One-in-five veterans, are still fighting a battle here at home.
Damage caused by muscle and joint pain, traumatic brain injuries, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is found in our troops. Unfortunately, treatment options may seem out of reach for those experiencing symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder.
PTSD cause a range of problems:
- hyper-arousal, and its ripple effects
- social isolation
- family, job, and economic difficulties
- suicidal thoughts
In addition, carrying heavy equipment, poor sleeping conditions, extreme temperature changes and the constant threat of attack occur regularly. These are primary reasons for muscle or joint (musculoskeletal) pain and misalignments. These conditions tax the nervous system.
Soldiers are also suffering the effects of chronic physical stress. For this reason, as many as 42.7 percent of veterans sought VA health care. A large number were diagnosed with a musculoskeletal condition. As a result, it is the most common diagnosis among the veteran population.
What can Chiropractic Care do for Veterans?
Chiropractic care can help prepare soldiers for the extreme physical and mental strain experienced when deployed. It can help to alleviate pain, tension, spinal misalignments and mental and emotional stress upon return. As a result, they can cope more successfully with the challenges of returning to civilian life. Above all, it can help improve their overall quality of life.
Chiropractic care reduces pressure on the spinal cord and therefore activates the body’s relaxation response. Therefore, the body’s own healing mechanisms are ignited and the patient can function better on all levels.
Retired Brigadier General Rebecca Halstead has experienced the benefits of chiropractic care. For this reason, she is an outgoing advocate for chiropractic care in the military. She talks about it in this interview.
Those who are out of reach of a participating VA hospital may join the chiropractic outpatient program, with a referral from their primary care provider and authorization by the department
In conclusion, Community Chiropractic is pleased to offer reduced rates for active military and veterans. We are committed to improving the health and quality of life for all members of our community. For more information, please visit our New Patient Center to learn how to set up a visit.