Well­ness Arti­cles

Arti­cle Touts Increased Demand for Chi­ro­prac­tic and Alter­na­tive Ser­vices

In the July 14, 2002 issue of the Boston Globe appeared an arti­cle with the head­line, “Demand for Alter­na­tive Med­i­cine Rises — Acupunc­tur­ists and Chi­ro­prac­tors Increas­ingly Sought.” The arti­cle defines all forms of health­care that are not med­ical as “Alter­na­tive Med­i­cine”. Most chi­ro­prac­tors object to the usage of this term since chi­ro­prac­tic care is clearly not med­i­cine. Chi­ro­prac­tic stands as a sep­a­rate and dis­tinct form of health care.

Despite this ter­mi­nol­ogy issue, the Globe arti­cle cited num­bers from the National Insti­tutes of Health that cal­cu­late that all of “alter­na­tive” health care rep­re­sents a $21 billion-​a-​year indus­try. This num­ber should be kept in con­text. Accord­ing to fig­ures released in a report on Feb­ru­ary 7, 2001, the US Cen­sus Bureau showed that US health care indus­try rev­enues hit $1.01 tril­lion in 1999. The arti­cle also states that sur­veys show about one-​third of Amer­i­cans visit one of these “alter­na­tive” prac­ti­tion­ers at least once a year, and that this per­cent­age will increase.

In an attempt to have the med­ical pro­fes­sion bet­ter under­stand chi­ro­prac­tic and other forms of health care clas­si­fied as alter­na­tive, Tufts Uni­ver­sity received a five-​year, $1.5 mil­lion grant last August from the National Insti­tutes of Health (NIH) for find­ing ways to include alter­na­tive med­i­cine as part of the required med­ical school cur­ricu­lum. Dr. Mary Lee, dean of edu­ca­tional affairs at Tufts’ School of Med­i­cine stated, “The NIH is inter­ested, and so are we, in train­ing tra­di­tional doc­tors to under­stand com­ple­men­tary medicine.”

To meet the increased demand the arti­cle cited sta­tis­tics and pro­jec­tions that showed the cur­rent and future num­bers of doc­tors of chi­ro­prac­tic. Accord­ing to the US Bureau of Labor Sta­tis­tics, (BLS) in the year 2000, there were an esti­mated 49,949 chi­ro­prac­tors. The BLS projects that by 2010 that num­ber will grow to 61,654 chi­ro­prac­tors, rep­re­sent­ing a 23 per­cent increase. “Since the aver­age growth rate for all occu­pa­tions over a 10-​year period is 15 per­cent, those fig­ures are sig­nif­i­cant,” said BLS econ­o­mist Alan Lacey. This pro­jected growth rep­re­sents the ever-​increasing desire on the part of the pub­lic to con­tinue to embrace chi­ro­prac­tic care.

Ran­dom Article

The Asso­ci­ated Press reported on May 22, 2003 that the US Con­gress voted to pro­hibit schools from mak­ing chil­dren with behav­ioral prob­lems take

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