Whiplash & Neck Pain

Most neck pain is due to a combination of tight muscles/fascia, painful trigger points and compressed vertebrae/discs. These problems are best addressed with a soft-tissue, massage & bodywork approach involving myofascial release, trigger point therapy, deep tissue/remedial massage and advanced stretching/traction techniques. Nerves are sometimes ‘pinched’ in the neck, which may benefit from manipulative therapy, but usually my soft tissue approach combined with gentle mobilisations is very effective at addressing nerve root pressure giving lasting results. Also, although most clients present pain in back of their neck, the tight muscles/fascia at the front of their neck (pulling their head & spine forwards and down) are also frequently involved.

Whiplash (usually due to car accidents, falls, sports or amusement rides) is when the head quickly snaps one way, then the other, tearing muscles and/or ligaments in the neck and shoulders. The severity varies greatly (from grade 1-4) from mild pain and stiffness to nerve/spinal cord damage and fracture (causing severe pain, disability, numbness & sensory problems and weakness or partial-paralysis). Many sufferers opt for manipulative therapy (osteopathy & chiropractic) or physiotherapy. However, whiplash is predominately a soft tissue (muscle & ligament) injury, so usually benefits more from a soft tissue, massage & bodywork approach. In severe whiplash gentle treatment can begin once the acute phase has passed (heat, pain & swelling receding). Cross fibre friction helps scar tissue fibres heal well, reducing chronic problems. Massage and stretching eases pain and tension. Also, after whiplash injury an individual will have all sorts of scar tissue (myofascial) adhesions pulling on sensitive tissue and causing painful ‘trigger points’. Trigger point therapy and myofascial release are extremely important in effectively treating whiplash injuries and limiting chronic associated problems!

Alton Advanced Bodywork is Kipp Clark; an Advanced Clinical Massage Therapist and specialist in Chronic Pain Treatment who treats clients in Alton, Fleet, Hampshire and Surrey.

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