Helping our veterans with massage therapy

UntitledDuring Veterans Day this month, the country honored and commemorated those who have served in the U.S. armed forces. But year-round at National University we are always looking for ways to help our veterans, particularly those with health issues.

One of our faculty members, Jerrilyn Cambron, DC, MPH, Ph.D., LMT, participated in a panel about massage in the military during the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Convention last month. The panel highlighted the benefits massage therapy can provide to veterans. 

A big health concern for many of our veterans is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Triggered by experiencing or seeing a terrifying event, the health condition can last months or years and result in a variety of symptoms including flashbacks, emotional numbing and anxiety.

According to Dr. Cambron, there are a few research studies indicating that massage therapy may be beneficial for the treatment of PTSD, particularly in veterans. Other studies demonstrating positive benefits have focused on massage therapy for anxiety and for pain, both of which are associated with PTSD, she said.

During the panel, Dr. Cambron and other experts also discussed that veterans may have different needs than other massage clients, especially those with PTSD. For example, they may have an aversion to touch on certain parts of their body or they may be uncomfortable lying in a dark room with their face down. Therefore, it's important for massage therapists to discuss certain needs with their clients who are veterans.

If you're looking for a career in which you can help our veterans, massage therapy may be the perfect choice. To learn more about the Massage Therapy Program offered at NUHS visit our website:

To learn more about the free and discounted services provided to veterans at our Veterans Clinic in the Whole Health Center in Lombard call 630-629-9664 to schedule your appointment.