Fundraiser For Dana Lee Draper

$6,300 needed for isolation therapy tank.


Isolation tank for Brain injury PTSD rehab, organized by Dana Draper


Isolation tank for Brain injury PTSD rehab

Chris, my husband of 17 years and best friend is a retired Canadian Armed Forces member who also served as a Firefighter with many overseas tours. Unfortunately he has suffered many concussions and many injuries related to his job including TBI, PTSD, auditory processing disorder and CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). There is no cure and no medication for CTE…no magic pill, only therapies to try to cope daily.  Isolation tank therapy has been shown to bring down the symptoms of the injuries.  He has had measurable relief from the therapy tank but unfortunately the closest tanks are 2 hours away and due to Covid there is a chance that this will be closed again due to outbreaks.  There are limited hours as well which makes accessing these tanks very difficult. This is also expensive and not covered by Veterans Affairs.   Having a home unit of this tank will enable him to use this daily to help with the overwhelming and negative brain activity. Noy to mention the added time away from home and daughter to travel back and forth. We have sold what can be sold in order to purchase a unit for the home.   As we sell things we are updating what us left to go to get this therapy for him. We appreciate every penny donated.

Dana Lee Draper

Also known as “Sensory Deprivation Tanks”, they are used in a therapy called Floatation REST (Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy) or simply, floating. People float in 93 degree water that has been saturated with epsom salts and the lid of the tank closed, ideally resulting in complete sensory deprivation. Appearing in the mid 1950’s the tank’s current design was made in the 1970’s but then went out of therapeutic use because the design of the tanks would leave many feeling confined or claustrophobic. This is why people who suffer from anxiety or claustrophobia should these things into consideration beforehand as floating might not be appropriate for them. Floating made a resurgence about a decade ago with the appearance and popularity of commercial “floating centres” where customers pay for float sessions ranging from 45 to 90 minutes in length.

It has been used in the treatment of such things as anxiety, depression, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Chronic quinoline encephalopathy, or quinism, is considered an acquired brain injury (ABI) which happened as the result of a drug or other chemical as opposed to an injury caused by physical trauma. There does appear to have been some success with this therapy, Dana Lee Draper has said that it makes a significant improvement in the quality of her husband’s life whenever he floats.

References

Examining the short-term anxiolytic andantidepressant effect of Floatation-REST

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5796691/pdf/pone.0190292.pdf

Floatation therapy for brain injury?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/floatation-therapy-brain-injury-dr-david-berv/

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