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Helping Barrie & Surrounding Areas recover after a car accident

Whiplash Treatment Barrie & Car Accident Rehabilitation

Car accidents are not fun and can be extremely stressful on top of your injuries you might have sustained. At Pro Motion Healthcare we offer full rehabilitation services under one roof. We will walk you step by step through all the paperwork and the application process.

Our Rehabilitation Team is comprised of Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Massage Therapist, Acupuncturist, Naturopath and Occupational Therapist. These specialists are regulated health professionals and recognized experts in pain management and physical rehabilitation.

Our rehabilitation team works with clients of all ages with varying degrees of motor vehicle accident injuries, evaluating the physical needs and abilities of each individual and implementing a treatment plan to help relieve pain and restore optimal function.

  • Seek immediate medical attention if necessary
  • Contact your insurance provider to file a claim
  • Adjuster from the insurance provider will recommend treatment options
  • Schedule an appointment with our rehabilitation team (including Physiotherapists and Chiropractors)
  • Our rehabilitation specialists will perform an Initial Assessment to determine the extent of your injuries
  • We will then build a care plan based on their findings
  • Receive ongoing treatment until issues have been resolved


We will insure that all expectations are met. From assessment to treatment, booking to billing, intake to discharge, your experience with Pro Motion Healthcare is our top priority.
We are open 6 days a week to accommodate your schedule. If we can’t schedule you within our working hours, we will make an effort to see you outside our regular hours.
Overwhelming amount of paperwork can put additional stress on you after an accident. We will guide and assist with all your needs so you can concentrate on recovery.
Injuries from Motor Vehicle Accidents are unique, therefore we take our time to design a bespoke treatment plan just for you. Not to mention that we are always available over the phone to answer any questions you might have.


Your road to recovery can include a variety of services


Massage Therapy




Cold Laser

Shock Wave Therapy

Nordic Pole Walking

Car Accidents & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

American society is plagued by self-induced stress. Should this be something we pop pills for? Retrospectively, society accepts the unhealthiness of prior forms of medicated stress relief. It is generally accepted that smoking, for example, causes more problems than it relieves. Why does America swallow anti-anxiety medication so freely, without worrying about harmful side effects? These are powerful drugs that target chemicals in the brain. Medication should be the last resort in any anti-anxiety therapy. First, people who suffer anxiety should be proactive and try to resolve their concerns.

One example of a disorder that is suddenly widely prescribed is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD was first recognized as a serious problem among veterans returning from war. These men suffered cold sweats, panic attacks, nightmares, and compulsive behaviour as a result of near-death experiences and the mental anguish of war. Some doctors are now claiming that this same level of shock is regularly induced in car accidents, they cite numbers as high as 9% of car accident victims suffer “significant post-traumatic stress symptoms”.

Whip It Good: Car Accidents and Your Spine

Among the different causes of injuries among children and adults, car accidents have been reported as one of the top causes. It accounts for 55% of spinal injury cases in the US.

What kinds of injuries can I get from car accidents?

Car accident injuries affect different parts of the body. The most commonly affected are the head, neck and spine, and at the time some other organs of the body, too... But car accidents also frequently affect internal organs and upper and lower limbs. The three most common injuries would be the whiplash, traumatic brain injury, and back injury. Other injuries may include those of the limbs and internal organs.

Whiplash. The most common type of car accident back injury is the whiplash. It accounts for more than one million car accident back injuries each year. Ten percent of these car accident back injuries lead to long term disability. This type of car accident back injury occurs most often during rear-end collisions and can also when the car strikes an immobile object or gets hit broad-side by another vehicle. Whiplash happens when the head is violently jogged forward and backward upon the impact of the car. This may cause severe damage to the joints, discs, muscles, nerves, and ligaments of the neck and is most serious when a victim's head is turned to the side during impact. Symptoms of this car accident back injuries can include muscle spasms in the neck and upper back area, increased neck pain with movement, and increasing pain in the base of the neck.

Traumatic Brain Injury. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a really serious injury that may result in a car accident. This occurs when the external force of a car accident traumatizes the brain. It may lead to permanent or temporary impairment of the neurological functions. Skull fractures, bruises of the brain (hematoma), and nerve damage are often related to such brain injury. Brain injuries are more common in side-impact car accidents than in rear-end auto accidents. Brain damage in a car accident is often related to the quick acceleration and deceleration of the brain, which causes injury to the point of impact and its opposite point.

Back Injuries. Thoracic disks and lumbar disks may also be injured in car accidents. Compression fractures may be caused in such accidents which can cause permanent disability. Also, herniations or bulges may cause spinal cord compression. Symptoms of spinal injuries include arm and/or leg weakness, paralysis, difficulty breathing, numbness, tingling, and abnormal bowel or bladder control. The back nerves, ligaments and muscles may also be traumatized by a car accident, causing pain and inflammation.

Internal Organ Damage. Internal injuries from a car accident may include injuries to bowels, kidneys, spleen, liver, lungs, heart or aorta. Fractured ribs are quite common and may also puncture lungs and other internal organs. Torn spleens are also a frequent injury.

Upper and Lower Limbs. Car accidents may cause minor or severe fractures to your hands, forearms, arms, shoulders, wrists, fingers, hips, legs, knees, heels, ankles, and feet if the impact has caused sudden pressure to the bones.

How can we treat these injuries?

Any car accident injury, if not fatal, may be cured by constant therapy and proper medications. Disc injuries may require surgery to remove disc material fragments or spinal fusion. Prescriptive medications are often used initially but for continuing pain and inflammation, patients are sent to physical therapists or chiropractors to rehabilitate motor functions and relieve the pain. Therapy generally includes infrared heat, hot packs, paraffin bath, hydrotherapy, diathermy, cold packs, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, muscle strengthening, traction, massage, or acupuncture. Another common treatment is steroid injection. Severe injuries may require hospitalization.

