Contact Hours2 Hours
Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD) is the most common outcome of non-catastrophic motor vehicle accidents (MVA) and up to 50% of those with WAD from a MVA will continue to report interference with daily life up to 12 months post injury. Massage therapists can play an important role in the recovery process as massage therapy has been proven to be beneficial in those with chronic neck pain.
This course will review some of the common clinical findings found in whiplash to include pain and trigger points. The participant will learn a traditional approach to include how to work with the cervical spine musculature including the trapezius and sternocleidomastoid. It will also include an alternative approach for the more complex client incorporating the structures of the platysma and nuchal ligament to increase function and range of motions of the neck and cervical spine while reducing pain and inflammation at the same time.
The participant will learn how to work with areas of scar tissue formation that occurred on these structures for the whiplash injury to heal. Video lectures on whiplash dynamics are accompanied by videos for anatomical and hands-on applications.
At the end of this course, the participant will be able to:
- Explain how whiplash occurs and how the whiplash force also impacts the platysma and nuchal ligament along with the trapezius and sternocleidomastoid muscles.
- List the contraindications for massage in clients following whiplash.
- Identify the trapezius and sternocleidomastoid muscles and demonstrate how to correctly apply massage to these tissues following whiplash.
- Identify the platysma and nuchal ligament and learn how to correctly apply massage to these tissues in injury patterns.
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as Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants
as Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
as Certified Athletic Trainers
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Satisfactory completion of this course will require the participant to complete a 10 question post-test with a minimum passing score of 70%.