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Great News for People Suffering from Trauma: Healing Touch Helps!

There is much in the news these days about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Successful treatment usually involves a combination of talk therapy and antidepressant medications. However, a number of other approaches, including Healing Touch, are emerging and gaining traction due to their effectiveness.

A recent study was conducted to determine if Healing Touch with guided imagery was effective in treating PTSD in combat-exposed military personnel. Results revealed “statistically and clinically significant reduction in PTSD and related symptoms,” including depression, mental quality of life, and cynicism.

Great news for Healing Touch! Great news for our veterans!

In fact, great news for anyone who has been impacted by trauma. The sad truth is that many more people than we might realize have experienced or witnessed trauma and may not even realize the debilitating effect it is having in their lives.

When clients share their health history with me, a variety of patterns emerge:

  • “I’ve never been the same since my surgery.”
  • “Sure I was bullied a lot as a kid but I should be over it by now.”
  • “I grew up in a dysfunctional/alcoholic family. It’s strange and frustrating to me that I continuously attract dysfunctional relationships now that I’m an adult.”
  • “I was sexually abused by my neighbor when I was 8 years old. I have been edgy and fearful for as long as I can remember.”
  • “Ever since witnessing the car accident, I have repeated thoughts and worries that keep me up at night.”

Not everyone who experiences or witnesses trauma develops PTSD. But the results of the  PTSD study with veterans may apply to anyone experiencing the emotional and mental challenges of trauma. In a relatively few number of Healing Touch sessions, one can experience freedom from their pain and the ability to live a happy, productive life.

The study is published in Military Medicine (Vol.177, Number 9, September, 2012, pp. 1015-1021).


For full article, click on link above for abstract. When you get to that page, click on PDF.


Find definition and symptoms of PTSD, HERE.

Katie Oberlin

A Healing Touch Certified Practitioner, Katie received advanced training in shamanic healing at The Power Path School of Shamanism in 2014. Her travels have taken her to power spots in the southwestern United States, as well as Mexico and Peru, where she has worked with shamans from the Q’ero and Shipibo indigenous healing traditions.