Physical and emotional trauma needs to be rehabilitated and repaired; untreated trauma can worsen your current condition, and further aggravate your mental and physical distress. With proper care, your trauma can be treated successfully, allowing you to continue with your life free of pain. Managing trauma is critical to prevent it from affecting our functional and physical growth. Here are how 4 different modalities used to treat trauma:
Acupuncture has been used to treat various forms of trauma because it encourages your body’s healing mechanisms. Before acupuncture can be used to alleviate trauma in an afflicted individual, an acupuncturist will request an oral history of health and may ask to examine your tongue and test your pulse to gauge if acupuncture is right for you. After careful deliberation, your health care professional will have you lay on your back or stomach, and they will begin stimulating meticulous acupoints that will initiate the self-healing process. Acupuncture is beneficial for individuals that suffer from musculoskeletal concerns, intense headaches, mental illnesses (i.e. anxiety, depression) and infertility, as many feel completely relaxed and comfortable following the acupuncture session.
Trauma can leave you with a multitude of symptoms. The root cause of these symptoms sometimes can be unclear. Craniosacral therapy focuses on addressing the underlying issue, as opposed to treating only symptoms.
Our craniosacral system involves the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Also housed in this system is cerebral spinal fluid (CSF), which cushions these structures, provides nutrients, and clears waste. This system is central to all body functions, and any restriction in the system can create havoc in the body.
With physical trauma, a therapist uses a series of gentle techniques throughout the body to relieve restrictions affecting the craniosacral system.
Physical trauma is not the only kind encountered. Emotional trauma often manifests with physical symptoms without a history of injury. “If you listen to your body when It whispers, you won’t have to hear it scream.” Post-traumatic symptoms can leave individuals with a reduced ability to function or to think clearly and rationally about their situation. Craniosacral therapy balances the nervous system; leaving clients feeling grounded, centred, peaceful and clear.
A therapist supports a client’s journey by connecting with their inner survivor resources and evolving them into healing resources. Bolstering the connection between the mind and body by creating a neutral, safe environment. The therapist follows the tissue changes throughout the session, applying gentle techniques when restrictions are presented.
Physical trauma that is left untreated will only get progressively worse as you age; even when you think that you’ve naturally healed your ailments, there is a possibility of you aggravating your condition. Chiropractors can use the talent of their hands to adjust and realign various muscle groups, ligaments and bones to promote self-healing capabilities and reduce the possibility of future irritation to inflamed or sore body parts.
Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TSY)
TSY focuses its practice on an individual solely connecting with their body and mind and not so much about perfecting physical form. This variety of yoga helps an individual stay connected to the present by leading them through a series of different physical and mental exercises, helping stay focused on the now and how their bodies are currently reacting to pain or discomfort. Be sure to read our blog on the benefits of yoga!
Trauma can be difficult to overcome, but it is not impossible. For more information, contact 4 Points Health and Wellness!