If you have been in an accident, your doctor may prescribe massage as part of your treatment plan. Massage can address the stress that goes with a traumatic event like an accident, and it can help address many of the sprains, strains, and other injuries common in an accident.
Typically, the goals of massage therapy in injury recovery are to:
- reduce stress
- reduce pain and swelling
- improve circulation
- improve range of motion
Immediately after an accident, massage therapy can help you recover by helping to restore balance to your autonomic nervous system – i.e., the relaxation benefits of massage can help reverse the effects that the shock and trauma of an accident can have on your nervous system. Massage also promotes the circulation of both blood and lymph, which can help manage the swelling (edema) that usually comes with accident injuries. During the sub-acute stage (a few days to a few weeks, or even longer, after the accident), massage can help maintain and improve range of motion and may help prevent the formation of scar tissue and other myofascial adhesions. Karen works with orthopedic type injuries and can address specific musculoskeletal injuries like whiplash, neck pain, back pain, headaches, shoulder sprains/strains, etc.
Karen Larson, LMT is a Myofascial detangler extraordinaire! She has developed my own highly effective technique over my 18-year career. In addition to the usual issues bodywork addresses, she specializes in impact injuries such as bike crashes, falling off horses, tires falling on feet, joint sprains (love ankles!), pre/post-surgery soft tissue work, face, jaw issues and more! Try Karen if you are losing hope and not getting answers for your issues.