For some it is a quick fix. For others, it is one link in a chain of treatments. Tapping refers to the process of a patient tapping their fingers on acupressure points on their body, following meridian lines of Chinese Medicine.
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Tapping The Potential of Acupressure for Military PTSD

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The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or "tapping," based on Chinese Medicine acupressure technique, offers military doctors and veterans a simple, self-help strategy for dealing with the debilitating effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD) as well as other mental disorders common among today's military service members.

According to Dr. Jerry Wesch, Clinical Psychologist and Chief of the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Warrior Combat Stress Reset Program, tapping has the right combination of simplicity and empowementr; military service members can achieve positive results literally at their fingertips, without relying on extensive pharmaceutical treatments.

TAPPING INTO RELIEF

Tapping refers to the process of a patient tapping their fingers on acupressure points on their body, following meridian lines of Chinese Medicine.

Eastern medicine practitioners teach military service members to use acupressure points on the head, face, hands and torso to access the body's electrical response system, allowing the brain to reinterpret negative stimulus from past traumas and achieve the desired relief of PTSD.

TAPPING AFFECTS BRAIN SIGNALS

PTSD works on the neurological level. When a traumatic event is registered in the brain, it creates a negative neurological response. When a memory or event triggers the past trauma, electrical responses through the brain trigger negative emotional responses in the body, which is the breeding ground for PTSD.

Although difficult to quantify from a statistical viewpoint, experiences from military PTSD patients who apply the tapping technique have been very positive, and according to Col. Thomas Yarber, Chief of the Resiliency and Restoration Center at Fort Hood, Texas, prove tapping's effectiveness and its success.

Yarber has been applying the power of the tapping technique on military PTSD patients, and notes a reduction of anxiety and stress associated with trauma. Yarber touts tapping as a technique for self-regulating the nervous system, and an important tool for military mental healthcare.

Tapping is recommended to military service members with difficulty dealing with the long-term effects of war. Other treatments for military PTSD include counseling sessions (individual or group therapy), acupuncture, yoga, and biofeedback.



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