Neck supports can be used in the treatment of neck pain and related conditions. Neck braces and soft collars are designed to provide support and to help carry the weight of the head; this relieves strain on the neck muscles. A soft collar can also be helpful during an episode of neck pain due to a whiplash injury.
Whiplash injuries most often occur following a car accident when the vehicle decelerates rapidly. This causes the head to move forwards very quickly in relation to the body. This can stretch the muscle and ligament tissue at the back of the neck, which causes pain and stiffness. A neck support is excellent at reducing stress on the ligaments and muscle tissue.