Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that people develop after experiencing a traumatic and dangerous event. The natural “fight-or-flight” response created by the body in the face of danger changes – people with PTSD often feel stressed or frightened even when they are no longer in danger.

Having deep experience in emergency services and disaster relief, Red Leaf Wellness fully understands the struggles faced by those with PTSD.  We offer a variety of services and therapies to help reduce the symptoms and promote healing.

Diagnosing PTSD

The severity of PTSD symptoms exists on a spectrum, where some traumatized individuals exhibit minor symptoms while others deal with full-blown PTSD. Symptoms will begin within 3 months of the incident but can emerge years afterward.

To be diagnosed with PTSD, an individual must experience these symptoms for more than a month. Recovery varies from individual to individual, with some recovering in 6 months while others deal with the symptoms much longer. In some cases, the condition becomes chronic.

Symptoms of PTSD make it difficult for individuals to live their daily lives such as going to school or work, being with friends and taking care of important tasks. PTSD is also often accompanied by depression, substance abuse or another anxiety disorder.

Diagnosis of PTSD is made by a doctor that specializes in mental illness, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist. 

Treatment for PTSD

Psychotherapy and medications are the main treatments for those with PTSD but patients can also supplement their care with other treatments such as acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine.

It is important for anyone with PTSD to have an integrated care team including a primary care physician, mental health care provider and an integrative medical practitioner with experience in PTSD treatment.

Some people with PTSD need to try different treatments to find what works for their symptoms.

Acupuncture for PTSD

The use of acupuncture to help treat PTSD has been proven to reduce anxiety levels and stress in patients. The treatment can help individuals get back to living their daily lives.

Acupuncture for PTSD is administered by stimulating specific auricular points in the body that are responsible for controlling nervous functioning and mitigating stress levels.

Massage for PTSD

Massage therapy can provide some unique benefits to patients with PTSD by giving a sense of comfort, safety and control. Massage therapy can also help to relieve stress, decrease anxiety, reduce depression and improve mood.

Osteopathy for PTSD

When people go through a traumatic experience, certain triggers can cause their nervous system to recall the details of the event and set off responses that can affect day-to-day living.

Osteopathy can help those with PTSD by allowing the body to resolve the physical reactions connected to the traumatic event. 

Are You Ready to Start Your Journey to Health and Wellness?

Red Leaf Wellness is an integrative wellness clinic based in Edmonton, Alberta that provides whole health, functional and alternative medicine strategies by blending the best of ancient Eastern healing with modern Western medicine.

Among our many wellness goals for our clients, we recognize the severity of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and want to help you on your healing journey by providing an integrative treatment plan.

If you’re interested in learning more about how our therapy can help address your PTSD, or any of our other services, do not hesitate to contact us by phone at 780-633-7538 or by email at