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Motor Vehicle Accident 

Deep Tissue Massage

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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...

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...

The beginning of the year always starts off with so much ambition and motivation to be healthy. Unfortunately, after entering the second quarter it seems like everything begins to slack and the promises you made yourself on New Year’s Eve are out the door. If you know this to be true, do not fret!  The year is not over yet and you still have plenty of time to get back on track this summer! Here are a few ways to help you make your fitness goals a permanent behavior.

Stay Active

This may seem like a no-brainer, but with the hustle and bustle of daily living, it can be hard to muster up the energy to go to the gym after a hard day's work. That’s why it’s important that you look for creative ways to exercise and make it a point to always change up your routine so exercise becomes more of a habit for you and less of a chore! A way to get a quick bout of exercise in when you are at work is to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Climbing stairs gets your blood circulating, increases your...

May 2, 2017

Ever since Michael Phelps had those big reddish-purple circular suction marks on his back, the popularity of cupping has increased dramatically.  However, the understanding of what cupping and Gua Sha is, its uses, and contraindications are still not commonly known. 

Cupping

Cupping has been around for thousands of years, dating back to Ancient China, Greek, and even Egypt, and is known by many different names all around the world.  There is even historical data that supports Hippocrates using cupping as a part of ‘humoral’ medicine.  Past generations used cupping as a way to balance the blood because imbalances led to sickness.  Many instruments were used for cupping, including horns, pottery, bronze, and even bamboo cups.  Uses include: treating cold, heat, and wind invasion, the common cold, pneumonia, bronchitis, emphysema, tight connective tissue, scars, and adhesions, chronically tight muscles (deep tissue), and to open the channels in the body. 

There are m...

April 17, 2017

Although I've been practicing massage therapy for nearly 10 years now, it still astounds me to this day when clients do not want their face and scalp massaged, or when they say that other therapists have never massaged their face and scalp.  Now, some people just don't like their face and scalp touched, but many would rather have the time spent elsewhere.  But, in doing so, not only are you missing out on such a wonderful experience, you're also missing some pretty important benefits of face and scalp massage.

Headaches

Ever wonder how some people have a forehead line?  It's because your face and scalp are covered with muscles.  As we age, we tend to raise our eyebrows more often, creating a line in our forehead where that muscle, the Epicranius Frontalis, is contracted. That muscle shares an attachment site with the Epicranius Occipitalis, which, if you ever get headaches, is usually the culprit.  It wraps around your skull from the top middle to the back of your neck and inse...

February 21, 2017

Pregnancy is a joyous time for the mother and family, but it can also be quite challenging, physically, mentally, and emotionally.  Massage Therapy not only helps the soon-to-be mother with physical pain, but also emotionally by helping to regulate hormones such as cortisol, thereby reducing the stress on the baby.  

According to http://americanpregnancy.org/, "Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health....Studies done in the past 10 years have shown that hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered when massage therapy is introduced to women’s prenatal care. This leads to mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health.In women who received bi-weekly massages for only five weeks, hormones such as norepinephrine and cortisol (hormones associated with stress) were reduced, and dopamine and...

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