If you’ve never been to a chiropractor, it may seem like a bit of a mystery what they actually do. Chiropractors are trained specialists who use their hands or sometimes small instruments to manipulate the spine and other joints through quick, controlled movements that lead to the characteristic popping sound.
What are the benefits? Chiropractic care may effectively relieve neck or low back pain by improving the motion of one’s spine. A recent study reported that a large group of people who received chiropractic care reported less pain, better mobility, and a reduced need for pain medication. However, not enough studies have been done to prove that chiropractic adjustment is necessarily more effective than other treatments like rest, stretching, and pain relievers. Adjustment is also not for everyone. People with severe osteoporosis, spinal cancer, or numbness in any limbs should avoid chiropractic treatment.
It is best to consult with your doctor to see if they think chiropractic care is right for you, taking into consideration your personal health and medical history. If you and your doctor agree that this is the right choice, the good news is that most insurance policies cover chiropractic care, though the amount covered varies greatly between plans. Check with your insurer to find out what your coverage is and ask the chiropractor’s office how much an appointment would cost without insurance. Depending on your benefits, it may be cheaper to avoid using insurance and pay cash to the practitioner directly. If you take this route, however, that cash payment will not count toward your deductible.
Should you see a chiropractor for low back pain? – Harvard Health
Chiropractic adjustment – Mayo Clinic
Effect of Usual Medical Care Plus Chiropractic Care vs Usual Medical Care Alone on Pain and Disability Among US Service Members With Low Back Pain: A Comparative Effectiveness Clinical Trial | Complementary and Alternative Medicine | JAMA Network Open | JAMA Network