Practitioner Benefits When Joining Our Established Wellness Practice

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Practitioner Benefits When Joining Our Established Wellness Practice

Traditional Chinese Medicine and holistic health encompass some of the oldest and most effective wellness treatments in the world. While it is tempting to start a new practice to attract long-term customers, it takes time and those who choose to do so face a bevy of unforeseen challenges. 

Solo practitioners may find themselves juggling various responsibilities (appointment-booking, rescheduling, lease management, insurance handling, etc.) that distract them from clinical care itself. For someone starting in the field, the combination of stress and setbacks may prove overwhelming, undermining their interest and quality of practice.  

By joining an established practice like Red Leaf Wellness, practitioners can focus on delivering the highest clinical service standards and take their minds away from miscellaneous administrative tasks and operational commitments. 

Building a Better Culture

It takes time to create an atmosphere conducive to quality practice. Practitioners need to undergo trial and error and costly processes to gradually build rapport with their patients. Joining an established acupuncture clinic eliminates the wait of nurturing an ideal working sphere. Red Leaf Wellness offers what patients have described as a unique oasis that fosters comfort, tranquility, and trust.  

Additionally, we maintain a robust online presence, resulting in consistently positive feedback from patients and staff. Our reputation precedes us, and we have the reviews and customer traffic to prove it. 

Eliminate Commercial Risks 

Unforeseen circumstances such as the COVID situation results in a world of uncertainty, where financial commitments cause copious stress and distractions. We hold the commercial lease of the clinic so practitioners may unload one huge burden off their minds. (which might prove unsustainable early in their practice).

By doing so, we eliminate the risks of losing a place of practice during economic crises. Practitioners can have peace of mind to focus on doing their best work throughout the seasons. 

Learn From the Experts 

Red Leaf Wellness firmly believes in providing exclusive on-the-job learning opportunities. Our senior practitioners believe in sharing their rich experience and insightful advice to help develop the skills of junior members in the Red Leaf Wellness family. Practitioners can look forward to knowledge sharing, mentorship and collaborative training sessions to elevate their practice to the next level.

Additionally, our clinic maintains a strong and expanding network of partnerships with other allied health providers so practitioners may enjoy the advantages of a dynamic referral system that enhances their professional reputation. 

Thrive with an Established Practice 

We have built and improved our clinic over the years, optimizing administrative and patient management practices to yield the most cost-effective infrastructure and workflows. Additionally, we have shaped our tools and staff practices according to the ever-changing market trends to stay ahead of the curve. Practitioners can immediately enjoy advanced scheduling tools, insurance reimbursement, and intuitive paperless documentation for the most seamless work experience. 

Receive Quality Support

Our support team oversees all administrative tasks so practitioners can invest their precious time in providing unparalleled clinical service. Fellow practitioners at Red Leaf Wellness collaborate to work out the best schedules to accommodate absences during vacations, breaks, and illnesses, with a focus on supporting each other and striving for work-life balance.

The secret to the Red Leaf Wellness team’s success lies in its ethos of maintaining a positive, close-knit community of friendly and helpful staff and practitioners.  We believe that everyone’s individual successes leads to the overall team success.

Optimize Patient Panels

We follow a cascade structure for patient panels, where senior practitioners will automatically transfer referrals to junior members in the case of work overflow. The practice provides practitioners with an organic boost toward establishing their patient panels. Our support team manages every patient panel closely, minimizing the risks of double-booking and omitted appointments. 

Practice Around a Flexible Schedule

Our team values work-life balance and recognize the various commitments and needs of each practitioner. As such, we follow a flexible schedule that aims to prevent the dread of burnout and worker dissatisfaction. Through staggered practice hours and compressed workweeks, we aim to keep practitioners refreshed, focused, and functioning at their best. The art of acupuncture negates the stressors in life, and our work schedules aim to echo that principle.  

Total Compensation Includes a Wide Range of Benefits

At Red Leaf Wellness, we offer competitive salaries and/or fee-splitting models focused on the highest possible remuneration, while at the same time surrounding practitioners with invaluable support services often neglected in other workplaces. We are extremely proud of the total compensation package we offer our team, and believe that employee retention comes from equal parts happiness, employment support, and earning potential. Because of the volume of traffic our clinic sees, as well as our collaborative, referral-based culture, a fee-splitting approach can significantly boost the careers of new practitioners early on who may otherwise struggle to gain market traction. 

