Acupuncture and Massage Relieves Stress for 9/11 Heroes and Survivors at Tunnel to Towers Run on Sunday, September 27th
Sunday, September 27th – Police officers, firefighters, survivors of 9/11, family members, and supporters from throughout the world will receive acupuncture and massage for stress relief from students of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine at the finish line of the annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run in downtown Manhattan as part of SportsMedicine Wellness services, under the direction of sports medicine director Dr. Jeffrey Poplarski.
The run through the Brooklyn Battery tunnel, which retraces the steps of firefighter Stephen Siller, who sacrificed his life in an attempt to rescue victims of the attacks, commemorates the heroism of first responders, those who gave their lives, and survivors of 9/11. Up to 20,000 runners, many who run fully uniformed with hundreds of pounds of gear, as Mr. Siller did, or with artificial limbs or wheelchairs, are expected to participate in the race and uplifting post-race commemorative activities.
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine College, the largest college of Acupuncture and Massage in the U.S., with campuses in New York, Chicago, and San Diego, has provided over 1,500 acupuncture and massage treatments at the annual Tunnel to Towers Run since 2008–rain or shine–in addition to more than 3,000 acupuncture and massage treatments at Pacific College’s low-cost Acupuncture and Massage Clinic, and outreach events and off-site clinics in area hospitals and community health centers. Acupuncture, massage, and integrative medicine, which were helpful in treating stress in survivors and first responders during the days immediately following the 9/11 attacks, are part of the healing at commemorative events this month and beyond. Pacific College has a history of service to 9/11 first responders and survivors. In the days following 9/11, 290 students, graduates, and faculty from area acupuncture and massage colleges provided over 1,300 treatments, which rescue workers reported were effective and helped them to do their jobs.
Acupuncture and massage can relieve feelings of anxiety and depression, and is used to address trauma and post-traumatic stress for survivors. “Because it is non-narcotic, inexpensive, safe, effective, and doesn’t require the clients to talk about their feelings at a time when verbalizing may be difficult, acupuncture and massage are becoming more and more popular for stress relief,” according to Malcolm Youngren, NY Campus Director at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Acupuncture is now being used in all branches of the U.S. military as well as by veterans.
For more information about acupuncture and massage at the Tunnel to Towers Run, the benefits of acupuncture for post-traumatic stress, or Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, contact Cynthia Neipris, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine’s Director of Outreach.