Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October is National Chiropractic Health Month!

In honor of National Chiropractic Health Month, here are a few interesting facts you may not know about
chiropractic.  Chiropractic is among the most accepted fields in the medicine world. Because of its popularity around the world, especially in the US, one would be interested to know the early beginnings of Chiropractic and its remarkable history.

-  The Chiropractic profession was started in 1895, in Davenport Iowa.

-  According to the October 6th 1999 MSNBC web site, the number of chiropractor visits per capita has doubled in the past 20 years.

-  According to a survey of 1500 adults commissioned by Landmark Health Inc., one in six U.S. adults uses chiropractor services.

-  There are approximately 60,000 Doctors of Chiropractic in active practice in the United States today, according to the International Chiropractors Association.

-  There are approximately 10,000 students enrolled in Chiropractic College.

-  There are presently 16 chiropractic colleges in North America.

-  For the first time in history there are now presently more Chiropractic Colleges outside the United States than inside the U. S.

-  Chiropractic is the largest, most regulated, and best recognized of the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) professions.

-  Patients favor chiropractors over medical care for back or neck pain in National Surveys. Patients routinely rate Doctors of Chiropractic highly in skill, manner, and explanation of treatment.

-  About 7.4 percent of the population used chiropractor care – a higher percentage than yoga, massage, acupuncture or other diet-based therapies in 2002.

-  Patients under regular Chiropractor care account less visits to Medical doctors and less money spent on health care including less money used up on medications.

-  Aside from private practices, Doctors of Chiropractic provide care in hospitals and other multidisciplinary health care facilities.

-  Chiropractic is the third largest doctoral-level health care profession after medicine and dentistry.

-  Back pain is the second leading cause of all physician visits in the U.S. In fact, half of all working Americans admit to having back pain each year

-  A comparison of the curriculum’s of Chiropractors and Medical schools (in California, Texas, and Iowa) found that Chiropractic students complete 4800 hours of study while Medical students complete 4667.

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