If you haven't been in a car accident, consider yourself lucky! Most of us have been in at least one.
Depending on the severity of an auto accident, one can have no injury or be hospitalized, and between that is a range of injury which may occur. I find more often than not, people get into auto accidents, get injured and don't realize it.
I got into a roll-over accident back in 2009 and felt some pain afterward, but it wasn't till a few weeks after that I realized just how much it affected my body. I couldn't lift much over 15 pounds and it hurt to stand for long. I started getting massage and chiropractic care, and within 6 weeks I felt normal again.
I work with several people who have chronic tension that developed after an auto accident. They didn't feel it at the time, but their body slowly created a holding pattern because of the trauma; (usually in their neck and back).
One of my long-standing clients came in for her monthly massage and the left side of her back and neck felt quite different than the usual tension. There was a feeling of extreme guarding and resistance. I asked if anything was different this month, and she told me the left side of her car was hit a week ago. There is a palpable difference to injuries!
There is a reason auto accident insurance covers massage therapy! It is extremely effective in treatment, especially with whiplash which most often occurs in auto accidents. Without treatment, the muscles stay continuously guarded even when the pain subsides.
When an injury is addressed right away, it is fairly simple and quick to reset the muscle fibers so they don't create a holding pattern. If a lot of time goes by, massage still helps revers the tension, and it just takes a lot longer.
One client had chronic pain in her neck and didn't know why. Upon more inquiry she revealed that ten years ago she had been in a severe car accident. At the time she wasn't in any more pain than she could handle, so she just let it be. We are working it out now...
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