Often I get the question, “What is throttle therapy.” This question has never been raised by someone who rides dirt bikes. They get it because they’ve experience it, even if they are unable to explain it. For newcomers to the sport of motocross, time on a dirt bike is called “throttle therapy” because riding can create feelings of euphoria that may exceed the capabilities of prescription or illegal drugs. Research has shown that physical experiences which are thrilling and physically demanding can re-center human brain chemistry. Motocross helps me regain a sense of self and I feel that my mental faculties are restored for a long after my ride is over. I’m usually ready to re-engage with others after riding. Bessel A. van der Kolk, author of “The Body Keeps the Score” and considered to be one of the world’s leading authorities on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) believes that research has shown that creating certain physical experiences can alter how the brains of a trauma victims respond to stimuli. Through repeat physical experiences, many trauma victims can rediscover the ability to feel alive and to function in the present. Like I tell my wife, riding is not all fun and games, it’s a critical component of my healthy life practices!
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