The men and women of this great nation who volunteer to serve and protect the United States of America, our veterans, can receive many benefits from massage therapy.
What is PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)?
“noun: post-traumatic stress disorder
a condition of persistent mental and emotional stress occurring as a result of injury or severe psychological shock, typically involving disturbance of sleep and constant vivid recall of the experience, with dulled responses to others and to the outside world.”
Many of our veterans suffer from PTSD, experiencing mild, moderate, or extreme symptoms.
Typical symptoms of a person with PTSD will include:
- Flashbacks and nightmares
- Difficulty sleeping
- A feeling of detachment or distance
- Chronic pain or fatigue
How can Massage Therapy help veterans or suffers of PTSD?
Massage therapy is beneficial to veterans of the armed forces with physical limitations by helping to ease pain, reducing the effects of physical wounds, increasing range of motion and joint mobility. Additionally, massage can also help to ease the mental scars and burdens for many veterans returning home. “Nearly 30% of returning veterans are reported to have some form of PTSD and this can have a devastating effect on many lives.” Many returning veterans suffer from PTSD alone without clinical diagnoses for many years. When veterans have PTSD, they often struggle to fit back into their previously happy family lives or struggle to maintain regular employment. Massage therapy can help these veterans by easing the emotional pain of PTSD and help them feel connected with the world in a meaningful way.
Most veterans are witnesses to terrifying or stressful events. During these events the fight or flight response instinct kicks in, and it can be very difficult to turn off this heightened sense of tension and anxiety. One of the main symptoms of PTSD is the inability to switch off this anxiety and tension. Massage therapy can help these veterans on a fundamental and simple level because massage therapy aims to increase circulation and relax tense muscles. Tensions and anxieties can cause suffers of PTSD to constantly feel ‘ready for action’ which causes muscles to be tense while also experiencing physical and emotional pain. Massage therapy can help veterans ease these pains and encourage relaxation of their mind and body. It also encourages them to feel vulnerable in front of another person, as well as allowing them to take time out to focus on themselves.
If you are a military veteran who has experienced any of these symptoms, we at The Therapy Centers would like to encourage you to visit your doctor to be evaluated. We would also love to be a hand in your healing, by helping to promote clarity of mind and relaxation of your body.