Every year, thousands of people are involved in car accidents, both major and minor. Even if you don’t think you’ve been injured, the aftermath of being involved in an accident can be both emotionally and physically taxing. In addition to filing claims and repairing your car, you might start to experience muscle pain or strain, which sometimes doesn’t make itself known until days after the accident. In some cases, the pain is minor and goes away on its own. However, there are cases where massage therapy is warranted.

Reducing Stress

Car accidents can be really stressful events, which can cause additional tension in addition to the pain from whiplash and other injuries that usually ensue from car accidents. This can make it hard for your injured muscles to relax. Massage therapy does more than ease tense, aching muscles. It can also help reduce this stress that contributes to muscular pain. When stressed, it’s not uncommon for muscles to tense and constrict. Massage therapy alleviates stress by creating a peaceful environment where the practitioner’s hands gently knead muscle tension away. Massage therapy places also often use aromatherapy, which can not only help you to relieve stress with their pleasant scent, but can sometimes help the massage therapist to get deeper into your muscles as they relax. The ambiance of the room with the low lights and soft music can also help with reducing stress that you may have from the car accident.

Targeting Pain

Massage can reduce the inflammation and soreness that often results from being in a car accident. When done correctly, massage therapy pinpoints areas of pain by increasing blood flow to painful areas. Lymphatic drainage can also help to reduce the inflammatory response, which is a leading cause of muscle aches and pains. In addition, soft tissue massage can reduce the painful symptoms of injuries that you didn’t even know you had. You can sustain so many different injuries in a car accident that some may not be obvious until much later. Continued massage therapy can speed up recovery, allowing you to get back to living your life normally without pain.

Emotional Stability

Pain can wear heavily on the sufferer’s mind, which can intensify even the mildest of muscle aches. Even if you weren’t injured, the emotional toll and possible financial repercussions could cause significant pain. The soothing effect massage therapy has on your nervous system can help reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD often occurs after someone has been involved in a traumatic car accident, with or without injuries.

Being involved in an auto accident can change someone’s life. Even if you walk away from the accident without injury, the emotional and financial toll it can take can be overwhelming. Massage therapy can help you find serenity as well as alleviate muscle tension and pain.