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Whiplash and Massage Therapy

Whiplash and Massage Therapy

Whiplash Massage Therapy SchoolWhiplash is an injury that can occur from a variety of accidents. While most whiplash injuries are the result of an auto accident, it can also be caused by a slip and fall accident or sporting injury. The stress placed on the muscles and connective tissue can lead to both inflammation and discomfort until the injury is fully healed. With whiplash being one of the most commonly reported injuries, massage therapy is one of the most affordable of all treatment options. Massage therapy can also be used in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments for a more well-rounded healing plan.

What Is Whiplash?

Whiplash is an injury that affects the muscles and connective tissues in the neck. It is caused by abruptly stopping the forward motion of the head which results in it being jerked violently backward. The stretching and over-extension of the connective tissue can cause intense pain and may sometimes feel as if a dislocation has occurred. Because the injury deals with both the muscles and the skeletal/connective tissues, it may take several weeks to heal. This is much longer than an injury that only involves the muscles. If left untreated, whiplash can lead to headaches and chronic neck pain.

Symptoms of Whiplash

The symptoms of whiplash will vary from case to case. The severity of the injury is a determining factor when it comes to the severity of the symptoms. Pain and inflammation are the two most common symptoms. The extensive inflammation can prevent you from turning your head from side to side. Any movement can be painful if it is performed too quickly. Mild cases of whiplash can take anywhere from four to six weeks to heal while severe cases may take up to nine to twelve weeks. Stiffness in the area is also common due to keeping the neck still and avoiding unnecessary movements.

Massage Therapy Benefits

Massage therapy is one of the best ways to treat a whiplash injury. Deep tissue massage restores blood flow to the injured area. This, in turn, brings much-needed nutrients to an area that needs oxygen and other necessities in order to heal. Massage also manipulates the tissues keeping them flexible and strong when exercise isn’t possible. The kneading of the tissues also breaks up pockets of inflammation that hinder movement and prevent you from turning your head or moving in a natural manner. When massage therapy is performed throughout the head, neck, and upper shoulders, it can strengthen the entire area providing additional strength and support.

Caring for a Whiplash Injury

Because of the nature of a whiplash injury, receiving massage therapy every two or three days can actually hasten the healing process. This means that pain and inflammation are minimized in a relatively short period of time. The tissues start to gradually heal and become stronger making it possible for you to return to your day to day activities much sooner. The more frequently massage is received, the more flexibility you will have and your muscles will be much stronger and more resistant to re-injury.

Massage therapy is often considered one of the most effective treatment options when it comes to caring for a whiplash injury. As part of an effective treatment plan, deep tissue massage improves circulation and flexibility allowing you to enjoy an increased range of motion with less pain and overall discomfort. When combined with chiropractic care and physical therapy, deep tissue massage completes the loop in terms of overall care and minimizing your pain and discomfort. The acute pain and discomfort associated with whiplash can be incredibly uncomfortable. Prompt treatment with massage therapy is an effective way to reduce your discomfort and minimize your pain.

Learn more about how massage therapy can help with whiplash or a whiplash related injury contact you local massage school. Also contact the admissions department of Seattle Clinical Massage School to ask specific questions relating to massage and whiplash.

Massage Therapy & Endurance Sports

Massage Therapy & Endurance Sports

Sports Massage RunnersIt takes strength, stamina, and yes, endurance, to be an endurance athlete. Taking part in these marathons, and triathlons and such sporting events requires training and preparation of both the mind and body.

Post-event, massage therapy is crucial in aiding with recovery. Pre-event, this therapy can significantly influence and impact an endurance athlete’s performance, in the following and among other ways:

Increased Flexibility

Flexibility and being able to stay agile are both important elements of endurance sports. Flexibility will give athletes a wider and more solid range of motion, enabling them to be quick and endure long periods on their feet, or bike pedals.

Massage therapy stretches muscle fibers, promoting and maintaining flexibility. Coupling this therapy with some static and dynamic stretching exercises helps to improve flexibility.

Improved Circulation

Tight muscles do restrict the flow of blood. Deep tissue massage and other massage therapy techniques help to restore and improve this circulation. It also promotes the growth of new mitochondria, which, in turn, increases the rate at which muscles utilize oxygen. The mitochondria are the body’s powerhouses, and as such, the athlete will have more than enough energy to sustain through the event.

Better circulation also ensures that athletes can breathe even more easily. They don’t have to worry about spells of struggling to catch their breath mid-race.

Alleviation of Muscle Pain

Pain, in its different severities from mild to severe, is quite common among endurance athletes. Be it from an old injury or muscle tightening and cramping, dealing with the pain during the event will definitely impair an athlete’s performance. Massage therapy is an excellent non-medicine option for dealing with this pain, helping to enhance performance.

Massage helps to loosen muscle knots and ease cramping that would otherwise cause pain. It also helps in breaking down any scar tissue from previous injuries. This is not to mention that massage therapy stimulates the release of feel-good endorphins in your brain. All in all, the athletes can confidently focus on your sporting event without the pain.

Benefits Beyond the Muscles

Massage therapy has been shown to improve the quality and quantity of sleep that you will be getting. An endurance athlete that is getting enough of sound sleep will definitely be performing at their best compared to one who is dealing with sleep-deprivation or not getting enough restful sleep. How much sleep they are getting, or not getting, will only affect your mental well-being, and this is as important as your physical well-being.

Similarly, massage therapy helps with relaxation, pre-event. Preparation for the event can be overwhelming, and it is not uncommon for athletes to have anxiety attacks, and especially so close to the event. The mental strain that comes with feeling overly anxious will only stand in the way of the athletes performing at their most optimal level.

The Need for Professional Massage Therapy Services

Athletes may be able to massage their legs or arms, but more likely than not, the experience will not yield the highlighted benefits quite as well as if a professional took on the job. It takes specialized training to deliver the kind of massage therapy experience that will prove beneficial for the body and mind of endurance athletes.

Sports massage therapy is a well sought-after service among endurance athletes. This is, of course, on account of the many benefits that the therapy bestows. Some athletes go for a session a week, others schedule multiple sessions every week, so the demand for the service is definitely there.

Do a great job with clients, and you can confidently look forward to more looking for your services. This is because athletes maintain a tight-knit circle or community, and you stand to benefit from referrals.

At Seattle Clinical Massage School, you can get started on your journey to becoming a sports massage therapist, or receive additional training on the same. You get to enjoy a flexible schedule that will not disrupt your lifestyle or schedule. You will also be learning from a diversely-gifted and experienced team of instructors, including massage therapists and chiropractors.

If you are interested in helping endurance athletes to experience and enjoy the benefits of massage therapy, among others, do not hesitate to sign up for your class today.

For additional Seattle massage school options check out our partner school Northwest Academy for the Healing Arts