Why Massage for Whiplash?
The rapid combination of flexion and extension in a motor vehicle collision causes injury to ligaments, tendons, capsules AND muscles in the neck and upper back. Massage Therapists use their hands to identify and relieve pain and discomfort from whiplash.
Massage increases blood flow to injured tissues bringing in oxygen and nutrients and flushing toxins and inflammation.This also helps to:
- Reduce pain
- Decrease Inflammation
- Improve Circulation
- Increase Mobility
- Lower Stress
All of which help to speed the healing process.
Types of Massage for Whiplash
In addition to massage for relaxation, specific types of bodywork can ease acute pain from whiplash injuries. They can also help to prevent chronic pain. For example, myofascial release helps restore mobility to fascia (the thin covering around muscles and tissue) to allow for freer movement of muscles and ligaments.
Friction-based massage can help break up scar tissue and relieve stiffness. Trigger point therapy helps release bundles of muscle fibers that become “stuck together” after chronic muscle tightness. Releasing the areas of tension held in tight knots of muscle can help stimulate circulation. This helps ease and prevent neck pain, back pain, and headaches.
If have been injured in a motor vehicle collision (MVC) and are experiencing constant pain, inflammation, poor blood flow, restricted mobility, and stress – massage therapy may be just what you need to feel better. If you’ve been injured in a car accident and think massage can help you, schedule an appointment with one of our preferred providers.