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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that may be experienced by anyone who has undergone a traumatic experience. Contrary to popular belief, PTSD is not purely a psychological problem; it has deep roots in physiological changes that accompany a trauma.
In 1993 The Upledger Foundation embarked on a pilot project to test the efficacy of CranioSacral Therapy and its offshoot SomatoEmotional Release® in treating and restoring quality of life to those suffering from PTSD. Six Vietnam veterans classified with severe cases of PTSD were tested. By program's end, each showed significant improvement.
In a subsequent 1999 program, Dr. Upledger and a team of therapists led 22 Vietnam veterans in a groundbreaking study using a protocol co-designed with the West Palm Beach Veterans Administration Medical Center. A post-program report by an independent licensed psychologist confirmed that the veterans experienced fewer symptoms by the conclusion of the program, most notably related to obsessive/compulsive behaviors, depression, lack of motivation, feelings of alienation, and total number and severity of general symptoms. More than a 95 percent correlation was noted between the improvements and the CranioSacral Therapy sessions the veterans received.
It is a goal of the Foundation to implement this work on a broader basis by aiding others who may be experiencing PTSD, such as victims of rape and spousal abuse, and children who have survived kidnapping, sexual abuse or other traumas.