Friday, February 16, 2018

Massage Therapy and PTSD

Massage Therapy and PTSD - Academy Massage - Massage Therapist Winnipeg
The term PTSD is used to refer to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. For most adults, PTSD is something they associate with military veterans, but the condition can affect anyone who has been witness to or experienced trauma. Individuals who have PTSD actively look for solutions to their condition, particularly if they suffer from severe symptoms. In many cases, PTSD can interfere with daily life in some ways, from social interaction to relationships and even work. For many, an alternative approach to PTSD treatment such as massage is a great way in which to provide solace and comfort to those who are suffering from emotional and physical effects of PTSD.

PTSD Causes and Symptoms
A number of reasons can cause PTSD. One might have experienced military combat or a terrorist attack while overseas, which will result in side effects upon returning home. One can also be diagnosed with PTSD after being affected by a violent crime, involved in a horrible accident or natural disaster. After going through such an event, one might suffer from flashbacks and nightmares, finding it difficult to sleep or complete certain tasks during the day.
An individual can feel distance with others or a detachment from life when dealing with PTSD. Fatigue and chronic pain can also be an issue. When suffering from PTSD, it is important to seek treatment.

How Massage Can Help
Medical professionals have found that PTSD symptoms are a result of an imbalance or imbalances in the brain chemicals that are triggered by emotional stress. The chemicals released will affect one’s behaviour, cognition, and feelings. When an individual relives a traumatic event, they will experience a heightened sense of anxiety. The brain cannot turn off the response which leads the individual to be constantly hit with stress hormones that cause an emotional breakdown as well as physical pain.
Muscles of the body are constantly tensed for action as the ‘flight or fight’ sense is always activated. With massage therapy, the body can relax. The muscles unwind, and physical pain is eased. With a massage, the relaxation response of the body is triggered which breaks the never-ending cycle of feeling the need to ‘flight or fight’.

When you have PTSD, massage therapy can help you gain a sense of relaxation and calm. You can learn how to let go of stress and anxiety and simply revel in the feeling of relaxation. Over time, the effects of the massage can bleed over into everyday life, helping you to cope with symptoms better.
As you begin to relax via massage, circulation of the body improves, sleep patterns begin to return to normal, and you feel more relaxed. This can be beneficial to your overall health as well as working with other therapy types such as counselling.


If you suffer from PTSD contact Academy Massage to learn how massage therapy can be of assistance; we are happy to help provide a sense of relaxation as you deal with this difficult condition. 

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