Myotherapy After A Car Accident
If you have been in a car accident, you are not alone. Car accidents happen daily, all over the world. Unfortunately, even if you might seem alright on the outside, on the inside of your body, you might have sustained more unseen injuries. It is this type of injury that does not show up immediately, but can also leave you with chronic pain.
One of the most effective ways to manage chronic pain following a car accident is through myotherapy. But as we were unfamiliar with this type of pain management, we consulted with local myotherapist Dr. Day to find out how myotherapy can help.
Myotherapy is a type of treatment that works with your body and the injuries themselves, helping guide you in a healthy and sustainable way. It is a great way to avoid becoming dependent on medication for pain management.
Types of injuries
In some cases, car accident injuries are immediately known and painful, but not always. Often, the pain does not present itself for days following the accident. If the pain is not addressed immediately, chronic pain can set in, causing issues for years after the accident.
The most common type of injury from a car accident is whiplash. This is when your head is thrown forward and backward on the impact of the accident, resulting in micro-tears throughout the muscles and soft tissues of your neck and shoulders. Over time, scar tissue can build up in these areas, causing further discomfort. Other injuries can cause severe and chronic headaches and back pain.
How myotherapy helps
While myotherapy is often not considered immediately after a car accident, it can certainly help with your recovery. A myotherapist will evaluate the injury to your muscles and other soft tissues, seeing how they are interacting with your skeleton. This way, the therapist can find and treat the issues that are causing you pain and loss of mobility.
Some of the therapies that you might experience with a myotherapist include:
- Dry needling
- Muscle stretching
- Passive stretching
- Muscle energy techniques
Once the therapist knows the injury and the type of pain that you are experiencing, he or she can build a recommended treatment plan for you with the ultimate goal of eliminating your pain after a set number of sessions. The end goal is to get you moving again, pain free, so you can get back to your old self.
This is a collaborative article.