More chiropractic care is coming to military bases. The Army & Air Force Exchange Service has partnered with the nation’s largest chiropractic care provider to bring service directly to base for its service members and their families.
The partnership with The Joint Corp. will begin with locations at the Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, Ariz., MacDill Air Force base in Tampa, Fla. and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Trenton, New Jersey.
“Our members of the military put their bodies through extraordinary stresses in the performance of their duties,” said Peter D. Holt, President and CEO of The Joint Corp. “The benefits of chiropractic care can positively impact and enhance their overall wellness, as they carry out their role in defending our nation.”
Chiropractic care is not always covered by TriCare, and services aren’t offered at every base. Only 60 of more than 420 military health facilities offer chiropractic services, according to Tricare’s website. Some VA hospitals may also offer service.
Chiropractic may benefit veterans and service members with back pain. A recent study by the Department of Manpower and Reserve Affairs found that military members who received chiropractic adjustments experienced a 5% increase in isometric strength and a 14% increase in endurance. Chiropractic care “improves key fitness characteristics among active-duty service members with lower back pain,” the study reported.
Active and retired military personnel, as well as their immediate family members, will also have access discounts at any of The Joint’s 600-plus locations nationwide, through its Military Appreciation Program. The year-round program offers an initial visit for only $19, which includes the consultation, exam, and adjustment, and reduces pricing by $10 for a monthly plan or chiropractic care package. Plans that include four visits per month are $59 for veterans and service members.