The most recent issue of Dynamic Chiropractic ran a front page article titled “Study Supports VA Chiropractic: Significant improvement for veterans with neck pain.”
Yep. I’m a nerd. I actually read magazines like “Dynamic Chiropractic” and you can too! The full article is here:
It’s basically a lot of statistics, so I’ll paraphrase. Chiropractic helps veterans with neck pain. Duh. Chiropractic not only helps veterans with neck pain, it helps EVERYONE with a WHOLE BUNCH of things! (more on that in a future article)
The point is, if something works, requires no drugs or surgeries and is cost effective, veterans should have access to it, right? Wrong. According to TRICARE:
“Active duty service members and activated National Guard or Reserve members must obtain chiropractic care at a designated military treatment facility (MTF) and must receive a referral from their primary care manager (PCM). Family members, retirees and their family members, unremarried former spouses and survivors are not eligible for this program. ”
That’s right MILSPOUSES and MILCHILDS (is that a word?) you’re out of luck…for now. But things are changing. Ret. Brigadier General Becky Halstead and the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress are hard at work trying to ensure better chiropractic exposure and access for all. Also, pilot studies are being done at a few bases. Hopefully in the near future TRICARE will expand chiropractic coverage to include all veterans, their spouses, and their children.
Until then, if you’re lucky enough to be near one of the select bases (link to complete list below) encourage your vet to experience chiropractic care. You’ll be amazed at the results. And if you ever get a chance to voice your opinion regarding coverage, encourage inclusion of chiropractic. Our troops and those on the Homefront need chiropractic care just as much as anyone else.