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Natural Awakenings Sarasota / Manatee / Charlotte

Giving Veterans Coping Tools

Sep 30, 2016 12:14PM

The number of veterans using complementary and alternative medicine has increased dramatically in the past decade. Support from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has increased access to treatments that help veterans manage life after combat.  Acupuncture, massage, life coaching, yoga and mindfulness practices give veterans coping tools focus on the present. Whereas traditional psychotherapy can require re-living past experiences, causing about 20% of veterans avoid or discontinue these programs, alternate therapy programs have a dropout rate of almost zero.   

Through the VA, complementary and alternative medicine therapies are used to treat anxiety, PTSD, pain and stress. Recently, the Pentagon has been investigating the benefits of acupuncture on patients with PTSD, and has found rapid and significant relief of symptoms. 

Massage therapy is the most preferred option among veterans with chronic pain according to a recent clinical study, and numerous studies confirm the healing benefits of touch. Massage offers clear and safe boundaries in a caring environment for pain relief, both physical and psychological. Acupuncture, massage, life coaching, yoga and mindfulness practices offer a holistic approach to suffering veterans, creating a safe place for them to regain confidence and experience transformation.   


Four Pillars offers the following services: acupuncture, massage, life coaching, Reiki and mindfulness practices. 20% discount is offered to active military and veterans, as Four Pillars is a veteran-friendly business. Location: 8209 Natures Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch. For more information, call 941-373-3955, email [email protected] or visit 






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