As two areas that are closely related but also have a few major differences, chiropractic care and massage therapy are both treatment formats often utilized for those who have recently been in a car accident. Chiropractic care helps release subluxations in the spine and regulates numerous adjustment areas for the nervous system and related areas, while massage therapy focuses on treating muscular conditions and limiting pain, tension and stiffness in specific areas.
At Peterson Chiropractic, we’re proud to offer a huge array of auto accident recovery services, both within the chiropractic and massage therapy realms. We’ve covered the numerous benefits of chiropractic services for such injuries in this space before – this two-part blog series will go over how specific massage therapy services may also benefit you or even complement chiropractic care if you’ve recently been in a vehicle accident.
Soft Tissue Injuries
One of the most common injury types involved in a vehicle accidents is a variety of soft tissue injuries. Concussions are one form of soft tissue injury (more on these in a moment), but there are also others.
Massage therapy is highly effective for treating many such injuries and promoting healing. It increases circulation, a big factor in beginning the healing process in the area, plus alleviates pain and helps with range of motion in areas that have been impacted. It also promotes healing in joint soft tissues for any joint concerns that take place during the accident.
Concussions and Whiplash
As we noted above, whiplash is a common occurrence in vehicle accidents, and symptoms may last for a significant period of time. Massage therapy, however – in coordination with chiropractic care in many cases – can be used to limit pain and related symptoms, plus even limit how much medication someone has to take to decrease their pain. Massage also helps with balance, posture and range of motion among those who have experienced whiplash.
Another unfortunate occurrence in many car accidents is a concussion due to head trauma, which can have long-lasting brain impact in many people. Massage therapy, however, assists with limiting headaches and pain for those who have experienced concussions.
Another major area to consider here is your nervous system, which will have been impacted in major ways by a car accident even if you did not sustain significant injuries. Massage therapy and chiropractic care, however, help the nervous system return to normal by improving circulation and allowing for full-body relaxation, helping you recover your emotional stability. In fact, massage therapy is often used to ease various anxiety and stress disorders with similar themes in mind.
For more on massage therapy and its benefits for those who have been in a car accident, or to learn about any of our chiropractic care services or whiplash treatment programs, speak to the staff at Peterson Chiropractic today.