On the last blog, I talked about causes of whiplash, the mechanism and common injuries and symptoms. This time I want to review treatment used by a Master Active Release Techniques pactitioner. Although neck fractures are possible with whiplash injuries, the most common are soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue injuries include muscle, tendon, ligament, disc and nerve. These are the type of injuries that respond extremely well with Active Release Techniques. There are layers of muscles that could be injured during a whiplash accident, some of the more superficial, larger muscles ( Trapezius, Levator scapulae) are responsible for gross movement . The deeper, smaller muscles ( Multifidii, Rotatores) are involuntary muscles, responsible for stabilization. A muscle that often gets forgotten and yet is of uttermost importance when healing a whiplash injury is the Lungus colli muscle. This muscle is located deep in the front part of your spine and it’s function is neck flexion and stabilizing the cervical spine from the front. When reactivated, it will allow you to hold your head up again pain free.
I will show you in the following video how a professional treats this muscle to get you back to optimal health.