I became a big advocate for chiropractic care after taking my colicky three-month-old daughter to see someone two years ago. It seemed too good to be true, but one gentle adjustment reduced her never-ending crying and helped her sleep through the night.
Fast forward to the present, and I forgot my love for the chiropractor until recently. It wasn’t until my husband was coming home from work with headaches every night that I thought we should make chiropractic care a habit again. And, much like the first visit, after two adjustments, my husband’s headaches disappeared. During this same time, I also became pregnant with our second child, and Ellie, our two year old started the terrible twos.
Since then, my husband, our daughter, and I, started receiving one adjustment a month, and I’m pretty happy with the results. We’ve being going for five months now, and at just over six months pregnant, my aches and pains are minimal.
The Benefits of Chiropractic Care
I rarely have trouble sleeping through the night thanks to consistent monthly adjustments with our chiropractor. Which is a far cry from my first pregnancy where I was suffering from constant hip pain and sciatica pain. I also ended up having a C-section.
This pregnancy, however, I have barely any hip or sciatica pain. There have been a few days, but usually that’s right before I’m due to visit the chiropractor. I also have a lot more energy and don’t need to nap as often as I did with my first pregnancy. In addition, my husband has not had any more headaches since they first flared up.
I didn’t think chiropractic care would cure my two year old of the terrible twos. However, I do find that her tantrums are much more manageable.
She seems to be a little more balanced and her emotions are not so out of control, but that could be her personality, or due to the fact that she’s gaining more logical reasoning. It is hard to tell. In the five months we’ve been making regular chiropractor visits, she hasn’t gotten sick, even though she’s been exposed to many children and germ situations through church, childcare, and friends. Hopefully her immune system stays strong throughout the winter.
All of this to say, I think chiropractic care is definitely worth the extra cost. With the evidence it’s provided me and my family, I would highly recommend it to anyone.
If you’re interested in trying out chiropractic care, thankfully it doesn’t have to eat up your entire health budget.
How to Afford Regular Adjustments
Review your health insurance coverage. We have Kaiser for our health insurance and they actually offer 20 adjustments per person, per year for just the cost of a $15 co-pay. I know not all levels of Kaiser coverage have this benefit, but it’s worth looking into to see if your insurance covers any of the costs of preventive health treatments.
Research other options. If you do not have Kaiser, consider taking your family to The Joint Chiropractic Place, which is a franchise of chiropractors all over America. It’s related and very much like Massage Envy. With The Joint, you get the very basic level of chiropractic care, which means just what they call “wellness adjustments”.
They don’t do X-rays or any other kind of treatments, but each location does have a certified chiropractor doctor. Since The Joint locations offer just adjustments, they’re able to keep their prices very low and keep insurance out of the picture.
You can either pay $29 per adjustment whenever you like, or pay $49 a month for four adjustments in that time period. They also offer family plans that would decrease the charges. I’m not sure which plan is best, since four adjustments a month seems like a lot for our family. However, if you have injuries from doing sports in high school, or from a car accident, more frequent adjustments may be needed.
Additionally, when I saw one bill from my chiropractor (the bill they send before insurance takes care of it) it was over $100 for one adjustment! So $49 a month seems like a steal.
Limit how often you get adjustments. One last way we save money at the chiropractor is by determining how often we get adjustments. When my husband first came in, they took X-rays and wanted him to come three times a week for several months, and to use a special foam roller.
Our insurance wouldn’t cover their treatment plan, so it would have cost an extra $1,000 for the chiropractor’s suggested treatment to fix an issue in his back. We told them we were only interested in coming once-a-month as a family and that we didn’t have the time or money to do anything more. Thankfully, they understood.
Have an honest talk with your chiropractor, and see what the best plan is for your family and your budget. Going once-a-month may be all you need to receive the benefits that this kind of care can provide.
Is Chiropractic Care Worth the Cost?
There are hundreds of studies showing the benefits of chiropractic care, so feel free to do a bit of research before making your decision. However, I highly recommend it because of my family’s personal experience.
Because of our regular visits, we all have more energy, less pain, and better immune systems. I’m convinced that the $45 we spend as a family a month on chiropractic care will save us even more money in the future by preventing health issues.
Make your focus this year to pay attention to your health needs, and see what you can do about preventive health care options like chiropractic adjustments. It’s likely more affordable than you realize.
Do you partake in regular chiropractic care? Why or why not? Do you have another tip for an affordable way to get regular adjustments?