Medical Massage Post Auto Accident
If you or someone you love have recently been in an auto accident chances are high that you are considering your wellness options.
Massage therapy is one of the best forms of treatment after the trauma of an auto accident. Not only does massage address the physical aspects of injury it also calms the body post trauma.
Medical massage relieves and eliminates your symptoms rapidly with as little discomfort as possible. This is done by specifically treating the areas injured as well as the supportive structure that surround the injured muscles.
When to Seek Help
The short answer, if injured in an auto accident, IMMEDIATELY seek treatment. You can begin this process by seeking an appointment with your Medical Doctor or Family Chiropractor.
Injuries from an auto accident left untreated can become chronic and debilitating. It’s pertinent to to seek pain relief early because what may seem minor can spell trouble down the road. When you visit your MD or Chiropractor be sure to inquire about massage therapy as a healing modality. Most people with auto injuries respond quit well to Therapeutic Medical Massage.
There is a misconception that pain from an auto injury is immediate and notable. Unfortunately, pain isn’t that straight forward. Immediately following an accident your body is in shock and often not feeling the full effects of the injury. Our bodies natural response is to lock down. This response of ‘muscle protecting’ helps us deal with the immediate trauma but can leave us with residual problems. In MANY cases it can take days to months before the body processes the full impact of the accident.
Limited range-of-motion is limited in any area of the body is a good indication of injury. For example; If you try to touch your chin to your chest and this causes discomfort you should seek treatment. Additionally, pain with turning the head is another strong indication of whiplash injury.
Auto accidents can cause a variety of conditions such as; whiplash injuries, nerve compression, sciatic or hip pain, back pain, secondary muscle group pain/guarding, sore stiff muscles, tingling in arms legs or hands and even generalized insomnia.
What is Whiplash
- Neck stiffness and/or pain
- Painful to rotate or move head
- Upper back stiffness
- Body Pain
- Headaches, most common at base of skull
- Ringing in ears
- Pain that spreads to shoulders and arms
- Numbness and tingling
- Blurred vision
- Poor concentration
- Memory problems
- Sleep disturbance, insomnia
- Slurred speech
- Emotional upset
Benefits of Medical Massage
There are many benefits of massage post auto accident. Such as, massage re-educates tight, weak muscles creating greater range of motion. Many patients note a major reduction in spasms and cramping and reduced inflammation.
Massage causes your body to release endorphin’s – the bodies natural painkiller. Thereby, easing medication dependency by reducing pain. In most cases medical massage will render immediate and noticeable results. Additionally, massage calms the parasympathetic system enabling the body to relax and heal.
A team at Germany’s University of ULM studied 70 patients with whiplash injuries. They found massage therapy helped them recover much faster than standard care alone. The researchers also pointed out the usefulness of other forms of care such as Physical Therapy and Chiropractic. If you have whiplash, ask your physician about massage. Used in combination with PT and or Chiropractic it could help speed up your recovery.
Injury from an auto accident will typically be covered by your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) of your auto insurance policy. If you were not at fault in most cases your coverage will come from the at-fault drivers insurance.
At The Therapy House we can help if you are experiencing pain from an auto injury. In most cases there is no out of pocket cost. We are typically able to accept Personal Injury Insurance and will process the claims for you. For your protection we require a prescription from your Physician or Chiropractic Care Provider prior to treatment.
Our patients experience more immediate and longer lasting relief than previously achieved through Physical Therapy or Chiropractic treatments alone.
Call today to see if you qualify for Medical Massage covered by your insurance.