Car accidents affect millions of Americans each and every year. Even the smallest of “fender benders” can leave you with injuries that can take weeks and/or months to heal. The importance of soft tissue/massage therapy following a car accident is priceless and is highly recommended. Not receiving rehabilitation therapy following a car accident could mean the difference between being pain free or full of pain 5, 10 even 20 years from now. Addressing the injury as it happens is the best thing you can do following a car accident.
Injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident can often times leave you with whiplash, nerve damage, alignment issues, muscle spasms and chronic pain. It’s also not uncommon to have injuries in different areas on the body. While many think the injury that occurs from a car accident is whiplash alone, that is sometimes only the beginning of what can occur. Below is a list of common injuries that occur due to a car accident:
■IT Band Syndrome
■Low Back Pain
In the early stages of injury, often only a few areas will be the source of pain. As time goes on sometimes new areas in the body can present pain. This is not necessarily because new issues have occurred, but because the body is in complete function with each and every area of the body. Compensation occurs when injury is present and restrictions begin to take shape as the rest of the body fights to stay in balance. Remembering that each section of your body that connects to the next section is all connected as one complete system. This makes for injuries and healing to be very complex.
The first and most important element of receiving massage following a car accident, is that it helps to reduce stress in the body, which leads to less tension in the injured tissues. Massage therapy for car accident injuries works by:
■Increasing blood flow to the injured tissue which promotes healing
■Improving range of motion
■Reducing swelling and pain in the soft tissues
Massage therapy for car accident injuries is a process that takes commitment. Both by the healthcare team, as well as by the patient. It’s very common to go through feelings of depression, anxiety, hopelessness and fear as you go through treatment. Understandably so, your life has all of a sudden become consumed by pain and regular medical appointments in an instant. It’s not uncommon for people to become discouraged and emotional during the healing process. Our physical body as well as our emotional body are in balance with each other and because of this when pain is present, sometimes so are negative emotions. We hold emotions in our tissues and during the healing process many different emotions may come to the surface. You are encouraged to feel what you are feeling in the moment and always offered a safe environment in the process.
Furthermore, it’s important to remember that car accident injuries are serious and take time to heal properly. It’s not uncommon to receive treatment for car accident injuries for 6 months to sometimes over 1 year. It’s important to know this going into treatment so you know what to expect.
Also, treatment is typically more aggressive in the beginning in terms of sessions per week. It’s important to receive 1-3 sessions per week in the beginning (based on physician prescription) so as to make sure that the injuries are receiving on going care in order to heal properly. As time goes on and injuries subside, sessions become more spread out and further apart. Also, as the level of daily functions returns closer to the level it was prior to the accident, you will know that you are healing.
Our goal is to always help you return to 100% as soon as possible. While this is different for everyone one things remains the same, you are on your own unique path. Remember this as you go through the healing process and be patient with yourself. Recovering from car accident injuries is serious and should not be taken lightly. The quality of your life depends on it. Return to Massages are for..