A trauma informed practice is an approach to care that recognizes the prevalence of trauma, and the impact and presentation of trauma in a patient. This type of practice is not a treatment for trauma, but an understanding of how to provide a safe environment for a patient who’s experienced trauma, whether the Massage Therapist is aware of the trauma or not.
Some of the principal elements of a Trauma-Informed Practice include providing a safe environment, both physically and emotionally. A place of non-judgement, respect, and confidentiality. In a Trauma-Informed practice it is important that the patient is empowered with choices and that the therapist and patient work together on the treatment they receive. Respecting boundaries is a crucial part of this type of practice. This includes both physical boundaries, and emotional ones. A trauma-informed practice is a patient centred approach.
A Trauma-Informed Massage therapist will understand they are not an alternative to a psychologist, and that attempting to act in such a capacity has potential for harm. Massage Therapy can play a supporting role, in relaxing the nervous system, and addressing muscle tension that may, or may not be related to a patient’s traumatic experience.
At Myocare, we listen to our patients, and work within their boundaries, to provide the best possible care within our scope of practice.
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