All too often, the cost of an episode of debilitating back pain or crippling migraines is an unplanned, unbudgeted expense. Understandably, before seeing a chiropractor, you’ll want to know how much a visit to a chiropractor will cost and what type of financial arrangements you can expect.
Rebecca, Chiropractor at Back 2 Balance does some of the research for you and presents her findings below…..
Unfortunately there is no straight forward answer as costs vary. This is often due to the varying costs of living around the UK. For example, a visit to a chiropractor (or to any other licensed professional) costs more in London than say, Cornwall. However, each professional has different experience, techniques and expertise and this maybe reflected in the price.
You must find out what the price includes, how long a session is, and any other additional costs that may arise. Sometimes a longer session costs more, sometimes having western acupuncture is going to cost you more etc. You will want to find out about financial arrangements i.e. do they have card facilities or is it just cash/cheques, or do you have to pay upfront for a course of treatment. There is nearly always a higher price for the initial consultation and examination, which normally takes a lot longer than follow up sessions.
The final and major consideration to cost is how many sessions is it going to take to get you right. All people are unique and each have an individual treatment plan. The number of likely sessions should be discussed with you before any treatment commences. The number of treatments you may require depends on several factors: Your specific health problem, how old you are, how long you’ve had it, how severe it is, how many areas and tissues are affected, how healthy are you. Your individual treatment needs will be determined during your initial consultation and examination. Many times, a person gets back pain after picking up a piece of paper 1 week ago, and they presume that their problem has only started then. Unfortunately, this is usually not the case. The body has not just suddenly broken down because that piece of paper is soooo heavy, it’s decided to break down because of an accumulative affect. Much like if you manically try to break a spoon it just wont budge, however, if you regularly, and gently flex the spoon, over time the metal of the spoon fatigues and then breaks. The spoon may break quicker if its hot or cold, or if you put some sort of chemical on it and then bend it.
Your back also has things that make it weaker- lack of strength and exercise, poor nutrition for the muscles, joints and nerves, slumped posture, STRESS. This is why a chiropractor should take a thorough consultation to ascertain how many of these health challenges are occurring before telling you how many sessions are needed.
The good news is that pain relief is usually the first improvement you feel, long before function and rehabilitation. You should discuss what your needs are with your chiropractor. If you are wanting just pain relief then they shouldn’t recommend a year course of care. If you want to help improve your strength and function and rehabilitate your body back to health then, yes, this may take longer, but your chiropractor should advise you every step of the way, and give you homework/exercise programme or work closely with a physiotherapist or personal trainer. For example, a young and fit person with a week history of back pain may only need 2-4 sessions, whilst an older individual who has a 5 year history of back pain may need 6-12 sessions, or more.
So, how much does chiropractic cost in Brighton and Hove……
Nationally, the NHS website states £20-£33 a session, however it is 2 years old and I think its a tad outdated nowadays. If you look below I’ve done some of the leg work for you and compared several prices stated on websites (some didn’t put their fees up which makes me feel like they have something to hide, maybe that’s just me though!)
Chiropractic in Brighton and Hove
Initial £45- £60; treatment £33-£43
Osteopathy in Brighton and Hove
Inital £35-£58; treatment £30-£40
Physiotherapy in Brighton and Hove
Initial £45-£55; treatment £32-£45
Whatever the costs, you should always feel like its your choice, that you aren’t forced or worried into continuing chiropractic care. You should feel like your chiropractor is doing everything in their power to help your body get back on track towards optimal health. Your chiropractor should be approachable, honest, and open to questions and comments.