care provided me with a better quality of life," stated Brigadier General Becky
Halstead (Ret.) at the opening session of the 2009 Chiropractic Symposium and
Expo (CSE), which took place Oct. 30 – Nov. 1 in St. Louis, Mo.
2009, a new educational event offered by the American Chiropractic Association
(ACA) and its specialty councils featured a variety of lectures and symposia on
popular chiropractic specialties such as sports injuries and physical fitness,
chiropractic pediatrics, occupational health, diagnosis and internal disorders,
and chiropractic forensics.
Halstead spoke to a crowd of about 250 doctors of chiropractic, sharing her
personal story of how chiropractic care helped her recover from debilitating
chronic fibromyalgia, and why she believes the benefits of chiropractic care
should be extended to all members of the military.
believe in the service that chiropractic care gave me after I was diagnosed
with fibromyalgia. It provided me with an overall wellness," she said. "And I
believe in the importance of providing access to chiropractic care for military
servicemen and women. The conditions our military endures can cause serious
musculoskeletal pain and misalignments of the spine. Chiropractic can alleviate
back injuries, headaches and the stress often associated with the strain of the
gear and the conditions endured every day."
Halstead recalled how she learned that chiropractic care enables patients to
take an active role in their recovery and ongoing health. She also underscored
the importance of working together to expand its availability. "Traditional
medicine did not work for me…doctors of chiropractic not only allow but
strongly encourage the patient to be part of the solution for their wellness,"
Halstead offers instant credibility as a chiropractic spokesperson and was very
well received by attendees of the ACA Symposium," said ACA President Rick
McMichael, DC. "It was great to have her with us for this event."
Halstead served 27 years in the U.S. Army. She was the first female graduate of
the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to obtain the rank of general, and she
was the first female general to command troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today,
Halstead is a spokesperson for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress and
serves as executive director for leader development with the Praevius Group, a
Virginia-based consultancy focused on the innovative fusion of leadership
development and technology.
ACA, based in Arlington, Va., is the largest
chiropractic organization in the United States. The association provides
lobbying, public relations, professional and educational opportunities for
doctors of chiropractic, funds research, and offers leadership for the
advancement of the profession. ACA promotes the highest standards of ethics and
patient care, contributing to the health and well-being of millions of