“The hope is this will in turn deliver wide ranging benefits for the brain, the gut, the heart, sleep and a host of other physical functions. Importantly, we hope it will improve quality of life for those taking part.”
One of the first people to join the clinical trial is Dawn Miller-Argue. Dawn suffered a spinal cord injury in 2019 as result of a non-traumatic injury due to disease.
She has welcomed the opportunity to be part of the trial, saying the strategies have helped her to manage her pain and gain more control over her body.
“I have found my stress levels and my fatigue have decreased, while my sleeping is better and I’m more grounded and in control,” she said.
“The technique has allowed me to be more productive during the day, and helped me to do more, be more active, and be more independent.
“It has been really encouraging to see that I have control over how my body works, when I don’t have any control over some parts of my body.
“Knowing how quickly I can affect change through something as automatic as breathing and being more conscious of it, has been extraordinary.”
The Spinal cord injury, Mind and HeART or (SMART) study has been made possible by $3 million in combined funding from the NSW Ministry of Health and the University of Sydney.
How to participate
If you would like to take part in the clinical trial or find out more about the study, please email email@example.com or call 0420 378 157