what is traumatic memory and how is it healed?

A psychological study has shown that the response to the strase is recorded in the nervous system as memory. For example; During a stressful event the person feels desperate and has lost control. In this case, the autonomous (sympathetic) nervous system enters the circuit. The autonomic nervous system is a system that controls unconscious body functions such as respiration. In addition, escape or fighting is the part where the impulse comes into play.

Cortezol and adrenaline hormone are secreted from the adrenal glands in order to activate escape or fighting response to an event that leads to Strese. These hormones enable the body to suddenly move in order to avoid danger. According to Peter A. Levine, a trauma specialist in the field of psychotherapy, when the biological process is impaired and the person can not cope with the stressful event, traumatic memory comes into play. However, it is possible to evade the traumatic response by evacuating the generated energy. For example; shaking, crying, screaming physically allow one to cope with stress.

If the stress does not get drained, it keeps its presence in the weirdest tissues. Later, when a stressful yet life-threatening event is encountered, traumatic memory is called. When the traumatic memory is on the surface, a high amount of stress hormone is released. Blood flow accelerates, breathing frequency, blood pressure, heart rate and sweating increase. Thus, the nervous system gives the same response to a life threatening situation against a small one.


The biological response is clearly beyond the ability of logical control and is not the product of a logical thinker. The brainship area in his brain manages only biological response and emotional experiences. When the brain stem fight or flight instinct is activated, the prefrontal cortex (part of the brain responsible for logical thinking) dominant interests. For this reason, it is not possible to think reasonably and critically under these conditions.

Unstable stress transforms into traumatic memory that is stored in the body. A trigger that occurs on a normal day may cause the stored memory to come back up to the surface. Understanding what is in our bodies and in our brains increases our ability to cope with traumatic stress. It gives us awareness to learn how our body reacts. This, in turn, isolates the person from his feelings of fear and sacrifice. By taking care of your body and understanding the protective response, we can get rid of stress and fear.

The way to cope with traumatic memory is to re-educate the body. This can be done by meditation, deep breathing, dancing, yoga, listening to music, spending time in nature and walking. These tools inactivate the simpatic response, and the opposite, activate the parasympathetic response, which allows the body to move into the resting phase. Thus, the body feels safe, the respiration and heart rate slow down.

Stress is stored in the largest muscle of our body called psoas. This muscle extends from the lower body to the hips and ends at the upper part of the bases. Every time we see an event that scares us or we see a violent scene, the brain sends a signal and releases the body's adrenaline. If we do not respond to the warning, the stress hormone remains untouched and stored in the body. This insomnia (sleep disorder), weak immune system, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, can cause numerous health problems such as depression and feeling of constant fear.

Strong exercises affect our physiology and emotional state. Understanding the traumatic stress mechanism also allows us to improve our past injuries. Unfortunately, our mentally fast-paced lifestyle combines with stagnant physical activity (such as driving a car, working on a computer). This way of life leads to fear and anxiety disorder, which causes the body not to be stressed. Working permanently without sitting still and not exercising enough is causing the psoas muscle to become stiff. As a result, stress accumulates on the body.

When psoas is chronically tightened, he sends his message that he is constantly in danger to the body. As a result, the adrenal glands become tired and the immune system weakens. Although the person is not always aware, the body is constantly exposed to stress. This can lead to numerous health problems, psychiatric disorders and chronic fatigue syndrome, which are common today and cause stress.

The only way to heal traumatic memory and get stress from the body is to practice yoga or psoas. Because if the psoas region is not operated, it will store stress and damage the whole body. The mechanism of the formation and healing of traumatic stress is the most obvious example of the strong link between mental health and physical health.
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