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Can Massage Therapy Help a Whiplash Injury?

13 Oct 2017

Neck pain is a common reason people seek out the services of a massage therapist. And there have been numerous studies that support the benefits of therapeutic massage for addressing neck pain. In this particular post, we’d like to focus on a specific type of neck pain – whiplash, or hyperextension.

Whiplash is More than Just a Pain in the Neck

Neck pain can arise from a variety of causes, and in this digital age, one of the most common is what’s referred to as ‘text neck,’ a strain resulting from the weight of the head bending the cervical spine for extended periods of time. Whiplash is a different type of pain, actually an injury that is technically a sprain in the neck in addition to being a pain in the neck.

Whiplash most frequently arises from a car accident, often a sudden strike from behind, although it can occur from side impacts. The injury causes a cervical sprain, a soft tissue injury.  Though the technical medical term is neck hyperextension, whiplash is a very accurate description of what occurs. The sudden, forceful impact causes rapid head movement first towards and then away from the impact direction.

If you were to observe it in slow motion, it very closely resembles the action of a whip. When the head stops moving, regardless of whether it is back and forth or side to side, a sprain or strain results, and multiple points of injury can occur. The resulting pain may be immediate, or it may not show up for a few days after the accident.

In addition to neck pain and stiffness, whiplash may also cause:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Numbness (paresthesia)
  • Pain in the surrounding area – shoulders, arms, and upper back
  • Dizziness

Some who have experienced whiplash even report hoarseness or difficulty in swallowing or chewing.

It is important that anyone involved in a vehicle accident be examined by a physician, because other injuries such as concussion or nerve root compression may occur as well. Traditional medical treatment involves the patient wearing a foam cervical collar to support and restrain movement of the neck in order to allow the soft tissue to heal. But as with any sprain or other soft tissue injury, massage therapy can be very helpful in addressing the symptoms as well as encouraging healing.

Massage therapy can be helpful to aid soft tissue injury repair and muscle recovery. Whiplash may involve different groups of muscles, and in our next post we’ll address the specifics.

At our Minneapolis massage therapy school, our students are trained in a variety of bodywork techniques to address soft tissue injury. If you’d like to learn more about our programs, why not arrange a campus visit?  We’d love to show you around! Or you can schedule a therapeutic massage in our Student Clinic and find out for yourself why more and more people who are suffering from neck and other pain are choosing the natural, holistic health care provided by bodywork like massage and shiatsu therapy.  











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