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  • Writer's pictureJackie Windham

What Can Myofascial Release Therapy Do For My Emotional Trauma?

Myofascial Release Therapy (MFR) is a type of bodywork that focuses on releasing tension in the fascia, the connective tissue that surrounds muscles and other tissues. When the fascia is tight, it can restrict movement and cause pain. MFR can help to release this tension, improve range of motion, and reduce pain.

MFR can also be helpful for emotional trauma. When we experience trauma, our bodies go into a fight-or-flight response. This response can cause our muscles to tense up, which can lead to pain and other physical symptoms. MFR can help to release this tension and reduce the physical symptoms of trauma.

In addition to reducing physical symptoms, MFR can also help to improve emotional well-being. When we experience trauma, our bodies and minds can become stuck in a state of fear and anxiety. MFR can help to release this stuck energy and allow us to move on from the trauma.

If you are struggling with emotional trauma, MFR can be a helpful complementary therapy. It can help to reduce physical symptoms, improve emotional well-being, and promote healing.

Here are some of the ways that MFR can help with emotional trauma:

  • Reduces muscle tension: When we experience trauma, our muscles can tense up in response to the stress. This tension can lead to pain, headaches, and other physical symptoms. MFR can help to release this tension and reduce pain.

  • Improves circulation: MFR can help to improve circulation by increasing the range of motion in the muscles and tissues. This can help to reduce pain and improve overall health.

  • Promotes relaxation: MFR can help to promote relaxation by reducing muscle tension and improving circulation. This can help to reduce stress and anxiety and improve sleep.

  • Increases self-awareness: MFR can help to increase self-awareness by helping you to become more aware of your body and how it feels. This can help you to identify areas of tension and pain and to develop coping mechanisms for dealing with stress.

Emotional trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience that can have long-lasting negative effects on a person's mental and emotional health. It can be caused by a wide range of events, including natural disasters, accidents, violence, abuse, and war.

Emotional trauma can manifest in a variety of ways, including:

  • Physical symptoms: Emotional trauma can cause a range of physical symptoms, such as headaches, stomachaches, muscle tension, and fatigue.

  • Emotional symptoms: Emotional trauma can also cause a range of emotional symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, anger, guilt, and shame.

  • Behavioral symptoms: Emotional trauma can also lead to behavioral changes, such as social withdrawal, substance abuse, and self-destructive behaviors.

If you have experienced emotional trauma, it is important to seek professional help. A therapist can help you to understand your trauma, cope with its effects, and develop healthy coping mechanisms.

Here are some of the signs and symptoms of emotional trauma:

  • Reliving the event: You may have flashbacks or nightmares about the traumatic event.

  • Avoidance: You may avoid places, people, or activities that remind you of the trauma.

  • Negative thoughts and beliefs: You may have negative thoughts about yourself, others, or the world.

  • Changes in mood: You may experience intense emotions, such as sadness, anger, or fear.

  • Changes in behavior: You may withdraw from others, become irritable, or have trouble sleeping.

If you are interested in trying MFR, book a session with Jackie now!

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