Working With Post-Lockdown Emotional Trauma

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Well, we didn’t expect 2020 to be anything like this.

If you were anything like me, the first 3-4 weeks I was glued to the tv. I went from feeling so scared that I couldn’t concentrate on anything to being so motivated to make sure that I came out the other end of this nightmare in a better place than before.

We are now creeping into month 4 of lockdown but hopefully, the end is in sight. Despite the devolved unions, we have some glimmer of hope that all UK therapists will be returning to work soon – but not yet!.

What will these new working guidelines bring? Who will want to come and receive treatment in this new setting? How many therapists will actually go back to work as soon as the ease of lookdown is announced, how many will wait and how many will never go back to treating? I think the geography of our industry will change quite substantially and we may lose some very talented and experienced therapists.

The corona virus has been, and still is, devastating and very few people will remain untouched even if they never meet anyone who has had the infection. Queuing and one-way shopping has become the norm. Face masks are the new clothing accessory and hand sanitiser dispensers or bottles adorn most shop entrances and even car mirrors.

It is without doubt that the ramifications of the virus have added untold fear to that of the fear of the virus its self. We all, at some point, feared catching the virus or losing a family member, friend or colleague to it. As lockdown continued, the fear of unknown intensified bringing with it the stress, anxiety, frustration and strain of losing businesses, jobs and income. Emotions are running high. People now are fed up and frustrated.

Lockdown, for many, has been the worst thing about this virus. The isolation, the lack of touch and comfort will remain an emotional issue for many people for many years, if not forever.

What are the signs of the emotional strain and trauma? How can you detect them and what can we, as manual therapists, do to support clients post lockdown?

Join me as we explore this topic, look at the science behind trauma and discover ways to adapt and add to our treatments to include effective post-lockdown emotional support.

Sunday 28 June 7-8.15pm will include live Q&A .

Ruth Duncan

Ruth Duncan

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