National Health Survey Shows More People Using Chiropractic
October 2005 issue of the Journal of Aging and Health published the results
of a health survey that showed that about 40% of people between the ages of
35 and 64 years reported that they use one of several forms of non-medical
healthcare for either disease prevention, treatment of ailments, or both.
The study grouped all non-medical forms of care into what they referred to
as "CAM" (complementary and alternative medicine).
survey showed that slightly more than a third of all U.S. adults surveyed
said they used some form of CAM procedures, including herbs, megavitamins,
chiropractic, acupuncture, homeopathy, and yoga. The study also showed
that men and women in their 40s and 50s were most likely to use these
procedures. Additionally, this usage was geared more toward prevention
than toward treatment of any specific condition or problem.
Researcher, Dr. Grzywacz from
Wake Forest University School of Medicine and his colleagues wrote, "The
results of this study indicate that middle-aged adults are more likely than
younger or older adults to use all types of CAM, and that they are less
likely than both older and younger adults to use any CAM modality to treat a
The study was conducted by
analyzing data from 31,044 adult participants in the 2002 National Health
Interview Survey. This national sample has been conducted annually since
1957 by the Center for Disease and Control's National Center for Health
According to the study, age
was a factor in the usage of CAM procedures. It was found that 12.6%
of 45 to 54 year olds use chiropractic, massage and similar methods.
That number dropped to 8.7% of those in the age group of 18 to 24, and down
to only 2.1% of those 85 and older. The authors noted that the use of
chiropractic, massage, meditation and yoga also tend to climb through
adulthood, but falls off after age 84.
The study was underwritten by
a grant from the National Center on Complementary and Alternative Medicine,
a division of the National Institutes of Health.