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.
SINCE 2017, OUR PILOT PROGRAM HAS WORKED WITH AND SERVED:
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.
Stories of lives changed by Counterstrain
Retired CHP Officer Johnny Fisher talks about his experience with receiving counterstrain as part of BBP’s Community Impact Program. The offscreen voice is Theora Moench, Bridge Back Project’s Executive Director.
Retired Naval Aviator and professional athlete Kristin Barnes shares her experience with counterstrain. The offscreen voice is Theora Moench, Bridge Back Project’s Executive Director.
Veteran and retired police officer Ron Hansen talks about his experience with receiving counterstrain as part of BBP’s Community Impact Program. The offscreen voice is Theora Moench, Bridge Back Project’s Executive Director.
Revolutionizing Care through Counterstrain
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.
Conducts clinical research trials that measure and verify the effects of Counterstrain when used to treat the effects of trauma in the body.
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?
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
- Who are we? Show Answer 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.
- Who do we currently serve? Show Answer • First Responders
• 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.
- What is Counterstrain? Show Answer 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.