The World Needs More Chiropractors
By Guy F. Riekeman on behalf of Life University
There are, at best calculations, fewer than 100,000 chiropractors in the world … about 68,000 in the U.S., 7,000 in Canada, 4,000 in Australasia and, for India and mainland China combined, approximately 35. That’s 35 chiropractors for 2.7 billion people. In Europe, there are 700 million people and approximately 5,000 chiropractors, about the same number of chiropractors as there are in Los Angeles. If you assume there are 100 chiropractors in every other country in the world (there is nowhere near this number) and add them to the above, we are still fewer than 100,000. For comparison, at 1.1 million, there is more than ten times the number of medical doctors in the USA alone than there are chiropractors in the entire world. What to do?
It’s little wonder, then, that people around the world are screaming for chiropractors and chiropractic colleges. Many of those pleas wind up on my desk in Atlanta. With limited resources, we at Life University choose how to help where we feel things are most needed and where we can best partner with local DC’s and educational and government agencies. Hence, we are opening a campus in Rome, Italy in September 2018. Our efforts with the second largest university in Costa Rica are well down the road, with a new building to accommodate the program underway, a clinic up and running, and staff on the ground. And naturally, we are moving forward with deliberation on expanding our presence in Beijing, with a clinic/research center on the campus of Tsinghua, where we are providing care for the leadership of China.
Local DCs and associations have initiated all of our international efforts. In this section of TCLOnline, we want to highlight the individuals who are paving the way to spread TIC around the world – the pioneers, many of whom are still suffering from lack of recognition, isolation and even imprisonment for the principle of Chiropractic and freedom of choice in health care.
We love them because they love the things we love.