In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the benefits of massage therapy for those who have recently been in a car accident. Whether for whiplash treatments, concussion relief or several other specific areas related to vehicle accidents, massage therapy is often highly beneficial, either on its own or as a complement to similar chiropractic care services.
At Peterson Chiropractic, we’re proud to offer both these services, from whiplash treatments to concussion therapy and more. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll go over a few other direct benefits of massage therapy for those who have recently been injured in a car accident, including some basics on insurance coverage that are often important for those in this position.
Specific Injury Areas
While massage therapy is excellent for general pain and discomfort, which we’ll go over momentarily, there are also a few injury types – outside of concussions, which we already went over in part one – that are particularly common after car accidents. A couple that are worth noting, both overall and due to the way massage therapy assists with them:
- Neck pain: Especially over the short-term such as during accident recovery, massage therapy has been shown to be a safe and effective treatment for neck pain.
- Spinal cord: Car and motorcycle accidents are some of the most common occurrences where the spine is injured. Luckily, massage therapy – often in coordination with chiropractic care – has been shown to improve pain and posture themes in several ways for such injuries.
- Knee injuries: While knee injuries aren’t quite as common as neck or spine injuries, they do happen. ACL injuries, in particular, are common in car accidents. But massage therapy has been shown to help complement recovery here, including for those who must undergo surgery.
And while the above issues are common after a car accident, there’s no rule that says your pain has to be in one of those locations – or even any specific, hard-and-fast location at all. Your injuries may develop with odd timelines, such as certain ones that don’t really show up until hours or even days after the accident. You may ache badly in a certain area one day, then feel mostly okay there the next.
Once again, massage therapy is very helpful here. It provides circulation increases and also benefits the lymphatic system, plus helps limit the inflammation that’s often causing your pain.
Finally, another benefit of massage therapy is that it’s often covered by insurance. Those with PIP (personal injury protection) policies will usually be covered here, for one, or the policy of the driver at-fault will often be considered – as will financial damages to help pay for treatment – if they were the cause of your injuries.
For more on why massage therapy is beneficial for recent car accident victims, or to learn about any of our chiropractic care or whiplash treatments, speak to the staff at Peterson Chiropractic today.