Joint Agreement: Chiropractic Clinic Coming to Luke AFB
Original article published by Sound of Freedom Magazine, Sound of Freedom Magazine - Luke Air Force Base
By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
Luke Air Force Base is among the military installations that will soon welcome The Joint Chiropractic.
The practice will provide on-installation chiropractic care to military members and their families.
"It's a contract that we recently signed that allows us to put clinics on three bases," says Eric Simon, vice president of franchise sales and development.
The other bases are MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Trenton, New Jersey.
"We're very excited about it," Simon says. "I will tell you our services resonates very well with the military community in particular. I can't track if our clients are in military towns. But there's a tremendous number of testimonials from active troops, retirees, dependents that say the service is helping them with their day-to-day chronic pain."
The rigors of military training and deployment are taxing on the body. Chiropractic adjustments seek to restore alignment and improve joint movement and nerve function.
The Department of Manpower and Reserve Affairs conducted a trial to determine if chiropractic care can lower back pain in troops. The results of the trial found a 5% increase in isometric strength and a 14% increase in endurance among members of the military who received chiropractic adjustments.
The trial report notes "chiropractic care improves key fitness characteristics among active-duty service members with lower back pain."
"I think it's a very natural fit for our concept with helping our military community," Simon says. "They understand stress more than anything."
Simons says the adjustments relieve his stress as well.
"For me, personally, stress tends to settle in the middle of my back," he adds. "After I get adjusted, it loosens it up. It relieves the tension. I wish I knew how the magic works. I just know it works."
Maj. Barrett McNabb, U.S. Army (retired) and multiunit owner at The Joint Chiropractic, can attest to that.
"Having served five overseas tours, I have seen firsthand the toll military life can put on the body," McNabb says.
"I have personally experienced how chiropractic care helps restore management and reduce discomfort to the body brought on from serving in the Armed Forces. I'm proud to be part of an organization working to serve this special group through this new relationship with the exchange in offering convenient chiropractic services on base."
Peter D. Holt, The Joint Corp. president and chief executive officer, says he's happy the company can offer a convenient chiropractic clinic for the military.
"Our members of the military put their bodies through extraordinary stresses in the performance of their duties," he says.
"The benefits of chiropractic care can positively impact and enhance their overall wellness as they carry out their role in defending our nation."
It operates more than 4,900 facilities in more than 30 countries, 50 states, four U.S. territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa) and the District of Columbia, and serves an eligible customer base of 33 million active-duty and retired service members and their families.
The process of opening the clinics on base took four years, according to Simon.
"We had to make sure we had the proper approvals," he says.
Simon says The Joint Corp. is working with design and construction teams to start the plans and architectural work and the build-out processes with the bases.
"We're hoping, based on going through the individual base processes and the permit protocols, that it will be open by next year or sooner," he adds.
In addition to serving military members on base, The Joint Chiropractic honors members of the military nationwide through its Military Appreciation Program.
The year-round program offers active and retired military personnel, National Guard and veterans, as well as their immediate families, an initial visit for $19, which includes the consultation, exam and adjustment. The program also reduces pricing by $10 for a monthly wellness plan or chiropractic care package.
The Joint Chiropractic offers monthly memberships that allow the patient to use the clinic four times. After that, it's $10 per visit. The initial visit is 15 to 20 minutes, but subsequent appointments are about 5 minutes, Simon says.
"It's extremely convenient and affordable," he says. "We've seen a tremendous amount of growth in the last couple years, between sales and new clinics. It's a public company, so there's a lot of brand awareness for us."
Memberships can be used at any clinic in the United States. That's hardly for military members who frequently transfer, Simon says.
The Joint Chiropractic is a healthy alternative to medication as well, Simon says.
"With opioids, there's a danger of being addicted," he explains. "Chiropractic care is a great way of getting out of pain without the prescription drugs."
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