Why is Trauma-Informed Manual Therapy Helpful?

Individuals who have experienced adverse or traumatic histories may benefit from a Trauma-Informed approach, where your practitioner is well-versed in general and unique biopsychosocial circumstances that may require greater sensitivity within the treatment protocols. Providing a safe and inclusive environment, as well as ongoing informed consent, and high attention to reducing any risks of re-traumatization are paramount within the practice.

Natalie will also be able to provide questionnaires to help you identify potential Adverse Childhood Experiences, PTSD, Burnout and Compassion Fatigue, Post-Partum Depression, Trauma Symptom Checklist, and more. This information can help reveal where further support and resources may be helpful, where Natalie can assist you with providing referrals, resources, and recommendations for additional support.

Although Natalie will treat all clients and their needs, the following are some key indicators for receiving Trauma-Informed Care:

  • Burnout/Compassion Fatigue – high stress can lead to heightened cortisol and adrenal fatigue, loss for passions and joy in life, operating on auto-pilot, avoiding tasks, decreased energy, poor self-care habits, loss of enthusiasm and ability to provide care for others, and more.
  • Nervous System Dysregulation – upper chest breathing, apnea, anxiety, panic, PTSD, ADHD, chronic pain, and more, can contribute to amplifying these symptoms which can lead to further disruptions to pressure systems in the body, poor digestion, and keep the body in Sympathetic Nervous Response (Fight/Flight/Freeze/Fawn).
  • Self-Care – Our basic needs can be identified as Rest, Nourishment, Movement, and Self-Compassion. These are commonly the first things we neglect when stress increases and can lead to self-sabotaging behaviours. Learning about creative ways to reframe and incorporate these needs back into our lifestyle can offer great improvement on quality of life and wellbeing. Receiving treatment alone, is an act of self-care.
  • Birth Trauma – Fertility, loss, pregnancy, labour, delivery, and post-partum stress, body change, autonomy, support systems, as well as traumatic events, can all impact and imprint in our systems. Addressing this at any stage can be helpful in healing.
  • Traumatic Events – Trauma can affect Psychological, Physiological, Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual aspects of the whole being and can manifest and compound throughout one’s life. Treatment at any stage can be helpful, especially in conjunction with other qualified practitioners.
  • Marginalized Populations – Systemic discrimination towards marginalized communities can lead to a disproportionate amount of adversity for individuals who identify as BIPOC, 2SLQBTQIA+, living with Disabilities, as well as Social and Basic Needs Insecurity, and more.


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Natalie Cudney

Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, OMP

As a Trauma-Informed Manual Therapist, there is a primary focus and commitment to your comfort and safety throughout our time together. My approach to wellness focuses on revealing and respecting the body’s inherent ability to autoregulate and how it is asking to be supported, while allowing it space for rehabilitation and restoration. Utilizing an expansive repertoire of General Swedish Massage, Myofascial and Dynamic Release techniques, Trigger Point Therapy, Strain/Counterstrain, Craniosacral Therapy, Osteoarticular Adjustments, Visceral techniques and more, the body is supported in returning to its most optimally functioning natural state as a dynamic living system.

319 Woolwich Street, Guelph
Ontario N1H 3W4

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