Emotional Trauma’s Impact on The Fascia & How Omaha Massage Therapy Can Help:
Everything in the body is connected. Nerves and tissues, such as the connective fascia tissue that covers all muscles, are intertwined and linked within the body. Physically, one injury may cause another via these connections. Find out more about What is Myofascia in this article of mine.
Often, in the case of injuries, we overcompensate with the unaffected limb or side resulting in other issues or injuries to arise. In other cases, patients may seek help dealing with neck pain and soon find the pain is radiating down their shoulder and arm. The body functions as a whole unit. When one part is lacking, we try to compensate by other means.
It is no different in the case of emotional trauma. Stress, anxiety, or traumatic events in an individual’s life can have just as much of a physical impact as they can have on one’s mental health. For example, hardening of the fascia connective layer of tissue can occur due to emotional trauma. Some refer to it as a memory locked in the fascia. Emotional turmoil can cause tension in muscles and tissues. These emotions can embed physically as muscle knots or adhesions in the fascia tissue. Here is an awesome article on Trauma Touch. Here is another about massage therapy and PTSD, in particular.
Evidently, there is a mind-body connection. Stress, anger, anxiety, or sadness can produce chemical reactions in the brain and throughout the body. Your fascia and muscles are affected by these chemicals. The body likes balance. These emotionally induced chemicals can throw your body completely out of whack. Further, emotionally how you are feeling can affect your posture and how you compose yourself placing, even more, stress on the skeletal and muscular systems.
Emotions can intensify and aggravate illnesses or conditions such as fibromyalgia. On the other hand, diagnosis of such conditions can cause emotional trauma. Over 30% of those diagnosed with fibromyalgia experience some form of anxiety or depression. Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes musculoskeletal pain and tenderness of joints, muscles, and tendons. Causes include, but are not limited to, genetics, infections, or physical or emotional trauma. Fibromyalgia is due to repeated neural stimulation causing an increased amount of certain chemicals in the brain. These chemicals trigger neurotransmitters causing pain. The pain receptors are assumed to become more sensitive to these chemicals creating higher sensitivity to these pain-causing neurotransmitters. Reducing stress, massage therapy, and exercise are considered viable options to treat fibromyalgia.
How can Omaha massage therapy help?
Omaha Massage therapy can help relax the body as a whole, specifically in cases where emotional trauma may be a causal factor. It can reduce muscle tension and relieve pain. In regards to fibromyalgia, massage can help improve sleep, restore muscle to normal tonicity, reduce symptoms of depression or anxiety, and relieve headache symptoms. Neuromuscular trigger point techniques, such as deep tissue myofascial release, can release tender ‘trigger points.’ At the Omaha Massage and Wellness Center, our therapists can determine techniques specific to your individual needs. Our therapists provide an open and safe environment where you can de-stress and relax away from the daily grind.
Counseling in combination with massage therapy can further help you cope and manage your pain. Know you are not alone. Don’t be afraid to seek out professional help if need be. Seeking out help can get you on track to feeling better and can pave the road to optimal well-being and health.