Have you ever been in a car accident? Did it leave you with symptoms, like whiplash that lasted longer than expected? Do you suffer from headaches? If so, BodyQuirks may be able to help! We accept insurance for our massage clients that have recently been in a motor vehicle accident (MVA). We also offer supportive healing modalities, such as Pulse Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) to speed up the healing process.
Massage therapy is often prescribed by physicians after their patient was in a MVA. Massage is a great tool to help ease pain and release tense muscles and trauma trapped in the body, especially right after an accident. Esther Bell, LMT, of BodyQuirks, specializes in CranioSacral Therapy or CST, which is a form of massage gentle enough to be done the same day as an accident or surgery. CST addressed the craniosacral system of the body, comprised of membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. CST is one of the few modalities that focuses on improving the function of this system and assists the bodys’ own “inner physician” to help all systems in the body to come into balance. Some of the conditions and MVA related symptoms it’s been helpful in treating are:
- Migraine Headaches
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Motor-Coordination Impairment
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- Orthopedic Problems
- Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
According to an article in The Journal of Neuroscience, this process of receiving CST “… actively coordinates the development and health of the nervous system throughout life”. After a car crash, muscles, ligaments, and even the sutures between bones are compressed and torqued, which creates restrictions that impede the motion of cerebral spinal fluid. CST can help reverse the damage done and free up compressed and restricted areas of the body. A study by the Clinical Journal of Pain compared two groups of neck pain sufferers: one treated with CST and the other treated with fake CST. Only the group treated with genuine CST techniques experienced a significant reduction of pain and anxiety and an improvement in quality of life after eight weeks.
An additional modality that is safe for people of all ages and conditions, is called PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) therapy. It involves laying on a mat that helps restore the body on a cellular level and can speed up the healing of injuries. If you’re new to what this is, check out our blog on the topic. PEMF not only lowers inflammation, which can result in headaches and extra heat in the body, it actually restores the electrical charge of your cells, helping a number of different ailments/symptoms (like healing bones and fractures faster). One of the best things PEMF can do for you after an injury is help your nervous system to calm down and get you out of fight or flight, which will allow for deeper healing.
If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment for massage or PEMF, call us (503) 233 – 9030.