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Seattle/Shoreline Acupuncture: Somatic Experiencing (SE)and Acupuncture in the Treatment of Trauma and PTSD

 

 

 

 

 

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If you are living in and around the Seattle/Shoreline area and are suffering from  the symptoms of trauma and PTSD do to an accident, post-operative issues or other stressors, Somatic Experiencing and Acupuncture can alleviate  your symptoms and bring about a total re-engagment with your life.

Somatic Experiencing

Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a potent psychobiological method for resolving trauma symptoms and relieving chronic stress. The body of work was developed by Peter Levine (trauma healing.com) resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices and medical biophysics and has had over 45 years of successful clinical application.

SE releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of early emotional and early developmental trauma. It offers a framework in which to access where a person is “stuck” in the fight, flight, freeze or fold responses.The skills it provides are appropriate to a wide variety of healing professions including, mental health, medicine, physical and occupation therapies bodywork, acupuncture, addiction treatment. (1)

What is Trauma?

The word “trauma” is used to describe experiences or situations that are emotionally painful and distressing, that overwhelm a persons ability to cope and produce psychological and physical symptoms. It becomes an internal straitjacket because of a devastating moment frozen in time. It stifles the unfolding of being, and strangles our attempts to move forward with our lives.

What are some causes of Trauma?

  • pre- and peri-natal trauma (Fetal distress, birth trauma, early surgeries
  • post-surgical (anesthesia, high fever etc.)
  • falls
  • high impact events (automobile accidents)thchronic stress that is not relieved
  • sudden death of someone close
  • failure of physical defense (animal attack, escape inhibited, rape and sexual abuse)
  • natural disasters
  • horror
  • torture, ritual abuse, war and terrorism

 

The Effects of Trauma

  • hyperarousal – elevated heart rate, body temperature,  and constant anxiety and panic,
  • disassociation-  internalized response where there is “freeze” or shut down, detachment and immobility

Emotional and psychological symptoms

  • shock, denial or disbelief
  • anger, irritability, mood swings
  • shame
  • guilt and blaming the self
  • fear and anxiety, feeling disconnected or numb

Physical symptoms

  • chronic fatigue
  • fibro-myalgia
  • insomnia and/or recurrent  nightmares
  • racing heartbeat and spontaneous sweating
  • body aches and pains
  • chronic head ache and migraine
  • unable to concentrate.

 

How does Somatic Experiencing work?

The therapist facilitates the completion of the self-protective motor responses (fight/flight/fold mechanism) and release the thwarted and pent-up  energy bound up in the body, which addresses the root cause of the trauma symptoms. One wonderful aspect of this work is that it does not require the person to re-live or re-tell the traumatic event. Rather, the person has the opportunity to engage, complete and resolve the body’s instinctual fight, flight, freeze or fold responses.

 

“We are not merely looking for and alleviation of symptoms, we are looking for full and total re-engagement  in life!” Steve Hoskinson, Organic Intelligence, Hoskinson Consulting

Acupuncture, the bridge between the body-mind

Acupuncture is often helpful in alleviating some of the more sever symptoms of trauma, such as panic, anxiety, irritable bowel, whiplash and musculoskeletal issues, to name a few. Due to the release of many near-transmitters during an acupuncture treatment, the person also comes away with a feeling of relaxation and well-being.

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