Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Reduce Neck Pain with the Thermoskin Soft Cervical Neck Brace

While most neck injuries are mild cases, it doesn’t mean that it’s easy to endure the pain and discomfort associated with neck conditions. Symptoms from whiplash, for example, can last up to several weeks, but you can’t simply put your life on hold for an extended period just to recuperate. You still have to go to work, feed the kids, clean the house and move forward with your normal routine, but without the right support, recovery may even take longer.

Fortunately, the Thermoskin Soft Cervical Collar helps support your neck from minor neck injuries, so you can continue with everyday activities!

About the Thermoskin Neck Brace

Made with a soft foam and cotton hybrid material, this cervical neck brace makes a big difference in the recovery process. Thanks to its cushioned design, it’s comfortable to wear around for prolonged periods. It also comes in four different sizes (S, M, L and XL), so you can experience a fit more custom to your own body. By snugly wrapping around the neck, it inhibits movement and provides firm support to lessen pain.

Injury Types:

Whiplash – The Thermoskin neck support would most commonly be needed for whiplash injuries. While most people associate whiplash with rear-end car accidents, it can also occur during high-impact sports or even physical abuse. It happens when a sudden impact causes the neck to unnaturally jolt backward and forward. This rapid action strains the soft tissues of the neck by causing some of the muscles and ligaments around the cervical vertebrae to tear.

Whiplash can cause pain way beyond the neck, expanding down to your arms, shoulders and even shoulder blades. Using a neck brace for whiplash, like the Thermoskin Soft Cervical Collar, can help alleviate these pain symptoms and provide your neck the support it needs as it begins to heal.

Wry neck – Wry neck is caused by a rapid movement of the neck while bending and lifting something heavy or twisting the neck, just to name a few examples. Imagine your head is in a diagonal position with the top of your head and bottom of your chin pointing at opposite ends. This twisted position is painfully uncomfortable around the lower neck and top spine, and you may experience other symptoms such as headaches and a lack of normal mobility in the neck.

Among stretching, massaging and getting plenty of rest, consider using a neck brace to support the affected facet joints or intervertebral disc. With proper care, wry neck is usually temporary and easy to correct.

Other injuries the Thermoskin neck brace is suitable for:
  • Neck strain
  • Pinched nerve
  • Facet joint pain in the back

How to Use

As a top quality neck brace for neck pain, this neck collar is incredibly easy to use. After measuring your neck and determining the correct size, all you have to do is follow two simple steps:
  1. Position your chin in the concave part of the collar.
  2. Wrap it around your neck using the adjustable fastener at the back to make sure it fits properly.
Have you ever had to use a neck brace like the Thermoskin Soft Cervical Collar? Tell us about your experience, and feel free to share any personal tips or advice you may have!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Understanding the Signs of Whiplash

Woman with neck pain from whiplash

While the winter months are enjoyable for a wide variety of reasons, this time of year also brings out some of the worst injuries among people both young and old. Cold temperatures and frost can leave roads icy and extremely dangerous, making the possibility of getting into a car crash much greater. In fact, recent studies have shown that in 2016 there were over 1,292 reported road deaths in Australia. With automobile accidents being such a pervasive threat in Australia, it is not only important to follow safe driving practices, but also to realise that even the smallest accidents can have a significant impact on your health. For example, whiplash, which is also referred to as a neck sprain or neck strain, is very common among those involved in car accidents, both big and small.

What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is typically characterized by a wide array of symptoms that occur right after the neck has been damaged and can affect the intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments cervical muscles and nerve roots. As you can see, whiplash is a highly involved, painful and detrimental injury, so taking the necessary precautions to avoid it should be practiced at all times—especially during the winter months.

To fully understand the injury, you must first acknowledge what actually causes it in the first place. Whiplash is caused by a forceful backward and/or forward jerking motion of the head, which as aforementioned, is often the result of a car accident. Symptoms of the injury can  arise after 24 hours of the initial injury. While the symptoms may differ depending on the severity of the trauma or the individual affected, whiplash is typically characterized by the following conditions:
  • Unusual neck pain and stiffness 
  • Pain in lower back
  • Intense headaches
  • Pain in the shoulder or between shoulder blades
  • Dizziness 
  • Lack of memory or difficulty concentrating
  • Pain or numbness in the arms/hands
  • Irritability, sleep disturbances or fatigue

In most cases involving whiplash, injuries are made to soft tissues such as intervertebral discs, muscles and ligaments and cannot be seen through standard X-Ray machines. Because of this, specialized imagining tests, such as CT scans or MRI’s (magnetic resonance imaging) may be required to fully diagnose damages made to the discs, muscles or ligaments.

MRI for whiplash and neck pain

While there is no single treatment to aid in the recovery of whiplash, gentle exercises, physical therapy, traction, massage, heat, ice, injections and ultrasounds have all been helpful for a wide number of people affected.

Medical professionals also swear by treating whiplash injuries with immobilization in a cervical collar, which offers the damaged intervertebral discs, muscles and ligaments more protection during the healing process. Using products like the Thermoskin soft cervical neck brace can offer support and comfort to those experiencing neck trauma and whiplash, making them an affordable alternative to more expensive medical procedures. As we skate through the winter months here in Australia, it is important to adhere to proper driving practices and safety precautions to prevent injuries.

Have any tips on whiplash recovery? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!