Most people associate post-traumatic stress with Veterans, but it is not limited to our service members - it can affect anyone who has been through major emotional or physical trauma. This includes any form of violence, car accidents, traumatic childbirth, domestic abuse, a natural disaster such as Hurricane Katrina + more.
Post-traumatic stress can affect behavior, mood, sleep, and mostly the brain. You may experience irritability, self-destructive behavior, social isolation, fear, flashbacks, high stress levels, guilt, loneliness, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, lack of sleep, nightmares, emotional detachment, or unwanted thoughts.
Typically, treatments will include therapy + medication ~ but what I want to share is a bit different, and not commonly known. Because of the intensity of some events, people cannot process the associated emotions fully - it’s just way too much … and these unprocessed emotions have to get stored somewhere.
Where do our bodies stash it?
Our fascial tissue.
The fascial tissue is one beautiful piece of connective tissue that is continuous and connects all aspects of your body. This connective tissue is a liquid crystalline matrix. It is very sensitive to any changes that happen around us. It responds quickly through electron exchange, and helps us to be very perceptive to our surroundings.
Trauma, be it physical or emotional, creates restrictions in this matrix. Just like clogged pores will prevent our skin to eliminate sebum properly + to breathe fully, trauma can clog our fascial tissue. This causes interruptions in the system and as a result, we see changes in behavior + health.
How do you take care of your fascial tissue?
- 70% of it consists of water, so staying hydrated is an important part of clearing restrictions.
- Next: our thoughts. The stories we tell ourselves are the most important things we do for ourselves every single day. Thoughts are electrical impulses. They can restore free flow or restrict it. Remember, you are not your thoughts. You have the ability to control what you think, and I know all too well how difficult that can be, but you can get support with that!
- Boundless Wisdom works to support changing thought patterns and support healing for PTSD. Plus it smells + taste delicious.
- Acupuncture + cupping therapy work with the fascial tissue as well. Acupuncture has been shown to create electron transfer on this fascial plane which is then able to let go of these restrictions.
- At home, you can do breathing exercises and movements that gives your body a gentle stretch. Too much will cause it to tense up and create more restrictions, so practice moderately! But practice nevertheless.
- Meditation is a great tool to use daily to help reset this system and unwind any blocks. When we meditate, we momentarily stop creating new reactions to our environment, which helps the mind and body process that has been unprocessed unless of focusing on new stuff.
Have you experienced severe emotional or physical trauma? What tools have you used for healing? What worked best for you? Let us know! Connect with us on Facebook or Instagram, and if you are in Phoenix, come meet us at the SAN Center wellness center! :)