Massage therapists often see clients suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)—and with military maneuvers in Iraq and Afghanistan continuing, many therapists count returning veterans among their clientele.

New research shows military personnel who suffer from poor mental or physical health are up to three times more likely to develop PTSD once deployed.

“Post-traumatic stress disorder is a debilitating disorder that is associated with considerable morbidity,” the study authors noted. “It is essential to determine risk factors for PTSD to provide intervention services before, during and after military deployment.”

This study was conducted as part of The Millennium Cohort Study, a 21-year longitudinal study launched in 2001 “to gather and evaluate data on behavioural and occupational characteristics related to military service that might be associated with adverse health.”

Editor’s note: The article “Healing the Wounds of War,” on the topic of massage therapists’ outreach to military personnel, ran in the March 2009 issue of MASSAGE Magazine.