What Are the Different Types of Massages Used in Massage Therapy for Accident Pain?
The days and weeks following a car accident can be overwhelming due to insurance claims, vehicle repairs, and of course, pain if you sustained injuries. If your pain isn’t addressed promptly, it can result in chronic issues that can limit your range of motion and your quality of life.
This is why our team at Impact Medical Zephyrhills always recommends that people seek medical treatment immediately after an accident, including massage therapy.
Here are some different types of massage techniques that can be beneficial to help treat accident pain.
Why Massage is Effective After an Accident
After an accident, you may have injuries to the soft tissues of the neck or back. Massage is generally an effective method to treat such injuries as it increases circulation, which in turn promotes healing.
If you get a concussion in a car accident, massage can help strengthen the parasympathetic nervous system, which is quite helpful for those who have a concussion.
Now, let’s see how different massage techniques can treat accident pain!
Types of Massage to Treat Accident Pain
Several kinds of massage therapy can alleviate car accident pain including:
Trigger Point Massage
Like unknotting a snag in a sweater, trigger point massage is used to change the “locking up” of muscles following an accident. Trigger point massage helps release the pain and tension in the muscles, thus improving the range of motion.
Since trigger points are caused by trauma to the muscles, this is an essential technique for treating injuries like whiplash. A skilled massage therapist can find the trigger point areas, compress them, and then release the isolated pressure, allowing the area to relax as it changes the memory of the muscle.
This technique is particularly effective for people who have experienced whiplash. Craniosacral massage therapy is very gentle and focuses on the head and neck. It is very relaxing and can also help reduce headaches after an accident.
Myofascial tissues surround and support the muscles in your body and can develop tightness and tenderness after an accident. Myofascial release massage will gently and gradually stretch these tissues, helping to relax the tension build-up and work out the adhesions that are causing pain. This ultimately improves your range of motion by relaxing and lengthening the supporting tissues.
Deep Tissue Massage
True deep tissue massage can be crucial to your healing process if you have developed scar tissue from a car accident. Deep tissue massage uses sustained pressure and slow, deep strokes, focusing on the inner layers of muscles and tendons, alleviating tension, and breaking up scar tissue.
It can also promote faster healing as it increases blood flow and reduces inflammation.
One of the most common forms of massage is called “Swedish massage,” which focuses on relaxation. It is gentler than deep tissue massage and is used to loosen tight muscles that are causing stiffness.
Following a car accident, you may find that the relaxation that Swedish massage offers is more important than ever, as it can help calm your nervous system, improve, and promote healing, and ease discomfort and soreness.
The focus of a neuromuscular massage is to improve the alignment of the muscular and skeletal systems. Neuromuscular massage therapists will place consistent pressure on a site that has low blood flow or adhesions. This kind of therapeutic massage is highly effective when working with whiplash, muscle imbalances, and nerve compression after an accident.
Relax, Repair, & Rejuvenate
If you are experiencing pain and loss of range of motion after a car accident in the Zephyrhills area, our massage therapists at Impact Medical Zephyrhills can help! From relaxing Swedish or Cranial Sacral massage to deep tissue and myofascial release, we can find the best massage technique to treat your injuries.
Don’t wait. Call our massage therapists for a consultation today at (813) 706-5156!