Fibromyalgia: The body holding on to past trauma

Van Der Kolk’s thesis is that after trauma we are left with a different nervous system and we are trying to control our inner turmoil. He writes, “These attempts to maintain control over unbearable physiological reactions can result in a whole range of physical symptoms, including fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and other autoimmune diseases.”(p.53). Dr. Van Der Kolk has introduced the diagnosis of Developmental Trauma Disorder in the Appendix of his book. It is a useful guide for those of us who are hyper-vigilant, highly sensitive, inundated with unpleasant bodily sensations, fearful and yet willing to change the brain and “befriend the body.” He writes “Being frightened means that you live in a body that is always on guard.” (p.102) That defines fibromyalgia. We can begin to reconnect with ourselves; it isn’t a hopeless scenario. We can begin with Talk Therapy, but then progress to Mindfulness Meditation, yoga, mild exercise, and touching or being touched in a gentle non-threatening way. These are the ways to begin healing.

Source: Fibromyalgia: The body holding on to past trauma


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