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How much rest does your body need?

There is no short, simple answer to the question of how much sleep people really need. Our requirement differs depending on our age and individual needs. For instance, preschool-aged children (3 to 5 years) need between 11 and 13 hours of sleep per night. On the other hand, the elderly may sleep for only three or four hours at a time, with their sleep taken both at night and during the day. What is not in question is that most people do not get enough sleep for their needs. Researchers estimate that approximately 10 percent of Americans are chronically sleep deprivedChicago Chiropractic offers many treatment options to help you sleep.

Sleep deprivation is associated with a higher incidence of accidents, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and psychiatric problems such as depression. Sleep specialists Donna L. Arand and Michael H. Bonnet say, “There is strong evidence that sufficient shortening or disturbance of the sleep process compromises mood, performance and alertness and can result in injury or death. In this light, the most common-sense ‘first, do no harm’ medical advice would be to avoid sleep deprivation.” But what exactly is sleep deprivation?

Everyone has a night or two when their sleep may be disturbed due to illness, being awoken by noise or the room being too warm, for example. The National Sleep Foundation says there are two different factors at work in determining if you will be sleep deprived or not: your basal sleep need (what you require for functioning at your best) and your sleep debt (the accumulation of lost sleep). Let us say, for instance, that you get your required eight hours of basal sleep for three nights in a row. You might imagine that sleep deprivation should not be an issue. However, you may still find yourself feeling sleepy and unable to concentrate. Despite having slept well during the prior three nights, you may still have a sleep debt to “pay off” from the nights before that.
To make things even more complicated, it is also possible to get too much sleep. Researchers have found that sleep regularly lasting nine hours or more is associated with an increased rate of illness, accidents and death. Depression and low socioeconomic status are two factors related to sleeping for long periods of time.
Two surveys taken by the American Cancer Society that included over a million adult participants found that those who slept seven hours a night had a lower risk of mortality in the following 6 years than those who slept either more or less. All else equal, experts suggest that for most healthy adults, getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night is ideal.
To judge for yourself the amount of sleep that is right for you, assess how you respond to different amounts of sleep. Some people function better on less sleep and some need more than eight hours to feel at their best. If you believe you are consistently not getting enough sleep, speak with your physician. He or she will be able to give you some advice about how to increase the quantity and quality of sleep you get. It is definitely worth the effort since getting the right amount of sleep can significantly improve your overall quality of life.

You’ll Never Guess Which Professional Athletes Use Chiropractic Care

Since the 1920s, when the New York Yankees traveled with a chiropractor to their games, many professional baseball players have been taking advantage of the edge that playing pain-free gives them. Many baseball players from the major leagues have attested to the fact that chiropractic care has been instrumental in helping them perform at their best. 

Barry Bonds, who retired from baseball after a successful 21-year career, and who still holds the all-time Major League Baseball record for home runs, said before his retirement, “I go to my chiropractor on a regular basis, because I want to prolong my career as long as possible. I see him about once a week, in between my training (sessions). By getting an adjustment once a week from him, I feel I can sustain my career a lot longer.” Bonds noted, “I think it should be mandatory for athletes to see a chiropractor.”
Former Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees third baseman Wade Boggs said in a 1997 interview, “Last year I found my Chiropractor and I have been seeing him ever since. I have been pain-free and feeling terrific. I swear by it. Now, it is just maintenance and keeping in line so the nerves don’t touch.” Of his chiropractic treatment to relieve the severe back pain that he had suffered from for nearly 10 years, Boggs said, “I don’t feel that stiffness in the entire midsection anymore. I haven’t winced since I started this… The muscle relaxants weren’t working, the prednisone wasn’t working, nothing was working anymore. My legs were like jelly.” After his experience, Boggs became something of a self-described “torch-bearer” for chiropractic.
Former major league player Jose Canseco said of chiropractic, “I’ve found that it’s a great stress reliever to get adjusted. It takes away a lot of the tightness in the muscles.” He noted that chiropractic is useful for baseball players because “When you’re out there and you’re not feeling the pain, you’re obviously going to be a better player.”
Johnny Damon is another staunch supporter of chiropractic. While playing for the New York Yankees in 2007, Damon advised that they hire a team chiropractor. He knew first-hand of the benefits of regular chiropractic care. Damon was one of only three major league players who had gone for at least 10 years in the majors without being put on the disabled list.
Jason Motte, a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals said of their team chiropractor, Dr. Ralph Filson, “I had issues with my shoulder and arm for a long time. I started seeing Dr. Filson this year. Since then, I have not had any arm problems. The whole team appreciates him and the work he did throughout the season. I know while being under Dr. Filson’s care, I was able to feel 100% while on the mound.”
Team chiropractors are becoming increasingly common in Major League Baseball, and these athletes’ testimonials strongly suggest that it’s a good move for any team to make if they want to keep their players healthy and performing at their best.

