By helping relieve the stress, loneliness, frustration and despair that can accompany persistent concussion symptoms, Horse Medicine can help you start to feel better. In March 2019, I am introducing a powerful 12 week program to give those suffering from long-term concussion symptoms the chance to find emotional relief through horses.
1000s of Canadians who have suffered multiple hits to the head are debilitated by lingering concussion symptoms, for months or even years. Struggling with physical symptoms: exhaustion, dizziness, noise and light sensitivity with no end in sight can lead to mental health challenges like depression, despair, loneliness and suicidal thoughts.
Emotional trauma can result from sudden injury, with sufferers in denial or shock about what is really happening. They may feel powerless, anxious and angry about their current state. A loss of identity (e.g. an athlete who cannot return to their sport), confidence and sense of control over one’s destiny can severely alter the landscape of one’s life. The tendency to isolate oneself can further exacerbate mental health challenges.
The solution prescribed by doctors is often “rest and gradual return to activity”. However this doesn’t work in many cases, because 10 to 15% of concussion victims struggle with the impact of multiple head injuries for months, or even a lifetime!
A more responsive 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 largely invisible injury.
Horse Medicine can fill this treatment gap. Research has acknowledged equine therapy’s success in reducing trauma amongst children and war veterans. The healing power of horses can similarly reduce the emotional trauma associated with long-term concussion symptoms. Alleviating the burden of trauma, through healing with horses, reduces stress and frees up positive energy for physical healing.
A powerful 12 week Concussion Relief program, launching in Spring 2019, will be open to eight participants and located at Adena Springs North in Aurora, 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 crowdfunding and/or fundraising events.
horses as Healers
Horses are great teachers because they have an innate ability to read body language and emotion in a way that ensures their survival. What does that mean exactly?
Horses offer immediate visual feedback about our emotional state. This makes it easy to talk about emotions, because we can translate them into the language of horse behaviour.
Working with horses is an easy way to get comfortable with emotions and to relieve the stressful ones. Horses help clients accept painful feelings and replace them with comforting ones that accompany the rich experience of connection.
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 phone consultation to learn more about how this program can help you.
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 $3999 each.
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