The role of the physical therapy is to enable the patient suffering the consequences of whiplash to return to normal or desired levels of activity. Physical therapy enhances pain reduction and shortening of post-injury disability.
There are several fundamental goals in physical therapy to reduce or eliminate pain, restore movement/function, flexibility, and build strength/stability.
It can take some time to recover completely after an auto accident. While it can be frustrating to wait, working with a physical therapist can substantially help speed up recovery time and help you get back to life faster, while also improving your overall strength and mobility. It’s the best way to facilitate a safe recovery after you’ve been injured in an accident.
Following a car accident the most common problems people have are headaches/migraines, neck, shoulder and back pain/tension, reduced range of motion, numbness in extremities and stress.
Massage can be very beneficial with all of these symptoms. Massage helps to increase circulation to these areas of injury giving proper blood flow and nutrition to damaged tissue as well as ridding these muscles of waste products. It can also reduce swelling which is usually what causes a lot of pain and numbness people feel from these whiplash type injuries.