Did you know that approximately 1 million people experience whiplash injuries every year? The majority of these cases are caused by minor fender-bender accidents, but that doesn’t make a person’s pain any less serious.
Whiplashes and whiplash-associated disorders (WADs) are caused by serious falls or car accidents. When this happens, your neck muscles are injured through forced hyperextension (being stretched too far forward), forced hyperflexion (being stretched too far backward), or violently jerked from side to side. These radical motions injure the muscles, bones, nerves, discs, and tendons in a person’s neck.
Whiplash causes headaches and neck pain and stiffness. The pain can be so severe that it negatively impacts your life at work and at home; it can be difficult to focus on work or enjoy time with your family when there is so much pain in your body.
Fortunately, there’s a solution: whiplash massage. Whiplash injuries may be remedied by loosening neck muscles, such as the sternoclydomastoid, spleniuscapitis, and the three scalene muscles (anterior, middle, and posterior). Relaxing and releasing these injured muscles through myofascial massage is essential to the healing process. Whiplash massage not only restores your neck’s range of motion over time, but it also reenergizes the muscles, improves the blood flow, and increases overall healing of the whiplash injury. Health and wellness experts suggest that people with whiplash injuries gradually return to their regular activities as they journey through the recovery process.
If you have whiplash injuries or neck pain, visit Natures Trail Wellness Center to find relief and regain your active life!