Military Seeks Alternative Treatments and Chiropractic Care

The reliance on painkillers is under scrutiny in many sectors, and the US military has noted the successes of adding chiropractic care to a standard treatment plan. The national program director for pain management at the VA encourages his department and the Pentagon to "build on existing initiatives."

According to a recent report, the military has seen improvement when treating both veterans and active-duty patients with a mix of standard care plans and alternate methods that avoid prescriptions. Chiropractic care was specifically named as a beneficial factor. 

A 2013 study published in the journal "Spine," for example, found that 73 percent of participating active-duty military patients with acute low back pain receiving a combination of chiropractic manipulative treatment and standard medical care rated their global improvement as "pain completely gone," "much better" or "moderately better."

Check the link below for the full article! Do you see chiropractic or other mixed plans in the future of our military medical care? Weigh in!

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