OUR THOUGHTS ON COMPLEMENTARY & ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES
Prior to working on Veterans Cause I probably wouldn’t have been as receptive to these therapies as I am now. I have seen the results and they fill volumes. We interview each therapist and can assure all, that these fine people have our veterans best interest in mind. Many are veterans themselves or in some way associated with veteran issues prior to our meeting.
The VA will not approve or pay for these Alternative Therapies as they are not evidence based. I have spoken to many of the top personnel of traditional veteran service providers and they encourage me to continue what I’m doing and that they have seen very positive results from these unconventional therapies. Scott J. Fonner
We have available therapies, often unavailable to veterans, by several thoughtful, caring, and talented supporters.
Acupuncture – Current research suggests that acupuncture may be an effective treatment option for PTSD. One randomized controlled trial on the use of acupuncture for PTSD on the civilian population demonstrated significant reductions in PTSD symptoms scores from baseline to end-treatment in the acupuncture group. Additionally, treatment effects for depression, anxiety, and impairment in the acupuncture group improved significantly more than the WLC group. Studies assessing acupuncture’s role in mitigating individual symptoms of PTSD, such as migraines, anxiety, depression, and insomnia, demonstrate significant reductions in these symptoms for the studies’ participants. Clinical and experimental data also suggest that at least some acupuncture clinical results are mediated in the central nervous system. fMRI and PET studies on acupuncture at specific acupuncture points have demonstrated significant fMRI neuronal signal reduction in the limbic system. This study could possibly explain the sedating effects of acupuncture on patients with anxiety disorders, which could be an effective treatment plan for PTSD patients with severe hyperarousal.
Reiki – rākē Veterans have the opportunity to be treated to this Eastern natural healing process by local volunteers who have been trained in this proven therapy. Sounds wild to you? One of our Vietnam Veterans just had his 3rd. treatment and finds it to be one of the most helpful / relaxing things he has done to date.
EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a fairly new, nontraditional type of psychotherapy. It’s growing in popularity, particularly for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD often occurs after experiences such as military combat, physical assault, rape, or car accidents. Although research continues, EMDR remains controversial among some health care professionals.
At first glance, EMDR appears to approach psychological issues in an unusual way. It does not rely on talk therapy or medications. Instead, EMDR uses a patient’s own rapid, rhythmic eye movements. These eye movements dampen the power of emotionally charged memories of past traumatic events.
Harmonic Sound – Lapis Studio Serenity Through Sound – Using Himalayan Singing Bowls, gongs, voice and other Nepalese, Tibetan, Hawaiian and Native American sound tools we facilitate one’s ability to awaken within themselves ancient knowledge and wisdom. The holistic resonance of bowls and gongs activate self acceptance and inner peace
EFT – Emotional Freedom Techniques (sometimes called Tapping) is an emotional version of acupuncture, except we don’t use needles. Instead, we stimulate certain meridian points on the body by tapping on them with our fingertips. This has shown repeatedly to reduce the conventional therapy process from months or years down to minutes, hours or a few sessions.
T’ai Chi – In PTSD, the stress response system is out of balance: the sympathetic branch is over-active and the parasympathetic branch is underactive. Specific breathing practices can quiet the sympathetic branch and, at the same time, activate the parasympathetic branch. This is critically important because the parasympathetic system calms down the stress response system, reduces emotional over-activity, and provides soothing, healing, anti-inflammatory effects for the mind and the body.
Wellness – Diet, chemical intake, exercise, spiritual guidance from a Marine veteran who will guide you to a healthy and meaningful life. Positive lifestyle guide.
Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life.
“…a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” – The World Health Organization.
“a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential.” – The National Wellness Institute
Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth.
Why Wellness Matters – Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is absolutely crucial to live a higher quality life. Wellness matters. Wellness matters because everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our well-being. In turn, our well-being directly affects our actions and emotions. It’s an ongoing circle. Therefore, it is important for everyone to achieve optimal wellness in order to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness and ensure positive interactions.