How to join?

Would you like relief from trauma-related symptoms? Are you Active Duty Military, Veteran, or First Responder? We are currently enrolling those who are experiencing trauma-related symptoms. We are using Counterstrain manual therapy to help “re-set” the overactive fight or flight response, to “wakeup” the vagus nerve, and treat blood flow into and out of critical structures in the brain that relate to traumatic stress.


To become a participant in our research, we need you to fill out a questionnaire to determine if you are eligible to enter the study. Once you are in the study, we will have you do a preliminary CAPS-5 questionnaire about your trauma experience(s). The questionnaire is to gauge how much trauma has impacted your life


You will receive two to three Counterstrain sessions up to 90 minutes within a 1 month time period. The following areas treated: Dura of brain and spinal cord, autonomnic nervous system, cranial nerves and nerve sheaths, cranial bones, blood flow into and out of head/neck/brain/heart, heart muscle (myocardium), and vertebral deformities.


Once the above has been done, there will be follow-up CAPS-5 questionnaires at 1, 3 and 6 month intervals. This will help us to determine efficacy of the modality.


We encourage all participants to continue with all ongoing modalities, such as psychotherapy/medication. We want to study Counterstrain independently, so we ask that participants not start new therapies once enrolled in the study, unless they are in need of further intervention to control symptoms. In that case, we ask participants to inform us of new therapies.


Life Events Checklist

Subjects’ trauma history will be assessed using the Life Events Checklist for DSM-5 (LEC-5), a 17-item self-report questionnaire developed to screen for lifetime trauma experiences. The LEC-5 will be a self-administered checklist to identify the nature and extent of trauma experiences. These questionnaires will be reviewed to determine if the subject qualifies for the next phase, which is a CAPS-5 interview.

CAPS-5 Interview

Each subject will complete a CAPS-5 interview and Outcome Measures questionnaires before and 1, 3, and 6 months following Counterstrain treatment to track the subjective improvements made post therapy. Each interview will take approximately 60 minutes.

Exclusionary Criteria (Please Read)

Have you had Counterstrain manual therapy? Do you have a history of sexual assault trauma?
If you can answer yes to either criteria above, this does not mean we cannot help you. We want to help all veterans and first responders with trauma-related symptoms, even if you do not qualify for this study. We are helping patients with sexual assault trauma, however we cannot include those subjects in this study as the treatment protocols differ significantly. You are still eligible to receive up to 3 treatments lasting 1.5 hours each.


If you can answer no to the exclusionary criteria, please answer the questions below to see if you qualify for our study:


Listed below are a number of difficult or stressful things that sometimes happen to people. For each event check one or more of the boxes to the right to indicate that:

  1. (a) it happened to you personally;
  2. (b) you witnessed it happen to someone else;
  3. (c) you learned about it happening to a close family member or close friend;
  4. (d) you were exposed to it as part of your job (for example, paramedic, police, military, or other first responder);
  5. (e) you’re not sure if it fits; or
  6. (f) it doesn’t apply to you.

Be sure to consider your entire life (growing up as well as adulthood) as you go through the list of events.


Natural disaster (for example, flood, hurricane, tornado, earthquake)
Fire or explosion
Transportation accident (for example, car accident, boat accident, train wreck, plane crash)
Serious accident at work, home, or during recreational activity
Exposure to toxic substance (for example, dangerous chemicals, radiation)
Physical assault (for example, being attacked, hit, slapped, kicked, beaten up
Assault with a weapon (for example, being shot, stabbed, threatened with a knife, gun, bomb)
Sexual assault (rape, attempted rape, made to perform any type of sexual act through force or threat of harm)
Other unwanted or uncomfortable sexual experience
Combat or exposure to a war-zone (in the military or as a civilian)
Captivity (for example, being kidnapped, abducted, held hostage, prisoner of war)
Life-threatening illness or injury
Severe human suffering
Sudden violent death (for example, homicide, suicide)
Sudden accidental death
Serious injury, harm, or death you caused to someone else
Any other very stressful event or experience