Don’t Suffer From Whiplash Anymore

Whiplash can happen in many ways. The most common is getting into an auto accident. However, a face plant when skiing or a collision in sports (football) or even falling off your bike can cause whiplash.

What is whiplash?
It’s often diagnosed when an individual hyper extends the neck. This usually occurs from a whip like motion from the event and hence the term whiplash.

Fortunately, most whiplash injuries are less serious and a person is dealing with a milder form of the injury.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

  • Headache
  • Neck stiffness
  • Difficulty swallowing/chewing and hoarseness
  • Back, arm and shoulder pain
  • Parathesia

Not all injuries manifest at the time of the event or accident. With a lot of people, the symptoms can appear a couple of days or even weeks after an accident.

Can massage help Whiplash?
Yes it can, although it is important to have a thorough assessment to determine what structures have been injured and the severity of the whiplash. Muscles will always be affected, but in a lot of cases the ligaments can be injured also and that’s why going to a medical doctor or chiropractor to determine the extent of damage is important.

In addition, massage can have a powerful effect in the healing process if the correct kind of work is done at the appropriate time. For example, there are two categories of whiplash (Hot and Cold) that determines what needs to be done.

Hot whiplash refers to symptoms of trauma immediately after and all the way up to 6 weeks later. In most cases, the trauma from the event causes the nervous system to be highly agitated. The goal during this phase is to quiet down the nervous system using specific neurological techniques to reduce the trauma.

Massage therapy can help at the right time
Standard massage techniques at this point may be too harsh and actually worsen a person’s condition. Cold whiplash refers to approximately 3 to 6 weeks after an accident when everything calms down and hardening of tissues starts to occur. This is the phase that massage can really help.

By using proven techniques to restore fluidity in the fascia and muscles, stiffness can be relieved and scar tissue broken up and eliminated.

Also, because this type of injury can carry a large emotional component, it’s important to be aware of this when seeking treatment for this particular injury. All treatments in the beginning should be extremely gentle with the massage therapist working hand in hand with other health care practitioners such as the primary care physician, chiropractor, physical therapist and even a psychologist if necessary.

If you have suffered from a whiplash injury, you can receive many great benefits utilizing massage. Don’t let your injury take over your life and get the help needed to successfully recover and get back on your feet.