According to the International Chiropractors Association there are about 1 million chiropractic adjustments performed every day. The slumping and slouching commonplace with many young people today is sure to add to that figure in the future.
The current pace of job growth for degreed chiropractors is expected to be a conservative 28% from 2010 to 2020 alone, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. This job growth is expected to outpace the average for all other occupations.
How did this industry once vilified by the American Medical Association become such a hotbed for robust growth? The alternative medical care that chiropractors, acupuncturists and even massage therapists provide is starting to become more practical as traditional medicine does little to prevent and take away recurring episodes of pain outside of costly surgical procedures or medications.
Pills, back rest and surgery are simply not realistic solutions to back problems and kinks in the neck. Most people can’t afford to have surgery or even bed rest. That has propelled chiropractic medicine into the spotlight as the growing population of active people look for inexpensive ways to “stay in the game”.
Traditional medical providers of head, neck and back care have become more willing to refer care to chiropractors when patients have very few options outside of surgery or medication. To many who live active lifestyles and pay attention to what they ingest, chiropractic care makes sense.
Chiropractic medical practices are popping up all over the world offering adjustments, massage therapy, physiotherapy, acupuncture and even stress management. One example, Broadgate Chiropractor in London, strives to offer care that blends traditional medicine with specialist care from allied health professionals. The most relevant type of care is tailored to each individual.
The rampant growth of the industry also might have to do with the insurers waking up to the benefits of chiropractic medicine. Many insurers now cover chiropractic adjustments as well as many forms of homeopathic medicine. The cost associated with seeing the chiropractor for follow-up visits is cheaper to insure as well as chiropractic methods of having the body heal itself.
Running a chiropractic medical practice is much easier than a full scale traditional medical clinic. Less equipment is required and there is no need to carry medications or painkillers. Chiropractic doctors have average yearly salaries of about $67,200, which is not so extreme compared to traditional doctors. Insurance costs and staffing costs are also lower.
Companies like Broadgate Chiropractor have a promising future ahead as stress permeates our society and young people become less used to hard work. This is certainly a business and industry worth watching and as traditional healthcare costs continue to rise, the demand for adjustments should rise along with them.