Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs when someone has witnessed a traumatic event – and the symptoms can be debilitating. Many people with PTSD experience nightmares, flashbacks, paranoia, anxiety, depression and more, with many people who also abuse substances in an attempt to get through the day. Much tension is held throughout the body in those with PTSD because of being easily-startled, stressed, angered, or due to having difficulties sleeping. If this is something you’ve been struggling with, addiction recovery is a great place to begin working through the physical, mental and emotional symptoms that have held you back in making the most of your life.
Holistic practices treat the mind, body and spirit in a way that is restorative – and massage therapy could be an excellent route to take if your doctor recommends it. It is estimated that 70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced some form of trauma at least once in their lives, and with a wide range of symptoms and severities, it’s hard to tell how a person will experience PTSD without treatment.
A 2017 study published in the by a researcher from George Fox University assessed the decision-making and critical thinking abilities of firefighters – a group of professionals who have been exposed to trauma often – after receiving massage therapy. They found that massage therapy significantly improved both of these factors, enabling the firefighters to think more clearly and efficiently.
Massage therapy reduces cortisol (a stress response) and increases serotonin (which regulates mood, sleep, appetite, etc.) and dopamine (the “feel good” chemical). With this, people in addiction recovery can feel less anxious and less in danger, as massage therapy can provoke feelings of security. For someone who struggles with both addiction and PTSD, massage therapy could be just one of many components of holistic treatment that could help aid in uncomfortable symptoms. Now is the time to take a firm hold on your self-care; it’s time to get your life back.
Avalon Malibu is a world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery center. If you are ready to seek treatment to develop the tools you need to overcome life’s obstacles and be on the road towards happiness, health, and well-being, call us today at 888-958-7511 for a consultation. It’s never too late, and there are people here ready to help you.