April 16, 2019

Car accidents can reek so much havoc on the body, creating inflammation, strained or torn muscles, ligaments, and tendons, and stressing us out mentally as well as physically. Receiving massage therapy and other alternative services after a motor vehicle accident is crucial to help us recover, but so is what we’re putting into our body. Diet can greatly impact our recovery time as well as how well we recover after an auto accident. Here are ___ things you should do to help yourself recover after a car accident:

Get Enough Sleep

We all know that getting adequate sleep is important to proper brain function and the body as a whole – it’s how we regenerate, store and delete information, and repair. When we don’t get enough sleep, our body doesn’t have enough time to do everything that it needs to do and will prioritize tasks. Normally, most humans need at least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. However, after an auto accident, people should receive more sleep to ensure that the...

April 2, 2019

Many people who are involved in a motor vehicle accident don’t seek massage therapy because they feel like they can’t afford it. Unfortunately, however, sometimes just months later, they begin to develop issues because of the motor vehicle accident. Depending on the severity of the car accident and what was impacted, as well as their age and general physical condition, these symptoms range anywhere from mildly uncomfortable to severe. Some of these symptoms include pain, numbness, or tingling down the arms or legs, neck pain or back pain that won’t go away, sleeping difficulties, limited range of motion in the neck or back, tears in tendons or ligaments, herniated, slipped, or bulging disks, shifts or tilts in the hip or shoulder girdle which may later cause other issues, and so much more.

Even if you feel that you weren’t affected that much by a car accident because it was at low speeds or you simply weren’t feeling discomfort at the time, it’s imperative that you seek massage therapy...

March 26, 2019

Since I began doing massage for motor vehicle accident patients, many people have asked me what the difference is. It’s still massage, right? The answer, of course, is yes. But the difference between motor vehicle accident massage and regular massage lies within the treatment protocol followed, where the massage is performed on the body, technique, as well as the intake, outtake, and follow-up.

Yes – both types of patients are receiving bodywork, there is usually some sort of oil or lotion that is used, and all the other standard protocols such as draping, dressing down to one’s comfort level, as well as music and an intake form are followed. However, for a motor vehicle accident massage, the patient will have more paperwork to fill out and we will also spend more time at the beginning of the session to do an initial evaluation – this may take up to thirty minutes depending on the severity of the accident and the patient’s abilities. After the session, we will create a personalized trea...

March 19, 2019

If you’ve ever been in a car accident before, however “minor” it may have been, you understand the physical and mental toll it takes on your body. Even the smallest of auto accidents can have disastrous effects on the body, not only causing pain, but also taking quality time away from loved ones. And for many, prescription pills to manage pain symptoms cause internal issues as well as psychological. Massage therapy for your motor vehicle accident not only reduces muscular tension, decreases inflammation, flushes toxins, and treats sprains and strains, it also provides mental comfort by decreasing stress and pain levels. This is why receiving massage therapy after an auto accident is so important.

Here are the 5 steps you need to start receiving massage therapy for your car accident in the state of Oregon today:

Have Auto Insurance

Without motor vehicle accident insurance, not only are you making yourself financially responsible for your injuries, but also those sustained by anyone involve...

March 12, 2019

In Oregon, an individuals’ auto insurance policy is legally obligated to cover all vehicle occupants’ medical treatments after an accident. This is referred to as a Personal Injury Protection plan, PIP, and Oregon auto insurance policies will cover up to $15,000 of medical expenses and wage loss for up to one year following an accident. Insurance companies will try to get you to close the claim as soon as possible, but as soon as you do that you cannot have your auto insurance company billed for any medical or wage loss expenses related to your accident. Oregon has a statute of limitations of two years - meaning that you have two years after the date of an accident to submit a claim. 

As an Oregon resident, you are required to have automobile insurance. You are required to have bodily injury and property damage liability for at least $25,000 per person, $50,000 per crash for bodily injury to others, and $20,000 per crash for damage to the property of others. You must have a PIP plan, as...

March 6, 2019

Working with victims of car accidents is the most rewarding work that I have ever done. When a motor vehicle accident patient first walks in my door, they’re usually in the most pain that they’ve ever been in during their entire life thus far. Throughout their treatment, however, I get to see their demeanor change as their pain levels decrease, their pain-free range of motion increases, and they’re able to get back to regular activities of daily living.

Throughout numerous treatments I get to see my patients progress from the worst they’ve ever physically and mentally felt to a manageable level of pain, or even pain free. I get to listen to them tell me how they’re decreasing or completely stopping their prescription painkillers as they do not need them anymore. Motor vehicle accident patients have walked in my door barely able to move their neck from side-to-side or having to move their entire trunk in order to look to the left or the right, and after a couple of targeted massage sessi...

February 15, 2018

When you look outside and see the sun setting early, the temperatures dropping quickly, and snow piling up on the ground, the last thing you want to do is throw on your sneakers and go for a run. Yet, as much as you’d like to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa, you know that staying focused on your fitness goals is just as important—maybe even more so—during the winter.

Winter doesn’t mean you should go stagnant on your workout, but it does mean you might have to change things up a bit. Change can be scary, but it can also be wonderful. Taking your workout indoors might seem boring—or even downright depressing at first—but here are a few ways to stay motivated and excited during indoor winter workouts.

Get Into Cross-Training
Cross-training is one of the leading ways to build endurance and prevent injury, especially when you are heavily active in one sport or activity. Take running, for example. Runners often have tight hamstrings, stressed knees, and sore feet. Indoor cross-training allows...

October 24, 2017

Cold and flu season is officially here...and it’s awful! Being sick not only feels terrible - dry throat, coughing, sneezing, and fatigue - but it also means that we have to use up some of our vacation days, or end up being that person who comes to the office sick - who then gets everyone else sick. So, in an effort to not be that person, here are a few things you can start implementing today to help make sure you don’t get sick this autumn and winter season!


We all know we need it, yet most of us don’t get enough of it. On average, American’s get 6.8 hours of sleep per night [1], over an hour less than the recommended amount for optimal functioning. While asleep, your body repairs itself, cortisol, epinephrine, and norepinephrine levels decrease, and your immune system is recharged. In contrast, hormones that encourage cell growth, differentiation and restoration such as prolactin, melatonin, and the pituitary growth hormone (GH) increase during sleep [2]. Together, they help bols...

October 18, 2017

Learn why purple potatoes are the healthiest potato out there and why you should be incorporating them into your diet. And, enjoy a fabulously purple recipe!

August 11, 2017

If you’ve ever experienced plantar fasciitis, then you know just how excruciating and debilitating it can be.  In 2014 I had just moved to Portland and shortly after, at the mere age of 26, I experienced my first bout of plantar fasciitis.  I was working on transferring my massage therapy license from Colorado over to Oregon, so I was working as a front desk sales associate at a local spa, which meant that I was on my feet for 10 plus hours a day.  By the end of the day, my feet were swollen. It hurt so much to put weight on them that by the time I got home I could barely take my dog for a walk around the block, and I felt like crawling.  After the “walk,” I would immediately hop in the shower with the shower head pointed at my feet, the coldest setting possible, and I would just sit down in the shower for at least 10 minutes.  I would finish my shower and the commence the icing.  It was awful - I felt like I was dying.  

I went to the doctor and they told...

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