Massage Traverse City: Massage Helps PTSD

Traverse City massageVery traumatic events can leave people with a severe anxiety disorder called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Massage can’t cure PTSD, but receiving a regular Traverse City massage from DISCOVER Massage can help alleviate some of the symptoms including depression, guilt, insomnia, short attention span and flashbacks by lowering stress hormones including Cortisol and increasing feel good hormones serotonin and dopamine.

What causes PTSD? It happens after someone suffers a terrible event. It might be a rape or physical assault. It might be witnessing the violent assault, injury or death of another person or suffering the unexpected death of a child or spouse. It is often associated with soldiers, but it is common among civilians who undergo a traumatic stress.

When does PTSD happen? The symptoms of PTSD don’t present themselves right away. What happens is the person relives the psychological trauma, experiencing vivid nightmares and flashbacks. The trauma isn’t just remembered, it is relived.

What are the symptoms of PTSD? The person is seriously affected by the trauma long after there is any fear of continued danger. People will relive the sequence of events through terrifying flashbacks and nightmares, often triggered by circumstances or events. They may feel numb and withdraw from loved ones or events that could be triggers. Frequently those with PTSD have trouble enjoying life, lose interest in things they previously liked and feel deeply overwhelming feelings of guilt. The person may have trouble sleeping to the point of insomnia and have trouble concentrating.  Symptoms usually start within three to six months after the traumatic experience, but it could be longer.

What is the recommended treatment? Therapy and group therapy may help alleviate feelings of helplessness, despair, depression and anxiety. Medication is sometimes prescribed to help those with PTSD sleep and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is highly recommended as treatment for trauma and recent studies show that regular massage therapy can help as well.

How can Traverse City massage therapy help? As with other people suffering from depression and anxiety, those who suffer from PTSD benefit from therapeutic touch. Massage is calming and promotes relaxation while it relieves tension and muscle pain. It is a natural holistic approach to wellness that has been practiced for thousands of years in China and other Eastern countries and is backed by modern science to improve mood and wellness. Researchers in the US have conducted countless studies about massage, proving a link between regular massage and lower blood pressure, lower rates of the stress hormone Cortisol and higher production of feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine.

If you are suffering from PTSD call DISCOVER Massage to schedule a Traverse City massage today and also speak with your doctor about other therapy and medication options that might be beneficial for you.  Together regular Traverse City massage from DISCOVER Massage combined with your doctors recommendations will put you on the path to healing.