Updated: Feb 1
Why people ask about cost?
This will always be one of the first questions a person will ask when researching chiropractic care.
We've answered this question thousands of times over the years, and these days, hundreds of prospective clients will ask us for cost and pricing every year - and many folks raise the question in the first few of minutes of conversation.
We get it.
Cost matters (it's not the only consideration, but it is pretty important). Cost often dictates what type of chiropractic service you would want to receive, and the results you are wanting to achieve. It's taking a proactive approach to your health rather than a reactive approach to your health. You need to develop an initial budget and plan for the healing process moving forward into care, and that's true for any health care decision you make.
How much does upper cervical chiropractic care cost?
Let's get right to it. The average upper cervical office visit costs between $60-$150 per visit with an average care plan cost of $1000-$2,500 depending on the length of the care plan your upper cervical doctor recommends and the area in which you live.
Long story short. It's tough to answer this question to the exact number because everyone heals at different rates and has different variables associated with their current health problems. Because of the variability of each case, it's often tough to know the exact price until your upper cervical doctor performs an upper cervical examination and reviews their findings with you.
At Owensboro Atlas Center, we strive to educate every prospective client, even if that leads you toward a different type of chiropractic service provider.
What are the typical upper cervical care program recommendations?
Your day 1 or first visit services include: office tour, consultation, functional, neurological, spinal examinations, and 3D spinal imaging. The cost for all of these services is $150.
Day 2 services include: doctor’s report of findings and second neurological spinal scan.
Day 3 services include: third neurological spinal scan, your first upper cervical chiropractic adjustment, post-rest (minimum of one hour) in private resting suite, and a post neurological scan to confirm that your nervous system is restored to proper functioning.
The initial startup investment for the care program is a "sliding scale" investment. "Sliding scale" means that cost of care decreases as a client continues into their care plan. The average cost to start care at OAC ranges from $1025-$1200. The average number of visits a typical client at Owensboro Atlas Center receives care is about 1 visit per week for 12 weeks ($85 per visit). Following the initial 12 week program recommendations, we offer clients the opportunity to become an OAC practice member. Again, every upper cervical doctor will recommend different protocols and services depending on their specific upper cervical technique and experience being in practice.
What do you take for payment?
We are a self-pay office that accepts cash, credit cards, debit cards, health savings accounts (HSA), and flex savings accounts (FSA).
Do you take my insurance?
Another big question we receive in regards to total costs and pricing is...
Do you take my insurance?
Our ultimate goal and mission is to give you the best chiropractic services possible in order to give you and your body the best healing potential and results. Unfortunately, insurance providers do not have the same philosophy or standards when it comes to your health and overall well-being.
According to most insurance providers, a chiropractor is only able to bill for chiropractic visits when an adjustment is performed. Upper cervical chiropractic is NOT about treating any type of medical condition, but rather, the purpose is to ensure that your nervous system is functioning properly. Our goal in the office is NOT to adjust your spine on every visit. Instead, the initial care plan (1 visit per week for 12 weeks) is designed to see how long you are holding your adjustment between each visit. Our goal for each person is to get their spine to hold for a minimum of 4-6 weeks.
Upper cervical doctors check, analyze, and adjust your spine (when necessary) to ensure that your spine and nervous system are working at their optimum in order to give your body the best chance to heal, function, and adapt to its external environment at its highest potential.
Health insurance does not understand this type of protocol, and they do not pay for the infrared spinal scan or the analysis of the scan. One day, insurance companies will understand the importance of a proper functioning nervous system. Until that time comes, the upper cervical doctor’s goal will be to provide care that is safe and affordable for everyone. If you want to use your health insurance, we do provide a superbill (special receipt) that you can submit to your health insurance company for possible reimbursement.
Now that you understand the cost and all of the variables, it's time to decide. Would you rather take a proactive approach to your health that is drug-free in utilizing upper cervical chiropractic care, or would you rather pay the same amount in fees, doctor visits, medical bills, etc. and still have to use toxic drugs or have expensive surgeries?
Talk with your upper cervical doctor today to schedule a complementary consultation and see if upper cervical chiropractic care is right for you and your health needs.