Injuries of the neck, such as whiplash, are extremely common following auto accidents. Massage can be a great option to help those muscles recover. Massage increases circulation, which promotes healing.
Massage also alleviates the pain you experience after an accident. In whiplash, especially, your symptoms may include poor range of motion and stiffness, and massage improves both symptoms.
Knee injuries and low back injuries also common in auto accidents. Massage therapy can help again by relieving pain and promoting healing of the soft tissue of the joint and surrounding areas.
Your insurance policy may include personal injury protection (PIP). That coverage means your policy will pay for a set amount of medical services to treat your injury following an accident. If you haven’t used the coverage for other services, it may well cover the cost of massage therapy.
If you are involved in an accident involving another driver, and that person is at fault, then their policy may cover your massage therapy or other care. In some instances, you may be reimbursed and in others the insurance company may pay your therapists directly. It depends on the company, the policy, and the overall situation.
The best way to find out if massage therapy is covered is to contact your insurance company. Its representatives will be able to tell you if the cost is covered, and whether there are any specific requirements such as a physician’s prescription.
Wonder if you can get a massage after a concussion? The answer is yes. If you get a concussion in a car accident, massage therapy may be a useful treatment, either immediately, or in the following days and weeks. Massage techniques that are designed to strengthen your parasympathetic nervous system work particularly well for those who have a concussion, or who are experiencing problems following a concussion.