The suffering caused by a whiplash can be relieved by getting a message. A whiplash occurs when soft tissue like the sternocleidomastoid muscles located on the side of the neck get torn, strained, or damaged in some way. A massage will provide relief from the stiffness, swelling, pain, dizziness, and headaches typically associated with whiplash injuries. You should start massage therapy as soon as you are certain you haven’t suffered any skeletal damage during the incident that caused the whiplash. Here are two types of massage therapy you should use to feel better after you have suffered a whiplash.
Trigger Point Massage
Trigger point massage therapy TPMT) can provide you with instant relief in the case of a whiplash. TPMT is performed by finding the pain centers on the muscles that are causing your discomfort. The pain centers are the spots in the muscle where the fibers have meshed together to create a knot. The therapist will use the tips of their fingers to press down and massage the muscles around the trigger point. The goal is to “untie” the knot and get the muscle to relax.
You should expect to experience pain while the trigger points are massaged. The pain can be intense at the beginning, but as the knot gets relieved, the pain will subside. If the situation is really bad, you will most likely need to have several massage sessions before the knot is relieved and you stop feeling pain and discomfort from the trigger points.
Cranial Sacral Massage Therapy
After you have a trigger point massage done, you should have a cranial sacral massage done to relax the muscles around your head, spine, and sacrum region of your body. The discomfort of a whiplash will often extend well beyond the trigger points and a cranial sacral massage will further help you to feel better.
A cranial sacral massage can last up to an hour. The therapist begins by gently massaging the muscles at the base of the back of your head to loosen the muscles and increase blood flow to the tissues and bones. This massage technique is useful to relieve headaches caused by a whiplash accident. You should have this message down whenever you are starting to have a headache.
Massage therapy is a great way to treat muscles damaged by a whiplash. The massage techniques will help you feel better and get you back up on your feet.
To schedule your appointment with a certified professional, contact LaVida Massage of Promenade, NC today.