Motor Vehicle Accidents and Therapeutic Massage
If you’ve ever been in a major car accident, there’s a good chance that you’ve experienced lingering pain for days, weeks, or even months afterwards. Left untreated, these pains can go on to last for years or, in extreme cases, your entire life. For anybody that’s been in an accident, it is important to seek out professional diagnosis and treatment to avoid further damage. Massage therapy is one form of treatment that has been beneficial to many auto-accident victims.
One of the most common injuries caused by Motor Vehicle accidents in whiplash. Whiplash is when a severe jerk to the head is endured, caused by a sudden acceleration-deceleration force that generally happens in collisions. However, even sudden breaking without collision can cause whiplash in extreme situations. Symptoms include pain, headaches, and stiffness, and sometimes even insomnia, depression, and lack of focus. Fortunately, massage therapy can alleviate these symptoms by focusing on trigger points to decrease pain in the early stages. Later in recovery, deep muscle therapy can help to relieve lingering neck and back pain.
Spinal cord injuries are another common ailment caused by car crashes. Almost a third of people who experience injury to their spinal cord have done so as a result of an auto accident. Effects of spinal cord injuries are wide-ranging and often long-lasting (or permanent in severe cases). Experienced massage therapists can help treat spinal cord injuries by positively affecting the musculoskeletal and neurological systems. By breaking up muscle knots, therapists help the patient to become more mobile, making everyday tasks smoother and less painful. Poor circulation is a common symptom of a spinal cord injury, and regular massage can help to improve circulation by increasing blood flow to muscles and improving their tone and function.
Concussions are common among accident patients and can be very dangerous if left untreated. Patients often experience headaches, nausea, dizziness, confusion, and sometimes even seizures. These symptoms can last 7 days to 3 months, and up to a year in extreme cases. Massage therapy can be beneficial to those with concussions by targeting trigger points that help to relax the body, easing dizzy spells and using pressure points to alleviate headaches. Relaxation is a vital part of concussion recovery, especially within the initial days following the incident.
Knee injuries are also a regular occurrence in Motor Vehicle accidents. Many people suffer ACL tears and other long-term injuries that negatively affect their ability to walk, run, or participate in a variety of physical activities. Massage therapy can help provide pain relief and healing for these conditions. In combination with proper surgical measures, massage is an excellent supplement to aid in the recovery period.
If you have recently been in a Motor Vehicle accident it is important to start your recovery as soon as possible. Ignoring symptoms can lead to more extreme pain and suffering in coming years. Whether you’re experiencing pain in your upper or lower body, you may benefit from consulting with a massage therapist to pinpoint your problems and alleviate your discomfort.
At Custom Bodies Fitness and Massage, we are not only massage therapists but we are also personal trainers. Some of our therapists have an extensive background in disability case management and rehabilitation (WCB and Private Insurance) along with experience in coordinating with attending physicians, physiotherapists, chiropractors to ensure we work together in facilitating a treatment plan that will enable a speedier recovery.
When you book with us, we would ask that you have available a note from your primary treatment provider indicating you are medically able to receive massage therapy, any objective medical reporting indicating diagnosis, and all details pertaining to your insurance claim (ie.: information about your insurance, claim number, and your adjuster’s name and contact information).
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