Americans Spend $30 Billion on Alternative Health Care
Americans are seeking alternative health care in growing numbers. They spent $30.2 billion in 2012 on choice medicine, such as acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic care and healthy supplements. That is according to an analysis by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The results are drawn from the CDC’s 2012 National Health Interview Survey.
Meanwhile, another report shows that chiropractic care is rapidly gaining ground in Veterans Administration hospitals. The study was conducted by researchers from the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.
700 Percent Increase in Chiropractic
Over the 11 years of the study – 2004 through 2015 – the annual number of chiropractic visits grew by 694 percent, from 20,072 to 159,366. The VA has 65 chiropractic clinics and also purchases chiropractic care from private sector chiropractors.
The average VA chiropractic patient is a male between the ages of 45 and 64 seeking relief for low back and/or neck conditions. However, more female and younger patients sought chiropractic care at VA clinics when compared with the national VA outpatient population.
The NCCIH study reports that Americans spent $14.7 billion out-of-pocket on visits to complementary practitioners, including chiropractors, acupuncturists and massage therapists. That is almost 30 percent of what they spent out-of-pocket on services by conventional physicians. They spent $12.8 billion out-of-pocket on natural product supplements. Self-help materials, such as books or CDs related to complementary health topics, cost them $2.7 million.
“Substantial numbers of Americans spent billions of dollars out-of-pocket on these approaches, an indication that users believe enough in the value of these approaches to pay for them,” Said Richard L. Nahin, Ph.D. He is NCCIH’s lead epidemiologist and lead author of the analysis.
Why Is Chiropractic Popular?
Why is chiropractic becoming so popular? It is non-invasive, doesn’t call for medications, and is focused on wellness and prevention. The goal is to help your body resist disease, rather than simply treat the symptoms of disease.
Chiropractors are experts on neuromusculoskeletal complaints. That includes back pain, neck pain, headaches, and pain in the joints of the arms or legs. They emphasize treatment through manual adjustment – using controlled force on a specific joint – or manipulation of the spine. Manipulation relieves misalignments that put pressure on the delicate nerves within the spinal cord.
Having a misaligned spine is much like driving down a road on misaligned tires: the ride is bumpier than it should be, and your tires wear unevenly. The same happens if your spine is misaligned. Affected nerves start to carry less and less nerve energy to the corresponding limbs, organs, and muscles. As a result, your body doesn’t perform at capacity.
The chiropractors at Symmetry Health Center are experts in Chiropractic BioPhysics, which combines biology, physiology, physics, geometry, and anatomy to identify the causes of your pain, discomfort, loss of mobility, and altered health.
CBP employs a series of adjustments, exercises and a spinal remodeling programs to correct and restore your spine back to alignment. Symmetry Health Center is among only a handful of Oakland, Alameda and East Bay chiropractors trained in CBP.
Take advantage of our no-charge consultation to determine whether you or a loved one is a candidate for care at Symmetry Health Center. Call 510-769-0125 for our location in Alameda and 510-654-2207 to reach our Oakland/Berkeley office