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 as follows:
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 3%.
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."