William Beaumont Army Medical Center has been a leader in pain management innovations since the early 2000’s, when the global war on terror began. WBAMC pioneered “the first alternative medicine center in the Department of Defense,” according to special project officer COL Richard Petri, MD.
Chronic pain and subsequent opioid use are common among troops returning home from deployment; in fact, the National Institute of Health has found that nearly two thirds of veterans are in pain. The high incidence of chronic pain among troops led to the WBAMC’s formation of the Interdisciplinary Pain Management Center at Fort Bliss in 2012. The center specializes in the treatment of both physical and psychiatric pain, with the understanding that “treatment needs to be interdisciplinary and multimodal in its approach.”
WBAMC is at the forefront of treatment for Service Members, utilizing a wide range of modalities including meditation, biofeedback, animal-assisted therapy, and Alpha-Stim. In a time when 15% of troops use opioids to treat their pain, and with the knowledge that “prescriptions are a quick fix,” these far safer alternative interventions are essential to the return to normalcy for the troops.
The results of this holistic approach are undeniable; the successes at William Beaumont spurred NATO to undertake a five-year study on the effectiveness of integrative medicine, focused on the role of holistic treatments for service members. The results of the study support a whole-person approach to recovery that incorporates alternative modalities. In short, NATO confirmed that William Beaumont is pursuing the most effective path to recovery for Service Members who are suffering.
Alpha-Stim is a key component to the physical and mental wellbeing of many troops returning from combat. Not only does Alpha-Stim quickly and effective treat chronic, acute, and post-traumatic pain, but it also treats depression, anxiety, and insomnia – all with or without drugs as it can be used in conjunction with other therapies or can be used on its own.
Just as integrative healing is nothing new for William Beaumont Army Medical Center, the effectiveness of Alpha-Stim is not news for the Department of Defense. Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Psychiatric Continuity Services has conducted studies showing that Alpha-Stim improved sleep and concentration in Service Members, as measured by EEG. Alpha-Stim is offered at more than half of the nation’s VAs, providing drug-free relief for Veterans across the United States. There is no risk of addiction and no lasting side effects, allowing Service Members to strive toward that ultimate goal – feeling like themselves again.
Alpha-Stim uses a patented waveform to treat pain directly where it hurts, delivering Microcurrent Electrical Therapy (MET) through two handheld probes. It treats depression, anxiety, and insomnia using Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES), which passes through electrodes that clip onto the earlobes. Relief is long-lasting and often immediate; and unlike with drugs that build up tolerance, improvement with Alpha-Stim is cumulative, allowing you to taper off instead of continually increasing your dosage. It is FDA cleared and the rare side effects are minor and self limiting, such as headaches and skin irritation at the electrode site.
Alpha-Stim is available by prescription in the United States (and over-the-counter in other countries); Service Members and Veterans can ask for it at their VA or DOD medical center or call Alpha-Stim’s Government Services department at 1-800-FOR-PAIN.
Service members and their families – even NATO – trust William Beaumont Army Medical Center for the most innovative and effective treatment options. The experts at William Beaumont trust Alpha-Stim. Why wait? Get started today.