The general population
is going to chiropractors in record numbers.
Seniors, the fastest segment of the population is no exception.
According to a recent August 24th 1999 article in USA
Today, more than 80% of seniors age 65 or greater are aware of what the
article termed alternative medicine. This awareness has lead to a fairly fast growing utilization
of these services. The
breakdown for usage of chiropractic and other non-medical health care is
Chiropractic lead the
way with a utilization of 32%, second was massage therapy at 16%, followed
by acupuncture 9%, homeopathy at 4%, naturopathy 3% and Chinese medicine
A recent study
published in Topics in Clinical Chiropractic of a randomized clinical
trial showed data that found chiropractic geriatric patients were
"less likely to have been hospitalized, less likely to have used a
nursing home, more likely to report a better health status, more likely to
exercise vigorously, and more likely to be mobile in the community."