Car accidents can lead to more injury than we usually realize, even low speed collisions. Often, due to natural pain mechanism and stress hormones of body, people don’t realize the extent of their injuries for 24 to 48 hours. This is the reason why you often hear how important it is to get checked out by physician and get massage therapy after the accident, even if you think that you feel okay.
A car accident that may not have caused injury to vehicle will cause injury to passengers and driver. Some of the common injuries after less serious car accidents such as being rear fended or even those sudden stops without any collision will lead to whip lash as well as sprains, strains and back issues. Injuries often damage or affect the surrounding tissues around the spine, including disc or facet joints as well as areas like shoulders, neck and collar bone. Common injuries will include the following:
· Lower back pain
· Myofascial pain
· Cervical, shoulder, thoracic and lumber sprain or strain.
Whiplash injury is a common injury that people may not realize they are suffering from in the beginning. With symptoms getting worse after few days, they may only realize the pain when they will realize that pain hasn’t gone away even after a few weeks or days as expected. Proper treatment and proper evaluation will help you avoid unwanted sufferings and also prevent an injury from becoming a chronic condition.
A common treatment for injuries and whiplash is massage therapy. Massage therapy will provide the following benefits:-
·Reduce spasms and associated stiffness and pain
·Improve scar tissue (softening stiff tissues to let nutrients and blood supply come back to the affected area)
·Decreases anxiety and stress including enhanced serotonin levels.
·Low blood pressure
·Helping soft tissues to function properly
·Releasing endorphins (happy hormones)
Based on your injury and where you are during the healing process, your massage therapist will consider trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage therapy, manual traction, and Swedish relaxation massage or myofascial release.