Friends of VA (FOVA) Spotlight

AMTA's Advocacy Efforts to Advance Research on Massage for Veterans

We are proud to share that the Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research (FOVA) Budget Proposal for FY 2025 includes a special AMTA Spotlight (see page 8). This spotlight showcases how AMTA continues to support new research that increases evidence on the benefits of massage therapy for military and veteran populations.

Explore the FOVA Spotlight research higlights:

  • The Role of an Integrative Therapy Nurse on the Spinal Cord Injury and Disorder Unit at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The author is an RN, who holds a Board Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB®), the highest credential within the massage and bodywork profession.

  • Promoting the Reintegration of National Guard Veterans and their Partners using a Self-Directed Program of Integrative Therapies, including Massage Therapy.

  • Perceptions of Other Integrative Health Therapies by Veterans with Pain who are Receiving Massage Therapy.

  • Integrating Massage Therapy into the Health Care of Female Veterans

AMTA and FOVA Advocate for More Massage Research

AMTA has worked closely with FOVA to advocate for continued, necessary funding for research and health programs that serve the nation’s veterans, including massage therapy. The FOVA Budget Proposal serves as guidance to Congress for funding on VA medical and prosthetic research programs, infrastructure improvement for the VA research laboratories, IT development and maintenance programs.

Explore AMTA's FOVA Spotlight