Passive PT for Whiplash
A few passive treatment options for whiplash patients are:
Deep tissue massage: You may develop muscle tension from whiplash, therefore our physical therapist will use direct pressure and friction to try and release the tension in your soft tissues which should help them heal faster.
Hot and cold therapies: Physical therapists use heat in hopes to get more blood to the affected area as increased blood flow = more oxygen and nutrients. Blood is also necessary to remove waste byproducts which form when the muscle spasms. Cold therapy, on the other hand, slows down circulation which helps reduce inflammation, pain and muscle spasms. Our physical therapist may switch between the two during your session.
Ultrasound: Increasing blood circulation with an ultrasound may help reduce cramping, muscle spasms, stiffness, swelling, and pain. Sound waves are sent deep into the muscles tissues which creates a gentle heat enhancing healing and circulation.
Active PT for Whiplash
Once your body is relaxed and ready for active physical therapy, our physical therapists will work through a number of strength and range of motion exercises with you. Since each program is individualized to fit your needs, health and history, what works for you may not necessarily work for someone else.
The main goal of PT for whiplash is to increase blood circulation, reduce muscle spasms, and promote healing of the neck tissues in our patients. At The Physical Therapy Experience, we want to provide each patient with a quality care approach which offers effective and innovative treatments to get you back in motion and back to health. If you are a victim of whiplash, choose physical therapy in Oceanside; contact us to get started today.