Why massage for auto accident injuries
It is important to see your doctor as soon as possible after an auto accident, even at speeds as low as five mph, as you may have serious injuries and not know it. Symptoms arising from injuries can begin to manifest a few days after the accident, once the numbing effects of adrenaline have worn off, or surface weeks or even months later, as shown by studies and clinical experience.
The force of the collision, depending on the location of the impact (and your proximity to it) can bruise legs and feet, and even shorten one or both legs, release the airbag causing a possible concussion, tear muscles and ligaments, separate joints, move the spine out of alignment possibly leading to a herniated disc and nerve compression, and one of the most common injuries – whiplash – can occur.
Whiplash and back injuries are common in car accidents. When a vehicle is struck from behind the force of the impact throws the occupant violently forward, and then back again. This injury tends to be most serious when the head is turned sideways at the moment of impact. Whiplash can cause severe neck and back pain, muscle spasms in the upper back and neck area, and chronic pain that intensifies with movement.
Most medical professionals would agree that the first 72 hours, after an accident, are the most critical for evaluation, and for the treatment prescribed to be most effective. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, or any not listed, report them to your doctor for his immediate evaluation. This will also ensure medical record documentation for insurance purposes.
Restoring function after an automobile accident.
- Back pain
- Breathing, difficulty
- Movement restriction
- Numbness anywhere in the body
- Pain and inflammation
- Reflexes, loss of
- Vision impairment
- Loss of feeling
- Muscle spasms
Fascia or myofascial tissue, which resembles a spider web under a microscope, can be described as a body suit running from the top of our heads to the bottom of our toes. It is continuous, has no beginning or end, and can be found almost everywhere in the body. This is what gives all connective tissue including muscles, tendons, ligaments their incredible flexibility.
In its normal and healthy state fascia, the fibers run parallel to each other and are flat, smooth, soft and elastic, and have the ability to move without restriction.
When injured, inflammation and scar tissue form in the connective tissue, which is undetectable to MRI because the tissue itself is so thin and microscopic. These once elastic fibers are now disrupted and instead of running parallel to one another, now run in every possible direction. They become twisted, knotted and extremely inelastic resulting in loss of function, which in turn causes dimished blood supply to the injured area causing a variety of symptoms including pain, swelling, loss of flexibility and motion, weakness, increase rigidity and/or stiffness in the tissue, and slow healing.
Your doctor may prescribe massage therapy as part of your treatment plan, as massage can help reverse the effects of the shock and trauma experienced after an automobile accident.
Deep tissue massage breaks down the scar tissue allowing the fibers to heal in a more uniform manner restoring elasticity. This allows the body to regain its functionality and anatomical alignment. Massage also promotes blood and lymph circulation, which helps to manage the swelling caused by toxins stored in the body after a trauma, and moves in oxygen and nutrients to the affected areas to promote healing.
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