Top Five Signs Your Body Is Releasing Trauma


Meet Jerry. While he was driving to work a few months ago, he got into a serious collision. He walked away from the accident scene, filed an insurance claim, and continued with his life. Then, he started experiencing pain in his lower back. Although he mentally felt fine, he found himself having less energy, unable to walk for long periods, and feeling tired. He finds himself thinking: “What gives?”

Jerry’s situation is similar to many injured patients who visit Specific Care Chiropractic. While the mind can perform amazing gymnastics to process trauma, the body sometimes isn’t as proficient. The body often holds onto trauma that we don’t fully realize, affecting our mobility and performance. Here, you can learn how the body releases trauma and the steps that go into healing. Call (239) 369-9109 to schedule an appointment.


Releasing Trauma Is Part of How Your Body Heals

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When the body holds onto trauma, some people feel less than their best. Like Jerry, they could experience fatigue, discomfort, and stiffness––all while feeling fine mentally. Yet, with a customized treatment plan, one’s body could start letting go of some of that pain and heal.

Here are some mental and physical signs that the body is releasing trauma:


You Cry Periodically

Crying is not a bad thing. In fact, it’s how your body releases pent-up energy after a traumatic or distressing event. During your recovery period, let yourself feel your emotions. After crying, you may feel like a weight’s been lifted off your shoulders.


You Get Less Sick

Traumatic injuries can affect the body’s ability to fight off infections, especially if they affect how the spinal cord sends and receives messages. You could find yourself constantly getting sick after an accident. As the body starts to release trauma, however, you could find relief from:

  • Congestion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Nausea

You Get Energy From Exercise

When your body holds onto trauma, exercising is likely the furthest thing from your mind. That’s because you just don’t feel like it. Yet, when your body starts to move forward from a traumatic event, you could actually start getting energy from everyday activity, including:

  • Taking short walks around the neighborhood
  • Bringing your dog to the park
  • Wandering around a mall or shopping center
  • Washing your car
  • Spending time with your loved ones
  • Dancing
  • Attending yoga classes

A body that’s in motion stays in motion. What’s more, physical activity promotes blood flow, possibly speeding up the body’s natural healing process.


You Can Breathe Easier

Trauma may manifest itself as constant yawning or feeling short of breath. As you start to heal from an injury, your body starts releasing pent-up stress, improving your breathing.


Your Pain Levels Decrease

The body is amazing at being able to move forward after a serious injury. As your pain levels decrease, you could start being able to participate in more vigorous activity. What’s more, your mood is bound to follow as you start living your life again.


Treatments That Help Your Body Release Trauma

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The best treatment for your situation depends on many factors unique to your situation, including your age, pre-existing health conditions, and injury severity. Your chiropractor will kick off your treatment regimen by ordering X-rays and other imaging scans. They may also conduct a physical examination to better understand your pain levels.

From there, they may prescribe:



Physiotherapy is another word for physical therapy. It comprises:

  • Massages. Your chiropractor may knead, rub, or apply pressure to certain parts of the body to encourage healing. Massages aim to relieve headaches, promote blood flow, and address muscle tension.
  • Rehabilitative therapy. Our facility has an on-site Rehab Room that’s outfitted with medicine balls, weights, and other equipment to maximize your recovery. Here, we guide you through repetitive exercises and light stretching.
  • Strength training. You won’t be a champion weightlifter by the time you finish your treatment plan. Yet, you could regain muscles in areas that have atrophied.

Electrical Stimulation Therapy (E-STIM)

When some people think of E-STIM therapy, they imagine having electrodes stuck to their heads while electricity courses through their bodies. This is a common misconception. In reality, E-STIM is a non-invasive procedure where your doctor sends painless electrical waves into damaged tissue. This breaks down scar tissue and promotes circulation.


Ultrasound Therapy

Ultrasound therapy has similar goals to E-STIM except that, instead of emitting electrical pulses, it relies on ultrasonic waves. This method is also non-invasive and painless.


Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic medicine is a proven field that aims to restore your well-being after your body sustains trauma. Many techniques require you to lie on a table while a physician delivers swift force to the problem area. Depending on your condition, they may also realign your spine or otherwise pop joints back into place.


Our Team Aims to Help Your Body Release Trauma

During your first visit, our team will ask for basic information about your health, including where you experience pain and the events leading up to it. From there, we hope to guide you through the following four phases:

  • The acute phase. You visit us aiming to find relief from your symptoms.
  • The rehab phase. Once your symptoms have stabilized, we will work toward addressing your condition as a whole.
  • The strengthening phase. At this point, you’ll start feeling the same (or even better) than you did before getting hurt. This phase primarily focuses on massages and intensive strengthening exercises.
  • The maximum medical improvement (MMI) phase. Reaching MMI does not mean you’ve completely healed. Rather, it means that your body has healed to the best of its ability. We may ask that you return for periodic appointments so we can better gauge your progress.

There isn’t a standard timeline for reaching MMI. You could spend weeks in one phase, then months in another. This is no cause for alarm; it’s all part of healing.


Schedule an Appointment With Specific Care Chiropractic

We want to help your body release trauma after suffering an accident or injury. While releasing trauma looks different for everyone, it generally involves returning to your life. To make an appointment with Specific Care Chiropractic, call (239) 369-9109.

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