Practitioners can look forward to an impressive list of employment benefits and perks when joining our team:

  • Red Leaf Wellness values and prioritizes ensuring the greatest number of patients can access our services.  To keep our schedules optimized we provide practitioners with in-depth marketing and advertising support, including social media management, newsletters, and blog campaigns often spotlighting individual practitioners and their contributions.  All efforts are geared to ensuring you have the highest visibility to the community.
  • Similarly, we value professional progression, availing an annual professional development package to ensure our providers are always abreast of the latest treatments within their existing practice, or that they are stepping outside their comfort zone to learn new skills and competencies. Combined with mentorship from our senior practitioners and also the chance to join professional associations, new team members can elevate their practice to brave new heights.  

  • Each staff member receives employee support services as part of the onboarding and employment journey with us. We work with a respected external human resources consultancy to ensure our operations and our team are well supported, inclusive, accommodating and compliant with all regulations.

  • We ensure key insurance provision are in place including workers’ compensation protection, employment insurance protection, and other Canada Revenue Agency source deductions and tax remittances on your behalf

Red Leaf Wellness welcomes interested practitioners from all backgrounds and experiences to join our strong and mighty team. Speak with one of the team to learn how you can hop on board today! Together, we will keep the best of ancient Eastern and modern Western medicines going strong to provide patients with the best integrated treatments against their most troubling ailments. 

What Is Reiki and How It Can Help You

What Is Reiki and How It Can Help You. Reiki is an energy healing technique What Is Reiki and How It Can Help You

Reiki is an alternative therapy that has been used for centuries in various forms. It is an energy healing technique that works with the body’s natural life force energy (qi in Traditional Chinese Medicine) and that of the universe. It involves the transfer of qi by laying the practitioner’s hands over the patient’s chakras and meridians, acting as a conduit, which allows the qi to flow through them and their hands to their patient. This helps channel the qi to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional wellbeing.

Every living thing and person is made up of energy and in order to function optimally, this qi needs to flow freely. However, emotional traumas, physical injuries, stress, fear, and other suppressed emotions create blockages and stagnation in the body that prevent this flow and can lead to symptoms like pain, and disease in the body.

Good news is that while reiki is not an alternative treatment for medical issues, it is an adjunctive therapy that can improve the flow of qi around the body to help support the body’s natural healing process and increase a feeling of wellbeing. It enables relaxation, reduces pain, speeds healing, and reduces other symptoms of illness. It can also help people cope with difficulties, relieve emotional stress, and relieve headaches, leaving the patient feeling refreshed with the ability to think more clearly and sleep better. Bye, bye foggy stagnation and all without interfering with any other treatments.

More about energy

This unseen “life force energy” (qi) flows and circulates through and around every living being. It’s what causes us to be alive and if one’s qi is low or if there is any restriction in the flow, then the body will be in an unbalanced state. Being in this state of low qi and blockages increases the probability of illness, stress, pain, anxiety, fear, anger, and/or negative thoughts/feelings. However, when our qi frequency is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

Chakras & Crystals Healing

The body has 7 principal chakras, which are important energy centers of awareness in the body that while are not physical or anatomical, they do correspond to certain positions in the body. They influence cells, organs, the entire hormone system, thoughts, and feelings and infuse the cells and organs with healing qi to function optimally along with the mind and spirit. As they influence us, we also take in energy through these chakras from our surroundings like plants, animals, other people, the sun, moon, and planets, etc.

They can be activated and harmonized through certain techniques which leads to improvements in physical and mental health, psychological stability, and inner peace. This knowledge and these techniques come from the oldest system addressing development of the whole person; yoga, but it has also been recognized by many other cultures.

The 7 chakras are aligned along the spinal column, extending from the coccyx to the top of the head and each is represented by a specific crystal, based on their frequencies. When choosing to pair crystal healing with your reiki or acupuncture treatment, these crystals are then placed on the corresponding points on the body to help draw in more healing energy and balance.

This is why chakra work, crystals, reiki, and acupuncture all pair so beautifully together. They all work with improving the condition of the body’s qi system to support the body’s natural healing processes, whatever your ailment may be.

Meridians

Meridians are channels through which our qi flows. It’s like a network of invisible pathways connecting every element of the body, mind, spirit, and emotions like a map. There are 12 major meridians that each correspond to an internal organ and its own functions. Energy and blood continuously flow through these meridians and communicating and coordinating every function in the body to keep the body balanced.  

