There are two sides to physical therapy: passive and active. Passive involves treatments which help relax you and your body; you’re not actively participating, hence why it is called passive. Active, on the other hand, involves you actively moving and participating. You are probably experiencing acute pain from the whiplash, therefore we will start you off with passive therapy as your body heals and/or adjusts to the pain, but our goal is to build you up to participate in active physical therapy in Oceanside.
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.