By Nicole Racadag, MSJ
SEVERAL ACA MEMBERS from the Washington, D.C., metro area participated in the 2015 Senate Health and Wellness Fair to promote the benefits of chiropractic services to staffers on Capitol Hill. The annual health fair, sponsored by the U.S. Senate Office of Education and Training, took place Oct. 15 and 16 in the Senate Hart Office Building and was attended by more than 1,200 Senate employees.
ACA joined more than two dozen handpicked health care organizations that provided a variety of health-related activities including medical screenings and nutrition information. During the health fair, ACA staff members were on hand with consumer-based education materials and samples of BioFreeze® and Standard Process® supplement bars. Participating doctors of chiropractic (DCs) interacted with Senate employees by answering their questions about chiropractic and other general health topics.
Scott Cypher, DC, an ACA member and past president of the Unified Virginia Chiropractic Association, has volunteered at ACA’s booth at the health fair for a number of years. Dr. Cypher, who practices in Sterling, Va., noted that he appreciated the opportunity to advise Senate staffers on their musculoskeletal complaints.
“I valued the chance to educate, correct misperceptions and build relationships with those who might not be fully aware of the safety and efficacy of chiropractic care,” said Dr. Cypher.
Additionally, ACA members educated health fair participants about the role chiropractic care can play in enhancing overall health, wellness and functioning in conjunction with ACA’s National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) observance in October. In keeping with the 2015 NCHM #PainFreeNation theme, participating DCs had one-on-one conversations with attendees about the importance of taking a conservative approach to pain management in light of the epidemic of painkiller overuse in the country. Senate staffers who utilize chiropractic services posed with #PainFreeNation signs and discussed how regular visits to their chiropractic physicians help them stay healthy and pain free.
“I’ve been a patient of chiropractic care for the last 15 years,” noted David R. Hicks, CIH, a safety and occupational health specialist with the Architect of the Capitol. “I visit my chiropractor about once a month, and it helps me take care of my lower back pain and sciatica, and by going regularly, it keeps me from having any recurrence of the symptoms I used to experience before.”
The Senate Health and Wellness Fair provided the ACA and its local members an exceptional opportunity to discuss a pro-chiropractic message face-to-face with Hill staffers, noted Angela Salcedo, DC, who serves as ACA’s Washington, D.C., delegate. “It was a highly valued experience which allowed us to talk to, and influence, those people who are in the position to help the profession.”
ACA representatives at this year’s event expressed their interest in volunteering on behalf of the association at the 2016 Senate Health and Wellness Fair to continue promoting awareness of chiropractic.
Nicole Racadag is ACA’s public and media relations manager.