Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT)
Equine Assisted Therapy – At our Oakville Chiropractic Clinic we handle all sorts of interesting cases. Some are far removed from our Chiropractor Oakville and Sports Therapy Oakville scope of practice…like horses Oakville or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder..
When a soldier is out to war, communication and cooperation are vital attributes for the front line. But what about when the soldier returns home having experienced an event which will lead to a complete alteration of their life. It is estimated that anywhere up to 10 per cent of war zone veterans in Canada will experience PTSD. Symptoms of PTSD are comprised of reliving the event through nightmares and flashbacks repeatedly, avoidance of anything associated with the event or can trigger a flashback, and irritability, outbursts of rage, or difficulty sleeping. Psychologically, PTSD is the response to an intense traumatic experience or life-threatening event.
Equine-assisted therapy(EAT) is a newly emerging field, where horse and human are brought together to tackle many mental health issues including depression, anxiety, anger, ADHD, substance abuse, eating disorders, bullying, lack of self-esteem, grief, post-traumatic stress disorder and autism.
The intuitive animal, the horse, is able to read and mirror the emotions and energy of the people around them, according to facilitators. In turn, people undergoing EAT learn to make positive changes in their lives. No riding is involved. Using body language the horse’s trust is gained and co-operation is involved in navigating obstacles. This way there is an understanding between horse and human, two beings that learn each other and form a bond, a level of confiding. This is similar to the front lines of war except now the client is learning to re-trust life around them at home and gain something to rely on. Horses teach you a lot of self-confidence and to not let people push you around. You have to be honest. You can’t pretend with horses like you can with people.
The federal government has recently announced that they will be funding two new research programs to help get the veterans suffering with PTSD all they help they need for all their sacrifices.
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