What Is Trauma Touch Therapy?

Trauma is defined as any occurrence that exceeds the capabilities of the body's natural capability to adapt and cope. Some examples of trauma include the death of a loved one, injuries sustained during a horrific accident, sexual abuse, etc.

Trauma touch therapy is a form of touch therapy that enables patients to cope with the debilitating after effects of trauma.

How Does Trauma Touch Therapy work?

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How does Trauma Touch Therapy work?

When the body or mind experiences a traumatic situation, its natural defenses are unable to deal with the situation. In an effort to deal with the pain, the mind tries to dissociate itself from the incident by burying it deep within the subconscious. However, the effects of numbing frequently inhibit the body and mind's capability to experience positive sensations such as pleasure and joy. Numbing is only an anesthetic process, it does not remove the scars, and these keep festering beneath the surface.

Trauma touch therapy helps patients to slowly heal from the effects of trauma. It is used in combination with psychotherapy to enable patients to cope with their fears and slowly return to a normal form of functioning.; The therapist uses the healing power of touch to enable the patient to realize and deal with feelings that may have been suppressed for years.

Most patients are recommended to attend this form of therapy as an adjunct to their psychotherapy sessions. If your psychotherapist has not mentioned it you can try asking him or her whether they feel that trauma touch therapy may provide added benefits to the present course of treatment.

Trauma touch therapy is designed to suit every patient's individual needs. The first session of therapy is devoted almost exclusively to the process of diagnosis. The therapist will assess your physical and emotional needs and chalk out a plan of therapy to fulfill them. Another important aspect of trauma touch therapy is that the patient is always in full control of every facet of the treatment. This is why at every phase of the treatment you will be asked whether you are comfortable with the techniques being used. If you are not, the techniques will be adapted to suit your comfort zone.

The therapeutic process is usually started with some awareness exercises. The patient is asked to identify the areas of their body that need work and how they want the therapeutic process to be carried out. The therapeutic process may also involve non-touch or self-touch techniques if the patient is not comfortable with the idea of someone else touching his or her body.

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