Updated: 9/30/2015

Americans' Perceptions of Chiropractic

According to a new Gallup report commissioned by Palmer College of Chiropractic, 33.6 million U.S. adults (14 percent) seek chiropractic care each year.

The report, officially named, the “Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic Inaugural Report: Americans' Perceptions of Chiropractic,” also indicates that more than half of U.S. adults view doctors of chiropractic positively and agree they're effective at treating neck and back pain.

Key highlights:

  • Two-thirds (61 percent) of adult Americans believe chiropractors are effective at treating neck and back pain.
  • The majority (57 percent) of adults are likely to see a chiropractor for neck or back pain.
  • More than 1/2 of all U.S. adults have visited a chiropractor, and more than 1/4 of them would choose chiropractic care first for back or neck pain.
  • Nearly 1/2 of all U.S. adults don't know if their insurance covers chiropractic care.

JMPT logoThis first-ever nationally representative annual survey measured perceptions of, and experiences with, chiropractic among U.S. adults. The survey will be repeated for at least two more years as part of Palmer College's on-going effort to study and advance the profession's identity and public understanding of chiropractic care.

Highlights of the study are available online from Gallup. The full report also is online. In addition, a scientific article based on this research, titled “Public Perceptions of Doctors of Chiropractic: Results of a National Survey and Examination of Variation According to Respondents' Likelihood to Use Chiropractic, Experience With Chiropractic, and Chiropractic Supply in Local Health Care Markets,” was published by the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT).Five Questions About Chiropractic Poster

Posters, Videos, and downloadable charts using this information are available for your use and sharing. Help spread the good news of chiropractic with these free, colorful educational pieces. 

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  2. Attribute the work to Gallup and Palmer College of Chiropractic (but not in any way that suggests Gallup or Palmer College endorses you or your use of the work)
  3. Include the link: www.palmer.edu/gallup-report

Downloadable Patient-Ed Materials

The patient-education illustrations below are provided for general use. However, no changes may be made without the express written permission of Palmer College of Chiropractic and Gallup.


 

Gallup chart - Neck Pain Ttreatment - thumbnail image of chart

Safety

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Chiropractors are effective

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Chiropractic use

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Gallup chart - Chiropractor first for neck pain - thumbnail image of chart

Choices for neck & back pain

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Likely to see a chiropractor

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Degree requirements comparison

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Gallup chart - Choose chiropractic care first - thumbnail image of chart

Who chooses chiropractic?

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