Athletes and weekend warriors alike, chiropractic care will keep you at the top of your game, so make your appointment today!


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Is it Healthier to Live in the Country?

Some decades ago, there was no question that living in the country was healthier than living in the city. Most cities had high levels of crime, pollution and infectious diseases, whereas the fresh country air, open spaces and lack of traffic in rural areas was considered the idyllic way to live. In certain ways, this is still true. However, many cities have cleaned up over the years and there may be real downsides to living in a remote location. 
It turns out that city dwellers now tend to live lives that are both longer and healthier than their country-dwelling counterparts. According to the report County Health Rankings, which evaluates the health factors and outcomes in the US county by county, those who reside in rural areas are more likely to be sedentary, obese and smoke cigarettes than those who live in a city. Related to this are higher rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke in country dwellers.
On the surface, it does not seem to make a lot of sense. Surely, those who live in the country have better access to clean air, a wide range of outdoor activities, and farm-fresh foods to put on their table. However, just because there is easy access to these things does not mean that the people living there use them or can afford them.
It is true that city dwellers have to deal with higher levels of pollution and violent crime than those in the country. And they also have higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases, alcoholism, depression and low birth weight babies. Nevertheless, they are less likely to suffer a premature death and rate their own overall health as better than those who live in the country rate theirs.
As much as both city and country dwellers make fun of suburbanites, those who live in the suburbs may end up having the last laugh. They have better health overall than either city or country dwellers, with less violent crime, low levels of sexually transmitted disease and higher birth weight babies.
The key factor in the rankings seems to relate to the level of education attained and the average annual household income. Average income was $53,000 in cities, $60,000 in the suburbs, and only $39,000 in most rural locations. This can make a big difference in access to health care and healthy foods. In addition, 25% of the US population lives in rural areas while only 10% of the country’s physicians serve those areas.
One health benefit that still apparently still comes with living in a country setting is lower rates of allergies and asthma in children. The wider variety of microorganisms that live there helps to build a stronger immune system. City dwellers also are at greater risk of mental health problems, with 21% more anxiety disorders and 39% more mood disorders than those who live in the country. Experts believe this is due to the higher daily levels of stress that city dwellers have to deal with.
Both city and country locations have positive and negative things to recommend them. The bottom line is to live where you feel most comfortable. Some city dwellers feel incredibly uncomfortable in the country and even the sound of crickets drives them nuts. Many country dwellers could not imagine trying to live in a city. In the end, if you live in the place you feel most at home you will more likely find yourself living a happy and healthy life. So Chicagoans rejoice! And come visit me soon at Chicago Chiropractic

Sciatica pain during pregnancy

Pregnancy involves a broad range of rapid changes to a woman’s physiology, including changes that can vary widely from one woman to the next. Sciatica is a common symptom associated with pregnancy and is caused by pressure or injury to the sciatic nerve. The common signs of sciatica are weakness, tingling, numbness and burning pain in the legs, back and buttocks. At Chicago Chiropractic we are experts are treating pregnant patients with Sciatica.
As the fetus grows inside the mother’s womb, the uterus expands and occasionally places pressure against the sciatic nerve in the lower spinal column. This pressure can become especially evident during the third trimester as the baby begins to shift toward the proper birthing position. The baby can end up resting directly upon the nerve, creating significant pain.
Approximately half of all pregnant women who suffer from sciatica recover within six weeks of childbirth and almost all (90%) recover within 3 months, although there is a small percentage for whom the pain continues for much longer.
Due to the dangers of taking painkillers and other medication during pregnancy, physicians generally recommend not taking anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Ibuprofen. Instead, there are a number of exercises and other options to help relieve the pain of sciatica before and after childbirth.
* Take frequent rests and avoid spending too much time on your feet.
* Avoid wearing heeled shoes that may jar your spine. Soft, flat shoes may be preferable, but if they don’t help, try other types of shoes with different types of heel support.
* Avoid lifting or carrying heavy objects, but if you absolutely have to, be sure to bend from your knees and maintain a straight back.
* Place heat or ice packs on the location of the pain. Use ice for the first couple of days and then heat after that.
* Take a warm bath. The heat will help soothe the pain and the buoyancy will take the pressure off.
* Alternative therapy such as chiropractic care or prenatal massage (by a trained and licensed therapist) can also provide relief.
* Low impact physical activities such as swimming and prenatal yoga can help stretch the body and readjust the baby’s position, thus taking the pressure off the nerve and reducing the pain.

