The PulStar & the USASOC
In 1993, Congress passed the Defense Appropriations Bill (Public Law 101-484), authorizing the Department of Defense (DoD) to commission chiropractors. In 1996, the Military Medicine Journal published an article regarding the integration and the 3 year test program that was initiated. This article outlined the integration as controversial at the time but the test program was a success and there are now Chiropractors located at most military bases in the US.
In 2009, a research review was completed and published in the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association that indicated that “Chiropractic services seem to be included successfully within military and veteran health care facilities. However, there is a great need for additional written evaluation of the processes, policies, practices, and effectiveness of chiropractic services in these environments.”
In 2016, an additional research review was published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine which concluded that only 30 more articles had been published since the last review. However, the study did determine that “Chiropractors collaboratively manage patients with other providers and focus on reducing morbidity for veterans and rehabilitating military service members to full duty status. Patient satisfaction with chiropractic services is high.”
Recently Sense Technology was invited to visit the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) based at the Fort Bragg, North Carolina, military installation of the United States Army in North Carolina. Fort Bragg is one of the largest military installations in the world, with around 57,000 military personnel.
While at Fort Bragg, Dr. Joseph M Evans and Christian Evans were able to interact with the center for Performance Rehabilitation to help integrate the PulStar into the program. This is the first formal installation of the PulStar system into the military and we hope that the training was helpful and that there may be additional systems added to the program in the future. Hopefully, the objective findings of the PulStar may be able to help promote future research into the way that Chiropractic is helping those who are making the sacrifice to join and serve in our armed forces.
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