Richard Bailey
Auto Accident Injuries

If you have been in an automobile accident, your doctor may prescribe massage as part of your treatment plan. Massage can address the stress that goes with a traumatic event like a car accident, and it can help address many of the sprains, strains, and other injuries common in a motor vehicle accident (or MVA, an acronym you may encounter on insurance and other forms).

Treatment Protocol

Typically, the goals of massage therapy in injury recovery are to:

  • reduce stress
  • reduce pain and swelling
  • improve circulation
  • improve range of motion

Immediately after a car accident, massage therapy can help you recover by helping to restore balance to your nervous system - i.e., the relaxation benefits of massage can help reverse the effects that the shock and trauma of a car wreck can have on your nervous system. Massage also promotes circulation of both blood and lymph, which can help manage the swelling (edema) that usually comes with auto accident injuries. During the sub-acute stage (a few days to a few weeks, or even longer, after the accident), massage can help maintain and improve range of motion and may help prevent the formation of scar tissue and other myofascial adhesions. Later in your recovery, orthopedic massage can address specific musculoskeletal injuries like whiplash, neck pain, back pain, headaches, shoulder sprains/strains, etc.
No two car accidents are the same, and everyone responds differently, so I always adapt my treatments to your unique needs. Many factors (the severity of the accident, the extent and nature of your injuries, your daily activities, etc.) affect your recovery, and I account for these factors in your care.


Injuries due to an auto accident can be serious, and new symptoms may emerge after you have been referred to me for massage. If you need care beyond what I can provide, I maintain a large network of medical doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors, physical therapists, psychotherapists, and other health care practitioners, as well as personal injury attorneys. I am always happy to make referral recommendations based on your unique needs.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries due to auto accidents that I see in my practice are:

  • whiplash
  • low-back pain
  • myofascial pain
  • headaches
  • shoulder sprain/strain
  • cervical sprain/strain
  • thoracic sprain/strain
  • lumbar sprain/strain

Call 541-912-1400 to book a massage session designed to treat your auto-accident injuries.

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