20 Quick + Interesting Facts on Chiropractic in Canada & USA

Did You Know these Facts about Chiropractic?

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By the Numbers


#1 – Chiropractic was founded in the United States in 1895 and has been regulated in both the USA and Canada since the 1920’s

#2 – Approximately 4.5 million Canadians visit a chiropractor annually

#3 – More than 35 million Americans are treated by a chiropractor in the United States annually

#4 – About 1 million chiropractic adjustments are performed every business day in the US

#5 – The Canadian Chiropractic Association has more than 7,300 members, all of whom are doctors of chiropractic

#6 – More than 8,400 doctors of chiropractic are practicing in Canada at this very moment

#7  -More than 77,000 chiropractors are currently practicing in the United States

#8 – Chiropractors are required to take over 4,200 hours of combined classroom, training and internship time, forming a strong base of knowledge and practice in treating musculoskeletal conditions


By the Results


#9 – Doctors of chiropractic have been designated as physician-level health care providers across Canada and in most states

#10 – Chiropractic care is extremely safe – as per suggested by several scientific reviews over the years

#11 – Chiropractic has been hailed as an effective alternative care method to most opioid prescriptions by the Governments of Canada and United States in the wake of an opioid crisis in both countries

#12 – Chiropractic care had the best results for treating back pain when compared to prescription / over-the-counter medications, yoga, pilates and deep-tissue massage

#13 – Doctors of chiropractic are rated higher than physical therapists, primary care physicians and specialist physicians as a healthcare provider and treatment option for lower back pain

#14 – All 32 National Football League teams use chiropractors to help treat sports injuries such as ligament strains and pains, lower back and neck pain and whiplash while also optimizing function with regular adjustments

#15 – Injured workers are drastically more likely to avoid spinal surgery if they contact a medical doctor instead of a doctor of chiropractic for an initial consult

#16 – Several scientific studies showed that spinal manipulation done by a chiropractor can drastically reduce pain and increase function more effectively than other short, medium and long-term treatment options

#17 A study looking into spinal manipulation versus prescribed drugs for back pain found that 56% of patients who saw a doctor experienced a 30% reduction in back pain after a month. However, 94% of patients who saw a Chiropractor had the same results in the same amount of time.

#18 – Research done has shown that replacing a visit to the doctor with a visit to the chiropractor for back pain could save Medicare in the US about $83.5 million each year

#19 – About 40% of Americans will choose to see a chiropractor before seeing a physician.

#20 – More than three quarters of Americans who saw a Chiropractor in the last year described Chiropractic care as “very effective”

*Sourced from the Canadian Chiropractic Association, American Chiropractic Association, The Good Body


More Chiropractic Guides:

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COX Technique – Treating Cervical Spine Pain in Calgary

Why I Choose to Go to the Chiropractor Regularly

Chiropractic Advice #6 – Moving Away from Pain

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