Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained in automobile accidents, some sports and “headbanging” at a
rock concert. Whiplash occurs when the neck is jarred dramatically forward and backward, or vice versa on
Whiplash is treatable and most symptoms will resolve over time; however, early intervention is key to a speedy recovery. If left untreated, pain and discomfort may become chronic and could affect the quality of your life.
Speak with your physician and massage therapist immediately following a whiplash injury.
Treatment of Whiplash
Cervical Collar (Neck Brace)
While a neck brace can support the head and take pressure off the neck, it is important to only wear a cervical collar for short periods of time and only as recommended by your physician. Long term used can weaken neck muscles.
Anti-inflammatory and pain medication may be prescribed by your physician.
Apply ice or a cold pack to the neck for 15-20 minutes several times a day. This helps reduce pain and swelling.
Heat can help to relax tight or injured muscles. Heat should only be applied where there is no swelling or inflammation.
Massage for Whiplash
Any massage that causes a general relaxation of the client’s muscles can help relieve muscular pain in common types of whiplash injuries. In addition, 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.