Using Physical Exercise To Treat Trauma

  1. Program Provider
  2. Full Description

Community Services League

Program Summary:

Trauma—sexual trauma, domestic violence, chronic poverty and other traumatic experiences—can be stored in a person’s muscles, stomach and brain. The body's inability to shut off the flood of hormones into the body, even when no threat is currently happening, keeps victims of severe trauma in this flood, adversely impacting their physical wellbeing.

Community Services League will begin using physical exercise and brain science to encourage health and wellness for both children and adults. The exercise programs may include walking, running, dancing, group classes or individual teachings for those who have suffered from relational trauma and for those who hope to never experience it. Exercise is a way to address mental wellness without being mental health providers. It’s also a way for CSL to help those who don't typically have access to fitness centers and classes to use exercise to directly address the physical symptoms that are affecting the bodies of those who have experienced trauma. The exercise program will be layered upon our already trauma- informed mental wellness “talk” tools of self-awareness and learning and the referrals made to mental health professionals.

Community Services League takes a full-person approach to helping people make meaningful and lasting change in their lives. Staying “stuck” in trauma that has been unprocessed can cause physical, emotional and problem solving challenges to personal growth and development—regardless of income. But families in low-income communities have even fewer resources within which to address trauma, the medical concerns that come from trauma, and mental health therapy resources.

Program Address: 

Community Services League
10725 US 24 Highway ● Independence, MO 64054

Revive Church
9507 E. Winner Road ● Independence MO 64053

Hawthorne Place Apartments
16995 Dover Lane ● Independence MO 64057

BlendWell Community Café
10725 US 24 Highway ● Independence MO 64053

Local parks and spaces



    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a domestic violence emphasis or component.

    Amethys Place
    » Prevention Programs

    Centers for Conflict Resolution
    » Reducing Compound Trauma In Hot Spots

    Child Protection Center, Inc.
    » Child Protection Center

    Community Services League
    » Independence STRIVIN' Initiative
    » Using Physical Exercise To Treat Trauma

    Healing House
    » Melissa's Program

    Hope House, Inc.
    » Hope House Co-Responding Advocacy Program
    » Hope House's Targeted Domestic Violence Program

    Housing Services of Kansas City
    » Trauma First Aid

    Mattie Rhodes Center
    » Violence Intervention & Prevention

    Metropolitan Organization To Counter Sexual Assault
    » Services & Education To Address Sexual Violence In Jackson County

    » Bilingual Hotline Response, Crisis Support & Victim Advocacy
    Reconciliation Services
    » REVEAL Social & Mental Health Services

    Rose Brooks Center
    » The Bridge Program
    » Project SAFE

    Synery Services, Inc.
    » Jackson County BIP & Peaceful Pah Diversion Program

    Youth Guidance
    » Becoming A Man (BAM) & Working On Womanhood (WOW)