My grandfather was a veteran in WW 1 / WW 2 and was one of the nicest persons in the world and has had a great influence on me.
“Many studies indicate that more frequent and more intense involvement in combat operations increases the risk of developing chronic PTSD and associated mental health problems,” reads a statement on the Web site of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. “Initial evidence indicates that combat operations in Iraq are very intense. Soldiers in Iraq are at risk for being killed or wounded themselves, are likely to have witnessed the suffering of others, and may have participated in killing or wounding others as part of combat operations. All of these activities have a demonstrated association with the development of PTSD.”
The site (www.rehab.research.va.gov) contains numerous short articles on massage therapy and additional types of body therapies, as well as on chronic pain and PTSD. Topics include:
- Massage therapy as a nonpharmacological intervention for chronic pain;
- Massage and bodywork as complementary therapies for vets with HIV/AIDS;
Medical Massage for Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
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The Therapeutic Relationship in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a real and devastating cycle that is being fielded by an increasing number of healthcare professionals. Bodyworkers are often sought by people caught in this cycle. Massage therapists can provide the technique, care, and support needed for PTSD healing to occur.
A growing awareness is emerging among massage therapists and other healthcare workers that traumatic experiences are widespread. It is very common for people who have been traumatized to develop medical and psychological symptoms associated with their experience. People that experience or witnessed life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or violent personal assaults often re-live these experiences over and over again. This can occur through:
• Difficulty sleeping
• Feelings of detachment or estrangement
• Development of physical pain from the mental/emotional impact of the event
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