Canadians and Chiropractic

From a June 4, 2007 news brief released by Media in Canada comes an article that looks at the increasing use of Chiropractic care by Canadians. This report comes after a study released by an independent research organization, The Fraser Institute, that states more than half of all Canadians in 2006 were using some type of what that study called, "alternative medicine".

The Media in Canada article observed that 3.6 million (13%) of Canadians have been to a chiropractor in the past 6 months. They also noted that Canadians who visited a Chiropractor were 4 times more likely to have also been to a homeopath or naturopath during the past 6 months. Exploring the demographics, this article stated that Canadians who visit Chiropractors were 40% more likely to live in the prairies and 45% less likely to live in Atlantic Canada than the average Canadian.

The report by The Fraser Institute got a larger view and look at Canadians usage of non medical types of healthcare. This report took it's origin from a survey in 2006 that was compared to a comparable one done in 1997. This report indicated that 54 % of those participating in the survey used a minumum of one type of alternative or complementary therapy in the previous year. This represented a 4% increase over the 1997 survey. Nadeem Esmail, the Fraser Institute's Director of Health System Performance and author of the report said, "This increased usage of alternative therapies is an additional indicator of Canadians' wish to have more choice and control over their health care choices."

The Frazier Institute study observed one interesting fact that most alternative and complementary treatments are not covered by government health insurance plans, yet a large number of people choose those options. In response to this finding Nadeem Esmail, commented, "When it comes to health and well-being, a significant number of Canadians are willing to spend their own money."

The Media in Canada article added some interesting information about Canadians who utilize chiropractic showing their general interest in health. They also noted that Chiropractors' patients are 2.5 times more likely to have used a smoking cessation patch or gum in the past 30 days than average Canadians. They also noted that Canadians who have visited a chiropractor are 2.6 times more likely to own orthopedic supports and/or braces as average Canadians.

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