Video Series: Exercises for Whiplash

Learn 3 Neck Stretches and Exercises

In the initial period after your whiplash injury, you should be wary of exercising. The first 24 to 48 hours would, in fact, be a great time to relax and use ice on your neck to help reduce the pain. After that time, you can switch between heat and ice (about 20 minutes of each); the heat will help the tissues heal.

If, however, your doctor doesn’t suspect that you’ve fractured or dislocated something, you can and should begin exercising as soon as possible (that means as soon as your doctor says it’s okay).

To help your neck heal from whiplash, you can do several simple exercises. And even after the pain and other whiplash symptoms fade, you can continue to do these exercises because they help maintain your neck’s mobility. They’ll keep your neck strong and healthy.

To help you go through these whiplash exercises, SpineUniverse has put together exercise videos showing what you should do.

Here are a few important things to keep in mind:

  • These videos are general guidelines. You should not do any of the stretches or exercises shown unless directed by your spine professional.
  • If you think of exercising as a 10 mile run followed by weight lifting, you may have to modify your exercise plan because of your pain. Your physician, physical therapist, or other spine professional will help you adjust your expectations within the context of your symptoms from whiplash.
  • Don’t push yourself too hard while doing the exercises; you don’t want to injure yourself more. If you experience any pain or other symptoms (weakness, tingling, numbness, etc.), please contact your spine professional immediately.