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Chiropractic Insights — Right From the Brigadier General

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Source: Dynamic Chiropractic

Retired Brigadier General Rebecca Halstead was interviewed several times this past Memorial Day. During one interview, she commented on a recent Johns Hopkins study that revealed musculoskeletal and connective-tissue injuries, not combat injuries, are the top reasons for medical evacuations from Iraq. Halstead then shared the following:

“Think about the conditions that our soldiers are living and performing in. I just recently visited the Connecticut VA center, and I was speaking to a young sergeant who had redeployed from Iraq … He spent two years getting physical therapy for a herniated disc, and finally he was able to get to a chiropractor within the VA system, and I happened to be at the VA center the day he was being helped [by the chiropractor], and he said, ‘Ma’am, think about it; if when we came in off our patrols – if we could see a chiropractor down range, can you imagine how much better we would feel on a daily basis?'”

Gen. Halstead also mentioned that chiropractic has been approved as a military benefit for 10 years, but isn’t fully resourced yet; and then made perhaps her most powerful observation regarding the value of chiropractic care, particularly as it relates to our nation’s armed forces:

“I happen to be a firm believer … that we could exponentially improve our readiness if we sustained and maintained the human piece of equipment the way we [do] our vehicles and everything else. And a part of that, I really believe, would be chiropractic care that keeps you from breaking [rather than fixing things after they’ve been damaged].”

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  1. Citrus Heights Chiropractor June 11, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    It’s nice to know that some people “get it.”

  2. Frank June 11, 2010 at 8:02 pm


    Lots of people “get it”. It would be nice if more of them had high visibility, like Arnold the Governor, or the Brigadier General.

  3. Mario June 12, 2010 at 2:49 am

    That´s not bad for starters,
    Thank you General Halstead, and thank you Frank for your work.

  4. General Halstead is known to be a chiropractic patient, and it’s wonderful to have her outspoken support. How much we could help soldiers prevent injury and recover from physical and emotional stress if there were chiropractors in the field with the armed forces.

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