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Massage Therapy Faqs

What Can I Expect from Massage Therapy?

Every massage therapist is going to have their own unique approach to treating the pain and loss of range of motion and use various techniques to accomplish their goals. However there are some things that should be common to all massage therapists.

First, your therapist should be asking you questions about how you feel, where you hurt, if you are having difficulty moving your neck, arms, legs, etc. to better target their work to suit your needs. You will probably be on a massage table (face up, face down or side lying) and draped with at least a sheet (sometimes a blanket and/or quilt is added for your comfort). The massage session is generally an hour long.

In the beginning of your treatment program you will probably be seeing your massage therapist twice a week and your chiropractor up to three times a week. It is necessary in order to help break the patterns of pain and dysfunction because your body often adapts fairly quickly to things being out of place. Inefficient patterns need to be broken down and healthy patterns need to be re-established in order to allow you to go back to the condition you were in before your accident.

Motor Vehicle Accidents:What Are My Rights?

First off, you have the right to be treated by a health care professional, and that professional does NOT have to be a medical doctor. You can go to a chiropractor without a referral from a medical doctor, and the chiropractor can be your primary care physician for your motor vehicle accident recovery. Just call your own chiropractor and let them know that you have been injured in an accident and get an appointment.

Your PIP (or personal injury protection) policy will cover your medical expenses related to recovering from your accident up to the limits of your PIP or until the one year anniversary of your accident, whichever comes first. The minimum policy that you can have in the State of Oregon is $15,000. The chiropractor (and other health care professionals) can bill your automotive insurance policy for you. Bring all of your insurance information to your first appointment.

Along with chiropractic care you can see a massage therapist, but you must have a referral from the chiropractor (or your physician) to have your insurance cover your massage treatment. Ask your therapist if they will bill your insurance company for you or not. Some therapists do not bill insurance but expect to be paid for their services as you go. If that is the case you can be reimbursed for your treatment by your auto insurance, however most of them will require chart notes and diagnosis codes in order to process the payment.

What Techniques Do You Use?

I have been a massage therapist since 1990. Since I have been doing this on a regular basis for a fairly long period of time I have a number of techniques at my disposal to utilize in order to help you, and which techniques I use during a given session will depend upon how you are feeling and whether or not you had a positive or negative response to a specific technique.

Manual Trigger Point Therapy

One of the techniques that I use is called manual trigger point release technique. A trigger point is a very specific point in a muscle that, when aggravated, can refer pain in different parts of the body (often far from the trigger point itself). After an accident trigger points are activated. Once activated there are only three known ways to interfere with and reduce their referral pain patterns.

Injection

A medical professional injects a mild saline or anesthetic solution directly into the trigger point. This causes what is termed the “jump response” (meaning there is an immediate and often violent lurching of the muscles. It is an expensive procedure.

Ice and Stretch

This involves using ice to distract the surface of the skin then stretching the muscle and forcing the trigger point to release. This is quite popular in Australia and with sports massage therapists.

Manual Trigger Point Release

With this technique I press on the trigger point and hold direct pressure until the trigger point releases. Direct pressure pushes out the blood in the tissue making the trigger point relax and helping to change the neurological impulses going from the trigger point through the rest of the muscle. This allows the muscle to change in a fundamental way, and releases not only endorphins (which we release during pain and is our own natural narcotic that our brain produces) but also an enzyme that hardens up the muscle as a reaction to pain impulses that reach the brain.

I have many methods at my disposal, those listed above are the ones I use most commonly.