If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or suffered a work-related injury, ask your primary-care physician (MD) or chiropractor (DC) for a prescription for massage therapy. I can supply you with a receipt for you to submit to your insurance company.
Your medical doctor or chiropractor will evaluate the extent of structural, nerve and internal/external injuries to ensure that massage is recommended.
Following a car accident or work-related injury, massage therapy can aid recovery in a number of ways. Relaxation techniques can help reverse the shock and trauma a car wreck can cause your nervous system. Massage also promotes circulation of blood and lymph, which reduces swelling and assists in flushing the injured area with fresh blood rich in nutrients that aid in faster tissue recovery.
In addition, after the body is exposed to trauma, the muscles contract to protect themselves from injury and to hold joints and other fragile body parts in stable positions to help prevent injury. This is commonly referred to as splinting. Even when the threat is no longer present, the body is often unable to release those muscles and they remain tight and tender. Massage therapy reminds the body that it is safe to let the muscles relax. Although massage can bring immediate relief, permanent pain-free healing usually requires a series of treatments in order to allow injured muscles to return to normal. As healing progresses, massage therapy will help release contracted muscles, maintain and improve range of motion, and help prevent the formation of scar tissue and muscles adhesions.