If you're beginning to think that more and more people are going to a chiropractor, you're right. Each time a new study is done the numbers of people going to chiropractors continues to rise. This rise is also closely correlated with the rise in usage of other non-medical forms of health care.
In 1990, a study by Eisenberg illustrated a usage of chiropractic in the United States of 10%. This number grew to 16% by the year 1994 in a study by Austin. In a recent Stanford study, the numbers have continued to grow up to 17% of all Americans seeing chiropractors. This is not surprising when we see that this same Stanford study showed that 81% of those receiving chiropractic care considered it to be totally effective.
Oddly enough only 55% of those in the study who received chiropractic care said their care was covered by insurance. This meant a very large portion of the care was paid for out of pocket by the patients themselves. These numbers reflect a consumer base that wants chiropractic and is willing to pay for it.
In the May issue of American Journal of Public Health, a study was published entitled "Use of Chiropractic Services from 1895 through 1991 in the United States and Canada". The conclusion of this study was that the number of visits to chiropractors has more than doubled in the past 20 years.
The study further reported that on average patients were between the ages of 30 and 50 years old. The study also showed that slightly more females than males sought chiropractic care. According to Dr. Alan Adams, "This study is the most current description of demographic and clinical characteristics of patients seeking care from Doctors of Chiropractic that has been published in the literature."
This study was conducted by the Rand Corporation and the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in Santa Monica, California.