Acupuncture and Reiki

See how all of these elements and practices tie into our meridians and the qi that flows through them? This is why chakra work, crystals, reiki, and acupuncture all pair so beautifully together. They all work with improving the condition of the body’s qi system to support the body’s natural healing processes, whatever your ailment may be.

We offer Reiki by itself or in combination with your acupuncture appointment. Check out our options or book an appointment with Ciara to get your energy flowing freely again.

Simple solutions for anxiety and insomnia. How wellness and Traditional Chinese medicine can help!

  • Simple solutions for anxiety and insomnia. How wellness and Traditional Chinese medicine can help!

Simple solutions for anxiety and insomnia. How wellness and Traditional Chinese medicine can help!

To say that this year has been an emotional roller coaster ride would be an understatement. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed nearly every aspect of the way we live our lives, and for many people this has led to an increase in stress-related ailments like anxiety and insomnia. The good news is there are ways to combat these ailments without resorting to pharmaceutical drugs. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a holistic healing system that can be a powerful tool in treating a wide range of health issues including anxiety and insomnia.

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used for centuries to treat everything from chronic pain to emotional disorders, digestive issues, sleep disturbances, and more. The practice takes a holistic approach to healing by utilizing natural therapies like acupuncture, nutrition, massage, and reiki to address health issues. These natural therapies not only help with existing symptoms, but they can also be preventative

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a healing technique that involves inserting very thin needles into key points on the body to correct energy imbalances. The idea is that everyone has energy or Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) flowing through their bodies, but sometimes this energy can become blocked in certain areas. When this happens, you may experience joint pain, headaches, restlessness, anxiety, or a general feeling of malaise. Acupuncture aims to unblock these areas and open the meridians so that energy can flow more freely throughout the body. Studies show that acupuncture also stimulates areas of the brain that process pain and manage stress hormones.

Nutrition

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the physical body and the mind are interconnected. For example, when we experience stress, our bodies produce hormones that increase the heart rate, elevate blood pressure, and increase blood sugar levels in the body. These hormones can also affect the organs and various systems. Over time, constant exposure to stress hormones can cause damage to various organs, and this can manifest as psychological conditions including depression, anxiety, and insomnia. A customized nutrition plan can help detoxify the organs and restore a balance between the body and mind.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is not only an incredibly relaxing experience, but it can also help heal the body and calm the mind by stimulating blood flow, releasing energy blockages, and regulating the nervous system. TCM massage therapies like Tui Na and Gua Sha focus on key acupressure points to open the meridians and get Qi flowing. This helps to correct imbalances and ease tension that may be causing anxiety or sleep disruptions. Massage also encourages the body to release feel-good hormones like endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine, which help elevate the mood and produce an overall feeling of well-being.

Reiki

Reiki is an ancient healing therapy that originated in Japan, but it has been used for hundreds of years in many Asian cultures. The name can be broken down into ‘rei’, which means ‘universal energy’ and ‘ki’, which means life energy. It involves a practitioner placing their hands above certain areas of a patient’s body and channeling energy to promote relaxation and balance mental and emotional states. Many people find that reiki sessions are incredibly calming and help them release stress, tension, and negative emotions. This is a great option for those who want a non-invasive therapy to help manage stress.

How Red Leaf Wellness Can Help

Red Leaf Wellness is a highly acclaimed wellness clinic with two locations in Edmonton, Alberta. We offer acupuncture, massage therapy, reiki, and functional medicine services. We specialize in creating individualized treatment plans for a range of conditions including insomnia, anxiety, PTSD, pain management, weight loss, and more. Working closely with you and your primary care physician, we will design a holistic treatment plan that is tailored specifically to your symptoms and wellness goals.

Give us a call at 780.633.7538 with any questions you may have or schedule an appointment online through our patient portal with one of our practitioners.

Benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine During the Pandemic

Benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine During the PandemicBenefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine During the Pandemic

The novel coronavirus has turned our world upside down. Along with stress and worry, many of us have been locked down and need some kind of relief from worries, isolation, and fear. But imagine getting away for a little while. Imagine letting everything go and feeling better both in mind and spirit right now. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) may be the way to set everything aside, take a moment for ourselves, and enjoy the overwhelming mental and physical benefits at the same time.

There are many benefits of traditional Chinese medicine during the pandemic. And some that may surprise you.

From stress relief to taking care of ourselves, these are important things during the pandemic. Here is more about taking advantage of Chinese medicine – especially now. And while these benefits help no matter what is going on, they’re even more important during COVID-19.

