It was one regular night of driving along I5 Southbound from Seattle that’ll change my physical wellness and being forever. I just got off my regular closing shift and was heading home. Fifteen miles into my driving, at 60 miles per hour, I went to hit my brake to slow down as I approach the white car a couple of feet away from me as I saw his tail lights light up. I thought, “Why are we slowing down?”. There was no traffic up ahead and it all happened in a wiff of an eye. I was approaching the white car too fast that I had to hit on my brakes at its fullest. I remember vividly the sound of my brakes screeching down the pavement making this loud noise. My hands were both on the wheels trying to keep the car in the lane as I rapidly scanned both sides to check if I can safely switch lanes to avoid hitting the car in front of me. Nope. So, I closed my eyes and waited for the impact.
BAM! BAM! BAM! I heard three loud noises that made my airbags deploy as I hit my body and head on the seat and bounced back to the airbag. Then, pfffffffffffttt. I heard steam or what seemed like air coming out of somewhere. I smelled burnt rubber. I knew I wasn’t going to die, that I was simply going to crash into something and that something was going to crash in on me. Either way, both happened. I was alive, but in shock. I brushed off powder from the airbags off my face and checked myself to see if I was bleeding. My right thumb was hurting so bad as the airbag hit it upon deployment.
I felt numb as I tried to open the door to get out and see what happened. I couldn’t. My door was stuck and I couldn’t budge it to open. A few moments later, a guy came and helped me out. “Are you okay? You look pale.” Of course I look pale – I just had my first motor vehicle accident thanks to the idiots who were given a driver’s license, I thought to myself. He let me sit on the bumper of his car. Wait a minute. There’s a cop here already? Where the hell did this cop come from?
A few minutes later, state patrol cars arrived and interviewed us one by one. I told my story, then the cop said, “The car in front of you isn’t white, it’s the black truck right there. He said you hit him.” WTF? I told him, “No it was a white car and that truck was beside me on the carpool lane and he collided with me in MY lane”. “Did you hit the car in front of you or you got hit at the back?” He asked after failing to insist that it was the black car that I hit. “I don’t know. I don’t know. It happened so fast.” “Okay, you don’t need to answer that now.”
Six-car collision later, here I am, still dealing with the remnants of my first motor vehicle accident. The physical therapist said I had cervicalgia. A couple months later, I stopped attending sessions. I don’t have time for such errands, and besides, it’s not getting any better since the first day I started. It will get better after every session, but a couple hours after, it all comes back.
A year has passed, still having pain at the neck and the postero-lateral area beneath the right trapezius muscle. The therapist said it was my levator scap, but I think it’s all muscles beneath it. Anyway, so how am I dealing?
Basically, anything that requires me to leave the house besides work is an errand. Therefore, massage therapies are errands and I don’t like them. So, here I am, the Amazon junkie millennial looking for a cheap and convenient way to get massage at home. I found the Naipo products. They are awesome.
That one above is what I currently use for my whole body. At first it felt painful – imagine all the tight muscles I had. Afterwards, the good comes out. It was basically like two hands kneading on those pesky muscles. It hurt so bad, yet it felt so good. Seriously. And I seriously think that my car insurance should’ve paid for this.
Naipo Shiatsu Neck & Back Massager
This is another great product that’s sleek and fits perfectly in the car. The only difference is that it does not have the hand rest or hand sling on it. Either way, I think they’re pretty much the same. This one though is a little bit smaller than the first one.
The Cervicalgia is not or at the most never going away for me. I think it is here to stay forever and all I can do is manage it therapeutically as much as possible to prevent from aggravating the pain. A few stretches here and there helps for a short period of time.
My advice is that you drive safely, use your head, and be safe out there because you never know when accidents will happen. That’s why it’s called accident. Watch your blind spots and use your rear view mirror for the right side blind spot.