Newsletter excerpts: 5 New Research Articles on PTSD and Trauma--Jun 2020

Posted by: Michelle Burns
Date Posted: July 2, 2020

Here is some of the information I recently shared in my June newsletter. Each newsletter has a specific focus.  This month is focused on PTSD and trauma information. If you would be interested in receiving my newsletters, please head over to my contact page and sign up.


I receive a weekly update on anything published anywhere on the internet that includes information about PTSD and trauma.  I try to glean the best of the information and provide a brief synopsis of the information. If you come across any information that you think would be good to share, please also feel free to pass that information along to:

1. A powerful study titled Body-Oriented Therapy in Recovery from Child Sexual Abuse: An Efficacy Study, published in Altern Ther Health Med In July 2007 focused on the perceived influence on abuse recovery of body-oriented therapy. 24 adult females participated in a randomized study. Treatment consisted of 8 2 hour long massage sessions or 8 2 hour-long therapy sessions. The results suggest significant improvement on all outcome measures.

2.  An article, originally published in International Psychology Bulletin by Grant Rich, titled Massage Therapy for PTSD, Trauma, and Anxiety, gives numerous references to studies and metastudies on the effectiveness of massage for trauma, anxiety, and PTSD with a valuable reference list for the studies.

3.  A study titled Cortisone Decreases and Serotonin and Dopamine Increase Following Massage Therapy, published in 2005 in International Journal of Neuroscience, concludes: Significant decreases were noted in cortisol levels (averaging decreases 31%); the activating neurotransmitters (serotonin and dopamine) noted an average increase of 28% for serotonin and 31% for dopamine. This suggests the stress-affecting effect of massage therapy on a variety of medical conditions and stressful experiences (including PTSD) is beneficial.

4.  A study titled Alleviating post-traumatic stress in children following Hurricane Andrew, published in Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology in 1996, included 60 grade-school children who showed signs of severe post-traumatic stress. The children received massage on 8 days 1 month after the hurricane. The children reported being happier, less anxious, and had lower cortisol levels after therapy.

5.  A study in 2014 titled PTSD Symptom Reports of Patients Evaluated for the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program, published in Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, concluded: Cannabis is associated with reductions in PTSD symptoms in some patients.

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