We at Soma Recovery envision our Wichita community thriving beyond trauma.
Trauma & Therapy
Trauma effects both the mind and the body and changes the way people experience the world. Many pioneers in the field like Van Der Kolk and Peter Levine have studied trauma for the last 40 years and discovered that trauma is stored in out bodies and our body keeps the score. Millions of people are impacted by trauma in their everyday lives, including children. For example, according to research done by the Trauma Center, one in five Americans were molested as children, and one in four people living in the US had at least one alcoholic parent. Additionally, it is important to note that when we are talking about trauma we are not just talking about physical abuse, it’s also the subtle messages people absorbed as children real or perceived about their lovability, worthiness, goodness, and capability. Trauma impacts us all – some of us in more obvious ways that interfere with our ability to function in daily lives and others in subtler ways that impede the health and success of our work life and relationships.
Medication and talk therapy are the two most popular approaches to mental healthcare and can be very useful in trauma. However, they have their limitations because they do not address the lower regions of the brain where trauma is stored and don’t bring a person out of their trauma and into reality. Reliance on medication treatment alone does not treat the roots of PTSD. Trauma treatment needs to be holistic (treating the whole person) and access the brain, mind, and physical body. At Soma Recovery, we aim to treat trauma at a holistic level by providing therapy, medication, somatic therapies, yoga, massage, and nutritional interventions to treat trauma.
Traumas Physiological Effects on the Body
Cumulative and/or chronic stress can affect autoimmune and other physical diseases in adults. Several studies including the ACE study have directly shown how childhood trauma and adverse events is predictive of adulthood financial problems, disease, and even earlier death. Some physical manifestations of trauma include back pain, headaches/migraines, autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue, joint pain, inflammation, gut issues.
Yoga & the Treatment of Trauma
Yoga has documented effects in restoring pre-trauma physiology or helping people to heal the trauma and automatic responses that trauma can encode in our bodies. Yoga helps people express and manage their emotions about their traumatic experiences, release stress, and learn to be empowered in their bodies and feel in control of it again.
Other modalities Soma Recovery will be offering and resourcing in our community that address the “body” parts of trauma include: EMDR, Massage, Mindfulness, Neurofeedback, and Somatic therapies.
If you or a loved one is struggling with any of these issues, please contact us today to get a compassionate and thorough intake so we can connect you with the best services possible. Hope is just a phone call away! (316) 201-6047 or contact us here.
For More Information Please Check Out the Following Resources:
- Trauma Center: http://www.traumacenter.org/
- Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk, The Body Keeps The Score, https://besselvanderkolk.net/index.html
- Peter Levine, https://traumahealing.org/about-us/
- Dr. Gabor Mate, In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts