Posts tagged with ‘PTSD’

07 dec

Auto Accidents and Survival Energy

EmilyVanHornYour body may still be in “survival” mode even though an accident is over.

Every year millions of Americans are injured in auto accidents. Studies have shown that most car accident victims showed symptoms of PTSD. Even a simple fender bender can have a great impact on the nervous system.

After a car accident, many people suffer a wide range of symptoms: feeling disoriented, loss of appetite, sleep disturbances, anxiety, anger, depression, physical pain that can’t be explained, fear of being in a car, or driving past the accident site, etc. Symptoms may not surface for months and may seem unrelated but can be directly linked to the trauma suffered during your car accident. If you have lasting symptoms and can’t find relief, the solution may be found in treating the trauma in the nervous system.

What happens during a car accident, or any situation that feels overwhelming to the nervous system, is a surge of survival energy comes up in order to help the body cope. When that intense amount of adrenaline floods us and doesn’t get released, parts of us can remain in survival mode. Trauma is a result of the deregulation of the nervous system not the actual event itself.

The good news is that you can learn how to use your body’s untapped resources to help regain wellness. In Somatic Trauma Resolution Therapy, (STR) a skilled practitioner incorporates cutting edge techniques from traditional medical, psychological and physical therapies with the goal of healing the nervous system; helping it to discharge shock and trauma in a safe and gentle way. Treatments for the physical body like chiropractic and acupuncture can go more easily when combined with STR, and healing can happen in a relatively short time and can leave a person even more resourced and empowered than before the accident.

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Posted by Emily Van Horn on December 7th, 2010 in Health, Uncategorized | 1 comment Read related posts in , ,

16 apr

Trauma Is Curable

EmilyVanHornIn our culture there is a lot of misinformation about trauma, what it is and how it can be treated. First, trauma doesn’t affect you because of “what happened,” it’s because of the way the nervous system responds and tries to protect us. How you experience something is specific to each individual. Something that traumatizes one person may empower someone else. When one’s system has experienced threat or has felt greatly overwhelmed, a range of symptoms may develop as problems unless the high level of activation gets properly discharged through the body.

The idea that symptoms of PTSD never really go away but can only be managed is false

The treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder traditionally has included immersion therapy, medication, counseling, or behavior-modification approaches, which can be lengthy, emotionally exhausting and often end with disappointing results. Trauma happens because of disregulation of the nervous system. When our natural self-healing responses have been interrupted or damaged is when we experience symptoms of trauma. The misconception that trauma is a disorder of the mind is what keeps us convinced that trauma isn’t curable. That’s not entirely true. It is curable but not by psychology alone, because it isn’t a mental problem. To achieve true resolution of trauma the nervous system must be addressed and healed.

Our bodies are designed to heal themselves

Did you know that by becoming curious about your physical sensations, you instantly engage your body’s natural physiological healing responses? Mild attention to physical sensation is what causes neural pathways to open in the part of the brain where our instinctual—fight, flight, and freeze—survival responses are stored. Noticing sensation is the way we begin to discharge shock, to let go of held survival energies, and to bring healing to the nervous system.

Resourcing for Resiliency

The first step in healing from trauma is to find out what is already working. So, ask yourself, what in life resources you? Is it walking on the beach, petting your cat, or playing the guitar? Remember some achievement you’re proud of like planning a surprise party for your best friend, growing delicious tomatoes in your garden, or winning an award? Even if you aren’t doing those things in the moment, you will find that by remembering something that empowered you or that you found enjoyable while simultaneously noticing sensations in the body, the way you feel will physical changes. There are some simple self-tracking and self-resourcing techniques that you can learn to help you discharge shock and trauma and enable your nervous system to repair itself, and become more resilient to all types of stress. The best way to experience this is first hand with a trained and qualified practitioner who really understands how trauma affects your autonomic nervous system and who can guide you through the process of recovery.

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Posted by Emily Van Horn on April 16th, 2010 in Health | 5 comments Read related posts in , ,