Is Massage Therapy Something to Consider After Enduring a Car Accident?
After surviving a car accident the person will most likely experience a lot of pain, even if there are no visible signs of injury. When a sudden traumatic event occurs the body’s protective mechanisms kick in.
There is an endorphin rush, which can mask any pain and, along with an increase in adrenaline, enables the person to escape from the perceived danger. Unfortunately, after the danger has passed, the production of these chemicals subsides and the result is pain.
Perhaps the most common injury that a massage therapist will see after a car accident is whiplash. As the car comes to an abrupt stop, the body, even though restrained, will quickly be propelled forward and back in a kind of snapping motion. The pain or other difficulty may not be apparent for days, weeks or even months after the accident.
In a recently published article entitled, “Massage Therapy After a Car Accident,” author and expert, Casey Holliman, writes:
“Massage therapy is one of the best forms of treatment you can receive after a car accident. After going through a sudden trauma, having your body jolted by the impact, your muscles go into ‘protect mode’. They clamp down and tighten in the areas affected.
“Massage helps to relax these muscles and restore them back to their original state. This includes lengthening shortened muscles to restore flexibility, releasing any trigger points that may have developed, relief from pain symptoms, headaches, nerve compression, numbness, muscle spasm, and much more.”
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