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  • Writer's pictureCamille Wallach

Whiplash And Massage

Whiplash is often caused when a person’s neck is bent forcibly forward and then backward, or vice versa. This can be a result of car accidents, sports injuries, or other movement-related incidents. For someone suffering from whiplash, the symptoms can go on for up to six months, which can seem like a lifetime, considering we use our neck for everything. A commonly used treatment for whiplash is massage therapy, which can be useful in treating the associated muscles in the affected area.

Whiplash is an injury to the ligaments and muscles in your neck, which have a slower rate of healing than any broken bone would in your body. This is due to the fact that ligaments have “less blood vessels than bones and therefore heal at a slower rate” making whiplash seem like a tedious injury to treat.

Once it's determined that you have sustained whiplash, massage therapists work to 1) improve mobility and function of your neck and 2) relieve pain. This is done by using active and passive approaches. Active approaches would include more of a deeper tissue massage with possibly some movement, whereas the passive approach might include hot stones or more of a relaxation massage to relieve tension in the area.

Qualified massage therapists will analyze your daily habits prior to when you sustained whiplash, and now, and how your quality of life has been affected by the injury. They will find the most sustainable course of action that is right for you, and could possibly recommend further treatment with acupuncturists or chiropractors to aid in your recovery.

It’s important to remember that when you’re in recovery from an injury, there is no “one size fits all” method, and that what works for someone else, may not work for you. The most effective way to treat your injuries is to listen to what your body is telling you, and find a path that works for you.

If you have any questions about Mobile Massage, please reach out to us through the contact us page on our website. Also, be sure to follow Mobile Massage on social media for more information about new locations, therapists and wellness!

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