What is the “Cold” Phase of Whiplash?

Cold whiplash is the stage after hot whiplash; it sets in when time has passed after an injury that has not been resolved (essentially, the hot stage hasn’t been dealt with, and the body dealt with it the best way it could without help). Sometimes people don’t even realize that they have suffered a whiplash injury until it is at the cold phase, because of the stiffness and pain in the joints that is characteristic of this stage. If massage and chiropractic treatments have not been promptly sought to treat a whiplash injury, cold whiplash presents itself as a pattern of hard, dense connective tissue restrictions (as opposed to muscle spasms that are presented by hot whiplash). This causes much more permanent immobility in the joints and muscles. This of course can be treated and corrected; it just takes much more work to do so.
So, as said before, by the time cold whiplash sets in, mobility is extremely limited and the muscles and joints affected by the whiplash accident are already set and tense, because the hot whiplash wasn’t treated. Treatment for cold whiplash does differ from that for hot whiplash, though, because it can be treated much more directly. It needs to be treated appropriately so it doesn’t relapse into the hot whiplash stage.
When we’re treating cold whiplash, we directly focus on tissue restrictions and restoring mobility of the affected joints and muscles. Unfortunately once the whiplash injury has reached the cold stage, muscle scarring and damage has already occurred, so the process of undoing the damage requires much more treatment.
Two massage techniques that tend to be very beneficial for treating cold whiplash are the Cervical Core (Sleeve) Technique and the Lateral Cervical Translation Technique. Keep watching our blog for detailed posts on how these treatments work!

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