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Eight US Air Force Bases Add Chiropractic Services to Medical Facilities

The above mentioned headline appeared in the US Air Force Print News of November 15, 2002. This means that eight Air Force medical treatment facilities have added chiropractic care to their listing of services. In the future more facilities will likely offer chiropractic care to the military personnel who before this move have had to go off base for chiropractic care and purchase it themselves. Chiropractic care became accessible to the Air Force in 1995, following US Congress directed the Department of Defense to check the feasibility of providing that service at its facilities. The findings were so positive which they directly triggered Congress making chiropractic a lasting benefit for active duty military members.

Director of the Air Force chiropractic program, Lt. Col. (Dr.) Robert Manaker, said, "A similar thing is going on all over the Army and the Navy. This can be a tri-service program." Manaker said. "Chiropractic helps by essentially realigning joints to their normal alignment", He continued, "A misalignment within your spine may cause the muscles around it to start to have pain, to spasm or to cramp up. What chiropractors find is when you realign those vertebrae, that will help lower your pain." Currently, the eight Air Force medical treatment facilities that provide chiropractic services to active duty members include facilities at Lackland AFB, Texas; Offutt AFB, Neb.; Travis AFB, Calif.; Scott AFB, Ill., Keesler AFB, Miss.; Andrews AFB, Md.; Langley AFB, Va.; and the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. The Air Force is attempting to boost the quantity of facilities providing the service, Manaker said. "We desired to have this benefit out to the most active-duty members that we could," he explained. "We are considering places where there are multiple bases or where there are the greatest amount of active-duty members, and putting chiropractors there first."

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