Birth trauma is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that occurs after childbirth. We also include those women who may not meet the clinical criteria for PTSD but who have some of the symptoms of the disorder.
PTSD is the term for a set of normal reactions to a traumatic, scary or bad experience. It is a disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of life-threatening events. We usually recognize these as things like military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or violent personal assaults like rape. However, a traumatic experience can be any experience involving the threat of death or serious injury to an individual or another person close to them (e.g. their baby) so it is now understood that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can be a consequence of a traumatic birth.
Chiropractic is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal manipulation or adjustment (World Federation of Chiropractic, 1999).
Chiropractors take an integrated and holistic approach to the health needs of their patients, considering physical, psychological and social factors. They provide care and support by reducing pain and disability and by restoring normal function to people with neuro-musculoskeletal disorders.
Psychotherapists work with children and young people as well as their parents and families. They are able to treat a wide range of difficulties including problems with sleeping and bed-wetting to eating disorders, self-harm, depression and anxiety. Child and adolescent psychotherapists also play an important role supporting other professionals who work with children and young people, including teachers, social workers, youth workers and other mental health professionals. They do this through training, supervision and consultation. Child and adolescent psychotherapists offer positive long-term outcomes for the emotional wellbeing of children, young people and their families.
"You have helped us to understand that his behaviour is not about being provocative, it is because he is terrified. We have manage to find ways of understanding his fears and using story cards and pictures so that school is less of a scary place for him. We did not realise how much we would gain from having your insight into his feelings, his own little world."Headteacher talking about a five year old boy on the autistic spectrum