While a car crash is what is most commonly associated with whiplash, it can be caused by a number of events. These can include sports injuries, physical abuse, or other types of trauma that involve a fast back-and-forth movement of the neck. Though whiplash doesn’t often have any long-term effects associated with the injury, recovery can take several weeks when your neck is left to heal on its own. At Amla Healing Arts, I can use holistic neck pain relief techniques to help with the healing process. Keep reading to learn more about how this can help you.
Neuromuscular therapy (NMT)
Neuromuscular therapy is performed as a therapist applies quasi-static pressure to areas of soft tissue in order to stimulate the skeletal muscle. Quasi-static pressure is a movement that’s so slow that it feels as though constant pressure is being placed in a specific area. When you have whiplash, the pain comes from a fast expansion and contraction of muscles in the neck. This action can leave your muscles stretched too far, which your body will often overcompensate for by tightening the muscles back up again. With the help of NMT, your muscles will start to relax and provide pain relief.
The process of cupping involves placing cups on the skin then creating a partial vacuum with either heat or suction. The suction that is created will cause your tissues to release toxins that are causing pain and inflammation. It will also stimulate the lymphatic system to an appropriate immune response by encouraging lymphatic fluid to flow through the body. Cups placed at the base of the neck have shown to be an effective alternative to deep tissue massages.
Anytime you have tight or sore muscles, heat is an effective way to treat the issue. If you’re working on treating chronic muscle pain from whiplash, you can benefit as the sauna will increase the thermal energy in your neck muscles and allow them to feel much looser. By loosening up your muscles, you’ll enjoy more freedom to move your head without pain. This will also help to promote healing as your body is able to put energy into treating the problem rather than dealing with the pain.
During the time when you’re getting physical treatment for your sore muscles, you can also receive support from herbal supplements. There are plenty of herbs that can help to ease your pain by treating inflammation and sore muscles. Natural remedies like willow bark and turmeric can be brewed into tea and are useful in treating pain and inflammation. In fact, willow bark and aspirin are very similar. Other remedies that can be used include lavender or chamomile tea for relaxation and rosemary oil can both reduce inflammation and relax muscles.
Acupuncture has shown to stimulate the immune system, improve circulation, and release hormones that help the body respond to injury. With the help of regular acupuncture treatments, your body can initiate a normal response to healing your sore muscles from the lingering effects of whiplash.
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The exact amount of time it takes to heal from whiplash will vary from person to person because of the severity of the injury, but you can get started healing your whiplash with holistic neck pain relief. At Amla Healing Arts, I can provide you with a personalized plan to help you get relief from lingering neck pain from whiplash. Give us a call today at 201-265-1698 to book your appointment. If you have more questions before getting started, you can send a message through the online contact form. I look forward to working with you and helping you find natural healing to ease your pain.