Returning Veterans Project Partnership

The Northwest Center for Lifestyle and Functional Medicine and Returning Veterans Project partner to provide free chiropractic care and massage therapy to area veterans

The new UWS center is now the largest provider of services to the non-profit

PORTLAND, Ore., May 15, 2015 –The Northwest Center for Lifestyle and Functional Medicine (NWCLFM), a new center of excellence at University of Western States (UWS), is partnering with the Portland-based non-profit Returning Veterans Project. Through the alliance, Portland-area, post 9/11 war-zone veterans are eligible to receive free chiropractic care and therapeutic massages at one of the university’s outpatient clinics located on the UWS campus in Northeast Portland. The NWCLFM, in conjunction with UWS, is providing up to 28 hours of free therapeutic services per week to veterans, making it the largest provider of health services in the Returning Veterans Project network.

“What this signifies is that many Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq War) and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan war) veterans living with chronic pain, often due to the heavy equipment they had to carry for long hours, can now get services right away,” Belle Landau, executive director of Returning Vets Project said. “What we have found is that through services like massage and chiropractic care, vets get the help they need to get off their pain meds, stay in school, stay in their jobs, and hopefully become more open to counseling. These are life changing services that make family and work life easier for the people who served our country.”

Returning Veterans Project is one of the few veteran-centered health service providers that incorporates a holistic and integrative approach to treating the physical and mental scars of war. A number of studies support this method, showing that the biochemistry of a person after a massage demonstrates reduced cortisol and increased serotonin and dopamine.* Reports also show the importance of healing through chiropractic care. A study conducted on active duty military who received chiropractic care, along with conventional medical care for low back pain, showed a 73 percent decrease in acute pain versus the 17 percent in veterans who only participated in conventional medical care.**

“I am so excited to team up with Returning Veterans Project. This provides UWS massage students an excellent opportunity to work on a population that can really benefit from massage. Not only will it provide help for the physical ailments associated with combat, but evidence also shows the value massage therapy has for people suffering from PTSD, anxiety and depression,” Eric Polgar, director of the UWS massage therapy program said.

“Offering our service men and women free therapeutic services is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to a group that risked their lives for our country. I am so grateful to be a part of this opportunity and I know our students and the veterans will benefit from this partnership,” Dr. Stan Ewald, associate vice president of clinical internships and assessment added.

Appointments are available starting May 26. Veterans wanting to learn more can visit the Returning Vets Project website at Chiropractic appointments are available Monday-Thursday and massage therapy appointments are available on Wednesdays at the main UWS campus in Northeast Portland. Please call 503-255-6771 to make an appointment. All veterans will need to show a military ID or other documentation to receive free services.