Ask the Experts: Can Massage Help with Whiplash?

“My father was in a recent auto accident and has whiplash. Can massage benefit him, and will insurance pay for it?”

Yes, massage and soft-tissue therapy can often help with this typically complex injury. Seek a massage therapist who has specific training in whiplash techniques and consult with them on an appropriate treatment plan. Unfortunately, there’s not a universal answer regarding insurance. Whether massage therapy is covered in an insurance policy varies from state to state depending on Personal Injury Protection (PIP) laws and the individual’s health and auto insurance policies. While I hope massage is covered by insurance in your father’s situation, the benefit of bodywork for his recovery is worth the out-of-pocket expense if it’s not included. Best wishes for his recovery!

Kristin Coverly, LMT, is a massage therapist and educator for Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals.