HOW IT STARTED

As many of us realize, traumatic stress is a real and present issue among our military and first responder communities. We recognized the major impact that Counterstrain had in helping people who were suffering from traumatic stress. We met and discussed the various ways in which Counterstrain may have a positive effect in the public sector, as well as in the medical community. With the Bridge Back Project we can train more practitioners and make Counterstrain a widely available treatment option

THE GOALS WE HAVE

  • To help First Responders, Veterans, and Active Duty Military with Post Traumatic Stress Injuries with Counterstrain

  •  To provide the first full scale study proving how and why Counterstrain is an effective treatment for Traumatic Stress.

  •  To disseminate information about the efficacy of Counterstrain in the medical community and to train those who may want to learn.

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WHAT A TREATMENT LOOKS LIKE

Treatments are given while you are lying on a comfortable massage table. Typical treatments last 90 minutes. You may need three sessions to finish the protocol of treatment. We ask that you wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothing, such as a t-shirt and shorts or sweats. Females should avoid underwire bras as they can be uncomfortable during treatment.

You will be lying or sitting while your cranial (skull) bones are motion tested, which will reveal where your body is “holding” in response to trauma. After the assessment, your practitioner will find tender points correlating to these areas and then gently treat them by relaxing the tension in the fascia with a 30 second glide, hold or position. The treatment is painless. There is no need for reiteration of trauma or symptoms. However, some patients have experienced flashbacks of trauma during or after sessions. These are usually short-lived and are followed by a sense of ease or release from the associated emotional/mental/physical symptoms associated with the event.

Because of this, we advise that you do not plan activities/work directly following treatment. We also advise that you rest for 1-2 days and only perform mild exercise such as walking. It is also advisable to have a psychologist/therapist to work with after the session to help with any remembered trauma or flashbacks that may occur.

 

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MEET OUR TEAM

Meet the dedicated and hardworking people who work everyday to bring change into peoples lives.

  • Holly Christy Executive Director and Principal Investigator

    Dr. Holly Christy has been in practice since 2000 as a Washington State Licensed Naturopathic Physician and Acupuncturist. She is clinical adjunct faculty of Bastyr University and is an instructor for the Jones Institute and the Counterstrain Academy. She founded Element 7 Wellness and is a co-founder of the Bridge Back Project. Holly serves as the executive director of the Bridge Back project and is the principal investigator on our current research study. Holly is passionate about helping those who have suffered from the impacts of trauma using Counterstrain. Holly’s hope is to expand the scientific evidence proving the efficacy of Counterstrain so that this modality can reach more practitioners and more patients around the globe.

  • Rachel Harmon
    Rachel Harmon Research Assistant

    Rachel received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and Masters in Acupuncture at Bastyr University in June 2020. She studies fascial counterstrain through the Jones Institute and Counterstrain Academy. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Human Biology. Passionate about treating the whole person and the root cause of illness, Rachel is honored to be working with fellow practitioners and participants on the cutting edge of chronic pain and PTSD research.

  • Sharon L. Johnson Ph.D.
    Sharon L. Johnson Ph.D. Psychologist

    Dr. Sharon Johnson has been a safety personnel psychologist in private practice since 1991. She has presented nationally and internationally and has written numerous treatment books covering topics such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorders (SUD), among others. Currently, Sharon is honored to participate in the Bridge Back Project research project to bring another evidenced based treatment of PTSD and pain alleviation to first responders and military personnel who have dedicated so much of themselves to the benefit of others.

  • WIlly Cherry
    WIlly Cherry Physical Therapist

    Willy Cherry has been a Physical Therapist for nearly 30 years. His search for ways to overcome personal injuries and trauma  has resulted in an educational path covering many disciplines.  Counterstrain has been the most useful and effective tool he has found, creating positive changes in patients and himself not afforded with any other form of treatment. He co-founded of Function & Action Physical Therapy in 1993 and  recently joined the Counterstrain Academy’s Instructor Training Program . Joining the Bridge Back Project to help all survivors of trauma is an honor and responsibility he is committed to.

  • SHANNON ARNDT
    SHANNON ARNDT PHYSICAL THERAPIST

    Shannon Arndt founded Lone Lake Physical Therapy in 2011, and is opening the Soundview Center for Wellbeing in Langley, WA in 2019. She has spent over a decade dedicating herself to mastering Counterstrain because of the profound impact it has had in improving the lives of her patients. In 2014, she became an officially certified Counterstrain practitioner through the Jones Institute, has completed the Mastery Program through the Counterstrain Academy, and is currently training to become an instructor with the Jones Institute. Shannon considers it an amazing honor to be a part of the Bridge Back Project and to give support to those who have experienced profound trauma in the course of their service to our community.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

(more being listed soon)

  • KEVIN J. ELLISON
    KEVIN J. ELLISON Co-Founder & Treasurer

    Kevin has always had a desire to help better other peoples’ lives. In 1978 he founded the Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, a horseback riding center for the disabled, in Bainbridge, Ohio. It rides over 700 students a year. In October 2017, he worked with Holly and Ben to start the Bridge Back Project. Kevin has 40 years Medical Billing and Revenue Cycle Management experience. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1976 with a BBA degree in Accounting.

  • CAROLYN HARTNESS
    CAROLYN HARTNESS Board Member

    Carolyn, Eastern Band Cherokee/Norwegian, is a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Educator and Consultant committed to a life of service assisting individuals, families and communities to create spiritually based wellness for themselves and future generations. She co-created and co-authored an award winning series of videos, CD-ROMS and books on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, “Journey Through the Healing Circle”, with Dr. Robin LaDue, which was nominated for an Emmy, has won many awards and is printed in several languages. The series has been used to help educate teachers, families and children and providers about the reality of having an F.A.S.D.

  • Dwight “Ike” Anunciado
    Dwight “Ike” Anunciado Board Member, MSPT, JSCC

    As the founder of 360 Physical Therapy, it has been Ike’s purpose in life to provide healing care to those who have been injured and are in pain. He approaches physical therapy through the lens of fascia and seeks to restore mobility & reduce pain through Strain-Counterstrain techniques. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Anatomy & Physiology and a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Andrews University. He has completed extensive training in both Jones Strain Counterstrain and Fascial Counterstrain techniques and is board certified in Strain Counterstrain Techniques by the Jones Institute.

WHY GIVE TO THIS PROJECT?

1) We need help providing care to all First Responders, Veterans and Active Duty Military who are suffering from the impacts of trauma.

2) We want to include functional brain imaging in the study. To do this, we need your help.

3) We want more First Responders, Veterans and Active Duty Military to know about this therapy. We need to hire marketing professionals in order to reach them.

4) We need to hire and train more practitioners to learn the specific treatment protocol for helping those with traumatic stress injuries.

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About

Get Involved

Participate
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BE INFORMED

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ABOUT US

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Contact

The Bridge Back Project

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Redmond, WA 98052, USA

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