There are now several therapists with the program, offering services at locations including Balboa Naval Medical Center, Naval Submarine Base Point Loma, and Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center.
Thousands who have served and there is a learned the difference that certain military have when needing massage therapy.
Pilots who have more severe neck problems, and that has a lot to do with the gravity pull. Many have lower back problems because they hold so much weight on their bodies coming from the military zone. Their bodies are fatigued from carrying so much. For Those who are on the ground fighting, there are a lot of shoulder issues as well. Also the military sleeping situations can cause further strain on the body.
Military personnel take on a high-stress level and their cortisol levels rise. Massage can help lower cortisol levels, increase serotonin and dopamine which in turn helps with the depression and anxiety many of them deal with daily.
Massage is essential for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Combined with psychotherapy, massage can be one of the best adjunctive therapies to help with this disorder.
Active military personnel seem to respond to sports massage, range-of-motion exercises, and deep-tissue massage. All others seem to respond best with a combination of the above techniques with Swedish massage incorporated for relaxation and altering brain waves.
Massage is imperative for our military today!