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Ever had whiplash? Do you still hurt? Do you want to get better? You can!

Ever had whiplash? Have you been in a car accident and been rear ended or hit from the side?

whiplash pain

whiplash image

Chances are you have had treatment, maybe physical therapy, chiropractic or massage? Perhaps you have had to take pain medications? You’re probably somewhat better, but you’ve got that nagging headache, right…or…nagging tingling and numbness in your arm…or upper back pain…or all three. There is hope. New science has come out that tells us there are “core muscles” in your neck that need to be re-programmed to contract in the right order, then strengthen your neck.

Longus Colli and Capitas  "Core" muscles of the neck

Longus Colli and Capitas
“Core” muscles of the neck

Why is there a need for a “special” training program? If you have whiplash the order of the muscles contracting becomes messed up. Normally the core muscles contract the make your neck stable, then large muscles sternocleidomastoid and scalenes) pull on the neck to rotate it or pull on your neck as you lift your arm.

Sternocleidomastoid by Ken Hub

After whiplash, large muscles (the big ones you can see on the sides of your neck) contract first to splint the neck. The problem is, the right order of muscle contraction does not come back and the large muscles (sternocleidomastoid and scalenes) keep contracting, which causes headaches (see the headache referral pattern for sternocleidomastoid) and arm tingling and pain (see the scalene brachial plexus picture below).

Referral pain pattern  headaches from sternocleidomastoid

Referral pain pattern
headaches from sternocleidomastoid

"Wikipedia medical illustration thoracic outlet syndrome brachial plexus anatomy with labels" by Nicholas Zaorsky, M.D. - Nicholas Zaorsky, M.D.. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia_medical_illustration_thoracic_outlet_syndrome_brachial_plexus_anatomy_with_labels.jpg#/media/File:Wikipedia_medical_illustration_thoracic_outlet_syndrome_brachial_plexus_anatomy_with_labels.jpg

“Wikipedia medical illustration thoracic outlet syndrome brachial plexus anatomy with labels” by Nicholas Zaorsky, M.D. – Nicholas Zaorsky, M.D.. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia_medical_illustration_thoracic_outlet_syndrome_brachial_plexus_anatomy_with_labels.jpg#/media/File:Wikipedia_medical_illustration_thoracic_outlet_syndrome_brachial_plexus_anatomy_with_labels.jpg

>What can you try at home to help this pain?  Nod your head in little tiny nods, like you are nodding “yes” to getting better.

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If that does not clear up your pain or tingling, give us a call to schedule an appointment to get relief from your whiplash pain!

Comstock
Physical Therapy

165 Lilly Rd. NE, Suite B
Olympia, Washington 98506

360.455.8014

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This is great information about your pubic bone (which can impact the sacroiliac joint) alignment.

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Pelvic pain can affect your ability to walk, sleep, move, lift, carry, sit, pee, poop, have sex and more!!⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This simple self check can clue you into whether you have pelvic asymmetries. ⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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What is an asymmetry? Your pelvis is like two halves an Easter egg that is fitted together. If the two sides aren’t lined up, you will have asymmetries (one pelvic bone higher or lower, flared in or out etc)⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Keep in mind that it’s possible to have asymmetries without pain and it’s possible to have pain without asymmetries!!⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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So, what to do if you do have asymmetries? ⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Get checked out! The following professionals are trained to assess and address this:⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Physical Therapists ⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Chiropractors⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Doctors of Osteopathy⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Orthopedists⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
And more! (If you’re a provider that assesses and addresses this that I didn’t include, drop a comment below please so others know too!). ⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Pregnant people are especially vulnerable to asymmetries due to the increased pelvic movement that is occurring. ⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Many times some simple exercises or some gentle hands on stretching combined with an external brace can provide incredible relief so you can live your daily life! ⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Questions? I’m here friends! ♥️Jeanice ⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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