The word “trauma” is sometimes used lightly. If you’ve ever experienced major trauma there’s nothing funny about it. Traumatic events reside on a spectrum and can be singular or repetitive in nature.

Trauma Spectrum

Big Trauma

Big events include child abuse, sexual or physical assault, combat, major accidents, and other life threatening events. Big events overwhelm your capacity to process your emotions as the event unfolds. Often big events are dealt with by repressing or stuffing your emotions in order to survive. Side effects of doing this may include:

  • Emotional numbness
  • Chronic pain in your body
  • Disassociation or not being present in your body
  • Being hyper-vigilant in your perspective
  • Addictions to not feel your emotions (eg. prescription medications, illegal drugs, alcohol, food, sex, co-dependancy etc.)

Small Trauma

Small events are common things we all experience like job loss, breakups, moving, or minor accidents to name a few. Small events are experienced on a regular basis by everyone.

Techniques for Healing

Traumatic events in your life trigger a stress or fight or flight response. Small events elicit little or no fight or flight response, while big events have the opposite effect.

If big trauma survivors don’t deal with the primary emotions associated with the event it often causes problems in the present by overreacting.

Medical imaging technology reveals how traumatic stress affects the brain in real time. Scans reveal that the medial prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for processing what happens in the present moment, along with the speech center shut down during the traumatic event. It has also been shown that trauma survivors have more difficulty processing information as compared to non-traumatized individuals.

In the past, big trauma survivors were often only sent to talk therapy for healing. The brain scans clearly indicate that big trauma survivors may not be able to “put into words” what happened to them. This means talk therapy alone is limited in its healing potential.

Combining talk therapy with body-based therapies, such as yoga, massage, or acupuncture improves the healing potential. Adding techniques such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) or the Body Code provides the greatest healing potential.

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The word “trauma” is sometimes used lightly. If you’ve ever experienced major trauma there’s nothing funny about it. Traumatic events reside on a spectrum and can be singular or repetitive in nature. Big Trauma Big events include child abuse, sexual or physical assault, combat, major accidents, and other life threatening events....