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Military Personnel Find Relief from More Chiropractic Care Available in the VA

The spines of our veterans need good care. Veterans need access to chiropractic care - just like their fellow Brooks chiropractic spine pain patients - and now can get it. Soft Health and Healing Clinic is the Brooks back pain specialty center for spine pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain and leg pain relief for Brooks veterans and Brooks back pain patients. Soft Health and Healing Clinic offers relieving Brooks chiropractic care to any Brooks back pain patients seeking back pain relief!

WHAT HAPPENS TO THEIR SPINES?

According to Veterans’ Administration (VA) data, “diseases of the musculoskeletal system/connective system” like back pain are the foremost problems for veterans coming back from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. (1) To what is it attribute? Most of us would assume it’s because of carrying heavy backpacks and weapons. (2) One study points out that back pain is reported more by military construction and law enforcement personnel. (3)  Causes of back pain for non-military folks like Brooks residents apply to military, too, like injury, posture, daily activity, weight, stress, genetic defects, etc.

RELIEF FOR A VETERAN

One military officer with a 20-year history of mechanical back pain secondary to an injury suffered while on active military duty experienced intermittent radiation of numbness and tingling down the right leg to the knee. Chiropractic care afforded him a 25% reduction in low back pain severity and a 22% lessening in his disability. The course of conservative, chiropractic management involved 10 treatments of lumbar flexion/distraction and activity modification in eight weeks. Despite the fact that he had had this pain for some time, he gained relief. (4) After 20 years, such reductions in pain and disability would surely be cheered by Brooks back pain sufferers, too.

BENEFICIAL CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR VETERANS’ SPINES INSTEAD OF OPIOIDS

1999 marked the year of the US law empowering the VA to provide chiropractic care via private sector chiropractors. (5) From 2004 (the year the law was voted for that chiropractic was to be available the VA system) to 2015, annual chiropractic VA patients grew by 821%, chiropractic visits by 694%, number of clinics by 9%, chiropractic employees by 21%. (5) Currently, 70 VA facilities have chiropractors on staff. (1) Nearly 100 VA facilities still have little to none. (2) If a VA facility does not have a chiropractor(s) on staff, veterans (if they ask) are able to get a referral to a local chiropractor like yours at Soft Health and Healing Clinic for care. Many do not know about this benefit or that they can be helped with chiropractic care. Chiropractic as a profession and your Brooks chiropractic continue to educate the public about how it can help musculoskeletal pain, back pain, sciatica, neck pain and arm radiculopathy, how it can help with pain management. Today, many veterans - like many others in the general population - are having issues with prescription opioid pain drugs. (6) The opioid epidemic is everywhere; chiropractic care may help curb its effects for military veterans as it does for general population Brooks pain patients.

ACCESS TO CHIROPRACTIC EXPANDS IN THE U.S.

Chiropractic researchers try to make sure that military personnel have access to chiropractic care. One group developed an integrated care pathway for doctors of chiropractic, primary care providers, and mental health professionals who manage veterans with low back pain, with or without mental health comorbidity, within Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facilities. (7) Lately, the US House endorsed expansion of chiropractic services in the VA. Availability is to increase to at least 2 medical centers/clinics in each Veterans Integrated Service Network by December 31, 2019, and be at 50% of them by December 31, 2021. (1) Soft Health and Healing Clinic is grateful for the confidence in chiropractic care this action demonstrates.

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Listen to this PODCAST from The Back Doctors’ Podcast about a military veteran with multiple spinal issues whose local chiropractor helped him find relief.

Schedule a Brooks chiropractic appointment for yourself or a loved one – military veteran or not. Soft Health and Healing Clinic is well prepared to help alleviate the musculoskeletal spine pain and back pain conditions of all sorts experienced by military personnel and military veterans with chiropractic care.

Brooks chiropractic care helps relieve spine pain and back pain for many locals, and its availability for veterans and military personnel increases in the VA to help more.  
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