Benefits of Massage Therapy Following A Car Accident
Following a car accident the most common problems people have are headaches/migraines, neck, shoulder and back pain/tension, reduced range of motion, numbness in extremities and stress.
Massage can be very beneficial with all of these symptoms. Massage helps to increase circulation to these areas of injury giving proper blood flow and nutrition to damaged tissue as well as ridding these muscles of waste products. It can also reduce swelling which is usually what causes a lot of pain and numbness people feel from these whiplash type injuries.
Additional benefits of massage therapy:
- stimulate tissue healing
- reduce muscle spasms
- prevent formation of scar tissue
- retrain proper soft tissue function
- reduce stress and anxiety
- increase joint flexibility
- lower blood pressure
- release endorphins (the body’s natural painkiller)
This can also be a very stressful time for our patients dealing with such things as pain, loss of work, loss of sleep, loss of freedom, dealing with attorneys, insurance companies, etc. Stress alone can cause serious muscle pain, tension and often leaves patients feeling hopeless.
Massage can be a wonderful stress reducer as well. It helps by increasing the production of serotonin a vital hormone helping to calm patients and reduce stress levels.
Different types of massages used to help with these injuries are:
- Deep tissue
- Manual traction
- Myofascial release
- Trigger point