What can I do to help myself recover quickly?

The best thing you can do to help your recovery from whiplash is to stay active. When ligament damage occurs as a result of a whiplash injury, scar tissue begins to form. Excessive scar tissue restricts range of motion and can irritate the nerves in the neck or back. Inactivity also tightens muscles and can lead to further irritation, injury, or muscle imbalance.

Performing the following exercises at least twice a day will maintain flexibility and help you gain muscle strength:

Range of motion. Gently turn your head to the right, then to the left. Bring your chin to your chest, return to starting position, and then slowly look up at the ceiling. Lower your left ear toward your left shoulder and then lower your right ear toward your right shoulder.

Muscle control. Lie on your stomach propped up on your elbows. Gently tilt your chin up and down in a nodding motion. Turn your head from side to side. Tilt your head downward, looking at your chest, and then return to starting position.