A recent Gallup report commissioned by Palmer College of Chiropractic revealed that 33.6 million U.S. adults (14 percent) seek chiropractic care each year. Thats an increase over previous studies from other sources, including the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (20.6 million U.S. adults or 8 percent. Yet to doctors of the Chiropractic Society of Rhode Island, one of the oldest chiropractic associations in the country, the results go deeper than more people having bad backs.
The continued increased in people seeking chiropractic care reveals a major perception change, said Dr. Michael Gottfried, president of the Chiropractic Society of Rhode Island and chiropractic physician at Aquidneck Chiropractic in Middletown, Rhode Island. Several years ago, some people might have gone to a chiropractor as a last resort. The poll reveals that, for many, chiropractic has become the first option for neck and back pain.
Three of the key highlights from the Gallup Report affirm that assertion: Two-thirds (61 percent) of adult Americans believe chiropractors are effective at treating neck and back pain; The majority (57 percent) of adults are likely to see a chiropractor for neck or back pain; and more than 1/2 of all U.S. adults have visited a chiropractor, and more than 1/4 of them would choose chiropractic care first for back or neck pain.
An interesting footnote to these figures is that nearly one half of all U.S. adults don't know if their insurance covers chiropractic care, said Gottfried. In a day and age when people opt not to get treatment for certain ailments based on insurance, the increase in people going to chiropractors makes an even louder statement.
All natural and without prescription medications, chiropractic has been found to be beneficial for numerous conditions above and beyond neck and back pain. Some of those include: headaches, asthma, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel, colic, and stress, just to name a few. For a complete list of conditions treatable with chiropractic, visit www.richiro.org.
For the complete Gallup report, visit http://goo.gl/vIqN12.