Massage therapy can offer help to active-duty military, veterans, and their dependents by:
- Relieving sore muscles, lessoning muscle tension and stiffness.
- Increasing flexibility
- Reducing scar tissue and the breaking down of adhesions caused by wounds and injuries.
- Helping to regenerate skin and muscle tissue caused by burns or injury.
- Reducing or preventing muscular atrophy caused by disuse after injury.
- Improving posture and alignment - misalignment and poor posture affect the way the body compensates - causing pain.
- Normalizing hormone production - stress often causes a chronic release of the hormone cortisol which, in the long term, can cause problems. Massage has been shown to reduce cortisol levels and increase levels of serotonin, dopamine and endorphins which help in relaxation and reduction of stress related issues.
- Helping to maximize toxin removal from the body - massage therapy can facilitate the elimination of drugs, alcohol, and other toxins in the body.