The article featured in this post is titled “Forge Offers Ironwork Therapy for Brain Injury.” I noticed the article on the BBC website. I am not an iron worker or therapist and I did not receive blacksmith therapy as part of my recovery from brain injury. I do not have enough information about the therapy to state whether or not it works. I do not know the program activities, duration, or cost, nor have I received any feedback from participants. All I can say is that the concept is creative, unusual, and I do not understand how hitting metal could possibly be therapeutic for someone with brain injury.
People with head injuries, mental health problems and addictions have been offered the chance of blacksmith training as part of their recovery.
Mrs. Heath said her nursing career inspired her to think about therapy. “We believe [the programmes] will help heal vulnerable or emotionally fragile students,” she added.
Mr. Heath is in charge of the training. “I’ll get some fulfilment from passing the skills to others and keeping the craft alive. But my real passion is the actual work. I still enjoy getting my hands dirty,” he said.
Helen Mapp, from the brain injury charity Herefordshire Headway, believes the creative hands-on nature of the job is ideal for rehabilitation. “It is something to focus on, and when you’ve made something there is a sense of achievement,” she said.
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Nicky Heath for creating a therapy that could potentially help people with head injuries, mental health problems and addictions; Aaron Heath for sharing his expertise as a blacksmith; BBC for sharing the story; Wikipedia for providing information about Hereford; Hereford Times for providing additional information about Aaron Heath; Google for helping me find the article and picture I used in this post; and all the other people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture and text I used in this post.