Should I get a massage after a car accident?
You should always seek medical advice from your primary care provider and/or chiropractor. However, there are many benefits to getting a massage after an auto accident. Here we will talk about the top 5 reasons and benefits of massage from our professional massage therapist:
1. Pain Reduction
No matter the severity of your car accident, you will probably experience some level of pain. Due to whiplash or aches and pains from the jarring motion of the accident, physical discomfort is expected for most collisions.
Without a massage, this discomfort can persist for months, if not years to come. With a massage, however, it can start to ease and disappear. It works well in conjunction with other therapeutic treatments ie. Chiropractic care, physical therapy, etc.
By releasing the muscles and increasing blood flow, a massage can help decrease pain, and doing so will make your recovery more comfortable.
2. Faster Recovery
If you suffered from whiplash or soft tissue injuries resulting from your car accident, a massage can help. Whiplash can result in pain, stiffness and limit range-of-motion, which may also affect mental and emotional symptoms.
Studies have shown massage therapy can reduce these symptoms and alleviate things like depression and insomnia, which prolongs the healing process if left unchecked.
3. Reduced Inflammation (or Swelling)
Inflammation(or swelling) is the result of an increased movement of fluid (or interstitial fluid) and white blood cells into the area of trauma. This is the body’s automatic response to injury to try and heal itself, however, this results in pain and discomfort.
Massage will help move that excess fluid out for processing and promote continued blood flow to vital areas and improve the recovery process.
4. An Increased Range of Motion
One of the biggest benefits massage can offer a patient is relieving tightness, inflammation and increasing range-of-motion.
Increasing a patient’s range of motion has added benefits like relaxing tense areas of the body like neck and back. Helping with stress relief to aid in mental recovery. Puts you on the path to healing.
5. Recovery From PTSD
When it comes to survivors of auto accidents, there is a great deal of mental trauma/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after a collision. This makes sense, given the fact that car accidents are big, loud, high-impact experiences that happen so quickly that you don’t have time to fully react. It is hard to emerge from an auto accident unscathed.While mental trauma is an often underestimated side effect of a car accident, it can be a major roadblock on the path to healing. When trauma causes sleep deprivation, for example, healing of the body is nearly impossible.
Get A Massage Today!
Luckily, there’s good news. A massage can help alleviate some of the mental trauma associated with car accidents. And, so by promoting relaxation and pain relief, massage can reduce mental trauma and provide a space for recovery and forward motion.
Experience the benefits of massage! Call or request to book now!
Let us Release your aches and pain.
Restore you to what you once were,
so that you can Re-live!
@ReNow Body Rehab.