Learn about Whiplash, and how bodywork & massage are an excellent way to sustainably treat your symptoms.
Drove on the highway and got hit from behind?
Did your neck start throbbing in pain as soon as it happened?
You might have experienced whiplash.
Although its symptoms may diminish over time, many people continue to experience problems for some time after a rear-end collision. I’ll discuss how whiplash can be difficult to treat, but not impossible.
When you are rear-ended, the sudden force pushes your upper body forward and at the same time it pulls your head back. This is whiplash.
As a result, the muscles and soft tissues in your neck and upper back (also known as cervical spine) get overstretched or over-compressed. At first sight, this injury can appear to be very mild. However, whiplash often causes chronic neck pain that could last several months or even years. Whiplash is by far the most common type of car accident injury. It accounts for up to 75% of all motor vehicle related accidents in the U.S.
Massage is the most effective treatment for breaking up and realigning scar tissue that occurs from whiplash.
The therapists at True Balance Pain Relief Clinic use cross-fiber friction when working on these types of injuries. This loosens adhesions and decreases the buildup of scar tissue. Massage in adjoining areas helps to reduce tension in muscles. It also provide more mobility and reduces pain from your whiplash injury. The therapists here at True Balance Pain Relief Clinic also use orthopedic massage, and orthopedic assessments to assess the extent of damage in your tissues.
The effectiveness of massage for whiplash is not a new development. Surgical treatments and drugs were the normal treatment for whiplash patients. Because of its success in alleviating symptoms (pain, reduced range of motion), massage is a much better treatment for whiplash.
Massage is the best form of self-treatment for whiplash injuries. It is actually a gentle type of manipulation, which means that healing and movement can start to occur immediately after treatment. Massage also reduces inflammation caused by injury and helps with scar tissue reduction.