Helping PTSD with Equine Th

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has estimated that close to a quarter of troops returning home from military duty are afflicted by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD as it is also called. The organization has been providing grants to therapists and practitioners who can help our veterans and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) has shown promising results. Studies have shown that having completed therapy, 100% of both men and women soldiers have talked about reduced stress levels. Understanding Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) Equine Assisted Psychotherapy has been found effective in helping patients with symptoms of PTSD such as anxiety, depression, rage, nightmares, disturbed sleep and insomnia, and issues with forming and maintaining healthy relationships with family and friends. Left untreated, the condition can turn into a disability and interfere with normal living. Equine therapy is a form of healing where patients are encouraged to interact with horses and spend time with them under the supervision of an expert therapist and horse trainer. Guests participating in the program learn to groom, walk, saddle, and ride them if they want to and in the process learn to overcome their stress and anxiety. Why Equine Therapy Works Horses are gentle, noble animals that tend to pick up on the nervousness and negative feelings of the people around them and react in similar ways. When interacting with them, patients learn to face their fears and calm them so they can also calm their charges. This facet of the therapy is especially important because many veterans tend to push away their feelings and will not admit that they are scared or troubled in any way. The ability to gain the trust and friendship of a being that is much bigger and powerful than the guests develops confidence. That very special connection that they form with the horse assigned to them is the key to unlocking the PTSD and allowing their souls to heal. Experts have found that the results of a single session of equine therapy are equivalent to the outcomes provided by 5 sessions of conventional therapy and counseling. How Horses Help PTSD Patients Equine therapy includes different types of sessions. In some forms of therapy, the horses are left free in the pasture. Guests are encouraged to go up to them, make friends, and learn to interact on their own. During other sessions, they may be given a halter and asked to place it on the horse. Or, they may be given a brush and asked to groom it. Learning and becoming successful in these simple activities raises lost self-esteem. Yet another facet of equine therapy is communicating with the horse using non-verbal cues. By understanding body language, patients can build better and closer personal relationships. They learn to put aside their insecurities and build closer bonds. Equine Therapy Helps Patients with Other Disorders Equine therapy is no doubt highly effective in helping veterans recover from PTSD. However, it has proven to be successful in helping other people deal with various conditions like addictions, autism, development issues, and behavioral disorders. Children, teens, and adults that are battling issues like marital infidelity, neglect, abandonment, and physical, emotional, and sexual abuse all respond exceedingly well to the treatments. They are able to heal psychological wounds and develop an understanding of their own feelings. Yes, Equine Therapy Helps! Interacting with horses gives veterans and people affected with PTSD a sense of motivation and control over their lives. They feel encouraged to let go of the trauma, memories, and pain of the past and rebuild their lives anew. Just a few sessions of equine therapy fills them with new hope and optimism for the future. To learn more about this highly effective holistic therapy, contact us at the USA Re-Boot Resort. We will be happy to answer all your queries.   ...

Giving Veteran Their Lives

At the USA Re-Boot Resort, we understand the terrible toll a tour of duty can take from our veterans. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD as it is more commonly called is a syndrome that can take away from normal living. Veterans find that they battle the ghosts of the terrible incidents of war long after they return home. The symptoms of PTSD may not surface right away but sometimes start to appear years after the actual events occurred. Veterans Go Through Real Pain and Psychological Trauma The veterans we work with often talk about reliving wartime incidents over and over again. They have panic attacks, flashbacks, nightmares, and often wake at night with heart palpitations and panic attacks. Veterans are also known to dissociate from any people, situations, or objects that remind them of their experiences. Some of them become loners and are unable to build normal, healthy relationships with family members. Yet another defense tactic they may adopt is to lock away their feelings and transform into stone-cold personalities to avoid admitting they are suffering and have a problem. Being always vigilant, unable to relax and sleep, angry, and constantly in the battle mode are other symptoms of PTSD. Counseling and Therapy Can Help Them Lead Normal Lives At the USA Re-Boot Resort, we have put together a program of 6 different kinds of therapy that can bring peace and tranquility to the troubled psyches of our veterans. After their loyal service to the country, it is up to us to rehabilitate them so they can get back their lives and continue living as before. We organize these week-long sessions where we help veterans and other regular citizens come to terms with their troubles. These sessions are free of cost and in addition to a team of expert therapists; we have horses that help us provide equine therapy. By spending time with these noble animals, patients with PTSD can heal and repair their souls. We Would Love to Continue with Our Camps The programs that we have at the USA Re-Boot need your help. So far, we have held camps at several locations across the country and it is our objective to be able to host at least 10 to 15 week-long camps each year. Our efforts are very successful and the people who have participated have talked about feeling 70% of their symptoms easing. By continuing with the therapy they learn at the camp in their homes, they are able to sustain the healing and feel happiness and good health returning. We are a non-profit organization and we are able to operate thanks to the generous contributions of sympathetic people like you. Cash or Kind – We Also Welcome Warm Wishes Every little contribution you can make will go a long way in helping. Small denominations of $25, one-time or recurring each month are welcome as are sponsorships for one or multiple veterans to participate in a week-long camp. All donations will receive a receipt that you can use for taxation purposes. We would also be glad to have any other supplies you can provide. They can be in the form of equipment for the camp, feed for our horses, or any other spare stuff you have lying around. For an idea of how we use the funds we receive, feel free to check out the FAQ page on our website. From our experiences we have learned that physical wounds are easy to heal. But, as our experts tell us, it is the unseen, psychological wounds that trouble our veterans more than anything. We have created this program to help them heal and we welcome you to be a part of our efforts. It’s time to help our heroes in return for their service to the country. Isn’t it? www.usarebootresort.org ...