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The Connection Between Trauma and Chronic Pain: How Somatic Movement can help heal both

Trauma and chronic pain are closely interconnected. Trauma can trigger a physiological response in the nervous system that leads to chronic pain, also known as somatic pain. This kind of pain is often caused by prolonged or repeated exposure to stressors or physical injury, which can cause changes in the nervous system and create a heightened sensitivity to pain.

Somatic movement practices can help to heal both the physiological and psychological effects of trauma and chronic pain. These kinds of movements target the body and nervous system, teaching individuals to become more aware of their physical sensations and to release tension and trauma stored in the body.

By tuning into the body in a safe and supportive environment, individuals can learn to regulate their nervous system and reduce the symptoms of chronic pain. Somatic movement can also help to reduce anxiety and depression, which are often common side effects of chronic pain and trauma.

Research has shown that somatic movement practices can result in reduced pain and stiffness, improved flexibility, and increased relaxation. Practicing these movements mindfully can also improve overall physical and mental health, creating a positive ripple effect that extends far beyond just dealing with trauma and chronic pain.

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