If the sciatica persists during labor, then the range of positions available for delivery may be limited due to the additional pain. If you suspect that this may become an issue for you, one alternative may be to ask the hospital or other facility to make a birthing pool available for your delivery as this will provide a warm and buoyant medium for reducing the pressure and pain.
Sciatica is generally a temporary discomfort for pregnant women, one that lasts not much longer than the pregnancy itself, and can be treated naturally without risk to the baby or mother.

What can we learn from how other countries eat

When it comes to world cuisine, there’s broad agreement that the “modern” Western diet is one of the worst for our health. Fast food cooked in hydrogenated oils and snacks that are laden with salt and sugar make up much of the typical American’s diet. The way many of us eat has been a major contributor to high rates of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
So where should we be looking for tips to healthier eating? The good news is that we can learn a lot from the traditional cuisines in other parts of the world. Studies have shown that populations in places like Japan, India and countries around the Mediterranean Sea have far lower rates of these diseases, due in part to the health of their cuisine. 
By world cuisine, we do not mean the Americanized form that has been adopted by fast food companies such as Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. Traditional Mexican and Italian dishes can be very healthy and, unlike items on the menu at these restaurants, they do not rely heavily on cheese as a main ingredient. Following are some of the health benefits of different cuisines from around the world.
Japanese – The Japanese have the lowest obesity rate (3%) and the highest life expectancy in the world. And this is not due to genetics. When the Japanese move to the West and begin to consume a Western diet, their obesity rates quickly become comparable to ours. Their diet is based on rice, lots of different vegetables and fatty fish. Fatty fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acid, which has been shown to have health benefits for both the cardiovascular system and the brain, warding off diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Indian – The greatest advantage to Indian cuisine is its use of spices. Some dishes are hot, but not all of them. The blend of spices used in Indian dishes, such as turmeric, ginger and cumin, not only impart incredible flavor and aroma to each dish, but may also provide a variety of health benefits. Turmeric is perhaps the king of Indian spices-it is a staple in any Indian household in much the same way that salt and pepper are in the Western world. It has a popular reputation for protecting against cancer and may ease symptoms of arthritis.
Mediterranean – This includes cuisines from Greece, Spain, Italy and southern France. Its main benefit is that it contains large amounts of fresh vegetables and fruits, along with healthy fats such as olive oil. Although some would not consider duck or goose fat healthy, the French (who consume more of this fat than anyone else) have among the lowest rates of heart disease in the world. Mediterranean cuisine also has a greater reliance on fish for protein, rather than meat and cheese, which are eaten in much smaller quantities. This cuisine is chock full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that protect against cancer and heart disease.
Mexican – Real Mexican food combines basic, healthy ingredients that give the body everything it needs nutritionally (beans, rice and corn are the staples). Many dishes allow for a slow release of carbohydrates into the system, lowering blood sugar and in some cases even reversing diabetes. Many of the dishes also feature heart-healthy tomatoes and chili peppers.
So pick up a cookbook of traditional recipes from some of these countries and give them a try. They’ll add some variety to your weekly menu PLUS they may help improve your health!

