Research published in Military Medicine reports that military veterans indicated significant reductions in ratings of anxiety, worry, depression and physical pain after massage. Analysis also suggests declining levels of tension and irritability following massage.
The National Guard commissioned a study about the effects of massage on veteran reintegration. The results are promising. This pilot study was a self-directed program of integrative therapies for National Guard personnel to support reintegration and resilience after return from Iraq or Afghanistan.
Researchers examined 86 subjects, measuring relevant mental health status on day 1, day 30 and day 60. Significant improvements in standardized measures for post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and self-compassion were seen in both veterans and their partners; and a reduction in stress for partners. Weekly online reporting tracked utilization of additional guided relaxation exercises and self-massage.
Veterans reported significant reductions in ratings of physical pain, physical tension, irritability, anxiety/worry, and depression after massage, and longitudinal analysis suggested declining baseline levels of tension and irritability.
In short, massage helps.
More and more physicians and chiropractors are recommending massage and when prescribed, many insurance programs cover the cost of ongoing massage.
If you or someone in your family is on active duty or if they are a veteran member of any of the armed forces, book an appointment now and take advantage of our military discount. Our therapists will work with you to help you feel better. You, and those you love, will thank you for taking the time for relaxation and rebalancing yourself.