Helps Lower the Body’s Stress Response

Stress is an enormous factor in today’s climate. According to Help Guide:

For many people, the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus is the hardest thing to handle. We still don’t know exactly how we’ll be impacted, how long this will last, or how bad things might get. And that makes it all too easy to catastrophize and spiral out into overwhelming dread and panic.

Many of us lived with significant stress before the pandemic. From our job and family life to financial issues and more – it’s difficult to remain free of stressful situations.

The problem is that stress causes emotional, physical, behavioral, and cognitive issues. It is our body’s way of dealing with a threat – whether perceived or real. We function just fine with small doses of stress but as its prevalence increases, so may the following potential health concerns:

Emotional Issues

  • Mood and behavioral changes
  • Isolation from others
  • Problems with relaxing
  • Overwhelming feelings

Physical Symptoms

  • Insomnia
  • No energy
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Low libido
  • Nervousness
  • Increased infections and colds
  • Aches and pains

Behavioral Issues

  • Increased substance or alcohol use
  • Nervous behaviors
  • Avoiding tasks or responsibilities
  • Changes in appetite

Cognitive Symptoms

  • Hard to focus
  • Negative thoughts
  • Constant worry
  • Poor judgment
  • Forgetfulness
  • Racing thoughts

The many negative (and alarming) effects of stress can affect every single aspect of our lives. Chinese medicine works to bring balance to the body’s physiological functions and internal organs. Not only does it work to lower stress, Traditional Chinese Medicine is relaxing, and that benefit alone helps minimize our mind and body’s stressors. And by lowering stress, it may reduce your symptoms. Triggers are a part of life but you can make things better by using Reiki, acupuncture, and other forms of traditional Chinese medicine to your advantage.

Reduces Inflammation

Inflammation is a detriment with COVID-19. As notated by The World Economic Forum:

A common feature for many patients that get severe COVID is serious lung damage caused by an overly vigorous immune response. This is characterized by the creation of lots of inflammatory products called cytokines—the so-called “cytokine storm”.

And while we do not make any claims about cures, inflammation in any scenario is bad. Inflammation is sometimes brief but for some, it becomes a chronic problem. Inflammation happens similar to stress. It is our body’s way of fighting off harmful actions. If a cell gets damaged, the body triggers a response from the immune system by releasing chemicals. But for those with chronic inflammation, the body remains in a state of alert, even after the threat is gone.

This can lead to diseases including:

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Arthritis

Acupuncture helps including aiding the digestive tract. This body system is often a source of inflammation that goes unrecognized. Promising studies at Harvard University suggest acupuncture is effective in taming the inflammatory response.

Helps Cognitive Health

We all need to be as sharp as possible right now. Dealing with a worldwide pandemic is no time to have brain fog. And poor cognitive health affects all of our surroundings, even in the best of times.

Cognitive reserve is a phrase you may not be familiar with. But what it does is keep our brain sharper. It’s how you learn things in school or use logic to solve a problem. When an adequate cognitive reserve is present, it is easier to face life’s challenges and decide the best course of action.

Reiki is one form of traditional Chinese medicine helpful for mental health. Blind studies show increases in well-being and minimized depression through the use of Reiki. Others show evidence of increased relaxation and lower anxiety.

Improves Flexibility and Muscle Strength

Along with our health and mind, our bodies need care when you’re not sure what will happen next. A strong body aids in your overall health and well-being, and fortunately, acupuncture is a very helpful tool.

Muscle strength is more than just being able to lift a heavy box or push open a heavy door. Instead, muscle strength also gives the body the ability to heal faster. Powerful muscles translate to less downtime when you’re injured.

How acupuncture works is by creating tiny injuries where you won’t feel pain – just pressure sometimes. These minor injuries not only supply oxygen to the muscles but also trigger endorphins. Along with these immediate results, each visit shows increasing results in improving flexibility and muscle strength.

Finding Answers During the Pandemic

We can’t provide all the answers and no one knows how everything will play out. But keeping your body and mind healthy benefits every aspect of your life. There are multiple benefits of Chinese medicine and during the pandemic they are even more crucial to living the best, healthiest, and happiest life. Schedule an appointment with us now to see how traditional Chinese medicine can help you!

Traditional Chinese Medicine for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia

Traditional Chinese Medicine for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia

While science has made inroads and downright amazing discoveries in recent decades, one area that eludes doctors and scientists alike is fibromyalgia.

The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association states that approximately 8% of adults 80 years of age and younger fit the criteria for fibromyalgia.

