Chiropractors, also known as ‘Doctors of Chiropractic’ (DC), universally have a wide diversity of ideas when it comes to the philosophy of their practice, but they have a mutual belief that the spine and health are related in a fundamental way, and that this relationship is mediated through the nervous system. Here are some facts about chiropractic care by region and country:
Number of Practicing DCs by Country-
According to the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC), the approximate numbers of DCs are:
- 65,000 in the U.S.A.
- 8,000 in Canada.
- 3,000 in Australia.
- 2,000 in the United Kingdom.
- 100-500 in Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, France, Hong Kong SAR China, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
- 50-100 in Argentina, Chile, Finland, Germany, Israel, Singapore and South Korea.
- Under 50 in other countries.
The majority of North American chiropractors practice in some kind of managed care. Although the majority of them view themselves as specialists in neuroleptic malignant syndrome conditions. Many also consider chiropractic as a type of primary care. In the majority of cases, the care that chiropractors and physicians provide divides the market. At any given time, around 10% of the U.S. population utilizes chiropractic care.
90% of all adjustments in North America are performed by chiropractors. Satisfaction rates are typically higher for chiropractic care compared to medical care, with a 1998 U.S. survey reporting that 83% of respondents were satisfied or highly satisfied with the care they received; quality of communication seems to be a consistent predictor of patient satisfaction with chiropractors.
In the United Kingdom, chiropractic is available free of charge on the NHS (National Health Service) in some areas such as the southwestern county of Cornwall, where the treatment is only available for neck or back pain.
The majority of private health insurance in Australia will cover chiropractic care, and the federal government covers chiropractic care when a medical practitioner refers the patient.
In 1932, four European countries; Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, formed a European body that represented and supported the chiropractic profession in Europe. It was known as the European Chiropractic Union (ECU).
After 80 years, the ECU made up of twenty-one European countries, and after Malta joined the European Union in 2004, and with the formation of the Maltese Chiropractic Association in 2013, it is now the 22nd Nation to join the ECU.
According to recent research “Chiropractic is booming in Asia!” There are nearly 100 chiropractic clinics throughout Asia, with the majority of them being in South Korea. Many new clinics have also been opening up in Malaysia and Singapore, in recent times. Though it’s growing at a much slower pace in China, where they are used to practicing alternative medicine that has been used for thousands of years, like cupping and acupuncture.
Chiropractic was first introduced in South Africa in 1928 by four or five chiropractors from the United States and Canada, who had set up some form of private practice. Several more private practices were formed in the coming years, with most of the DCs being from North America.
The first Chiropractic Faculty was established at the Durban Institute of Technology in 1983. A few years later, the Wits Technikon faculty was established. National accreditation of chiropractic courses presented at both institutions was achieved in 2008 and international accreditation with the European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE) followed in 2010.