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Majority of US Adults View Chiropractic in a Positive Light – Finds Study

ChiropracticChiropractic care is ideal for addressing health issues related to the musculoskeletal system and nervous system. Unlike conventional approaches to pain, it is not based on prescription drugs and surgery. Chiropractic adjustment is a gentle and controlled hands-on manipulation technique to relieve stress on the vertebral column and curves of spine. This treatment modality is based on the theory that the state of a person’s health is determined in general by the condition of his or her nervous system – the brain and spinal cord. This hands-on technique is effective in relieving back pain, neck pain, headache, and more.

A new Gallup-Palmer report (released on September 5, 2015) reveals that a large number of people in the United States believe that chiropractic services are useful for treating a common pain conditions. The poll, commissioned by Palmer College of Chiropractic, was based on the results from a Gallup Panel study of 5,442 adults age 18 and older (conducted from February 16 through May 6, 2015). It was found that about 33.6 million Americans chose chiropractic care in 2014 when compared to an estimate of 20.6 million in 2012. The key highlights of the study are as follows:

  • About 57 percent of US adults are likely to visit a doctor of chiropractic (DC) if they experience back pain or neck pain.
  • Two-thirds (61 percent) of adult Americans believe chiropractors are effective at treating neck and back pain.
  • It was found that more than half of all U.S. adults have visited a DC, and more than a quarter of them would choose chiropractic care first for back or neck pain.
  • Nearly half of all U.S. adults don’t know if their insurance covers chiropractic care.
  • About 4 in 10 adults in the US assumed that chiropractic care is too expensive and requires too many visits.

The Gallup poll was commissioned by the Palmer College of Chiropractic to measure perceptions of and experiences with chiropractic among U.S. adults. The findings indicate that more than half of U.S. adults view chiropractors in a positive light and strongly agree or agree somewhat that they are effective at treating neck and back pain. The study concludes that more efforts are needed to educate people about misperceptions about costs and the expected number of visits.

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