The Role Of Massage In The Treatment Of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Breaking The Chains Of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Can Be Made Easier With Massage Therapy

According to recent estimates, more than 300,000 veterans from the US armed forces have returned from recent deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq with PTSD for short, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. However, these figures are only the tip of the iceberg, since they account only for reported cases and do not include troops from other countries who have been deployed troops to different military operations in the past decade.

The National Institute of Health reports that roughly 30% of veterans who have been on active duty in combat zones experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to some extent.

Given that there are still tens of thousands of troops deployed in Afghanistan at the time of this writing, the number of Americans struggling with this psychiatric condition is certain to rise dramatically over the coming years.

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PTSD causes a wide variety of symptoms, including anxiety, a constant feeling of tension, depression, anhedonia, irritability, aggression and in some cases, a tendency towards violence, survivor’s guilt and of course, vivid flashbacks to the event or events which caused the initial trauma which gave rise to post traumatic stress disorder.

There are a variety of treatments which can be helpful for people struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ranging from medication to talk therapy. Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications are helpful to many veterans experiencing PTSD, but more recently, massage therapy has become a common treatment as well.

Deep tissue massage is an excellent alternative for veterans who want relief from PTSD but would rather avoid resorting to prescription medications; and massage therapy is also a helpful adjunct to medication and individual or group therapy in patients who are undergoing these forms of treatment.

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Our massage therapists can help release tension and stress, we specialize in deep muscle therapy. Many people find that deep tissue massage in particular can release intense memories of the traumatic event and allow them to process repressed emotions. It may be helpful to the patient to be currently undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy as well, since this gives them an outlet to work through these feelings.

More gentle forms of massage therapy such as aromatherapy and Swedish massage are also commonly used to treat patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; these methods are intended to soothe the patient and help them to ease their anxiety, guilt and other negative emotional/behavioral patterns.

PTSD is a challenging condition to treat and it doesn’t present in exactly the same way in every patient. However, given that there are many different forms of massage therapy, veterans seeking a way to overcome Post Traumatic Stress Disorder should certainly consider this increasingly mainstream type of alternative medicine.

Kids and Teenagers

And let’s not forget about the children who witness violet crimes, are who are involved in a car crash, are subject to physical and sexual abuse or witness a death of a parent. PTSD statistics in children and teens reveal that more than 40% have endured at least one traumatic event, resulting in the development of PTSD in up to 15% of girls and 6% of boys.

With high school shootings and violence on the rise our children are suffering much younger. And these children also need to seek ways of releasing their emotions associated with their trauma and abuse. Massage therapy can also help these children deal with their emotions before it becomes a life-long crisis for them.

RPM Therapy wants to thank our Veterans and Military personnel with a massage special only $1 per minute! This special is good until May 31st! Call our office to book (408) 247-1169

Reference: Article idea came from our massage therapist, Crystal Anderson.

 

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