Table 3

Reported main reasons for using acupuncture, chiropractic and osteopathy

Rationale of use*

Percentage using therapy for specified purpose


Acupuncture (n = 101)

Chiropractic (n = 176)

Osteopathy (n = 51)


1. Treatment of a specific medical condition

92.0

68.6

75.9

Five most common complaints:

Back pain/related problem

20.7

65.7

48.4

Shoulder pain/related problem

15.5

5.3

22.9

Arthritis

8.5

...

...

Injury

7.0

...

5.2

Knee problem

5.1

...

...

Neck pain/related problem

...

20.7

10.7

Headache and migraine

...

9.3

...

Non-specific musculoskeletal problem

...

14.9

35.2

2. General health and well-being

22.1

32.3

40.6

3. Improving ability to undertake daily activity

Not asked

36.2

41.9

4. Improve sporting performance

Not asked

9.4

17.1


*Users permitted to report multiple reasons of use

Xue et al. BMC Public Health 2008 8:105   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-8-105

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