Selected Mind and Body Practices
Mind and body practices may be used to improve health and well-being or to help manage symptoms of health problems. The NHIS includes questions about a variety of mind and body practices. Here, we feature four of the most commonly used practices—chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation, yoga, meditation, and massage therapy.
The popularity of some of these practices changed substantially between 2007 and 2012. For example, among adults, the use of massage therapy decreased. This practice was used by 8.3 percent of adults in 2007 but only 6.9 percent in 2012.
4 Citation: Clarke TC, Black LI, Stussman BJ, Barnes PM, Nahin RL. Trends in the use of complementary health approaches among adults: United States, 2002–2012. National health statistics reports; no 79. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2015. (240KB PDF)
5 Citation: Black LI, Clarke TC, Barnes PM, Stussman BJ, Nahin RL. Use of complementary health approaches among children aged 4-17 years in the United States: National Health Interview Survey, 2007-2012. National health statistics reports; no 78. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2015. (229KB PDF)