With a struggling healthcare system and millions of uninsured citizens, unconventional medicine centers are seeing an influx of patients.
Almost 40 percent of adults and over 10 percent of children sought alternative medicine help for a range of health problems – such as chronic back pain – in 2007, according to a joint survey by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr Josephine Briggs, director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the NIH, says she was struck at these numbers, adding that people also seek complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapy to treat neck pain, musculoskeletal pain and headaches.
Therapies most often used in CAM to threat pain include chiropractic care, acupuncture as well as massage.
During his presidential campaign, President Obama promised wide-ranging reforms of the healthcare system.
However, according to Dr Daniel Redwood, associate professor at Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, any healthcare reform should take into consideration treatments and therapies that rely on evidence-based methods of prevention, chiropractics, and complementary and alternative medicine as well.