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July 1, 2016

Yoga Therapy & PTSD




Renowned PTSD physician Bessel A. van der Kolk and his colleagues published results of a study  in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry in 2014 utilizing yoga therapy with 64 women with chronic, treatment resistant PTSD.  Women were randomly assigned to a  weekly 1 hour yoga therapy class for 10 weeks or supportive women’s health education.

Results: Yoga significantly reduced PTSD symptomatology, with effect sizes comparable to well-researched psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic approaches.  52% of women in the yoga group no longer met the criteria for PTSD.  While women in the control group showed improvements as well, but the control group relapsed after initial improvements.  The researchers concluded that “Yoga therapy may improve functioning of traumatized individuals by helping them to tolerate physical and sensory experiences associated with fear and helplessness and to increase emotional awareness and affect tolerance.”

Can you imagine how PTSD and associated symptoms of depression, anxiety, insomnia, relational difficulties, functional decline, reactivity and mood instability can be reduced and ultimately healed, when patients receive yoga therapy in individual sessions 3 times per week, in addition to psychotherapy, couple’s counseling, somatic regulation therapy, medical massage, art therapy, and nutritional interventions?  Health Psychology Sacramento has excellent outcomes for trauma victims suffering from PTSD and associated conditions.  Our programs are paid for by most insurances. Talk to Dr. Stehle, our clinical director, today.

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