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How Swimming Can Benefit Your Health

Swimming isn’t just fun. It’s also an excellent way to increase your fitness, help control your weight and improve your overall mood. Plus, swimming is exercise that people of any age and physical ability can enjoy. It’s easy on the musculoskeletal system while at the same time providing a good aerobic workout.
The governing body for all swimming-related activities in Britain (called the ASA) compiled a report of scientific findings from all over the world on the health benefits of swimming. Researchers have found that swimming regularly reduces men’s risk of dying early by a staggering 50 percent in comparison with those who run, walk or do no physical activity. Experts estimate that just two and a half hours per week of swimming can significantly reduce your risk of chronic disease. Chiropractor Chicago
A good all-around exercise, swimming involves both aerobic activity and working against resistance. Unlike most aerobic activities, however, swimming involves little in the way of jarring impact (like the shocks and jolts involved with running) and doesn’t require you to support your full body weight while doing it. When submerged up to your neck in water, your body weight is effectively reduced by 90 percent. As a result, overweight and obese people can get a good workout without placing large amounts of painful stress on the lower body’s muscles and joints. This removes a common deterrent to exercise for a large (and growing) part of the population and suggests that swimming could be an attractive option for people trying to manage their weight.
Arthritis sufferers or those with musculoskeletal injuries can also benefit from swimming, since studies have shown that it improves range of motion without causing a worsening of symptoms such as pain and stiffness. In fact, according to the UK’s Chief Medical Officer, swimming as a form of exercise (as opposed to running or practicing other impact sports) can reduce your risk of osteoarthritis.
Beyond increasing fitness levels and helping to manage weight, swimming may provide a variety of other health benefits:
* Studies performed on people suffering from fibromyalgia have found that exercise performed in a warm pool reduced anxiety and depression and caused an improvement in mood.
* For older adults, swimming has been shown to improve quality of life and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Post-menopausal women in particular are at increased risk of bone loss, and swimming provides a safe and effective form of the resistance exercise that is needed to maintain bone density.
* Pregnant women find that swimming strengthens their shoulder and abdominal muscles, which are put under increased stress during pregnancy. Obstetricians recommend swimming as a good form of exercise for most pregnant women, as it provides them with temporary relief from the extra weight they are carrying.
It’s hard to exaggerate the potential fitness benefits of swimming. Swimming helps to build cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and endurance. It tones your muscles and helps to maintain healthy heart and lung function. It also improves flexibility, reduces blood pressure and alleviates stress. Whether in a community pool, at a nearby lake or in the ocean, swimming offers an ideal way for most people to keep fit that’s also easy on the body’s musculoskeletal system.

Quality of life is important, make sure you are doing all you can to keep your life long and healthy. Visit Chicago Chiropractic to see how we can help you achieve this goal.

Professional Tennis Players Use Chiropractic

There are about 800 professional tennis players in the U.S. who regularly play in competitions sanctioned by the US Tennis Association (USTA). Dr. David E. Stude, a chiropractor and professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minnesota, estimates that up to 65 percent of them suffer at least one tennis-related injury. Although tennis elbow gets the most press among tennis-related injuries, chiropractors assert that they actually see more injuries to the lower extremities, as these are the areas that absorb the force created by the arm swinging the racket. Tightness in the shoulder blades of professional tennis players can lead to muscle pain and headaches, which chiropractic care can help to relieve. Chiropractor Chicago - Superior Care
Many professional tennis players make sure a chiropractor is available to them during tournaments to help keep them in top shape throughout a game that can sometimes last for several hours. Some of the top tennis players in the world are regularly treated by a chiropractor, including Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Andy Murray said of his chiropractor, “Jean-Pierre (Bruyere) has been helping my game for years.”
At the 2011 Men’s US Open Tennis Championship, Serbian player Novak Djokovic was battling Rafael Nadal in the final. During the last set, he was experiencing enough lumbar pain to ask for a 10-minute medical time-out, during which he received chiropractic treatment. He walked back onto the court a renewed man, and went on to win the set and the championship.
According to Venus Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam Women’s Tennis champion, “Chiropractic gives me the flexibility I need to keep me in the game.”
Ivan Lendl, a former number-one ranked tennis player and winner of eight Grand Slam singles titles, believes in the power of chiropractic care. He said, “I feel that chiropractic adjustments help to prevent injury…. I try to go twice a week to a chiropractor, sometimes even more during big tournaments. I feel I am much more tuned-up with an adjustment. I support chiropractic very much. I think it is great for sports. I think it’s great for anyone!”
Retired professional tennis player and coach Martina Navratilova won 18 Grand Slam singles titles during her career, and believes chiropractic helped her to achieve this. Navratilova said, “A chiropractor was instrumental in putting my body back together. Alternative therapies will play a bigger role in our lives. After all, people like what works.”
More professional tennis players are getting on board with chiropractic each year, following in the footsteps of such greats as Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Tracy Austin and Billie Jean King, all of whom have enjoyed the advantage that chiropractic care brought to their game. Come visit us at Chicago Chiropractic, it may help to improve your game too!

