Oviedo Chiropractic Blog

Whiplash is a common car accident injury, but the pain can feel far from ordinary.

Get real, lasting relief with medical massage for whiplash and other accident injuries.

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries resulting from car accidents.

While your seat belt keeps your torso relatively stationary during an accident, your head and neck are not so protected. The sudden stop as you collide with another object “whips” your head and neck back and forth, stretching those muscles, tendons, and ligaments beyond what they are used to.

While the injury itself might be localized to the neck area, the pain of whiplash and other car accident injuries is certainly not confined to a single location. This can make it difficult to diagnose (and therefore, properly treat) your car accident injuries with traditional medicine.

However, a combination of chiropractic care and medical massage can be extremely effective at treating your pain as well as its underlying cause, allowing your body to truly heal, from the inside out.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the effects of medical massage for whiplash and other car accident injuries.


Soft Tissue Injuries

Your body goes through a lot during a car accident.

The force involved in even a “minor” car accident can cause all sorts of cuts, scrapes, bruises, broken bones, and misaligned joints. But your muscles are vulnerable to injury, too. 

In fact, soft tissue injuries—injuries to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments—are the most common type of car accident injury.

The injury we refer to as “whiplash” is basically, a muscle sprain. As your body is thrashed around within your car, your muscles and other soft tissues are stretched beyond what they are used to and tear.

Medical massage for whiplash and other injuries

Sprains, strains, and other soft tissue injuries can happen anywhere in your body. You may feel sharp, shooting pains; dizziness; stiff or tight muscles; or even headaches. These symptoms may occur immediately after the accident or weeks later.

The best thing you can do is to see a doctor as soon as possible after the incident. In some cases, whiplash can heal on its own, but more severe cases will require professional treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent complications and increase your odds of successful recovery. Seeing a doctor within 14 days of your car accident will also allow you to use your PIP benefits.

Getting a medical massage for whiplash and other soft tissue injuries is one of the most effective ways at treating your condition. Here’s how it works and what to expect.


What Is Medical Massage?

Massage therapy has emerged as one of the safest, most effective ways to relieve pain and promote healing with no adverse side effects. But you can’t get this type of massage at your average day spa. Medical massage should be administered by a certified massage therapist who has experience treating car accident injuries.

medical massage

The techniques used by massage therapists depend on the condition that is being treated. These include but are not limited to:

  • Contract/relax technique
  • Myofascial lymphatic drainage
  • Neural relax therapy
  • Deep tissue techniques
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Rehabilitative stretching procedures
  • Vacuum cupping technique

While you may feel less stressed after your massage therapy treatment, the ultimate goal of medical massage is not relaxation. Rather, the focus is to address the underlying cause of your symptoms and facilitate healing to the injured area. 


The Benefits of Medical Massage for Whiplash

Painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs only provide temporary pain relief and carry potential side effects. For this reason, they are not recommended for long-term care. Additionally, they may not be safe for certain individuals, such as those with liver or kidney problems.

Medical massage has none of these adverse effects. Plus, it’s clinically proven to work.

trigger point massage

In addition to relieving soreness and pain, massage increases blood flow to the affected areas, which helps to reduce inflammation and speed up healing. It can also help break up scar tissue so that your body heals more quickly and completely.

If muscles are tight and “knotted,” they can compress your nerves and blood vessels, causing pain that travels to other parts of the body. Medical massage helps to loosen these muscles and relieve the pressure that is causing your painful symptoms. You may also experience greater flexibility and range of motion, improved posture, and stress relief.


Restore Your Health

Pills and ice packs can only do so much to treat your car accident injuries. For lasting wellness (and not just symptom relief), medical massage for whiplash and other forms of muscle sprain is your best option for avoiding unpleasant side effects and finally healing from your injuries.

At Oviedo Chiropractic, we have four massage therapists on staff who are well-versed in the most effective techniques for car accident injuries. We accept most insurance plans, but offer competitive self-pay rates as well. Money should never be a hindrance to your health!

Don’t wait until it’s too late. If left untreated, whiplash injuries can cause permanent damage. Contact us today to book an appointment and see how we can help!

March 16, 2020 Chiropractic Care0

Sick of headaches and back pain? Put down the Tylenol!

