As a member of the U.S. Army, Eric Baker needs to be mobile, quick and active.
But aching hips, back pains and an off-balance shoulder were slowing him down.
Since enrolling in Chiro One Wellness Center’s complimentary year of chiropractic services for veterans, Baker has shaved 47 seconds off of his physical fitness test and has seen an overall improvement in his health.
Baker was the first to enroll in “Operation Share the Wellness,” a program designed to help support recent veterans healing from injury, stress and pains.
With 69 plane jumps under his military belt, Baker had uneven hips, something chiropractic physician and Chiro One clinic director Andy Eichorst helps address three times a week through Baker’s visits.
“Returning veterans have back pain, neck pain, post-traumatic stress. It’s all over the board,” said Eichorst, of Geneva. “As veterans re-enter into civilian life it’s so different how stress plays out in someone.”
Sign-up for the program runs until July 4, 2009 and is available at any of the clinic’s 27 locations including those in Oak Brook at 2210 Camden Court and Burr Ridge at 316 Burr Ridge Parkway.
To be eligible, U.S. military veterans, both active and inactive, need to have served overseas in Afghanistan or Iraq as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, which was an initiative after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
April Neill, director of public relations for Chiro One, said that there are more than 10,000 returning veterans in Northern Illinois with only 31 currently taking advantage of the free service.
“Our society believes that treatments are done with drugs and surgery but people find they don’t need those things,” Neill said. “This is an alternative to that.”
Eligible veterans must be without chiropractic benefits through personal, employer, state or federal health insurance.
“Eric came in with a pain, but this is about going beyond the original problem,” Eichorst said.