Natalie Indigo Klco, LMP Car Insurance Massage, Bellingham Whatcom County, WA

Licensed Massage Practitioner, Reflexology, Insurance Massage

Massage Covered by Car Insurance

Car Accident Insurance Massage BellinghamIf you were injured in a car accident and have filed a claim, did you know that you are entitled to FREE MASSAGE? As part of the personal injury claim that you file, massage is covered 100% as long as you have a prescription from a doctor or chiropractor for massage. This is a tremendous benefit that not even health insurance can match. Most people who get massage visits covered through health insurance still have to pay a copay of around $20. Through the car accident claim, you pay nothing!

Massage can help you recover from the injuries you sustained in the car accident. Massage has been shown to be helpful in reducing the time it takes to recover from whiplash, trauma to the shoulders, and low back pain, all very common in someone who has gone through the trauma of a car accident. Participants in one study who had received 12 therapeutic massage sessions right after suffering whiplash, showed little to no pain a year later, while those who had no massage still complained of chronic neck stiffness, pain, and headaches.

Some people who are injured in a car accident feel the effects in their body for years to come. Often times, the actual trauma of the experience is stored in the cellular memory of your muscles and soft tissue making it especially difficult for your muscles to “feel safe” enough to let go and loosen up. It does not have to be that way! Experience how helpful massage can be in releasing the trauma and the painful knots and trigger points that go along with it. Most doctors are familiar with and supportive of massage therapy in the treatment of injuries. Ask your doctor or chiropractor for a prescription today and get on fast track to recovery!

Once you are getting regular massage for your injury, you may notice that you feel better after only 3 or 4 sessions. Some people make the mistake of discontinuing massage at that point thinking they are recovered. Feeling better, although considered progress, does not mean that you are healed yet!! To be truly healed of an injury, you should be able to maintain the progress that you have made for several weeks. The person who stops the massage therapy after 3 visits is highly likely to experience a set back or a “re-injury” again in a few weeks, often triggered by something as innocuous as turning your head a little too far or sleeping wrong. These re-injuries can be just as painful as the original! To truly benefit from massage therapy and get long term lasting results, stick with it for at least 12 visits so that your body is being supported as it takes the time it needs to heal. Massage supports this process by:

1) Increasing circulation and blood flow to injured areas
2) Keeping your muscles and soft tissue lengthened so the muscle memory functions at the full range of motion
3) Breaking up scar tissue and adhesions, which also encourages full muscle range of motion (ex. Being able to turn your head all the way to the left as far as it can go)
4) Releasing painful knots (called “trigger points”) as soon as they form so they don’t become chronic problem areas
5) Promoting a deep sense of relaxation so that your nervous system can realign ( a car accident is stressful after all!)

How do I get started?

What to do if you are in pain after being in a car accident:

1) File a personal injury claim with your or the other person’s car insurance
2) Make an appointment with a doctor or chiropractor to have your injury diagnosed
3) Ask the doctor or chiropractor for a prescription for massage. Request that the prescription is for at least 12 visits with no time limit or expiration date. This will ensure that you are able to schedule your massage appointments at your convenience without having to rush through the treatment plan or experience the hassle of seeing the doctor again just to renew the prescription.
4) After you have completed you massage therapy sessions, see your doctor again to report your progress to them.