Summary: When deciding to create pain or not, our brain analyzes information from our body and environment, along with past pain experiences, memories and beliefs. A video by Generation Care looks at ways we can better understand the complexity of pain.
When deciding whether to create pain or not, the brain receives information from your body, the environment and your past experiences and beliefs:
Body information includes messages about muscles, bones, joints, tendons, inflammation, stress chemicals and movement
Environmental information consists of physical environment, mood, emotions, sleep and social support, and
The brain reviews protection memories about previous injury, pain, as well as beliefs and thoughts
The brain then decides whether or not to create pain as a protection strategy. This can result in changes to your movement (more stiffness) and your body’s physiology (including inflammation). As a result, your body information is altered, creating new inputs to the brain. This can create a feedback loop that perpetuates persistent pain.
Making changes to key inputs can convince the brain to create less pain. Massage therapy is one way; it can help improve stress, movement and sleep. Other healthcare providers can support positive changes around one’s emotions, thoughts and beliefs. Coupled together, massage and other therapies can help decrease pain and improve an individual’s overall quality of life.
Summary: Massage Therapists are increasingly recognizing the importance of providing trauma-informed care, however it’s not taught in most massage programs. This article lists our top 5 recommendations for learning about trauma-informed care and how to apply it in your practice. There is no regulation for using the phrase “trauma-informed”
Massage therapy can reduce anxiety, depression, pain and improve quality and duration of sleep. Improvements in sleep, mood and pain levels can create windows of opportunity where you feel better and can move and socialize more.
Summary: Trauma-informed massage therapy is an approach to practice and not a massage technique. It’s built upon four principles: trauma awareness, safety and trust, collaborative choice and connection, and strength-based skill-building. Registered Massage Therapists working in this area don’t have to be experts in trauma, but can respond
With great respect and gratitude, we practice massage therapy on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples –Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) And Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.