Over the past five years, more Americans of all ages are rolling out their yoga mats and meditating. A large nationally representative survey shows that the number of U.S. adults and children using yoga and meditation has increased significantly over previous years and that use of chiropractic care has risen modestly for adults and held steady for children.
The complementary health questionnaire--administered every five years as part of the National Health Interview Survey, an annual study in which thousands of Americans are interviewed about their health- and illness-related experiences--was developed by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health and by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.
Survey highlights for adults:
* Yoga was the most-commonly used complementary health approach among U.S. adults five years ago (9.5%) and currently (14.3%). The use of meditation increased from 4.1% to 14.2%.
* The use of chiropractors increased from 9.1% to 10.3%.
* Women are more likely than men to have employed yoga, meditation, and chiropractors in the past 12 months.
* Non-Hispanic white adults are more likely to use yoga, meditation, and chiropractors than...