SPECIALTY : TRAUMa
Around 50% of people have experienced trauma in their lifetime. This number is much higher since the Covid-19 pandemic.
Trauma is any experience that is too overwhelming to process in the moment. In order to survive trauma, our brains and bodies compartmentalize it in different ways.
We develop coping and self soothing strategies to help us function in our lives. Those strategies usually work well for a while until they outlive their usefulness and we find that we are no longer able to cope and our daily life is affected.
Trauma gets stored in the body and can manifest as pain, illness, infertility, anxiety, and changes in mood, sleeping and eating patterns.
Acupuncture can help to regulate the nervous system by activating the parasympathetic nervous system (rest, digest, reproduce) and deactivating the sympathetic nervous system (fight, flight, or fawn).
Dr. Stretton is a trauma informed practitioner. Specialized techniques are used to address trauma in patient-led sessions. A great thing about the techniques offered is that it is not necessary to “re-live” or talk about the trauma in order to address it. Although, space is held with conscious listening if speaking about it is desired.