Many people are still not aware of why massage therapy is needed after a car accident.
This includes professionals of other health care modalities.
Recently I had a woman call me looking for help with her shoulder that is still hurting almost 2 years after a very traumatic car accident.
I asked her if the other health care providers had recommended massage therapy. She said they had not.
She is in a great deal of pain and is frustrated because she hadn't received the help she needed nor had been listened to by other health care providers about what was going on in her body.
In addition, no one had really asked her about what happened in the accident which would help them understand why her body was hurting still. The pattern of trauma throughout her body. As she told me about what happened in her car accident, I saw very clearly why her shoulder was still hurting due to what her body was doing when the car was hit.
None of the other health care providers had cared enough to find out how the accident affected her body. They just treated her in a fragmented manner. Her whiplash had been helped from that thankfully but no one really paid attention to her shoulder.
And no one had suggested massage for her body.
This didn't surprise me, because so many people including other health care providers are still not aware why massage is needed after a car accident.
How Massage Helps Your Body After A Car Accident
Below are some ways in which massage helps after a car accident:
- Specific focused massage helps decrease scar tissue and soft tissue damage in and around the injured area.
- Helps lessen muscles tightness, tension and spasms due to the muscles reacting, splinting and "protecting" the injured area due to the trauma of a car accident
- Increases flexibility.
- Softens and releases contracted fascia(connective tissue that wraps muscles) that can become injured from a car accident.
- Calms the nervous system which can be in fight or flight mode due to trauma of the accident.
- Helps with overall relaxation of the body which can be in hyper arousal due to trauma.
- Brings blood and nutrients to the injured area which helps speed up the healing process
- Physically assists the body in remembering it's okay to rest and heal.
- Decreases stress and anxiety through release of serotonin and dopamine
Healing from a traumatic car accident can many times take a multi pronged approach.
I was trained in massage at an excellent massage school in Washington that taught us how important massage is after a car accident. So I am partial to massage therapy but I also recognize that a body/mind needs several approaches to healing after a traumatic accident.
Due to car accident trauma the body/mind can require chiropractic care, physical therapy, acupuncture, orthopedic care, massage therapy, traditional medical care like MRI's or CT scans, surgery sometimes, even traditional therapy and more.
None of the other professional people the woman went to offered her the multipronged approach.
And I could hear in her voice the frustration she had because her body was hurting.
Car accidents can cause cause whiplash which is commonly known. They also cause a whole host of other problems in body. This woman's shoulder was an example of that. It's important to find out the pattern of the car accident to see how that applies to what is happening in the body.
We talked about getting her in for a massage but she first wanted to check for soft tissue damage in her shoulder and will be looking into getting an MRI. Which I supported and she said she wanted to wait to schedule a massage. I hope she finds the healing therapy that is needed for her.
If you or someone you know has been in a car accident and not received massage therapy and are still hurting, it could be that you haven't helped your body unwind the physical trauma of the car accident and massage therapy can help with that.
You can also send this blog post to someone you know if you want to help them understand why massage therapy is needed after a car accident.
Peace and Blessings,