To all who don’t know about our new partner Organization H.F.H. Or HANDS FOR HEROES here’s some info from there website with a link below, enjoy.
Our MISSION:The mission of Hands for Heroes™ is to make available to our returning Veterans Bodywork and health care services through numerous individuals and health care centers across the U.S.
Our GOAL: One Million Massages!
The Goal of Hands for Heroes™ is to enlist numerous partners in providing free Bodywork Therapy services to our Veterans. Our ultimate goal is to provide One million Bodywork And Health Care Sessions!
1) Who are Hands for Heroes™?
A: Hands for Heroes™ is a nationwide organization of health care professionals who have donated their time and skills to provide therapeutic bodywork for our Nations Veterans.
Q2) Who can become a Hands for Heroes Partner™?
A: Any healthcare practitioner in the United States who wishes to participate in healing our returning service men and women.
Q3) What are some of the benefits of partnering with Hands for Heroes™?
A: As a Hands for Heroes Partner™, you are contributing to the health and well being of the ones who protect us each and every day. As a Hands for Heroes Partner™ you will become a valuable resource with other therapists across the nation, who provide their time and services to healing our Veterans. To support you, Hands for Heroes™ will provide you with marketing materials to notify the public of your commitment to the military Veterans who have served us.
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Massage Back From The Brink of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Massage has been shown to be massively beneficial to veterans and members of the armed forces who return to the United States with physical limitations. Massage can help to ease pain, prepare muscles for extra stress and pressure and reduce the effect of physical wounds. However massage can also help to heal the mental scars and burdens that many veterans return with. Nearly 30 per cent of returning veterans are reported to have some form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and this can have a devastating effect on their lives.  Many people can suffer with undiagnosed PTSD for many years without realizing, and it is a condition that may affect many more veterans than the official statistics suggest. Signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder include suffering from bad dreams, having fearful thoughts and flashbacks, Returning soldiers with PTSD often struggle to maintain regular employment or to fit back into their previously happy family lives.  However massage can help to ease the emotional pain of PTSD and help its veteran suffers to reconnect with the world in a meaningful way.
How Massage Can Help
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, from a medical point of view, is effectively a chemical imbalance in the brain caused by severe trauma or stress. When you are witness to a terrifying or stressful event your fight or flight instinct kicks in and it can be difficult to switch off this heightened emotional reaction. In fact an inability to switch off and relax from a heightened sense of anxiety and tension is one of the main symptoms of PTSD. Massage can help to control this  on a simple and fundamental level because one of the main aims of massage is to relax tensed muscles. When the PTSD sufferers muscles are constantly tense and ‘ready for action’ this can cause them physical as well as emotional pain. However massage can help to ease this as well as to encourage the veteran to relax and take time out to focus on themselves: as well as encourage themselves to feel vulnerable in front of another person, no doubt for the first time in a long time.
The Benefits of Touch
It doesn’t actually matter what kind of massage is given to help in this particular treatment instance; no one technique has been proven to be more or less beneficial than another.  The key is to use whatever kind of massage you are familiar with or feel most comfortable with. No matter the technique the aim of this kind of massage therapy is to inadvertently trigger traumatic memory; although this may sound traumatic and unnecessary, this is actually a powerful tool for healing and growth. One must face the trauma that is preventing them from moving on, process is and deal with it before you can be free of your PTSD and continue with your life in any meaningful way. Massage helps to form attachment and touch has been proven in so many different studies to be healing and enriching.
Of course, massage alone cannot be a cure for post-traumatic stress disorder, nor are we suggesting that that is the case. However massage certainly can help to ease PTSD symptoms and can be massively beneficial along side other medical support and intervention to help veterans to overcome this condition and go on to live happy and fulfilling lives. Taking a holistic approach to the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder can significantly reduce the likelihood of the sufferer suffering from any long term negative effects due to their trauma  and soldiers that wish to return the army and rejoin their units are even more likely to be able to do so if they combine massage with the other more traditional treatments for their symptoms.