Motor Vehicle Accidents: How Massage Therapy Can Help

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Motor Vehicle Accidents: How Massage Therapy Can Help

In British Columbia, an average of 300,000 motor vehicle crashes occur every year, as per the ICBC’s findings. Thankfully, there are options available to victims of vehicular accidents, irrespective of whether they were a driver, passenger, pedestrian or cyclist at the time. Among the plethora of treatments available, there are 12 massage therapy treatments listed by the ICBC as available to such victims. 

The art of massage has been in practice for over 4,000 years, finding its way from ancient Chinese scripts onto Western medicine and has over time, become a popular route to recovery taken by many people. Therefore, its suitability as a method of alleviation of physical and mental trauma arising from motor vehicle accidents is undeniable, and here’s why you should consider it:

It Helps You With Your Body

The inevitable result of a motor vehicle accident is trauma to a victim’s body – this could materialize in a number of ways; be it joint pain, muscle tension or whiplash, or all of these. A registered massage therapist Surrey will be able to help you recover from the physical stiffness and overarching pain by the skilful use of their hands. Massage therapy promotes the reawakening of the body’s immune system, kickstarts the flow of blood and regulates it, rubs away the stiffness of your muscles and restores the efficiency of your lymphatic system, which carries all your body’s waste material from the body. 

The techniques used on your body by your massage therapist – including but not limited to myofascial release, deep tissue massage, joint mobilization, relaxation massage and trigger point release – vary in degree of pressure exerted and area of the body affected, but in a nutshell, it all involves the use of their hands to press down on your muscles and coax the tension out of them gently, often by using massage oils, which carry healing properties and vapours as an added bonus to the actual massage. A session usually lasts up to about an hour, but depending on the problem areas of your body, the timing may vary. 

Massage therapy is purely physical and does not involve the use of drugs or concoctions, and therefore its side effects are minimal, which would not be the case should you turn to prescription painkiller medication. Its primary goal is to loosen your muscles so that your blood can flow freely throughout your body and your endorphins can be released, thus stimulating your body’s healing mechanisms and eliminating the chances of your injuries settling in to your muscles and turning chronic. Massage therapy is a great way, therefore, to ensure a safe and healthy recovery process of your body. 

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It Helps You With Your Mind

The horrors of seeing and experiencing a motor vehicle accident, along with the hassle of dealing with insurance agents and hospital staff are often embedded in a victim’s brain and manifest as trauma that affects their overall mental health. While post traumatic stress is a common occurrence, there is a lack of initiative taken to treat the conditions and other mental issues alike. As a leading Massage therapy Surrey clinic, we can help you with this as well. 

The powers of healing that your body transmits come from your brain – every part of your body is connected to your nervous system, which stems from your mind. This means that your mind’s wellbeing is easily as important as that of your body’s, and that massage therapy can reach the crevices of your mind through its work on your body. It is famed as a method of relieving stress from your mental faculties. Your massage therapist is skilled in the use of varying methods of impact, to release tension as well as boost your body’s production of serotonin.

It also stimulates various parts of your body and thereby, stimulates your mind, which brings about a full-fledged exercise of your mental faculties. What happens as a result is the bringing about of a total state of euphoria, that combats the stress and mental trauma that you may have experienced, without the use of medical drugs and the like. It is a natural, healthy and refreshing way to get rid of your mental stress without compromising other aspects of your health. 

Massage therapy is also shown to help with curing depression and relieving anxiety, which could be an added advantage. However, if you are clinically diagnosed with any mental condition and take medication for it, consult your physician before you schedule a massage therapy treatment or attempt to wean yourself off of your medication. 

How It Compliments Other Treatments

Massage therapy is often carried out along with other treatments that are also commonly undergone to relieve physical and mental stress and trauma. These include physiotherapy, acupuncture, kinesiology and chiropractic treatments. 

Physiotherapy involves the use of exercise, heat treatment and massage therapy to rid the body of pain – it is obvious how massage therapy goes hand in hand with this method. Acupuncture involves the use of tiny, sterilized needles to puncture the skin and stimulate blood flow and endorphin release in problem areas – massage therapy compliments that by providing similar if not more benefits to the body and mind, just as it does with regard to chiropractic treatments which centre around physical movement; more specifically, the alignment of the spine to improve blood flow and provide relief.

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Massage therapy is good for you – it is a risk-free way to get better and it does not compromise your body and brain in any way. It is healthy, beneficial to more than just your body, and it stimulates active natural healing. It does not depend on medication to make you feel better, and can be modified to suit your specific needs. While charges for massages can be steep, the ICBC would cover the cost, given your circumstances and the claim you have applied for. The ICBC is willing to help you find a massage therapist that would suit you and heal you better than any drugs can, and submitting to one could be the reason you recover soon and well. 

How Seva Wellness Clinic Helps

Seva Wellness clinic is a multidisciplinary clinic which you can get registered physiotherapist Surrey, registered massage therapy treatments, Acupuncture in surrey, kinesiologist in Surrey and chiropractor Surrey under one roof.

Moreover, we offer direct billing for extended healthcare benefits as well as for ICBC injury claims. Visit our clinic in Surrey for all your massage therapy needs. We offer same day appointments so you do not have to wait too long to see one of our registered practitioners.