Here are 5 signs that let you know when to see a chiropractor.

Each year, millions of people visit chiropractors for various injuries and ailments. In fact, it’s estimated that chiropractors treat over 27 million American patients each year.

In fact, chiropractors can help you improve your overall health, but most people fail to notice obvious signs that a chiropractic visit is necessary.

Here are 5 signs that you may need to see a chiropractor.

Car accident injuries won’t get better on their own.

But a car accident chiropractor can help you heal naturally, quickly, and effectively. 

Should you visit your local chiropractor following an accident? An auto injury chiropractor is a professional you can rely on when you’re involved in an accident.

You may not consider the importance of getting chiropractic care, but this is an important step that could benefit your health.

This article provides five key reasons why you need to make an appointment with a car accident chiropractor.

February 25, 2020 Medical Massage0

That ache in your back is not going away, and it’s time to let a professional have at it. Time to call a masseuse…or is it “massage therapist”? Is there even a difference?

If you’ve been injured in a car accident or while playing sports, you want to find the best treatment available to address your underlying condition and provide real healing, not just “symptom relief.”

While massage can be a helpful tool in your recovery, it’s important to find the right kind of massage performed by the right person.

In this article, we’ll look at the difference between a masseuse vs. massage therapist as well as the many types of massages available to you.

February 11, 2020 Car Accidents0

We’ve all seen the havoc that a car accident can wreak on a vehicle. From chipped paint to complete destruction, car accidents can cause thousands of dollars in property damage. But what happens in a car accident…to your body?

You only get one body to use for your entire lifetime. In most cases, your body is able to heal itself when it gets injured. But for more serious injuries (like those sustained during a car accident), you might be left with a pain that you just can’t “walk off.”

This is because car accidents are unlike any other kind of accident you might experience. Here’s what happens in a car accident to your body and how you can start getting back to normal.

February 6, 2020 Chiropractic Care0

Are you suffering from the sharp, shooting leg pain of sciatica? Chiropractic treatment can help.

Put down the Tylenol! Here’s why you should see a chiropractor for sciatica relief.

Sciatica is—quite literally—a pain in the butt.

But rather than visiting your primary care physician (or, worse yet, suffering through it), seeking chiropractic treatment can not only alleviate your symptoms but also treat the underlying cause of your sciatica.

Unlike traditional medicine, chiropractic treatments encourage the body to heal itself. Chiropractors often use a combination of chiropractic adjustments and medical massage to effectively heal most sciatica patients without the use of drugs or surgery.

January 24, 2020 Chiropractic Care0

If you suffer from back pain, you’re not alone. Chiropractors treat nearly 27 million patients a year. With the prevalence of back-related issues, you might be asking yourself, “Does insurance cover chiropractic care?

But—as with most questions involving doctors and insurance policies—the answer isn’t always cut-and-dry.

The good news is that there are many occasions when your insurance will cover your chiropractic visits. Let’s dig a little deeper to see when you may or may not be covered.

January 17, 2020 Medical Massage0

When it comes to rest and relaxation, there’s nothing better than a massage. 15.4 million Americans benefit from massages. Massages can help relieve your tension, prevent you from developing more serious conditions, and improve your quality of life.

But massages aren’t just something to indulge in on Mother’s Day or a beach vacation. Medical massages can provide effective relief from pain, soreness, and injury.

January 9, 2020 Car Accidents0

Being in a car accident, regardless of how serious it is, can make you ask yourself a lot of questions.

“Is there any way I could have prevented this? Should I be worried about my insurance rates going up? Do I need to seriously consider getting a new car?”

All of those questions are valid, but there’s one important question that a lot of people don’t know the answer to: How long should you be sore after a car accident?

For some, chiropractic offers relief from pain. For others, it's about feeling and looking good. Call today and see what chiropractic can do for you!

*Unsolicited advertisements may not be sent to our fax number under any circumstances. Use of our facsimile to deliver unsolicited advertisements is expressly prohibited. Our fax number is reserved for faxes related to patient care only.

Oviedo Chiropractic

2871 Clayton Crossing Way Suite 1073
Oviedo, FL 32765
(407) 542-1614
(407) 542-1615*

Copyright 2019 - Oviedo Chiropractic. All rights reserved.