Trauma informed care and polyvagal theory in osteopathy – an introduction (2 hour webinar recording)


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This is a recording of a previously live broadcast using zoom.
The Polyvagal theory of Stephen Porges has opened a whole new vista for trauma informed care, which many others have engaged with, and developed their own concepts with. Gabor Mate, Peter Levine, and many others have introduced aspects of considering the mind, and the body, that has resonance with osteopathic practice.
Addiction and pain perception may well be linked and pain catastrophising that seems resistance to cognitive behavioural approaches pose challenges to osteopathic care.
People with trauma, whether intergenerational, birth and early childhood related, physical injury or medical intervention related trauma as just some examples need especial approaches when body work and osteopathic care is considered.
Additionally the autonomic nervous system, and the neuroendocrine and stress management, humoral, immune and neural circuitry involved in trauma dynamics can have huge impacts on body posture, agency, movement potential, embodied comfort and well being.
This introductory course reviews polyvagal theory, the differing vagal states the neural and autonomic circuits and networks involved and how the body reacts in different ‘vagal states’.
This introductory course will also illustrate that the vagus is not the only neural zone responsible for so called vagal states, and will help you understand the circuitry of how other key brain areas actually determine the body responses and instruct the vagal efferent output.
This introductory course gives insight into body expressions of trauma, and the dynamics of body maps and body schema, memory and attention to self.
This introductory course discusses the links between the stomatognathic system and the polyvagal story, and adds in balance, vestibular, trigeminal and proprioception / motor dynamics.
This introductory course gives an overview of how touch and hands on exploration can be used in support of mindfulness
This introductory course reviews how the dynamics of safety, trust, empathy, compassion, education and empowerment can be encompassed not just within our patient oriented care, but also within the hands on components of osteopathic assessment and treatment.
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