Restore Life. Renew Hope. Return to freedom.

Restore Life. Renew Hope. Return to freedom.


Individuals recovering from the impacts of traumatic stress have received help from our organization

Counterstrain treatments provided to individuals recovering from traumatic stress symptoms
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Funds received through donations and charitable giving to invest in treatment, research, education, and operations.

Cities currently served throughout the United States.


We are the
Bridge Back Project

Our goal is to change the way people understand, talk about, and treat trauma-impacted individuals. Trauma is complex and is stored in the body. Our nervous system considers trauma to be vital information as it maps and remembers experiences in an effort to keep us safe and steer us away from danger but can - with repetitive or severe trauma - get stuck in an overprotective loop of activation. Fascial Counterstrain is a dynamic strategy that addresses dysfunction in the underlying anatomy of the brain and nervous system allowing those structures to heal and reset.

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Restore Life. Renew Hope. Return to freedom.

Our Mission

Our mission is to use Counterstrain - a physical medicine modality - to help individuals recovering from trauma to cross the bridge from survivor to thriver.

We do this by providing access to free Fascial Counterstrain care, conducting research, and building public awareness about the technique's ability to treat traumatic stress injuries so that impacted individuals can return to living healthy, fulfilling lives.

The Bridge Back Project

Our Programs

Revolutionizing Care through Counterstrain

Impact Program

Impact Program

Directly funds up to three Counterstrain treatments for veterans, active-duty military personnel, first responders, and frontline healthcare workers seeking care after traumatic and stressful incidents.

Research Program

Research Program

Conducts clinical research trials that measure and verify the effects of Counterstrain when used to treat the effects of trauma in the body.

Education Program

Education Program

Builds public awareness by disseminating information about Counterstrain and its unique ability to address trauma stored in the body. We are also committed to launching a Scholarship Fund that supports the next generation of clinicians to become certified Counterstrain practitioners.

What is Counterstrain

What is Counterstrain?

When we witness or undergo a traumatic event, it can trigger an ongoing activation of our autonomic nervous system. This prolonged state of heightened arousal affects blood flow within the brain. This reflexive physiological response can be normalized by a specialized physical medicine modality called Counterstrain.

After treatment, patients have experienced improvement in sleep, pain control, organ function, and restored mental and emotional stability. Counterstrain involves a series of gentle hands-on adjustments to reduce inflammation and release tension in the fascia around inhibited physical structures. Treatments are painless, relaxing, and last between 60 to 90 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • We are a 501(c)3 organization made up of a dedicated team of physicians, physical therapists, psychologists, and professionals.

    We are dedicated to changing the way the world understands and addresses traumatic stress injuries and are leading efforts to educate the world about Fascial Counterstrain's unique ability to support recovery and treat symptoms associated with trauma as part of a holistic care strategy.
  • • First Responders
    • Veterans
    • Active Duty Military
    • Health Care Frontline Workers

    If you've served and are experiencing symptoms associated with traumatic stress, you are eligible for up to 3 free treatments.
  • Counterstrain is a physical medicine modality that alleviates tension and inflammation in the body's tissues using a gentle, hands-on process that is non-invasive.

    Treatment can include movement of the body - like repositioning a wrist or knee - as well as gentle adjustment to tissues - like lightly pressing on and gliding a muscle - to release reflexive spasm, drain inflammation, and catalyze healing.

    It is relaxing, and patients often experience a visible reduction in localized pain, stiffness, and tension.

    It is unlike any other manual therapy technique and the best way to understand it is to experience it first hand.
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