Massage can help with the pain from a car accident
Massage therapy is often the treatment of choice for soft tissue injuries sustained in a car accident. It can also be used as an adjunctive therapy in your rehabilitation from surgery following an auto accident.
Will I need a prescription from a doctor?
Yes. After a serious injury it's always best to see your doctor to see if massage therapy is appropriate for your condition. And if you want your insurance to pay for your treatment they will require a doctor's prescription that clearly states your diagnosis and the frequency and duration of massage treatments.
Will my car insurance pay for massage therapy?
Some do, some don't. You'll need to contact your insurance agent for details and for prior approval before massage treatments can begin. If your insurance company denies payments for massage therapy you still have the option of paying out of pocket and trying to get reimbursed at settlement. You should discuss this option with your attorney. It is usually the case that your insurance will include payment of medically necessary treatments as part of your settlement.
What type of massage is used?
This will be strictly medical massage. As a highly trained licensed medical provider I will coordinate my treatments with other professionals involved in your care, including doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, attorneys, and insurance company representatives. This includes consultation on devising your treatment plan as well as providing documentation on orthopedic functional assessment, treatment plans, treatment notes, and objective measurements.
The actual techniques used will depend on your needs and might change over the course of your recovery. Many types of manual therapy, such as deep tissue massage, myofascial release, or cross fiber friction,might be used to release tight muscles or tissues which might be causing pain or bio-mechanical imbalances or be causing you pain as they put pressure on nerves. Neuromuscular therapy might be used to resolve tight, painful trigger points. Lymphatic drainage massage could be used to reduce swelling and edema following your accident or following surgery.