This condition is characterized by wide-spread body aches and pains, sleep disorders, constant feelings of fatigue, memory problems, and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies what should be tolerable pain sensations by affecting how your brain processes pain signals.

Currently, there is no cure but there are increasingly new ways of dealing with the symptoms of fibromyalgia. “New” as in returning to the ancient methods of healing, such as traditional Chinese medicine.

Conventional Western Medicine VS Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional modern-day methods of dealing with fibromyalgia involve prescription medications to treat symptoms, such as Cymbalta for nerve pain or sleeping pills for insomnia. These are like taking Tylenol to treat pneumonia.

TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) includes looking at the whole body and treating the root cause, rather than only looking to treat individual symptoms.

Customized treatment for each individual is common when speaking of TCM, and because the symptoms of fibro are so varied, even from person to person, a comprehensive program may include several types of treatments, including herbal medicine, nutritional advice, exercise, acupuncture, and meditation.

Vital Elements of TCM

TCM believes that two elements that are vital to a healthy life are QI (the life force in all living things) and blood. Both of these elements must flow freely within the body’s energy channels for the well-being of the body. Obstruction of the flow of these two compounds leads to pain and chronic health conditions.

Alternatively, a lack of QI or blood, due to obstruction, can also lead to pain. It is not uncommon in TCM to find both a lack of the elements and an obstruction.

TCM believes that strong emotions, such as anxiety, fear, anger, or frustration can block the two vital elements. Other causes include exposure to extreme temperatures, overwork, a lack of quality sleep, and poor nutrition.

Acupuncture

This very foreign concept to Westerners is often ridiculed or made fun of, but the fact is that the Journal of Neuroimage reported a study out of the University of Michigan that found evidence that acupuncture affects the brain’s long-term ability to interpret and regulate pain.

This study found that 20 women who had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia for more than a year and experienced pain at least 50 percent of their time had reduced pain levels after 8 acupuncture treatments, along with a PET scan of the brain showing an increased binding of pain receptors.

While acupuncture has been proven to be effective in managing some of the pain levels fibromyalgia patients suffer with, herbal medicine and nutrition have also been shown to work in combination with acupuncture.

Herbal Medicine and Nutrition

Doctors of TCM will often prescribe a mixture of herbs that will vary from person to person to help restore the flow of energy and blood. These herbs may be consumed as teas, capsules, or powders mixed with water.

Some of the more common TCM herbs include:

  • Red Yeast Rice
  • Ginger
  • Gotu Kola
  • Astragalus
  • Ginkgo biloba
  • Ginseng
  • Cinnamon
  • Yu Xing Cao

Foods are thought to intervene and support the formation and flow of the two vital elements. Every food has an organ or meridian associated with it and all foods have a cool or warm nature associated with them.

Foods considered to be “warm” help to stimulate the functions of the body. Overconsumption of “warm” foods can overstimulate the body. The idea is to eat a balance of warm and cool foods.

Most practitioners of TCM seem to believe that fibromyalgia pain stems from overconsumption of warm foods that have overstimulated the body’s pain centers.

Chiropractic and Fibromyalgia

While chiropractic and TCM are not the same, they share a base of set beliefs in that a blockage of energy (chiropractors call this obstruction a subluxation, and they believe that this misalignment blocks nerve impulses) that causes health issues in the body.

Chiropractic and TCM are an excellent comprehensive way to treat the pain of fibromyalgia. Chiropractic and fibromyalgia are not on opposite ends of the spectrum. In fact, comprehensive chiropractic treatments have been proven to help stop the pain of fibromyalgia, especially pain in the neck, leg, and back.

If you are currently looking for alternatives to conventional Western medicine to help control your fibromyalgia symptoms, you would be wise to investigate Traditional Chinese Medicine and chiropractic.

If you are already seeing a chiropractor, ask for a recommendation for a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine in your area. You have nothing to lose but your pain.

 


 
Dr. Brent Wells, D.C. founder of Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab in Alaska

Dr. Brent Wells, D.C.

About the Author

Dr. Brent Wells, D.C. founded Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab in Alaska and has been a chiropractor for over 20 years. Beside chiropractic adjustment, his practice has treated different musculoskeletal and other health problems by offering massage therapy to Juneau patients.

Dr. Wells is also the author of over 700 online health articles that have been featured on sites such as Dr. Axe, Organic Facts, and Thrive Global. He is a proud member of the American Chiropractic Association and the American Academy of Spine Physicians. And he continues his education to remain active and updated in all studies related to neurology, physical rehab, biomechanics, spine conditions, brain injury, trauma, and more.


