Medical Massage

Medical Massage is an outcome based approach that uses a variety of techniques to achieve results. The goal of medical massage is usually the resolution of musculoskeletal problems such as: rotator cuff injuries and shoulder pain, whiplash and neck pain, TMD, headaches, plantar fasciitis, hip and knee pain. But certain massage techniques can also treat a variety of other issues such as: edema and lymphedema, allergy symptoms and post-surgery recovery. Most medical massage is covered by major medical, auto and L&I insurance. Some common massage techniques used by our medical massage therapists are listed below.

Auto Accident / Motor Vehicle Collision

If you’ve been in a motor vehicle collision, you may have questions and concerns about your next steps. This is perfectly natural…especially the first time. We’re here to help answer those questions and guide you to have the best recovery process possible.

It’s important to remember that the human body is made of tissues that are able to stretch to a certain point, then tear beyond that point. When the impact happens, the forces involved are great due to the weight of the car and other factors. These forces are transferred through all the people in the car and tissues will tear if they cannot stretch any further. The video on the homepage does an excellent job of showing the forces and effects of an impact in slow speed. This is important because an auto accident at even just 10 miles per hour can be fatal. Please keep in mind that this video is extremely realistic and may bring up memories of previous impacts. This is also a common effect and can effectively be treated with Acupuncture/Acupressure.

Tissue tearing happens as the high-velocity forces of momentum move through the body. Almost instantaneously the body goes to work to repair the torn tissue with scar tissue. Scar tissue will most likely shorten and become very tight within 6-8 weeks of formation. It’s very much like repairing auto body damage with Bondo®. It starts out a mesh of fibers in fluid that helps it attach to the surface, then shortens as it dries. Unfortunately, when the tissue dries it does not dry along the fiber lines of the original tissue, so it is not nearly as strong as the original tissue that was torn. Massage therapy treatments for these tears are most effective when they begin as soon after the impact as possible. The treatments are extremely useful in realigning the scar tissue along the lines of the original tissue, helping the torn tissue to become stronger and heal more effectively. For a more in-depth description, please go to http://www.electrotherapy.org/modality/soft-tissue-repair-and-healing-review.

Massage Therapy and Acupuncture treatments are usually covered by auto insurance and require a referral from a Physician. Our helpful, friendly staff will check your benefits for coverage. Every situation is different and we will help you navigate the often challenging process with insurance companies.

Work Related (Worker’s Comp.) Injuries

Work-related and other injuries are very similar to auto accidents. For example, a fall off a ladder involves more than just the force of your weight hitting the ground. By the time you land on the ground, floor, etc., the forces that push back against your body are much stronger that just your body weight and can do a significant amount of damage.

Properly recovering from an auto accident, work-related injury or other type of injury is definitely a process that will take time and effort. Even if you just want to consult and get some questions answered give us a call and let our providers and staff use our experience to help you every step of the way!