Posted October 28, 2008 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Uncategorized

Acupuncture & Massage College invites all veterans for FREE acupuncture and massage services at the AMC Community Clinic in commemoration of Veterans Day from Monday, November 10 through Saturday, November 15. For more information or to make an appointment, call (305) 595-9500. AMC is located at 10506 N. Kendall Drive, Miami.

AMC’s free Community Clinic treatments are designed to aid an individual’s efforts to heal from trauma, transition from military service and are aimed to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.) As healing therapies, acupuncture and massage can alleviate symptoms of trauma and acute and chronic stress. These natural, holistic modalities are effective and safe complementary therapies for individuals undergoing conventional treatment methods such as medication and counseling.
Only about half of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffering from PTSD seek medical care, according to a study by the nonprofit Rand Corporation. US Military and civilian organizations are presently being urged to offer support services to veterans returning from war who are experiencing trauma and stress.

Acupuncture can restore and maintain health by stimulating certain acupuncture points on the body. Auricular (ear) acupuncture can aid in balancing the nervous system and can induce relaxation. Acupuncture addresses issues related to PTSD such as mood changes, irritability, hypervigilance, mental fogginess, and flashbacks. Acupuncture can also treat anxiety, panic and sleep disorders.

According to the National Center for PTSD (US Department of Veterans Affairs), about 30 percent of the men and women who have spent time in recent war zones experience combat-induced PTSD, a categorization of PTSD more difficult to treat than PTSD caused by other traumas. Acupuncture can be an effective addition to treatment regimens for PTSD; it can also reduce body pain without the side effects associated with medication.

The free massage treatments offered to veterans at AMC’s Community Clinic can effectively treat the musculoskeletal problems common among returning veterans. Massage boosts energy, speeds healing, eases pain, enhances relaxation, reduces stress, and improves mood. In addition to treating many musculoskeletal problems such as fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, low back pain, and sprains and strains, massage can treat symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome such as sleep disorders and depression.

For information about Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs call Joe Calareso, Admissions Director, at (305) 595-9500.

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