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Red, White and Blue: How Chiropractic Can Help

By Genevieve Smith

The United States military officially recognized the effectiveness of chiropractic care in 1992, when the President signed on to authorize the commission of chiropractors by the Department of Defense. Soldiers endure regular strain to their skeletal structure, carrying heavy backpacks and supporting the weight of helmets and other gear. Despite the encouraging findings of military personnel surveys and an assessment by the Chiropractic Health Care Demonstration Program, chiropractic care is still hard to come by among service men and women.

Day-To-Day Service

Many military members carry upwards of 60 pounds on their backs with regularity, and helmets weigh 8-12 pounds. This, combined with vigorous exercise, takes a toll on one’s neck and back in particular. Other members have conditions, such as fibromyalgia, that would benefit greatly from a chiropractic regimen. Rebecca Halstead, a retired Brigadier and spokesperson for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, explains how, over the course of five years, she was unsuccessfully prescribed over 17 different medications to treat her fibromyalgia. Following her father’s suggestion, she saw a chiropractor, and credits this to getting her “quality of life back.” She reports she is now able to live medication-free and receives chiropractic treatment regularly.   

Chiropractic is Helpful Yet Hard To Come By

In 1999, the Chiropractic Health Care Demonstration Program found noteworthy benefits to chiropractic services for the military: Patients reported higher satisfaction, recovery and rehabilitation improved, hospital visits decreased, and fewer duty hours were lost in comparison with accessibility to only traditional medical care. Unfortunately, due to the physical stress our military experiences, pain medication is commonly prescribed and addiction is an unfortunate byproduct that occurs all too often. Military health insurance does not currently include easy access to chiropractic care for our service men and women. American communities would benefit from the drug-free aid of chiropractic care for pain and stress-related conditions.

Effects of Incomplete Healthcare

Chiropractic has proven benefits for some of the most physically-taxed. Most remarkably, it holds the capacity to reduce the need for prescription pain medication. Narcotics in the opioid family have reportedly stressed not only individuals, but also communities. To note, in the last 10-plus years, military opioid use has risen 56 percent, and 395 deaths connected to narcotics have been documented in the Fort Bragg area.

Chiropractic serves those in pain, offering potential relief from a wide variety of conditions. Whether you are a service member or civilian, chiropractic has a track record of helping those in need. If your insurance plan does not offer integrative coverage, give The Joint a call or walk right on in to learn about their affordable pricing packages. A medication-free plan for your health is a friendly and experienced chiropractor away.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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