Rear-ended: How Massage Can Help Whiplash
Liz Garrison, LMT Oct 6, 2014
When we think of whiplash, we often think of a rear end auto accident. However, whiplash can also be caused by skiing accidents and others head related falls. Often, the symptoms do not show up until 2 or 3 days after the accident. These symptoms include neck pain and stiffness, headaches, pain in the shoulder or between the shoulder blades, low back pain, and pain or numbness in the arms or extremities.
Treatment for whiplash often includes prescription anti-inflammatories and painkillers but, doctors no longer use neck collars as mobility helps whiplash. Therefore, massage can help.
Whiplash causes strains, sprains, and microtears in the cervical muscles that cause all of that inflammation and pain. By working the neck slowly through its Range of Motion (ROM), the massage therapist prevents the cervical region from getting as stiff as it would if left alone. And by using relaxing Swedish techiques, blood is prevented from pooling in the neck. This relieves muscular pain. According to an article on MassageTherapy.com, "massage increases the amount of oxygen that reaches the healing tissues and opens those tissues so they can receive oxygen and nutrients, thus speeding the healing process."
If you are in the Dallas area, your local Elements Massage at West Plano can help. They offer an introductory massage starting at $49 to get you started and a monthly Wellness Program starting at $59 to keep you going.
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