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Car Crash in Portland? How Therapeutic Massage Can Help

Motor vehicle accidents can wreak havoc on the human body. In addition to the initial injuries (broken bones, cuts and abrasions, and so on), crashes can also cause long-term damage that results in pain months or years after your accident.
Even if you walk away from a car accident without the appearance of any serious injuries, take some time to visit a medical professional and care for your body. One of the best ways to do this? Get therapeutic massage.

Worried about Cost? Massage Is Covered by PIP in Oregon!

The first thing most people worry about when they hear “massage” is that it sounds expensive. After all, isn’t massage kind of a luxury treatment?
Oregon doesn’t see it that way. The State understands that therapeutic massage is a great way to help with all kinds of soft tissue injuries – including those sustained in car crashes – and has made sure that massage is covered by Oregon's personal injury protection (PIP) policy.

How Can You Get Therapeutic Massage Covered by Your Oregon Car Insurance?

Auto insurance in Oregon provides a minimum of one year and $15,000 in no-fault medical coverage. So, how can you use this for massage?
1)  Open a claim. The absolute first thing you should do is to open a claim with your insurer explaining that you were in an accident and need medical treatment.

2)  Try to see a doctor within 24 hours of your accident. Talk about your injuries and ask for a prescription for massage.

3)  Contact a Portland massage therapist to set up an appointment.

4)  Gather the right information. Your massage therapist will want your insurance information, claim information, and doctor’s prescription when you arrive for your appointment.

5)  Keep the claim open. You may start to feel better after one or two sessions, but don’t mistake a “quick” recovery as a sign to close your claim. It is common for injuries to flare up after they feel better, especially as you get back into your regular 
routine. Regularly check in with a medical professional and wait until you are fully healed to close your claim.

How Exactly Does Therapeutic Massage Help with Car Crash Injuries?

When you get into an accident, your muscles contract to “protect” you. Unfortunately, they may be traumatized after the accident and stay in that contracted state.
When your muscles stay contracted over a long period of time, they can cause pain and a decreased range of motion. Traumatized muscles may also pinch nerves and cause tingling, numbness, and weakness in the limbs.
Therapeutic massage helps to bring your muscles back into a normal, relaxed state.
Specifically, ongoing massage appointments can help:

  • Prevent your muscles from freezing back up into tight protective states
  • Re-stabilize joints
  • Return nerve function throughout your body  
It is important and advisable to get a massage as soon as you safely can after your accident. The longer you wait to get care, the stiffer your muscles will become and the less time you will have to use your insurance coverage to pay for Portland therapeutic massage services.
As mentioned above, you will need a medical referral to get a massage. This can come from a doctor or a chiropractor. At your appointment, your doctor will also be able to tell you how soon you can safely receive massage if you have had deeper injuries.

Taking Care of Your Body – Before and After Massage Appointments

1)  Address inflammation. In the first 48 hours after your accident, observe your body and take note of any areas that are inflamed or painful. Wrap ice in a towel and apply to these areas for 20 minutes at a time.

2)  Rest. Hold off on activities that may aggravate your injury. Exercising, driving, and even working on a computer may aggravate your injuries.

3)  Encourage gentle, mindful movement. Slow walks and gentle stretching can help your body recover and prevent muscles from seizing up after an accident. Don't do anything that causes pain. If you have more severe injuries, visit a doctor and ask for advice on recovery.

4)  Assemble your team of healthcare practitioners.  You may find different treatments to be more or less helpful for your injuries. Consider visiting the following healthcare professionals if a particular type of care doesn’t work for you:
  • Acupuncturist
  • Therapeutic Masseuse
  • Physical therapist
  • Chiropractor

For more information on how you can best recover after an auto injury, get in touch with a knowledgeable massage therapist in Portland today.