Combat injuries basic information for therapists

Combat Injuries – Both Physical and Mental Issues Service Men and Women

Deciding to become a part of the British Forces is a very commendable and honorable choice for an individual to make. Fighting on the front line, means that our brave heroes are risking their lives daily to forward freedom, liberty and everything the British people as a whole stand for.

Sadly, when the battles have been fought and the war is over, many of our ex service men and women still suffer. Such conditions as Post traumatic stress disorder (or P.T.S.D), depression, anxiety attacks and other such mental illnesses can all result from the traumatic experience they have gone through.

Below we have briefly outlined a few of the main conditions you may come across when working with Therapies4Forces:

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or as it’s more commonly known P.T.S.D, is when an individual experiences a life threatening event and suffers from a substantial period of mental trauma as a result. The symptoms of P.T.S.D can range from person to person and include such things as; depression anxiety, panic attacks, eating disorders, night traumas and flashbacks of painful memories.

Due to the nature of the work a lot of our amazing service men and women carry out, they can be often subjected to events that will affect them physically, mentally and emotionally. P.T.S.D is a direct response from this.

Anxiety or Severe Depression

Similar to P.T.S.D but more focused on either a long period of depression or anxiety. Many service men and women can feel very disturb due to the things they have experienced and seen in the course of their work. After coming home, these experiences from war can stay with them for a long time and can lead to bouts of depression or developing symptoms linked to anxiety.

Sensory Loss

Of course in the line of duty, many personnel sadly incur injuries that will lead to the loss of one of their senses. Blindness, deafness and loss of touch in certain areas of the body are common injuries for ex-solider to have.

Disabilities

A lot of injuries suffered during combat can lead to a permanent disability, such as becoming a paraplegic or permanently losing the use of one or more limbs. Through our physiotherapy techniques, such conditions can be slowly elevated over time helping the client cope with the disability better.
Arthritis and inflammation symptoms can also be helped in this way.

At Therapies4Forces we want to show our loyal and dedicated service men and women, that through using the power of relaxation you can really make an improvement on any injuries incurred during their time away.

Feeling good and healthy starts from within first and through our reflexology, physiotherapy and massage techniques, we want our brave clientele not only to feel physically better but also feel mentally well.

Although some people will need a lot of time before they completely feel well within themselves after returning home, helping them properly relax will aid them with sleep, thinking more clearly and generally be more positive about past events experienced.

We also bear in mind, the amazing families and carers of the ex-personnel that support all our heroes by extending our treatment services to them also. Often partners are can be thrown into the role of carer, the journey of the injured service personnel is one shared by the whole family including children

As therapist we can make a positive impact and difference to everyone who is affected.

Thank you all for your wonderful work, you will come across lots of different injuries and join service personnel veterans on their journey if you have any information or ways of treatment that you find particularly helpful can you please let us know so we can share it with all the T4F therapists.

If you have experiences or others you would like to add please feel free it is by sharing information that we can grow and develop our knowledge and understanding Thank you

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