A recent study demonstrates the benefits of massage, including significant improvements on measurements for stress, pain, and anxiety, for military veterans--and their partners--upon returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
National Guard personnel and their partners participated in the self-directed program of complimentary therapies, including massage therapy, guided meditation, and relaxation techniques.
Veterans reported significant reductions in pain, tension, anxiety, and irritability after massage. There were also significant improvements in measures for PTSD and depression, as well as self compassion for both veterans and their partners. Veterans' partners also experienced significant overall improvement in levels of stress.