Overview

Through reducing the emotional trauma associated with longstanding head injuries, healing with horses can catalyze concussion healing. In March 2019, I am launching a unique twelve week program to utilize the healing power of horses to relieve the trauma of persistent concussion symptoms. This program will mark an important stride forward in changing the face of concussion healing, by circumventing the treatment limits of biomedicine through an integrated mind-body approach to trauma relief.

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Executive Summary

Thousands of Canadians who have suffered multiple hits to the head are debilitated by their lingering concussion symptoms, for months or even years after their injury. Struggling with physical symptoms including exhaustion, dizziness, noise and light sensitivity, with no end in sight can lead to mental health challenges. Anxiety, depression, mood swings and more can pervade one’s life. Emotional trauma may result from the sudden injury, with sufferers being in denial or shock about what is really happening for them. They may feel powerless and angry about their current state. A loss of identity (e.g. with an athlete who cannot return to play), confidence and sense of control over one’s destiny, as well as the tendency to isolate oneself socially due to sensitivity, can severely alter the landscape of one’s life.

The solution prescribed by doctors is often “rest and gradual return to activity”. However this clearly doesn’t work in many cases, because ten to fifteen percent of victims struggle with the impact of multiple concussions for months, or even a lifetime! A new solution is needed. One that addresses the emotional complications of severe concussions, and opens the door to an improved quality of life for those suffering from this invisible injury.

Healing with horses can help fill this treatment gap. Research has found equine therapy to be successful in reducing trauma amongst children and war veterans. The healing power of horses can similarly reduce the emotional trauma associated with long-standing concussion symptoms. Alleviating the burden of trauma helps reduce stress and frees up energy for physical healing. I therefore hypothesize that by reducing the emotional trauma associated with longstanding head injuries (which is a barrier to physical recovery), healing with horses can catalyze concussion healing.

In March 2019, I am launching a unique twelve week program to utilize the healing power of horses to relieve the emotional trauma of persistent concussion symptoms. The program will be open to six participants, aged fourteen and up, and located on a private farm in Caledon, Ontario. Progress will be measured by success indicators developed in collaboration with top neuroscientists. Program bursaries will be made available thanks to generous donations, raised through a crowd-funding campaign or fundraising lunch.

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Participate

If you'd like to participate in this program, please subscribe to my newsletter below and you'll receive an announcement when registration opens. We also invite you to schedule a complimentary 15 min phone consultation to learn more about how this program can help you.

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Donate

Long-term concussions symptoms can severely limit one's ability to work, putting high quality horse therapy beyond the means of many who need it. Programs bursaries are therefore necessary to make care accessible. We are currently fundraising for program bursaries valued at $4500 each.

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Media

Media coverage about this unique offering would be greatly appreciated. It will help educate others about the emotional impact of concussions and new support avenues that are available. No-one deserves to suffer alone in concussion brain-fog, feeling lost and misunderstood. Sharing about this program can shed new light on this devastating injury and bring hope for healing where it is needed most. Press kit coming soon.