Pain is all too common with serious injuries. Whether chronic or short-term, managing pain can be difficult and stressful. That’s why many accident victims turn to a registered massage therapist (RMT) for relief and treatment following a car crash, bike accident, or other severe injury.
So what are the benefits of massage therapy following an accident? There are many and the medical community is increasingly more in tune with these benefits, often recommending massage therapy as an integral part of the recovery process.
Of course, you should always speak to your doctor first about using massage therapy in your treatment. But here just a few ways an RMT can help with managing your pain after an injury or accident.
Easing whiplash and other neck pain
Whiplash and neck injuries are some of the most common sports and car crash injuries. They can lead to pain, stiffness, reduced motion, and other problems. Researchers have found massage therapy can ease pain and help some patients recover faster from their injuries.
Treating spinal cord and back injuries
Spine and back injuries are two of the most difficult and painful injuries to deal with. They’re also frequently the result of a crash or accident – be it a car, motorcycle, bike, or sport injury. Some research shows that adding massage therapy to a patient’s treatment can help ease back pain and promote recovery from some musculoskeletal and neurological problems.
Coping with concussion
Concussions are often the result of a car accident or sports injuries and the effects and recovery can last long after the initial impact. Headaches, unclear thinking, and other serious symptoms can arise. In certain cases, researchers have discovered that massage therapy can help the headaches associated with concussions as well as with blood circulation. That in turn has helped some patients regain focus, balance, and mental clarity with greater speed and ease.
Reducing stress and anxiety
There’s nothing like a massage to relax both mind and body. Therapeutic massage is known to boost circulation, improving blood pressure, heart rates, and breathing. The immediate effects can last for hours and have an overall benefit on both physical and psychological well-being. Indeed, this may be why massage is helpful in the management of all sorts of pain.
Is massage therapy right for you?
Each accident and injury is different. While massage can be beneficial in some cases, the best advice we can offer is to first seek the advice of your doctor. He or she is best suited to inform you what is wisest for your circumstance. And if massage therapy is a valid way to treat your case, they can also recommend a RMT that can help. Likewise, if massage therapy is prescribed as part of your treatment and recovery, our team can help provide a list of RMTs and other resources to help.