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How Somatic Therapy Can Work For PTSD, Chronic Pain, And Anxiety And Depression

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Somatic therapy is a way to focus on the mind-body connection, which can help a range of conditions. It is particularly effective for treating mental health conditions such as ASD, PTSD, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression. Somatic therapy can be the right choice for some people to use alone or in combination with other forms of therapy and/or medication.

Acute Stress And Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders

Acute stress disorder (ASD) and post-traumatic disorder (PTSD) are mental health conditions that can occur after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. ASD is the early phase and is diagnosed up to a month after the event. If the condition continues, it evolves into PTSD, which affects a person chronically. Both conditions can cause a range of symptoms, such as panic disorder, flashbacks, and nightmares, among other symptoms that can make it difficult to return to normal.

Somatic therapy can be used to help people with ASD and PTSD become more aware of their physical sensations and emotions. If therapy starts during ASD, it might prevent the progression to PTSD. Somatic therapy can help people process and release the trauma that they have experienced. Somatic therapy techniques such as breathing exercises and specific types of touch can also help them feel more grounded and less plagued by trauma.

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a condition that can be caused by a variety of factors, including injury, illness, or psychological stress. For some people seeking alternative pain management options, somatic therapy can make chronic pain more manageable. Somatic therapy can be used to help people with chronic pain understand their physical and emotional reactions to pain that can make pain worse. This can help them develop coping strategies to lessen the severity of pain. Somatic therapy techniques such as gentle movements and mindfulness can help people relax and minimize muscle tension, which can make pain worse.

Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression are among the most common mental health conditions and can be caused by any number of factors. Some people have a higher predisposition to develop the conditions, especially people who have a family history of mental health conditions. Somatic therapy can be used to help people with anxiety and depression become more aware of how their bodies and emotions are affected by these conditions. Identifying the underlying cause can make it easier to minimize the severity of mental illness and find a more productive coping mechanism. If there is a specific reason for anxiety and/or depression, somatic therapy can be used to desensitize you to that incident so it has less of an impact on your mental and physical health.

Mental health and chronic pain can be difficult to manage and have a dramatic impact on daily life. Somatic therapy can be another tool that helps you cope with these conditions and return to a sense of normality.

For more info about somatic therapy, contact a local company.