Celebrating 125 Years of Chiropractic
As we continue our series celebrating the innovations and achievements of chiropractic over the past 125 years, this month’s post will focus on 2000–2010 and the rise in chiropractic care as a form of drug-free relief for muscle and joint discomfort.
Chiropractic Treatments for Veterans
Prior to 2002, there was no legislation in place to provide chiropractic services in the military health system. According to the Military Veterans Resource Center, “In 2002, President George Bush signed Public Law 107–135, which guaranteed chiropractic treatment for all Veteran Affairs (VA) patients.”1
Eligible Services for Veterans
With over 150 chiropractic clinics and over 225 chiropractors, the VA serves over 280,000 veterans with chiropractic care.3 Services that VA chiropractors may provide to veterans includes “active rehabilitation, spinal manipulation, and acupuncture.”3 According to one study, “From fiscal year 2005 through 2015 the number of on-station VA chiropractic clinics increased from 27 to 65, and the number of veterans receiving care in these clinics increased from just over 4,000 to over 37,000.”3
Spinal Manipulation for Active Duty Military Members
As mentioned in an article regarding the assessment of chiropractic treatment for active duty military members, “Low back pain is highly prevalent and one of the most common causes of disability in U.S. armed forces personnel. . . Chiropractic care, delivered within a multidisciplinary framework in military healthcare settings, has the potential to help improve clinical outcomes for military personnel with low back pain.”2
Because military members are at risk of developing musculoskeletal conditions, it’s important to have treatment options in place to serve them—whether active duty, reserve, or veteran status.
Recommendations for Low Back Pain
It wasn’t until 2007 that the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society determined that spinal manipulation should be a treatment consideration for “patients who do not improve with self-care options.”4 According to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain, “For acute low back pain (duration 4 weeks), spinal manipulation administered by providers with appropriate training is associated with small to moderate short-term benefits.”5
In addition to spinal manipulation, chiropractors should provide patients with other forms of “self care” that they can use to relieve discomfort in between adjustments. This may include the use of different modalities like Rapid Release.
Introducing Rapid Release
Developed in 2010 by Dr. Stanley Stanbridge, the Rapid Release device harnesses high-speed vibrations to relieve muscle and joint discomfort. The patented Rapid Release design features 5 built-in treatment heads, each with a distinct effect and useful on all areas of the body. Portable, lightweight, and easy to use, the Rapid Release produces measurable results in quick, but effective 2–3 minute sessions.
Because of its ease of use and portability, it is a popular adjunct therapy and self-care modality for chiropractors and patients to find relief from discomfort.
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1Proper, Published by Krystle. “Free Chiropractic Care Available for Eligible Vets.” Military Veterans Resource Center, 8 Oct. 2020, milvetsrc.org/free-chiropractic-care-available-eligible-vets/.
2Goertz, Christine M, et al. “Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment for Active Duty, U.S. Military Personnel with Low Back Pain: Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial.” Trials, BioMed Central, 9 Feb. 2016, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4746780/.
3“Chiropractic Services .” U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Aug. 2020, www.prosthetics.va.gov/factsheet/Chiro-FactSheet.pdf.
4“Spinal Manipulation.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 27 Oct. 2020, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinal_manipulation.
5Chou, Roger, et al. “Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain: A Joint Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society.” Cochrane Back and Neck, back.cochrane.org/sites/back.cochrane.org/files/public/uploads/2007_american_college_of_physicians.pdf.
6“About RRT.” Rapid Release Therapy, www.rapidreleasetech.com/pages/about-rrt.