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Somatic Systems, Inc. to Discuss Contracts With US Military

NORTHAMPTON, MA — (Marketwire - October 1, 2008) — Somatic Systems, Inc. (SMAS - news) is pleased to announce that throughout the month of October it will be meeting with the US military to discuss the company's proprietary Clinical Somatics pain management system to help soldiers and veterans with injury and chronic pain. Clinical Somatics is a natural treatment method that achieves dramatic results even in cases where medicines, surgeries, physical therapies, and other treatments have failed.

Somatic Systems will be meeting with supervising officers, directors, and other high-ranking administrators of several different military rehabilitation programs, army hospitals, and VA hospitals at multiple locations throughout the United States. Military officials are interested in Clinical Somatics as a solution for the crisis of acute and chronic pain in active and retired soldiers and to alleviate the addictions to medications and other drugs that develop as a result.

Contract proposals include Somatic Systems providing comprehensive inpatient Somatic treatment programs, outpatient Somatics treatments, and therapeutic Somatic group exercise programs for recovery and long-term health maintenance. Additionally, discussions are underway with military officials regarding Somatic Systems and their Clinical Somatics practitioners becoming approved providers for the military and Veterans Affairs. Approved provider status would enable Clinical Somatics treatment of active and retired military personnel and dependents to be paid for by the military.

Legislation introduced this year, called the Military Pain Care Act of 2008, requires the Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and Health and Human Services and the Surgeon General of the United States to implement and maintain a pain care initiative in all military health care facilities and for all active and retired military personnel, dependents, and survivors. The legislation requires that the Department of Defense contracts for medical care include provisions for the treatment of pain. Furthermore, the legislation requires that all those receiving treatment in military health care facilities are assessed for pain at the time of admission or initial treatment, and periodically thereafter, and receive pain care as needed.

The Military Chronic Pain Crisis

Approximately 3 million personnel serve in the US military, representing a multi-million dollar pain relief market. The implementation of a pain care management system is expected to have a significant impact on the personal lives of military members and the military service's combat readiness. The company's Clinical Somatics™ pain care techniques have been tested on numerous members of the US military with overwhelmingly positive results.

Nearly 26 million living Americans have served in the military, and the VA currently serves 70 million people, including family and survivors of veterans. Pain is the most common symptom in service members returning from combat and is the leading cause of disability amongst our nation's veterans. More than 40% of returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have reported musculoskeletal pain-related problems and symptoms, mostly from back and joint pain (which are specialties of Clinical Somatics). Yet, the Department of Defense does not have a comprehensive, consistent, or adequate pain care program.

In response, both the US Senate and House of Representatives have introduced and passed a variety of legislative measures that will help service veterans and the active armed forces better manage the challenges of chronic pain. These include the Military Pain Care Act of 2008; the Veterans Pain Care Act (which calls for the establishment of a pain care initiative in health care facilities of the US Department of Veterans Affairs), and the National Pain Care Policy Act (which calls for greater examination of pain management in the healthcare system as a whole).

About Somatic Systems, Inc.

Somatic Systems is the worldwide center for Clinical Somatics™, the groundbreaking drug-free, non-surgical approach to pain relief. This proprietary system uses natural, non-invasive movement techniques -- conducted through one-hour hands-on sessions, therapeutic exercises classes, and home exercises lasting as little as 5 minutes a day -- to relieve pain and limitation resulting from accident, trauma and repetitive stress, including back pain, knee pain, joint problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, TMJ, scoliosis, bursitis, sciatica, headaches, tendonitis and more. Clinical Somatics™ also provides performance gains and injury prevention for casual and professional athletes.

Somatic Systems is pursuing a 3-part growth strategy, consisting of a nationwide rollout of pain management Somatics Clinics; increased production and distribution of therapeutic videos, books, and other retail self-help Somatics Products; and expanded Somatics Training Programs to supply Clinic practitioners serving medical and orthopedic professionals and institutional and corporate programs. The company operates a suite of web sites offering Somatics information, products, resources, and opportunities, at www.somatics.org.

Safe Harbor Act: This release includes forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involves risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the impact of competitive products, the ability to meet customer demand, the ability to manage growth, acquisitions of technology, equipment, or human resources, the effect of economic business conditions, and the ability to attract and retain skilled personnel. The Company is not obligated to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.

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Oct 01, 2008 09:28 ET

SOURCE: Somatic Systems, Inc.