“Chiropractic care provided me with a better quality of life,” stated Brigadier General Becky Halstead (Ret.) at the opening session of the 2009 Chiropractic Symposium and Expo (CSE), which took place Oct. 30 – Nov. 1 in St. Louis, Mo.
CSE 2009, a new educational event offered by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and its specialty councils featured a variety of lectures and symposia on popular chiropractic specialties such as sports injuries and physical fitness, chiropractic pediatrics, occupational health, diagnosis and internal disorders, and chiropractic forensics.
Gen. Halstead spoke to a crowd of about 250 doctors of chiropractic, sharing her personal story of how chiropractic care helped her recover from debilitating chronic fibromyalgia, and why she believes the benefits of chiropractic care should be extended to all members of the military.
“I believe in the service that chiropractic care gave me after I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. It provided me with an overall wellness,” she said. “And I believe in the importance of providing access to chiropractic care for military servicemen and women. The conditions our military endures can cause serious musculoskeletal pain and misalignments of the spine. Chiropractic can alleviate back injuries, headaches and the stress often associated with the strain of the gear and the conditions endured every day.”
Gen. Halstead recalled how she learned that chiropractic care enables patients to take an active role in their recovery and ongoing health. She also underscored the importance of working together to expand its availability. “Traditional medicine did not work for me…doctors of chiropractic not only allow but strongly encourage the patient to be part of the solution for their wellness,” she said.
“General Halstead offers instant credibility as a chiropractic spokesperson and was very well received by attendees of the ACA Symposium,” said ACA President Rick McMichael, DC. “It was great to have her with us for this event.”
Gen. Halstead served 27 years in the U.S. Army. She was the first female graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to obtain the rank of general, and she was the first female general to command troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, Halstead is a spokesperson for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress and serves as executive director for leader development with the Praevius Group, a Virginia-based consultancy focused on the innovative fusion of leadership development and technology.
Thanks to ACAToday