Table 4

Distribution of techniques and care provided

Techniques and care providedNumberPercent of total techniques and care provided (n=11 223)*Estimate per 100 encounters (n=3523)
% (95% CI)% (95% CI)
Manual adjustment254522.7 (19.2 to 26.6)72.2 (60.1 to 86.9)
Soft tissue therapy248122.1 (18.3 to 26.5)70.4 (56.3 to 88.1)
Mobilisation122310.9 (7.7 to 15.2)34.7 (23.1 to 52.1)
Activator10539.4 (5.3 to 16.2)29.9 (18.3 to 48.8)
Chiropractic system7066.3 (2.0 to 18.3)20 (18.3 to 48.8)
Drop piece technique7026.3 (3.6 to 10.7)19.9 (11.1 to 35.8)
Laser3383.0 (1.4 to 6.4)9.6 (4.3 to 21.2)
Acupuncture3042.7 (1.4 to 5.1)8.6 (4.6 to 16.1)
Ultrasound3022.7 (1.1 to 6.6)8.6 (3.2 to 22.7)
Flexion distraction2952.6 (0.6 to 10.3)8.4 (1.9 to 36.9)
Interferential therapy2852.5 (1.3 to 5.0)8.1 (3.9 to 16.9)
Electrical stimulation2262.0 (0.6 to 6.3)6.4 (2.1 to 20.1)
Heat therapy2191.9 (0.9 to 4.2)6.2 (2.8 to 13.8)
Traction (technique)1481.3 (0.5 to 3.5)4.2 (1.5 to 11.6)
Therapeutic exercises1231.1 (0.5 to 2.3)3.5 (1.5 to 8.0)
Thumper (massager)1191.1 (0.5 to 2.4)3.4 (1.4 to 7.9)
Ice pack340.3 (0.1 to 1.0)1.0 (0.3 to 3.3)
TENS310.3 (0.05 to 1.4)0.9 (0.2 to 4.4)
Massage150.1 (0.02 to 0.1)0.4 (0.1 to 3.3)
Blocks140.1 (0.05 to 0.3)0.4 (0.2 to 1.0)
Orthotic fitting120.1 (0.04 to 0.3)0.3 (0.1 to 0.8)
  • *Missing data not used in calculations.

  • TENS, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.