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5 Ways Massage Therapy Can Help After a Car Accident

An auto accident is traumatic, even if you don’t get injured. You have paperwork, repairs, and insurance claims, and all of that stress can overshadow a little tenderness in your neck or a slight headache. Getting massage therapy after an auto accident can make all the difference to how you feel a week, month, or even a year after your accident.

Massage therapy may be covered by your insurance

Your insurance policy may include personal injury protection (PIP). That coverage means your policy will pay for a set amount of medical services to treat your injury following an accident. If you haven’t used the coverage for other services, it may well cover the cost of massage therapy.

If you are involved in an accident involving another driver, and that person is at fault, then their policy may cover your massage therapy or other care. In some instances, you may be reimbursed and in others the insurance company may pay Pinnacle Health Chiropractic directly. It depends on the company, the policy, and the overall situation.

The best way to find out if massage therapy is covered is to contact your insurance company. Its representatives will be able to tell you if the cost is covered, and whether there are any specific requirements such as a physician’s prescription.

Emotional stability through massage

Regardless of whether massage therapy is covered by your insurance, you may want to book an appointment as soon as possible following the accident. There are some immediate benefits to massage therapy that could help you recover.

One of the most immediate benefits is the effect massage has on your nervous system. Even if you don’t get injured, an accident is shocking and traumatic. Massage can improve your circulation, help you relax and give you an opportunity to recover your emotional balance.

There is some scientific evidence that massage can ease anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although there is no guarantee that a massage soon after a car accident will mean you won’t develop such conditions, dealing with the trauma quickly and recovering your emotional stability certainly can’t hurt.

Soft tissue injuries often respond to massage

Injuries to the soft tissue of the neck, such as whiplash, are extremely common following auto accidents. Massage is generally an effective method for such injuries. Massage increases circulation, which promotes healing.

Massage also alleviates the pain of soft tissue injuries. In whiplash, especially, your symptoms may include poor range of motion and stiffness, and massage improves both symptoms.

Knee injuries are also common in auto accidents. Massage therapy can help again by relieving pain and promoting healing of the soft tissue of the joint.

Massage therapy may help treat concussion

If you get a concussion in a car accident, massage therapy may be a useful treatment, either immediately, or in the following days and weeks. Massage techniques that are designed to strengthen your parasympathetic nervous system work particularly well for those who have a concussion, or who are experiencing problems following a concussion.

Massage therapy and soreness or generalized pain

Anyone who has been involved in an accident can tell you that you might develop soreness in seemingly odd places in the following days. You may not remember banging your shoulder, but you probably feel like you did, or your lower back may be inexplicably sore. The force and suddenness of an auto accident can make your whole body ache.

Massage provides pain relief. It increases circulation, improves the function of your lymphatic system, and it helps to reduce inflammation. Trigger point therapy, a specific form of massage therapy, may resolve unspecified or generalized pain as well.

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