Baby Boomers Seek Chiropractic In Large Numbers, and
Pay for It Themselves.
More people are visiting and paying for their care to go to chiropractors.
This from a May 16, 2000 WebMD article reporting on a study published in the
Journal of the Geriatric Society. That study of more than 800 patients showed
that more than half of people over age 55 seek chiropractic care for mild to
moderate complaints, without visiting their primary care provider.
The study conducted through 96 various chiropractic offices in 32 states and
two Canadian provinces collected data on 805 eligible patients aged 55 years and
older during a 12-week study period.
"Many of these baby boomers recognize that the old traditional model
of health care that deals with trauma and emergency-type care is no longer
applicable to a growing and aging population of chronic illness," said
Jerome McAndrews, D.C., a chiropractor and a chiropractic spokesperson. "Sixty
million people in the U.S. have used chiropractic -- 27 million in 1999
The article listed the following as vital information concerning people who
go to chiropractors.
- About half of people over age 55 see a chiropractor for mild to
moderate complaints, usually low back pain.
- Patients with more severe complaints tend to seek both traditional
medical care and chiropractic care.
- People who use chiropractic care are more likely to be focused on
wellness, eating habits, and healthy lifestyles, and prefer not to take
medications, according to a new report.