Concussions and Neck Exercises
Awareness of long-term health risks of multiple concussions and recent changes to the guidelines on diagnosing and managing head injuries by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention raises new approaches to dealing and preventing concussions.
Iron Neck Exercises Now on PT-Helper App
Concussion research over the past five years has brought more attention to neck strength as a prevention and rehabilitation strategy. Strong neck muscles can help control the motion of the head and control the brain motion inside the skull.
The Iron Neck is a strength and mobility training device that allows isometric training of the neck, back and core across a full range of motion. It is a rehabilitation tool for treating neck and back injuries in everyone from elite athletes to desk warriors to active aging individuals.
“Working with the neck in a consistent, repeatable way is a challenge,” says Iron Neck inventor Mike Jolly. “We solved that problem for athletes and large sports teams and over the past two years and have refined many of the design features based on valuable feedback from rehabilitation professionals.”
Innovating for Consistency in Treating the Neck
Iron Neck fits comfortably on the head, just above the ears and grabs hold of the head through it’s Air Bladder Inflation System beneath a soft foam. The resistance comes from connecting the free-gliding truck on the outer track of the Iron Neck either to a cable pulley or a resistance band (as seen below). What makes Iron Neck unique as a rehabilitation tool is that you can develop neck strength and core stability through a full range of motion against a controlled linear and rotational resistance.
“Iron Neck has been instrumental in our ability to treat our patients, strengthening the neck in ways that were previously impossible,” says Trevor Shaw, a New York based chiropractor. “We can now provide protocols for 3 dimensional cervical stabilization which helps decrease pain and improve cervical lordosis.”
Consistency in Research
There are several ongoing research studies that have included Iron Neck to implement neck strengthening consistently. A first-of-its-kind clinical trial by a research team at the University of Mississippi Medical Center aims to evaluate the effectiveness of aggressive physical therapy as “sensorimotor” training.
These research studies and the innovation seen this past year from rehabilitation professionals, are revealing new applications and treatment strategies with the Iron Neck. Simplifying the education and training process is important to ensuring proper form and position.
Learn Iron Neck on PT-Helper App
We have added six foundational Iron Neck exercises to the PT-Helper app. These movements are the building blocks to Iron Neck treatment protocols and provide a consistent, repeatable way to build neck strength and improve mobility and range of motion. We will be adding additional Iron Neck exercises later this month.
You can find all Iron Neck exercises within the Neck Category of PT-Helper’s exercise catalog.
- Iron Neck 360 Spin
- Iron Neck Look Left Look Right
- Iron Neck Diagonal
- Iron Neck Protraction-Retraction
- Iron Neck Figure Eight
- Iron Neck Lock Neck Body Turn
About Iron Neck
The Iron Neck is a strength and mobility training device that allows for isometric training of the neck, back and core across a full range of motion. It first hit the market in 2013 and has since been refined from a bulky strength training tool for college and NFL football teams to a rehabilitation tool for treating neck and back injuries in everyone from elite athletes to desk warriors to active aging individuals.