above did a similar experiment where they found that patients that engaged in specific neck exercises Olympia were also satisfied in general with the neck exercises they were given rather than the general exercise group.
Remember that these studies have shown that when the deep neck muscles become the focus of your neck exercises, the results are amazing, which even includes neurological recovery. We can help you and even suggest certain neck exercises Olympia to help you out of pain.