PTSD and Massage Therapy
The Veterans Administration on Massage, PTSD and Chronic Pain
The site (www.rehab.research.va.gov) contains numerous short articles on massage therapy and additional types of body therapies, as well as on chronic pain and PTSD. Topics include:
Massage therapy as a nonpharmacological intervention for chronic pain;
Massage and bodywork as complementary therapies for vets with HIV/AIDS;
An examination of the relationship between chronic pain and PTSD.
In light of recent world events Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, has been a subject of much discussion in the news. However, it is not only troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who suffer from PTSD. Healthcare workers from many different disciplines are seeing increased numbers of patients from all walks of life presenting symptoms of PTSD. Many of those who are seeking help with PTSD prefer alternative or natural approaches to ease some of burdens of the affliction. Massage therapists and other “body-workers” are increasingly being called upon to offer some solace to those suffering from the emotional and physical devastation of PTSD.
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I have been plagued with back problems for many years. Prior to acquiring my "e-motion Therapy Massage Chair" a little over a year ago, I utilized chiroprators in order to get some relief from the pain. Those treatments, when effective, didn't last that long and were very expensive. Now I periodically use my e-motion chair for one, two or three 15 minute cycles, and my back pain is gone. I have found the key to my success is: use the chair, drink plenty of water following the treatment (it keeps the muscles pliable so that they don't stiffen), and move around to stay loose. It's amazing just how many weeks the back pain is gone before I do another treatment. The foot and arm massagers are a nice added plus, because they stimulate those nerves that add to the over-all treatment.
I would highly recommend the "e-motion therapy massage chair" to anyone seeking relief from back pains in a more frequent and affordable way.
Adjutant & Chapter Service Officer, Disabled American Veterans Great Falls, Chapter 2
Junior Vice Commander, DAV, Department of Montana