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Orthopedic Massage for Auto Injury Treatment


Lisa Fargo,
Owner and Mentor

Certified Orthopedic Massage Therapist
Licensed Massage Therapist
Certified Medical Massage Therapist
Certified Personal Training

Certified Orthopedic Massage Therapist is a specialized distinction awarded to only a handful of therapists in the state. Lisa has been working with doctors and other health practitioners in these Modalities for several years now. She has also acted as a Teaching Assistant for a world-renowned Pain Management Therapy Instructor at several Oregon Orthopedic Seminars.

The physical trauma and emotional depression resulting from an auto accident can take over your life without the proper care. Massage therapy is a powerful and effective approach to treat pain because it decreases pain levels as it stimulates the body’s healing response. At Body Sage Massage we provide a specialized form of hands on therapy to address areas of physical limitation and pain and improve the body’s response to other treatment regiments.

Immediately after a car accident, the relaxation benefits of massage can help reverse the effects that the trauma of a car accident can have on your nervous system. Following an auto accident massage also helps manage swelling  by promoting circulation of both blood and lymph.At Body Sage we use orthopedic tests to determine the source of your pain syndrome. Our Massage Therapists use this information as well as the input from your doctor or chiropractor to develop a treatment plan incorporating different therapeutic methods and treatments from across the soft-tissue therapy field to best meet your body’s needs. Our goal is to decrease the need for long-term medical or even surgical intervention.

In this first stage of treatment, massage helps restore and improve pain-free range of motion throughout the body while integrating structural balance. It can also help prevent a myofascial adhesion and the formation of scar tissue.  Later on in your treatment, orthopedic massage is instrumental in addressing specific injuries like headaches, whiplash, shoulder sprains/strains, etc.

In the past, the majority of our accident-related patients have been referrals from a medical professional or health practitioner. The option for massage treatment is becoming more wide-spread due to the State of Oregon requiring motor vehicle insurance to cover massage under your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. Our certified medical massage therapists can provide service to people with and without insurance. Body Sage can coordinate with your Doctor, Chiropractor, Physical Therapist, or other practitioner or we can bill your insurance provider for you. This takes the stress off of you and allows you to focus on feeling better!
Massage Therapy Goals For Injury Recovery:

  • Improve circulation0104131744
  • Reduce pain and swelling
  • Improve range of motion

Some of the pain syndromes that we treat successfully:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Stress Reduction

Fast Facts:
Massage therapy is a safe and effective way to reduce pain and improve function in adults with osteoarthritis of the knee. (2006 study in the Archives of Internal Medicine)
Forty-eight percent of respondents to a Consumer Reports survey rated massage therapy as “very helpful” in relieving back pain. The survey revealed pain relief was a top motivator for those seeking massage. (Consumer Reports, May 2009)
The Annals of Internal Medicine reported in 2003 that massage therapy was effective for treating persistent back pain,seconding the findings of a 2000 report by the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

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