Car accidents can result in injuries to you and your loved ones that are not always easy to fix. The type of treatment you need will depend on the injuries incurred.
Muscle-related injuries are very common after car accidents – and an effective therapy for muscle-related injuries is massage therapy.
People seek massage therapy for many reasons, including relaxing muscles, reducing pain from injuries or accidents, and relieving stress. Massage therapy involves manipulating the body’s soft tissues – such as muscles, tendons, ligaments – to improve a person’s health.
Massage therapy is an excellent way to recover after a car accident and is a great option to add to your overall health care regimen. Massage therapy can help to:
- Increase joint flexibility – Car accidents can be brutal on the joints, especially if you have serious injuries like broken or fractured bones. With limited joint flexibility, you will experience pain even when doing low-impact tasks. Massage therapy can be effective in increasing joint flexibility because it stretches the body’s muscles and tissues around the joints. This is similar to stretching before exercising. When the joints are flexible instead of being tight, they can function better and cause less pain.
- Reduce muscle spasms – Car accidents can cause muscle spasms that are painful and unexpected. Muscle spasms feel like the tightening and cramping of a muscle. There are two reasons why you could get muscle spasms after a car accident. First, if the muscles are overstretched and inflamed and second, if the muscle is damaged. Massage therapy can be effective in reducing muscle spasms by softening the stiff tissues to allow flexibility and proper blood supply movement to the affected area. This can stimulate healing as well as flexibility in the muscle and reduce muscle spasms.
- Stimulate tissue healing – Serious injuries from car accidents can take a long time to heal. The healing process can take much longer if the body tissues themselves are slow to heal. Massage therapy is a great way to stimulate tissue healing. Massage therapy improves blood circulation and reduces inflammation, so the body can heal itself faster.
There are many types of massage therapies out there that can help you manage your pain. The type of massage therapy you need can best be determined by your doctor. At Lynx Healthcare, your health is our mission. Make an appointment with one of our doctors to talk about what you can do for your pain management needs. To make an appointment at our offices in the Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, Oregon, Yakima, or Goldendale Pain Clinics, call (509) 591-0070. To make an appointment at our Spokane location, call (509) 321-4575.