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Baseball player gets whiplash! What should he do?

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This video is an extreme example of whiplash, and it gets you thinking, what is the science about whiplash?

 

IMG_8402 ▶ Jonathan Villar Slides into Brandon Phillips Butt – hilarious Butt-slide of the year

 

Mr. Villar's large neck muscles will go into spasm to protect him.  The two muscles which will spasm the most are the sternocleidomastoid and scalenes. 

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When sternocleidomastoid spasms you suffer from headaches.  When scalenes spasm you suffer from arm tingling and numbness.  Mr. Villars will have both.  What should he do to relieve his pain? 

1)  get physical therapy for stretches for sternocleidomastoid and scalenes, and for myofascial release, and

2)  start working the "core" of the neck, the longus colli–(which is put out of commission by the whiplash) 
Longus_colli

If he does both of these, his neck will probably fully recover!

Headaches? Try this little exercise {Olympia, Wa}

Did you every have whiplash?  Did you fall off your bike as a kid and hit you chin on the ground?  (I fell head first off my bike and knocked out both front teeth).  If you  have had any of these happen to you, likely you have headaches and neck pain. A simple exercise you can do to help with headaches is to do this:

1)  lay on your back and put a rolled hand towel under your neck and bend up your knees. 

2)  nod your chin 1/4th of an inch like you are saying "yes" and hold. 

3)  do 10.  slowly build up your hold to 5 seconds, then 10 seconds.

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