16 Jan 5 Reasons You Should Get a Massage After a Car Accident
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, getting a massage is one of the best things you can do to begin the healing process. In addition to decreasing pain and streamlining your recovery, a good massage can help soothe mental trauma and make it easier to move on with your life.
Here are five big perks a massage from one of our professional massage therapists can offer you:
1. Pain Reduction
Even if your car accident wasn’t serious, it probably involved some level of pain. Be it through impact, whiplash or aches and pains from the jarring motion of the accident, virtually no collision is free of physical discomfort.
Without a massage, this discomfort can persist for months. With a massage, however, it can start to ebb off or disappear in just days or weeks. By relaxing the muscles and increasing blood flow, a massage can help slash pain and make your recovery more comfortable.
2. Faster Recovery
If you suffered from whiplash or a similar condition during your car accident, a massage can help.
Whiplash can result in pain, stiffness and decreased range-of-motion, which may also lead to mental and emotional symptoms.
Massage therapy, however, can reduce these symptoms and alleviate things like depression and insomnia.
3. Reduced Swelling
Swelling is the result of an increased movement of fluid and white blood cells into an area of trauma. Massage will help move that excess fluid out for processing and promote continued blood flow to vital areas and improve the recovery process.
4. An Increased Range of Motion
One of the biggest benefits we see massage offer our patients is relaxation. While this is critical for mental recovery, it can also go a long way toward relaxing tense areas in the body and neck and increasing a patient’s range of motion. By relieving tightness and inflammation, a good massage helps your body start working the way it’s meant to once more and puts you on the path to healing.
5. Recovery From the Mental Trauma of the Accident
When it comes to survivors of auto accidents, we see a great deal of mental trauma after a collision. This makes sense, given the fact that car accidents are big, loud, high-impact experiences, and it’s hard to emerge from them unscathed.
Luckily, there’s good news. A massage can help alleviate some of the mental trauma associated with car accidents.
While mental trauma is an often-underestimated side effect of a car accident, it can be a major roadblock on the path to healing. When trauma causes sleep deprivation, for example, healing of the body is nearly impossible.
By promoting relaxation and pain relief, massage can reduce mental trauma and provide a space for recovery and forward motion. In our patients, this is easily one of the most important perks of massage as a whole.
Learn More About our Massage Services Today
Here at Still Life Massage and Float, we want to help you recover from your car accident — both mentally and physically. Whether you’re suffering from the physical repercussions of whiplash or ongoing mental trauma that makes it difficult to sleep, focus or relax, our qualified therapists are here to help you get back on track, and reclaim your happy, comfortable life. Book your first appointment today or contact us to learn more!