Unresolved neck pain, especially after a whiplash injury, may need to have the anterior (front of the neck) cervical musculature treated. The longus Colli is one of the anterior cervical muscles I find to be significantly involved with my clients who continue to have neck pain even though they have sought treatment.
How do you know if you have a “hot” longs Colli muscle? Gently palpate along the front of your neck, on either side of your throat. Apply enough pressure to get into the muscle and check for tenderness, especially on the side you are having neck pain. If it’s tender, then they need to be addressed with manual treatment. If you have any questions, please let me know ~ thanks,
Ed Deboo, PT
Bellingham, Physical Therapy