Discharge changes traumatic muscle action but not postural patterns.

March 29, 2020

In Trauma Therapy processing, recovery eventually includes trauma releasing actions in muscle. Yet, despite lengthy trauma therapy, there is often still discomfort or pain associated with dysfunctional muscle tension.

This is often coupled with physical damage, and or emotional damage. So, one could assume that the muscle pain and tension is related to some aspect of damage.

In Physical Therapy, there is often attention on pain recovery via creating change in muscle behavior, strength, patterned movement sequencing training, and restoration of muscle and joint length. Yet, there are frequent challenges to restoration of a felt sense of muscle control and position sense. Known as akinesthesia, clients often struggle to grasp what their PT’s are trying to impart.

Relevant for both from the trauma world and the physical rehabilitation world, is an underdeveloped feedback loop in the postural system. Training in proprioception and kinesthesia can be a key to further recovery. A self correcting, hardwired re-balancing of muscle actions creates a more comfortable body, a more emotionally secure physical embodiment, and a bodily based way to modulate Central Nervous System alerting-calming cycles.

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