Chiropractic Care for Veterans

We honor our Veterans and active military for their service and sacrifices.

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:

  • nightmares
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • flashbacks
  • hyper-vigilance
  • 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

Our Response

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.

BAD knee, hip and shoulders….

Practice members talk about “my bad” this and that.

Our joints and body parts that we label as “bad” is a curiosity. What makes them bad? Answers inevitably are something like, “Ohhh. It is bad because I have arthritis in it, but my doc says that is just the way it is. I am old. So I have to expect the arthritis.”

Chiropractors ask though, “How old is your other knee? Or what about all the other joints in your body?” Deterioration in one area versus another is NOT normal and does not need to be expected or accepted.

While all the bones and nerves are the same chronological age, they age on their own depending on their alignment and ability to function normally.

We have seen a few things in practice that may be a surprise. Children can have arthritis in certain joints because of uneven load bearing or early age injuries. Another thing that may surprise is that spines can regenerate. We have seen an MRI of the spine taken at the onset of a patient’s care. The patient had a bulging disc and mild degeneration. After 14 months of chiropractic care, another MRI was performed and it found the bulging disc had returned to normal. There is increased disc height.

We have seen some of the worst cases over the 25 years we have been working in chiropractic offices: cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, multiple bulging disc, spinal stenosis, and varying stages of arthritis. The lesson learned is that the body is a healing machine! It has the ability to change in ways that cannot be imagined.

We cannot guarantee how your body will heal because each of us is unique but we know that you will heal more and faster when there is less pressure on your nerve system. So, if you are getting regular adjustments, give yourself a pat on the back for helping your body to heal. You are on the right path!

Is Your Laptop Making You Lean?

When we do spinal exams on new patients, we find often that their heads are leaning forward in front of their bodies. Your head weighs about 11 pounds,  similar to the weight of a bowling ball. Imagine trying to walk around all day carrying a bowling ball about six inches in front of you. This would take a lot more effort than carrying the bowling ball right next to your body.

Forward Head Syndrome

Forward head syndrome was commonly seen in older people. However, with the widespread use of laptop computers, extended sitting, handheld video games and smart phones, we are seeing more and more younger patients who are beginning to show symptoms. Forward Head Syndrome effects much more than just posture. Dr. Rene Caillet, a Medical doctor at The University of Southern California, wrote about the following effects of Forward Head Syndrome in his book, “Rejuvenation Strategy.”

You might be surprised to learn how many bodily functions are affected:

1. Incorrect head positioning leads to improper spinal function.

2. The head in forward posture can add up to 30 pounds of abnormal leverage on the cervical spine.

3.  Loss of vital lung capacity. In fact, lung capacity is depleted by as much as 30 percent. Loss of lung capacity leads to heart and blood vascular problems.

4. The entire gastrointestinal system is affected, particularly the large intestine.

5. An increase in discomfort and pain. Freedom of motion in the first four cervical vertebrae is a major source of stimuli that causes production of endorphins in production many otherwise non-painful sensations are experienced as pain.

6. A loss of healthy spine-body motion. The entire body becomes rigid as the range of motion lessens. Soon, one becomes hunched.

Forward Head Syndrome can be prevented and corrected by using technology properly and in moderation, getting regular chiropractic adjustments, and doing a simple exercise to help maintain your natural cervical (neck) curve.

What can you do on your own?

Use a desktop computer at a proper height as much as possible. Laptops should be reserved for occasional offsite use if possible. If you use a laptop as your primary computer, shop around for a good laptop base that props it up on a table, so the screen is closer to eye height and your head and neck can remain upright. Do not use a laptop on your lap. No matter what kind of computer you use, get up and stretch at least once every hour.

Limit the amount of time spent playing with handheld video games. This is especially important for young children whose spines are still developing! Also be conscious of the time spent using your smart phone to browse the web or text. Think about how often you are looking down while engaging in these activities.

Try this simple exercise to help restore the natural curve of your neck:

Lay on your back and put a rolled up towel beneath your neck. In the beginning of doing this exercise, use a hand towel rolled up to the size of a lemon. Rest your head back over the towel and allow it to rest there for up to five minutes. Over time you can increase the thickness of the towel and the length of time you hold the position. This exercise is most effective when done consistently over a period of a year.

If you or one of your loved ones clearly has a forward leaning head, get adjusted soon. Adjustments and a simple accompanying exercise can create a tremendous change in your spine and overall health and well-being!

Visit our New Patient Center and see about coming in for a visit.