We generally think of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of war, however this is becoming a diagnosis for many who have survived all types of trauma: car accidents, abusive relationships, sexual assault or any threat on a human's life.
PTSD is characterized by symptoms of such as reliving the event, reduced involvement with others, and manifestations of autonomic nervous system arousal such as hyperalertness and exaggerated startle response. Current treatments include: psychotherapy, medication, hypnotherapy, service dogs, art and music therapy and Upledger CranioSacral Therapy.
MedHealers currently offers Upledger CranioSacral Therapy, a light touch, holistic type of bodywork, to help calm the “flight or fight” response in the patient's nervous system. Sometimes therapeutic imagery and dialogue is combined with gentle tissue unwinding to help the body to release any emotional blocks or cellular memory. CranioSacral therapy has shown to improve symptoms of anxiety, sleep problems, emotional imbalances, trauma recovery, central nervous system imbalances and chronic pain syndromes.
The Upledger Institute in Palm Beach Gardens is conducting a third therapy research study for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder using CranioSacral Therapy to treat symptoms. The first was conducted in 1993 and the second in 1999.
According to www.upledger.com, “A post-program report by an independent licensed psychologist confirmed that the veterans experienced fewer symptoms by the conclusion of the 1999 program, most notably related to obsessive/compulsive behaviors, depression, lack of motivation, feelings of alienation, and total number and severity of general symptoms. More than a 95 percent correlation was noted between the improvements and the CranioSacral Therapy sessions the veterans received.”