Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a state of extreme anxiety and depression that occurs after a traumatic life event. War veterans, crime victims, and people who have had severe accidents will often manifest PTSD symptoms. Often, a person with PTSD has difficulty trusting people and may also be hesitant to allow themselves to be touched. They may also have difficulty sleeping, or have nightmares. They also might feel socially detached, and may lack affection for others or have difficulty in trusting.
Gentle massage in a quiet, safe, calm setting can be very beneficial to those who suffer with PTSD, since it helps the patient to relax, and massage can sometimes reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety associated with PTSD. Massage therapy encourages a person suffering with PTSD to achieve a trusting relationship with their massage therapist, which may help them regain trust in other people.