A snapshot of Australia's health needs


Chiropractors offer advice not only on ways to reduce back pain, but also to help patients consider their diet and build more exercise into their lifestyle.

  • Diet and exercise could both be improved for the average Australian. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's 2012 Risk Factors report found that:
    • Over 90% of Australians don't eat the recommended quantity of vegetables each day;
    • Around 50% do not eat the recommended quantity of fruit;
    • Almost 60% do not undertake sufficient physical activity to incur health benefits (defined as 150 minutes per week over at least 5 sessions)
    • More than 80% of Australians spend more than 3 hours each day sitting during their leisure time
    • Poorer people are more likely to have risky health behaviours


Chiropractic care for back pain


The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has calculated that 1.8 million Australians – almost 10% of the population – suffer back problems.

  • The Institute states that many back problems commence in the 15-34 age group. People with back problems were two and a half times as likely to have disorders such as depression. This is a really serious problem – estimated to force 280,000 Australians into early retirement annually and costing the economy $12 billion.

Australian Chiropractic patients


  • A 2013 study of Victorian chiropractors provided valuable insights into the demand for chiropractic care:
    • 62% of appointments were for back problems
    • 71% of patients were aged 25-64
    • Spinal adjustments and massage were the most common types of care provided by chiropractors
    • Musculoskeletal issues were most commonly treated.

Australian Chiropractors

  • The out of pocket cost of Australians visiting chiropractors was more than $905 million, according to research released in 2008.

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