Complementary and Integrative Health Analysis of a Non-Profit Military Veteran Clinic

Complementary and Integrative Health Analysis of a Non-Profit Military Veteran Clinic

Dalton Hayes (U.S. Air Force, CO, USA), Abbey Clare Wolters (U.S. Air Force, OK, USA), Matt Burzenski (U.S. Air Force, MD, USA), Bakytzhan Y. Kalybekov (U.S. Air Force Academy, Karaganda, Kazakhstan), Drew Ives (U.S. Air Force Academy, CO, USA), Joseph Wilck (College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, USA), Jesse Pietz (U.S. Air Force Academy, CO, USA) and Gerry Gonzalez (U.S. Air Force Academy, CO, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/IJAMSE.2018010101
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The Healing Warriors Program is a non-profit organization aiming to improve the quality of life for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury through alternative healing modalities. This article describes how various hypotheses were tested using data consisting of 3387 observations gathered on pre-treatment and post-treatment anxiety, pain, and emotion to determine significant differences in these quality of life metrics. After grouping clients by treatment number and modality, hypothess testing determined short-term improvement across all modalities. Meanwhile, a regression analysis showed varied long-term effect on quality of life metrics.
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published a journal (Otis, Keane, & Kerns, 2003) which solidifies the argument that chronic pain and PTSD are interrelated; meaning that if acupuncture treatments decrease pain in veteran patients, then other PTSD symptoms in treated veterans may become less severe. This information allows practitioners to focus on reducing pain as an effective method to combat PTSD.

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