The surprising thing was not the fact that meditation works well as a therapy for PTSD. Rather the surprise is what they compared it with: purposely recalling traumatic events! This is something they started doing to soldiers after Vietnam. Previously, soldiers came home and did their best to resume a normal life by focusing on positive thoughts. After Vietnam, US soldiers have been forced into therapy sessions.
Meditation worked as well as traditional therapy for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder in a small experiment sponsored by the Department of Defense.
One method preferred by the Department of Veterans Affairs is exposure therapy, but it doesn’t work for everyone and many can’t handle what it requires: purposely recalling traumatic events and confronting emotions.
Meditation could be a better choice for some, the researchers said.
Consider the muscles in your neck between your head and right shoulder.
I’ve been using this visualization technique to help me with stretching my neck, shoulders, back, lower back, and hips. I’ve found that I am better able to “click” things back into position, like I’m my own chiropractor. I imagine that all of the muscles in my body are a series of rubber bands. Sometimes, the rubber band ties itself in a knot, or slips out of position. A common one is in your neck / shoulder area, when a particular muscle should be on top or side of your shoulder socket and switches to the opposite.
- Benjamin Franklin