Many of us have experienced the aches and pains after getting into a fender bender, and many of us don’t even think to seek out treatment after for such a minor accident. You may just feel a little sore after, but in many cases the injuries don’t even surface until months later. The human body isn’t designed to absorb such an abrupt impact, even at low speeds. And most importantly, you don’t usually associate other injuries that appear after your accident, and in some cases up to 6 months later.
The most common injuries are neck, lower back and shoulder pain caused by whiplash. These injuries often radiate into other areas of the body causing headaches, tinnitus, jaw soreness, dizziness and pain in the joints, hands, feet and chest. All these aliments need to be addressed to regain full recovery. Massage therapy treatment is a crucial component for the body’s healing process after an auto accident.
The benefits of massage therapy
Massage therapy encourages the body to trigger the natural healing process with the goal to become pain-free. There are 3 phases to tissue repair; Inflammation, Regeneration and Remodeling. Massage has been proven to help increase blood and lymph flow in the body, which can reduce swelling and inflammation, effectively shortening recovery time. In the next stage, Regeneration, the increased circulation will aid in the rebuilding of damaged tissues by ensuring that all the nutrients needed to rebuild the tissue are abundant in that area. Certain therapeutic techniques can reduce the build-up of scar tissue that takes place in the last stage of tissue recovery, Remodeling. This will allow the tissue to have more normal range of motion and operate more normally. The calming nature of massage can also help with stress and anxiety, which can be prevalent after an accident.
Getting treatment covered
Many people don’t even know that their auto insurance they are paying for includes coverage for massage therapy. The assumption is that only major injuries endured from a car accident that requires medical attention are covered by insurance. This isn’t the case; personal injury protection (PIP) is for minor injuries as well, such as whiplash, where massage therapy is the needed treatment for a full recovery. The legal minimum amount insurance has to cover is $20,000 for medical services and you have 6 months after an accident to report the injuries and begin a treatment plan.
It’s very simple to get massage therapy covered by insurance. All you have to do is call your insurance provider to get a claim number stating you will be receiving massage therapy treatment and then get a doctor or chiropractor’s note with a diagnose code that will be given to your massage therapist.
Many massage therapists don’t accept auto insurance claims, so it’s important to choose a clinic that is well versed in the insurance process to ensure your experience is seamless and worry-free. The Mend specializes in therapeutic auto injury recovery in the Twin Cites area providing exceptional care with a stress-free environment you deserve after an accident to get you healed and back to the every day activities you enjoy. Visit www.themendmn.com for more information or to schedule your appointment.