These accidents can be avoided by observing proper driving etiquette and checking your car’s seatbelts for full functionality. In the end, being careful on the road is the best solution. Prevent yourself from getting into any car-related accidents by keeping your eyes on the road, concentrating on your driving and always following driving safety precautions.

Healing From Car Accidents

No matter how much you try to drive carefully and responsibly, you'll never know when accidents can happen. Car accidents are very traumatic and can leave crash survivors in shock or full of guilt, fear, nervousness, or anger. All these emotions are normal reactions to the situation. But it is better for a survivor to take a few deep breaths first, or try to count from 1 to 10 in order to calm down. This will better prepare the survivors to take stock of the accident and analyze the extent of damage.

Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident is as upsetting and traumatic as the crash itself. People can appear to be in a state of shock several hours or even days after the accident. They may feel that it could have been avoided and they may start to blame themselves. Sometimes, people close to those who were involved in the accident, like families and best friends, can experience some emotional problems as well.

All these feelings are normal. But as soon as every damage is taken care of, these accidents become mere afterthoughts.

However, when the feeling gets unusually stronger or last for longer periods of time, it may hinder the crash survivors from their normal daily functions. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, might occur to the survivors when the car accident involves severe injuries or has resulted in deaths. Signs of PTSD may show up immediately following the accident, or weeks or even months later.

PTSD is a very strong stress reaction that can develop in people after a traumatic event that involves directly experiencing the event. Aside from a serious car accident, a natural disaster like an earthquake, personal assaults and abuse, terrorist attacks and military combat can also cause PTSD.

Although not all people who experience stress after a car accident develops PTSD, it is better to take note of the following symptoms:

  • avoiding emotions or any reminders of the incident
  • constant feelings of anxiousness, crankiness, or anger
  • avoiding medical tests or procedures
  • constantly reliving the incident in one's mind
  • nightmares or trouble sleeping

For those who have any of these symptoms after having been in a car accident, discussing the experience with loved ones or close friends can be psychologically therapeutic. It will greatly help in releasing whatever suppressed emotions that are bottled up inside. Try to bring back the normalcy in life by engaging in regular daily activities, no matter how difficult it may seem. If these things don't work, consult with a health care professional to get the necessary treatment. Mental health professionals such as psychologists, psychiatrists, and counsellors who specialize in treating anxiety problems are usually experienced in working with people who have PTSD.

There are those who avoid seeking professional help because they're afraid that talking about the incident will bring back memories or feelings that are too painful. PTSD is not like something that can be forgotten quickly or can be willed to go away. Getting treatment and support can make all the difference. People with PTSD need to work through the pain in order to reduce symptoms like nightmares and flashbacks. It can also help people avoid potentially harmful behaviours and emotions, like extreme anger or self-injury Therapy may involve gradual talks in a safe environment and learning coping skills that help with anxiety, fear, or panic. Relaxation techniques can also be applied in order to help reset the stress response which resolves other problems like sleeping disorders.

The healing process may allow people to discover strengths they didn't know they had, or a support network that they didn't know was there. Treatment helps them find focus in life and develop new insights to cope with other problems.

Physiotherapy To Treat Neck And Shoulder Pain

If you have ever been in a car accident where another vehicle hit the back of your car, you may have experienced what is commonly known as 'whiplash." You sprang forward suddenly, then backward and overstretched your neck to the point where you tore the supporting ligaments. In severe whiplash, you may have even damaged the muscles and discs in the neck and hurt the nerves. Contrary to popular belief, someone doesn't realize they have "whiplash" until about 24 hours after the accident. They wake up with a stiff neck, headache and pain. Often, physiotherapy to treat neck and shoulder pain can provide instant relief for those suffering from whiplash, although several treatments may be needed for a patient to continue to find pain relief. These treatments, however, are preferable to drugs which have a habit of causing physical dependence.

Many people who suffer whiplash go to the doctor where they are given an x-ray, an immobilization collar and some pain medication. Often, they are advised to put icepacks on the injured area for several days to alleviate the swelling. Pain from this injury can take weeks to heal.

Fortunately, physiotherapy to treat neck and shoulder pain caused by whiplash, as well as other muscle strains, has proven a very effective remedy in alleviating the symptoms of pain. While pain medications mask the pain and can be very habit forming, the manipulations used by the physiotherapist can provide relief within minutes, instead of hours or days.

When using physiotherapy to treat neck and shoulder pain, the therapist will often perform some gentle exercises to mobilize the area. The patient may resist this as they tend to cause a bit of discomfort, but to keep the area mobile is better than allowing it to get "stiff" which will result in longer recovery time. By gently turning the head and manipulating the area, the physiotherapist can loosen the muscles that have been tensed in the trauma and provide some pain relief.

Another way to use physiotherapy to treat neck and shoulder pain is by massage. Often the therapist will massage the affected area, eliminating the stiffness and improving blood flow to the area. This often eliminates the headache as well that is caused by the stiff neck. Very often, a person who seeks a therapist to use physiotherapy to treat neck and shoulder pain will experience immediate results.

Neck and shoulder pain can have many causes, although whiplash is the most common. Other causes of neck and shoulder pain are poor posture, particularly for those who work in offices or sit in front of computers all day. This can weaken the ligaments and muscles in the shoulders and neck and cause discomfort. A physiotherapist can treat neck and shoulder pain through massage, manipulations and, by discovering what is causing your neck and shoulder pain, can assist you in your attempt to correct the problem.

Physiotherapy to treat neck and shoulder pain is very common and is one of the primary reasons why patients seek physical therapy. Physiotherapy to treat neck and shoulder pain should only be practiced by a licensed physiotherapist.

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