 

Rates of PTSD in Firefighters

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Rates of PTSD in Firefighters

Original Source:  http://ptsd.about.com/od/prevalence/a/Firefighters.htm

Rates of PTSD in firefighters may be heightened more so than in other professions. See, many people will experience a potentially traumatic event at some point in their life. But just because you have experienced a traumatic event does not mean that you will definitely go on to develop PTSD. However, people who have experienced multiple traumatic events have been found to be at greater risk for developing PTSD.  One group of people that may experience many traumatic events as part of their job — and thus be at a heightened risk for PTSD — is firefighters.

Types of Traumatic Events Experienced While on the Job

One study of United States firefighters looked at the type of traumatic events experienced. High rates of traumatic exposure were found. For example, many had been exposed to crime victim incidents, people who were “dead on arrival” (where the death was not due to natural causes), accidents where there were serious injuries, and some also reported that they had experienced stress associated with giving medical aid to children and infants.Another study found that firefighters generally reported that medical emergencies and motor vehicle accidents were the most upsetting types of calls that they received.

Rates of PTSD in Firefighters

Given that traumatic exposure is common among firefighters, it is not surprising that high rates of PTSD have been found. Studies have found that anywhere between approximately 7% and 37% of firefighters meet criteria for a current diagnosis of PTSD.  It is clear from these studies that there is a big range in PTSD rates among firefighters. This is likely due to a number of reasons, including how PTSD was assessed (through a questionnaire or interview), whether other emergency responders were also surveyed along with the firefighters, whether the firefighters were volunteer or not, and where the firefighters worked.

Risk Factors for PTSD among Firefighters

A few studies have also looked at what factors might put firefighters at greater risk for the development of PTSD. A number of risk factors for PTSD among firefighters have been identified. These include:

  • Being previously in treatment for another disorder.
  • Starting work as a firefighter at a younger age.
  • Being unmarried.
  • Holding a supervisory rank in the fire service.
  • Proximity to death during a traumatic event.
  • Experiencing feelings of fear and horror during a traumatic event.
  • Experiencing another stressful event (for example, loss of a loved one) after a traumatic event.
  • Holding negative beliefs about oneself (for example, feeling as though you are inadequate or weak).
  • Feeling as though you have little control over your life.

Protective Factors for PTSD among Firefighters

Even though firefighters might be at high risk for stress as a result of their jobs, it is important to point out that most firefighters will not develop PTSD. In fact, several factors have been identified that may reduce the likelihood of developing PTSD among firefighters after the experience of multiple traumatic events. One of the most important protective factors found was having social support available either at home or through work. In addition, it has also been found that having effective coping strategies available may lessen the impact of experiencing multiple traumatic events. This is not surprising in that, among people in general, the availability of social support and effective coping strategies have consistently been found to reduce the risk for developing PTSD following a traumatic event.

Getting Help

Seeking out help may be an important way of reducing your risk for developing PTSD as a result of experiencing multiple traumatic events. There are a number of effective treatments available that can help you overcome the impact of a traumatic event. You can find out more information about treatment providers in your area through UCompare HealthCare from About.com, as well as the Anxiety Disorder Association of America.

Reference Sources

Bryant, R.A., & Guthrie, R.M. (2007). Maladaptive self-appraisals before trauma exposure predict posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75, 812-815.Bryant, R.A., & Harvey, A.G. (1995). Posttraumatic stress in volunteer firefighters: Predictors of distress. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 183, 267-271.Corneil, W., Beaton, R., Murphy, S., Johnson, C., & Pike, K. (1999). Exposure to traumatic incidents and prevalence of posttraumatic stress symptomatology in urban firefighters in two countries. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 4, 131-141.Del Ben, K.S., Scotti, J.R., Chen, Y., & Fortson, B.L. (2006). Prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in firefighters. Work and Stress, 20, 37-48.Haslam, C., & Mallon, K. (2003). A preliminary investigation of posttraumatic stress symptoms among firefighters. Work and Stress, 17, 277-285.Heinrichs, M., Wagner, D., Schoch, W., Soravia, L.M., Hellhammer, D.H., & Ehlert, U. (2005). Predicting posttraumatic stress symptoms from pretraumatic risk factors: A 2-year prospective follow-up study in firefighters. American Journal of Psychiatry, 162, 2276-2286.

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