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Are There Benefits to Massage Therapy After an Accident?
Let’s say you were rear-ended at a traffic light by a driver who was busily reading a text from his partner telling him not to forget to pick up the spaghetti on the way home. The accident happened a couple of months ago, and while your neck pains have gone and the MRI your doctor ordered came back clear, your back is still causing you some very annoying discomfort, especially at night. Would massage therapy help after such an accident?
Massage? Isn’t that just to help you relax?
There are two types of massage that may be exceptionally useful to car crash victims. The actual definition of massage is the application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body, generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue... , so yes, it is often used to help a person relax, and even to improve circulation.
Perhaps a more relevant version of massage—as there a large and growing number of techniques—would be what is commonly referred to as “bodywork.” This technique uses various forms of touch therapies, including:
• Manipulation of joints
• Working on ranges of movement in the affected parts of the body
• Repatterning of muscles and joints
These are all designed to encourage and assist structural changes in the body. Done properly, massage and bodywork therapy can be far more effective than pain killers and sleeping pills.