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Military Veterans and Massage Therapy

$45.00 members / $75.00 nonmembers     3.0 credit hours

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Military Veterans and Massage Therapy

Learn how to advance the use of massage therapy for military veterans especially those receiving services through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Examine the structure of the VA and how complementary and integrative health (CIH) approaches, including massage therapy, are gaining ground in practice and research. Learn about the organization and approach to integrating new services at the VA, as well as providing tips on how to familiarize massage therapists with their local VA care centers.


Examine the structure of and procedures for integrating new services at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), including the progress being made in acceptance for complementary services, such as massage therapy, and how to massage therapists can get involved in their local VA care centers. When you complete this course you will be able to:

  • Understand how the Department of Veterans Affairs functions 
  • Understand how to advance massage therapy as part of the standard benefits package for veterans.
  • Define common acronyms in use by the Veterans Administration.
  • Detail the effects of pain, opioids and combat on veterans and how massage therapy can be a non-pharmacological alternative.
  • Describe current research on and usage of complementary and integrative health therapies at the VA.
  • Define ways to overcome barriers to massage therapy at the VA.
  • Describe the special considerations needed for veterans receiving massage


This course contains information that is proprietary. None of the material contained within this course may be used without the express written permission of AMTA unless otherwise indicated in the course. As a reminder, before practicing any new modalities or techniques, check with your state’s massage therapy regulatory authority to ensure they are within the state’s defined scope of practice for massage therapy.

About the author(s)

Rebekah Blowers, MSHS, NCBTMB, LMT, is a graduate of the Potomac Massage Training Institute and an NCBTMB-approved provider. She had eight years of honorable service with the U.S. Navy and currently works for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Her goal in studying health administration is to bring reform and complementary integrative health – specifically massage therapy – to other veterans.

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Please note that you must complete each AMTA online learning course and pass the exam one year from the date of purchase. If you do not complete the course and pass the exam within one year, you will be required to re-purchase the course.


Online courses are non-refundable. AMTA will not cover fees incurred from duplicate payments, insufficient funds, stopped payments or credit/debit cards over credit limits.

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