Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is often misunderstood. The media highlights the returning troops afflicted with this disorder, but little is ever told of the multitude of others living with this every day. Any traumatic event can result in PTSD: natural disasters (hurricanes, tornado), combat, violent crimes (assault, rape), domestic and childhood abuse. The effects of this disorder on physical and mental health is astounding. PTSD causes your body to constantly be in the ‘fight or flight’ response, resulting in chronic pain which can ultimately lead to even more serious system-wide health issues.
Massage can make a dramatic difference in the lives of those suffering the devastating effects of PTSD. Massage and the receiving of authentic, conscious, meaningful touch can not only relax and relieve the stress of constantly contracted muscles, but bring the calming, soothing effects of touch on an emotional level.
This is a great article from the website of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine on Massage and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.