Recovery from a MVA
If you have suffered soft tissue injuries from a motor vehicle accident, you may request or be issued a prescription for massage therapy to aid in your recovery. Typically, your car insurance will be paying for your therapy (through your PIP), and you will usually be receiving treatment 1-2 times a week for weeks or months.
This type of treatment is cautious, gentle at first, and slow moving. When your body in involved in an injury - there are phases that occur to restore healing in the body - theses are Acute/Sub Acute/ and Chronic. As a Licensed Massage Therapist, I will assist your body back to homeostasis by honoring the recovery cycles, and decreasing pain little by little. We aim to eliminate Chronic pain, and return the body back into balance. Once you are able to handle deeper pressure - I will explore Ashiatsu with you! I will use a combo of treatment methods for your comfort and healing expererience.
Injuries and pain to soft tissue can be classified as acute, sub-acute or chronic and refers to how long since injury occurred or the duration of pain. Acute injuries go through three distinct healing phases which include the inflammatory phase, the repair phase and the remodeling phase. Depending on the injury and joint involved treatment in the inflammatory phase may include managing the effects of the acute injury with rest, ice, anti-inflammatories and gentle movement with very light stretching, massage and/or isometric exercise depending on location and severity of injury. In the repair phase, the time to promote healing and developing a "mobile" scar begins with soft tissue work while carefully adding exercise progressions. Scar tissue forms initially in a random pattern and during this phase gentle alignment of scar tissue fibers with a soft tissue technique aids in the healing process. In the remodeling phase, increased strength training and continued soft tissue realignment of scar tissue fibers aids in the healing of injuries and helps decrease risk of re-injury. Massage Therapy can help:
Reduce pain and swelling
Improve Range of Motion
Calm the Nervous System
*Massage Therapy should be used in combination with other medical care practitioners - for example, Medical Dr, Chiropractor, Orthopedic Dr., or Physical Therapist