Expensive is a relative term. What is considered expensive for one person may not be for another. It may have nothing to do cost, but rather value. Take cars, for example. Many people chose to purchase a Lexus or a Mercedes because of the perceived quality and prestige behind the brand. These people feel that the expense involved is far worth it. The same can be said about appliances, clothing, furniture, vacations, and education.
Saying something is expensive can also be used as an excuse, too. Where is the line of demarcation dividing what is expensive and what is not for a person? Perhaps the line moves depending on what the item is. As for chiropractic care, saying that it is expensive is highly subjective. First, is there a price tag you would put on good health? What about a price tag to get that good health back? The amount of money spent on medications for bad health is astounding. In fact, in the U.S. alone the pharmaceutical industry is valued at over 413 billion dollars (2014). Many would say that this is not health care, but disease care.
Chiropractic care should be viewed under the same light as dental care – with the goal being preventative care. You visit the dentist twice a year to prevent getting a cavity. If you choose to not have regular check ups, what happens to your oral health? It begins to decline, resulting in cavities and gum disease, not to mention tooth decay. Later in life, these same people need to invest in crowns, caps, and dentures. All expensive procedures, which could have been prevented with regular dental visits.
The reality is that chiropractic care is not any more expensive than other doctor care. Most insurance allow for chiropractic care, even if it’s not 100% coverage. But the most important fact with chiropractic care is the end goal. Ultimately, a chiropractor’s goal is to effectively address the symptoms you are experiencing by correcting the root cause. This process brings you out of pain and discomfort and into wellness and improved health going forward. Similar to regular dental visits. Being proactive with your health through chiropractic care is the most cost effective health care you can find.
How is cost effective, proactive, and wellness equated to expensive? It all boils down to perspective.