Car crashes range in severity from parking lot fender-benders to high-speed highway collisions. A lot of attention goes toward how the vehicle looks afterward, but the physical effect on the people inside those vehicles should never be ignored. Even if the crash looks minor on the surface, the crash victims may have suffered lasting damage that only a medical expert can diagnose.
If you've been involved in a car crash, it's always a good idea to see a doctor afterward, no matter what your pain level is. The impact may have caused whiplash. If you haven't thought about this term since your car accident, you might want to start. Whiplash happens when a force causes the neck to jolt one direction and then the opposite direction rapidly. This change in speed surprises the neck muscles and causes them to tear.
After you experience whiplash, you might get a stiff neck. In more severe cases, you could suffer from headaches, dizziness, or tingling and numbness in your arms. As you recover from whiplash, any pain will gradually subside, but stiffness will likely increase. You may eventually lose range of motion in your neck because scar tissue develops under the surface and blocks the neck's normal function.
Whether you thought the crash was serious or not, the long-term effects of whiplash can really add up. Even if the pain goes away, that damage hidden under the surface lingers and compounds into something much worse. People often mistakenly attribute their pain or stiffness to something else, such as a bad night of sleep or lifting something too heavy.
Massage can treat minor or significant pain due to whiplash from a car crash. If treated soon after the accident, all it may take is eight to twelve sessions to prevent years of neck or back pain and poor mobility. After a few weeks have passed since the crash, you can get started on your massage therapy treatment. Both massage and acupuncture are alternative treatments for Whiplash.
If you're suddenly thinking about that car crash that happened when you were 20 years younger, it's not too late. Massage therapy can still help you, although the earlier you schedule an appointment, the better. Book a consultation with a therapist to assess your chronic areas of tension.
When you choose a massage, you're choosing a treatment method focused on solving the problem rather than just masking it. This can lead to long-term health that you'll notice on a daily basis.
Contact Dreamclinic today to see how they can help you restore your range of motion and reduce your pain. You can schedule an appointment online at any of their three locations, or you can call (206) 267-0863. Mention promo code REFINED for $20 off your first visit.
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