Rebecca Halstead began supporting the idea of utilizing alternative medical treatments, such as chiropractic care and nutritional supplements, after being diagnosed in the year 2005 with fibromyalgia, a condition distinguished by widespread musculoskeletal pain along with fatigue, sleep, memory, and mood issues.
Â However, throughout the time the retired Army brigadier general discovered her own solutions for the chronic symptoms of her condition, she was amazed by the recent studies indicating the troopâ€™s use of alternative medical therapies at much higher rates than their civilian counterparts. Rebecca Halstead became curious about the way troops recognized the availability of these benefits. â€œHow do they find out about it and pay for it? It was not a high priority when I was in the militaryâ€, she quoted, acknowledging complementary and alternative medicine, or CAM.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine, or CAM, has been favored by many active-duty members and veterans alike. A variety of treatment options are being used at a much higher rate by troops for stress management and for musculoskeletal injuries than the civilian counterparts. Chiropractic care has been frequently offered through the military health system for about a decade, encouraging its use for many troops. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.
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