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Massage Therapy for our Brave & Appreciated U.S. Veterans

Medical Massage Therapy can have beneficial outcomes for veterans, including:

  • Physical pain improvement. Study shows that the beneficiary had lower ratings of pain and physical stress over the eight-week preliminary while using massage therapy.

  • Irritability and Anxiety reduction. Veterans have reported lower generally anxiety, stress, tension, and irritability after experiencing massage therapy.

  • Depression and PTSD improvement.

  • Partner benefits. One study found that partners of veterans who received massage therapy also reported lower levels of stress and anxiety.

Pilot studies found that massage significantly reduced headache, anxiety and pain interference in veterans with PTSD

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Paula M Serrano

VA Massage Therapist Authorized Provider

Together Again

Clinical massage therapy is one of the evidence-based, complementary and integrative health (CIH) approaches within the VHA Whole Health System of care covered by the Veterans medical benefits package when deemed clinically necessary by their care team per VHA Directive 1137 – Provision of Complementary and Integrative Health, published in May 2017.

Medical massage is often used to treat chronic pain, injuries, and conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and fibromyalgia. It can also be used to improve circulation, reduce stress, pain, anxiety, and help the body heal from surgery or other medical procedures. Many Veterans find that medical massage is a helpful complement to traditional medical care.

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