Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVAs) happen more often than we like to think, especially when the road conditions are slippery and slick due to the weather. Whether it was a small bump or a hard hit, the impact on your body can have serious effects that may not be noticeable right away. Your body can show signs of the trauma immediately, a day or two after the accident, or even weeks later. If you start to feel any of the follow symptoms, please go to your doctor or chiropractor and have them check you out:
Most prescriptions will be to get a massage 1-2 times a week for a length of time. Often 4-8 weeks. Then a re-evaluation if need further treatments. Sounds expensive? If you have Auto Insurance, your coverage most likely will cover the cost of treatments due to the MVA and allow you to see a chiropractor, physical therapist, and massage therapist. Check with your auto insurance provider to see what is covered and how much. Calling them is usually the easiest way to find out. If they do cover your massage therapy treatment, all you need to do is find a Massage Therapist who accepts MVA clients, bring in your doctor’s prescription for massage treatments, and all your auto insurance information:
The Massage Therapist will take care of the rest. They will call and verify that your claim is still open and will submit the billing to your Auto Insurance Company, so that all you have to do is relax and allow your body to heal. No need to stress about money and paying! It is that simple! Please note, though, that if your insurance denies any or part of the billed treatment sessions, you, as the client will be responsible for paying the remaining balance to the therapist directly.
Don’t delay in receiving treatments if you have been in a Motor Vehicle Accident. No matter how major or minor the accident may have seemed, your body will most likely have side effects from the impact. Get checked out by your physician as soon as you can and ask if massage will be helpful in your recovery and get a prescription. There is no need to be in pain, or have any aches or stiff muscles due to the accident. Let’s get you feeling better, faster, so you can keep living your life.
Courtney Truax, LMT is a graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed through the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has her own studio massage practice in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon.