Those who experience trauma are able to live a healthy, fulfilled life.
Traumatic stress is a real and present issue among our military and first responder communities. Our mission is to use Counterstrain (a physical medicine modality) for those experiencing trauma to cross the bridge from survivor to thriver.
THE GOALS WE HAVE
- To help First Responders, Veterans, and Active Duty Military with post traumatic stress injuries with Counterstrain
- To publish a clinical trial study showing the efficacy of Counterstrain for post traumatic stress symptoms.
- To disseminate information about Counterstrain to the medical community and to train those who may want to learn.
WHAT A TREATMENT LOOKS LIKE
The Bridge Back Project offers First Responders, Veterans and Active-Duty Military with traumatic stress injuries an opportunity to experience Counterstrain – a novel physical medicine modality, which treats and calms the autonomic nervous system, offering a drug-free treatment option for those who suffer with chronic stress disorders.
Typical treatments last 90 minutes and are given while you are lying on a comfortable massage table. You may need three sessions to finish the protocol specifically designed for post traumatic stress symptoms. We ask that you wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothing, such as a t-shirt and shorts or sweats and avoid underwire bras as they can be uncomfortable during treatment.
Your Counterstrain practitioner will find tender points and then gently treat them with a 30 second glide, hold or position. The treatment is painless. There is no need for reiteration of trauma or symptoms. 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. After treatments, patients have experienced improvement in sleep, pain control, organ function, mental and emotional health.
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.
WHY GIVE TO THIS PROJECT?
1) We are providing free care to First Responders, Veterans and Active Duty Military who are suffering from the impacts of trauma.
2) We are planning future research projects that include variables such as brain imaging and blood sampling before and after treatment.
3) Outreach: We want more First Responders, Veterans and Active Duty Military to know about this therapy.
4) We need to hire and train more practitioners to learn the specific treatment protocol for helping those with traumatic stress injuries.