Massage Therapy for Veterans

Massage therapy has been found to be an excellent form of stress relief for both active duty military members and veterans alike.

A recent report in October’s MASSAGE Magazine, stated that according to the Department of Veteran Affairs, PTSD affects between 10 and 20 percent of veterans who have served in the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other emotional disorders can lead to implications such as veteran homelessness, opioid abuse and self-harm, according to the USDVA. The Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs report of the USDVA stated that suicide by veterans has gone up nearly 32 percent in the last 15 years with around 20 veterans committing suicide each day.

Massage therapy is offered to most veterans groups as a way to alleviate symptoms of PTSD or other stress related issues.

But now, the Crouse Hospital Massage for Veterans Program and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork have joined forces to create a new certificate focusing on military veteran massages.

As of right now, the 80- hour program is only going to be available in New York through Crouse Hospital in Syracuse and the Clear Path for Veterans Resource Center in Chittenango, New York. At the end of the program, students must complete an 80 question multiple choice exam.

“NCBTMB is proud to partner with Crouse and its many affiliates through our Specialty Certificate Program to empower therapists with the necessary education and experience to provide veterans and their families with superior care—and with the credentials to prove it,” said Steve Kirin, NCBTMB chief executive officer, in a press release.

“We are thrilled to contribute to the advancement of therapeutic massage care for our veterans as we support their journey home,” he said.

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