Helping Military Veterans with Massage Therapy

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$30 members / $50 non-members     2.0 CE credits     Video

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Learn specific skills for providing massage therapy to military veterans. Explore the benefits of massage, and the potential issues that may arise for this special population. Gain an understanding of the regulations for military veterans to have access to alternative therapies.


When you finish this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe specific skills required for working with military veterans.
  • Discuss issues that may arise when providing massage therapy for veterans. 
  • Define the regulations for military veterans to have access to alternative therapies.
  • Cite research on the benefits of massage therapy for veterans and the general population.

About the author(s)

Chester “Trip” Buckenmaier III, MD, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired) is the program director and principal investigator for the Uniformed Services University’s (USU) Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM) under the department of Military Emergency Medicine.

Nicole Miller, MS is a professional educator, community educator and massage therapist. As an Integrative Medicine Coordinator at Crouse Health, she facilitates patient education programs, including the Perinatal Anxiety & Depression program. Supported by experiences in higher education administration and instruction, she created the Caring Hands & Hearts Massage for Veterans program.

Niki Munk, PhD is a massage therapist and assistant professor of Health Sciences at Indiana University. She is one of 13 international Fellows in ARCCIM’s International Complementary Medicine Research Leadership Program and a co-investigator on the VA TOMCATT study. Prior to academia, Dr. Munk was Program Director and a lead instructor for the Lexington Healing Arts Academy in Lexington, Kentucky. Today, she uses research to help bridge the accessibility gap by building a stronger evidence for the field in hopes it will lead to increased routine 3rd party coverage for massage therapy.

Course Expiration

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 expire one year from the date of purchase. When a course expires, you will no longer have access to the course materials and will be required to re-purchase the course.

Course Approval Codes

LCEU0003444; MS #537


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.


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.