Treating Whiplash With A Rehabilitation Massage –
October marks the beginning of the much dreaded rainy season in Vancouver with its poor weather conditions. Along with it come slips and falls on the wet sidewalk and more accidents on the road. Unfortunately, this leads to an increase of people suffering from whiplash-related symptoms. Maybe you experienced whiplash from a car accident. Perhaps you got it from a rough game of flag-football. Or, maybe it was just from too many jostling rides on the roller coaster at Fright Nights this year. Even a bump on the head from falling debris in a storm could bring it on. If so, you know how hard the symptoms can be to deal with. A rehabilitation massage can relieve those symptoms and help the injured soft tissues heal.
How a Rehabilitation Massage Works
Whiplash often brings headaches, soreness in your neck, and ringing in your ears. The pain and fatigue of whiplash can affect the performance of day-to-day activities. A rehabilitation massage combines a variety of techniques and modalities to treat those symptoms and more. These methods often include incorporating the following:
- Myofascial release to reduce adhesions in the fascia (connective tissue) interwoven in the muscles of the neck and shoulders. The massage therapist uses a gentle and sustained pressure to stimulate the stretch reflex. This also improves blood and lymphatic circulation to the area, relieving tension.
- Deep tissue massage using more directed pressure to break down tough knots and injuries within the deeper layers of muscles, tendons, and ligaments. This provides pain relief and promotes healing.
- Trigger point release by applying isolated pressure which is then released to treat referral pain. Also, this relieves soreness and improves range of motion in other areas of the body. Many of these issues are caused by the injured tissues. For example, migraines often arise from a neck injury caused by whiplash.
The Healing Benefits
Rehabilitation massage can offer many benefits to patients suffering from whiplash. For instance, it increases oxygen flow to injured tissues. Further, it promotes blood and nutrients circulation to the affected area. You experience relief from pain while healing, and you can relax more easily. Beyond that, it can prevent the recurring of chronic pain that results from more severe whiplash injuries. Would you like to know how massage can give you relief from daily pain due to an injury? If so, come and see one of our registered massage therapists today!