Home Water Purifying Techniques

Whether you find yourself in a disaster situation, which as we learned from super storm Sandy can happen at anytime, or are just enjoying camping out in the wilderness far from modern conveniences, having access to pure water is a vital necessity. We can survive for weeks without food, but only for a few days without water. Even if you are surrounded by it, it is possible to be in a situation where ingesting it may be a dangerous prospect. As the saying goes, “water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.” Untreated water may contain disease-causing bacteria that can cause severe vomiting, diarrhea and sometimes death. If you do not have bottled water handy but you have access to a water source, we will provide here, the tools you need to make it safe to drink, whether at home or on the go. 
The simplest method of purifying water is to boil it, particularly if you are at home and have access to a working stove. This will rid the water of any viruses or bacteria that can cause serious illnesses, particularly to children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Diseases such as Giardia, Cryptosporidium, dysentery and hepatitis can be contracted through drinking contaminated water. Pour the water into a clean heatproof vessel and boil it for a minimum of five minutes to ensure that all the pathogens are killed. The water will have a flat taste due to the oxygen having been boiled out of it, but this can be reintroduced by pouring it back and forth between two vessels or simply shaking it up in a closed bottle.
Chemical Purification
Pharmacies sell water purification products that consist of chemicals that will destroy harmful microorganisms. They are available either in liquid or tablet form and contain chemicals such as iodine, potassium permanganate, chlorine and halazone. Use two drops or tablets per quart of water and wait at least 30 minutes before you drink it. Iodine can leave an unpleasant taste in the water, which can be removed with the addition of some vitamin C (ascorbic acid). However, this should be added only after the iodine has been allowed to do its work, as vitamin C interferes with the action of iodine. A couple of drops of regular household bleach per quart of water will also work in a pinch, just be sure the bleach is less than a year old, as it degrades with time and old bleach may not be sufficiently effective. Be sure never to use “color safe” or scented bleach.
A portable hand-held water filter is especially handy if you’re on the go. Look for a filter with a pore-size efficiency less than 0.4 microns in order to remove bacteria as well as protozoa such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium. Unless you buy the EPA-certified First Need water filter manufactured by General Ecology (which is expensive), your filter should also include some chemical purification such as iodine to kill any viruses that may be present in the water. This is particularly important if you are traveling in countries in which water contamination from raw sewage is a danger.
Whichever method you choose, it pays to purify any water you drink. It may take some time, but staying healthy and disease-free is definitely worth the effort. Learn more about your overall health by visiting us!

ADHD in the classroom: What every parent and teacher should know

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is classified as a psychiatric or neurological behavioral disorder. It is characterized by a significant inability to concentrate for more than a very short period of time and/or impulsive behavior and hyperactivity.  Chiropractor Chicago
The number of school-age children affected by ADHD is difficult to accurately assess, since diagnostic criteria vary. Furthermore, the normal excitability of creative and energetic children can often be mistaken for a mental health problem by parents or teachers unable to unwilling to cope with it. However, an estimated 1 in 20 children has ADHD, and it is important to note that approximately 70%-80% of referrals and diagnoses relate to boys. Whether this is due to a real difference in the occurrence of ADHD or the natural tendency of boys to be louder and more impulsive has yet to be established.
Parents commonly worry about whether their child performs well in school. The disruptive behavior and lack of attention that characterizes ADHD is clearly going to put an affected child at a disadvantage. Additionally, if the underlying disorder is not recognized, the child may be blamed and stigmatized for being unable to control his or her behavior by both parents and teachers. The fact that the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD has been the subject of considerable controversy for several decades has not helped to achieve any kind of clarity regarding the condition. It is important for both parents and teachers to understand that ADHD is not caused by bad parenting, but is a physical disorder with a biological cause.
So, what are the signs of ADHD that parents and teachers need to look for, and what can be done to manage the condition to minimize its disruptive effect on both the affected pupil and his or her classmates?
The presence of either impulsive behavior or inattention that impedes a child’s ability to learn is a genuine cause for concern. The type of impulsive behavior and hyperactivity observed in children with ADHD is far more extreme than the usual childhood displays of acting up. The inability to concentrate is more than just boredom with the task at hand, and an ADHD child suffering from inattention may display many of the following signs:
* Distraction
* Inability to finish even simple tasks
* Carelessness and sloppy mistakes in their work
* Disorganization
* Avoidance of anything that involves sustained mental effort, such as homework

