Pain, Emotional Stress and Trauma (PTSD)

“If you get into the body a little deeper than the very superficial symptomatic treatment, you will discover the mind.”    ~Dr John Upledger

Pain. It can be insidious, nagging or debilitating. Its persistence can put a strain on relationships, careers and mental well being. Pain is often hard to diagnose and often chased with medication. When all regular medical channels have been exhausted, physicians and physical therapists will sometimes refer their chronic pain patients to CranioSacral Therapists with the hope that this gentle treatment will help.

Dr. Upledger was one of the pioneers in recognizing that chronic pain was often emotionally-based. The connection between physical pain, emotional stress and trauma is gradually being accepted in the medical community. Physician Bessel Van der Kolk has written a wonderful book called “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma” that explores the medical research that discovered the interplay of brain, mind and body in the storing of trauma. Dr. Van der Kolk also offers an extensive explanation of how we store trauma and ways it can be released.

A recent article in Psychology Today explains why people who have experienced trauma are often at a higher risk to develop chronic pain. To quote the above article, “Often, physical pain functions to warn a person that there is still emotional work to be done, and it can also be a sign of unresolved trauma in the nervous system.” CranioSacral Therapists are trained to listen for and gently release tightly held memories of physical and/or emotional trauma. This article by Gloria Flores, HHP, CST-D explains how CranioSacral Therapy helps with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

My work as a CST practitioner has helped free clients from the grip of pain and trauma so they can live with more peace and ease. If you or someone you know is in pain, consider a series of sessions of CranioSacral Therapy. For more information please go to my web site : www.healingartsboise.com

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