Sources - Trauma Releasing Exercises Pamphlet - Dr. David Berceli, Ph.D
|This image demonstrates the natural healing process that occurs when the
nervous system is engaged and evokes neurogenic tremors.
All Traumas Affect The Physical Body
Every trauma, whether it occurs in a physiological, cognitive, emotional or interpersonal form, affects the physical body. The healing of trauma begins in the body. Since the body is the accurate history of our experiences in life, it is essential that we include the body in the healing process.
Muscle Contractions Protect the Physical Body
Trauma causes very deep muscle contraction designed to protect the body from harm or possible death during a traumatic episode. The contraction in these muscles must be released in order to restore the body back to its relaxed state and prevent the development of physical pain and constrictions.
Our Nervous System Resolves Trauma Reactions
Once the trauma is over, the body’s nervous system is designed to literally shake out this deep muscular tension and help the body return to its normal state. This shaking or tremoring, evoked by the nervous system much the same way as we experience during fear or anxiety, signals the brain to release the contraction and return to a normal state of relaxation.
Overemphasis On Thought Distorts Body Sensitivity
Due to overemphasis on the mind, we have deadened this shaking mechanism so that it no longer reduces the muscular tension, causing us to continue carrying it in our bodies long after the trauma is over.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is the term used to explain the continuation of disturbing thoughts, emotions, and feelings that persist even after the trauma is over.
Post Trauma Reaction Imprison Us Into Reliving The Experience
Because the experience is emotionally and physiologically over whelming, the body stores the memories, thoughts and emotions of the trauma in order to process them at a later date. The high chemical charge left in the body after trauma continually seeks to discharge. When that discharge does not occur, both the emotional and rational parts of our brains translate this excessive charge into either intense emotions such as hatred, rage, shame, etc. or ideas of revenge, distrust, or negative ideology.
Unhealed Trauma Creates Repetition Compulsion Behavior
PTSD is caused by the lack of release of the high excitement or anxiety (biochemical energy) that was generated at the time of the traumatic event. The body continues to seek a discharge from this over- simulation so the brain unconsciously reproduces situations similar to the original trauma. This is the mind’s attempt to replay the traumatic scenario so that that the energy can be discharged in the hopes that the victim will now become the survivor. The most common example of this is when abused children enter into abusive relationships as adults.
Traumatic Stress Is A Major Cause of Violence
It is now being recognized by traumatologist that the most common cause of social and domestic violence is due to post traumatic stress disorder. Numerous psychological and sociological studies are demonstrating that previously diagnosed disorders such as hyper-aroused or depressed behaviors can often be caused by traumatic experiences and can be diagnosed as post traumatic stress disorder.