Discussing these signs with the child (either at home or at school) can help to determine if they feel unable to help themselves and whether ADHD may be the underlying problem. Teachers may have an advantage here over parents since they are able to compare the behavior and attention span of an ADHD child to what is typical for their classmates. In contrast, parents without any other reference points may view their child’s behavior and attention span as normal. In either case, it is important to avoid blame and labeling so that affected children do not feel guilty for behavior and attention lapses that may not actually be their fault.
If ADHD is suspected, then referral to a medical professional is necessary for an accurate diagnosis and to exclude the possibility of other conditions such as Tourette syndrome and learning disabilities. Approximately two thirds of children with ADHD are also found to have another disorder. Doctors, psychiatrists and social workers may wish to include visits to the school and home environment in their assessment to see how the child reacts in a range of situations.
Treatment for ADHD may involve strategies for managing behavior for both the child and his or her parents and teachers. Changes may be made to their learning style and program, and depending on the severity of the condition, medication may be prescribed. ADHD children have different learning needs and will thrive best if these are met. These needs may include a structured and regular learning program and an absence of potential distractions. Pupils with ADHD may need to be seated away from their classmates, with a clear indication that this is being done for their own benefit rather than as a punishment. Similarly, an ADHD child will work best at home in a calm, uncluttered environment.
As with any learning disability, ADHD is best managed through support of the child rather than using punitive measures to attempt to correct behavior. Consistency and good communication between parents, teachers and health professionals are also essential for successful treatment.

How Chiropractic Care Has Helped Me: Introducing Brigadier General Becky Halstead

How Chiropractic Care Has Helped Me: Introducing Brigadier General Becky Halstead

rebecca halstead chiropractor helpRetired Brigadier General Becky Halstead is no stranger to pain. She spent her entire adult life in the military, and was the first female graduate from West Point to become a general officer. She has seen battle all over the world, including in Iraq. But she has also fought her own personal battle-with fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is a condition that is still not fully understood, but it involves symptoms that include headaches, fatigue, muscle pain, anxiety and depression. “It’s as if your whole body is a bruise … You hurt everywhere,” Halstead says. Even something as simple as showering was painful. “The water hitting your skin, it would feel like it was tearing.”
The conventional treatment for fibromyalgia involves pharmaceuticals, which Halstead took for a number of years. However, the drugs have only limited effectiveness, and she did not want them to affect her job. She said “I knew it wasn’t going to kill me-I was just in pain, so I took myself off all prescription drugs when I went into combat. I was in charge of 20,000 soldiers. That’s a huge command, a huge responsibility. I wasn’t going to have someone doubt or wonder whether the prescriptions influenced me or my decisions.”
However, it became impossible to continue in the military while dealing with debilitating pain, so she retired from the army in 2008. It was then that she began semi-monthly visits to a chiropractor, and that’s when her health began to turn around. Within a year of beginning chiropractic treatment, she was able to discontinue taking pharmaceuticals entirely by combining regular chiropractic spinal adjustments with nutritional supplements.
Halstead says of chiropractic care and how it has helped her, “It’s not like you’re cured, but you feel so much better. They set me on a path of getting well. I’m the healthiest I’ve been in 10 years. I was taking eight or 10 prescription drugs in 2008. The more I went to the chiropractor, the less prescriptions I needed.” She continued, “When I retired, my pain was easily a 9 or 10 (on a 10-point scale) every single day. My pain now is a 2 or 3, and maybe even sometimes a 1. I don’t think I’ve hit a 10 since I started regularly seeing a chiropractor.”
“If I had known how much chiropractic care would help me when I was a commander in Iraq and in the United States, I could have taken better care of my soldiers.” Although chiropractic care for military personnel was approved by congress, there are still many treatment facilities that do not have a chiropractor on staff, which Halstead would like to see changed.
“Until we’ve done that we have not fulfilled our leadership responsibility,” Halstead said. “If you want to help them, see a congressman and ask ‘aren’t our men and women getting these benefits?’ I’m not a chiropractor I’m a satisfied patient, a beneficiary of their talented hands, minds, and hearts. Go find yourself a chiropractor and change your life!” (first of a 4-part series)


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