In the season of gift-giving and today’s reality of soaring health care costs, insurance premiums, and still-sluggish economy, we need to be aware of how we are spending our income while considering places we could save cash.
Americans spend upwards of $100,000 in prescription drugs annually. The statistics of America’s healthcare show two trends:
1. The money we spend on healthcare and health insurance (premiums, deductibles, copays, etc.) has skyrocketed over the last few decades. We now spend an average of nearly $10,000 out of pocket per person on health care expenses (nearly 1 out of every 5 dollars we make).
2. Despite the money we spend on health care expenses, our health as a nation has plummeted. Even though we’re 1st when it comes to spending money on care, we rank 37th in overall health status, 39th for infant morality, and 36th overall for life expectancy. So how are we possibly getting our money’s worth?
Opposing these dismal results is a study performed recently with a focus in Illinois stating that people who claimed their chiropractor as their PCP (Primary Care Doctor) experienced the following results:
60.2% less in-hospital admissions
59.0% less hospital days
62.0% less outpatient surgeries and procedures
85% less pharmaceutical costs
Looking into this further, there are five clear ways that regular chiropractic care can save you money on healthcare.
Because our world is more stressful and toxic than ever, we are sicker than ever, especially our kids. Being forced to deal with extreme stressors early in life (excessive use of birth interventions, toxins in our environment and food, etc.) means that kids and adults are suffering on a daily basis, putting them back in the hospital and under financial strain repeatedly.
With regular chiropractic care at Premier Family Healthcare, you have access to spinal health that improves your body wellness as well as access to trained and knowledgeable team members who can recommend supplements and detoxes to assist your body in its natural healing processes.
Care for Kids
It’s important to note that as a Pediatric and Family Chiropractor, we’re health experts, not ‘sickness’ and ‘disease’ experts. We encourage our families to think of us as their real “health care doctor”- the one they see regularly to get well and stay well. Dr. Hulbert still highly encourages patients to have a “sick care doctor” that is very familiar with their child for those cases needing emergency intervention.
Over and over again we find that the more they regularly visit us- their health care doctor- the less they need to visit their sick care doctor. The less they need to visit their sick care doctor, the less money they have to spend in an expensive, high-risk, and often inadequate system for their child.
Central Nervous System Synchronicity
Chiropractic practitioners understand that as different stressors from physical, chemical, and emotional stress build up in our nervous system, it gets worn down, tense, and stressed. This stress and tension is found within the spine, our “conduit” or “window” into our nervous system.
We find these patterns of stress and interference that are causing our body to malfunction--everything from immune to digestive health--and make safe, specific adjustments to clear the tension and restore normal tone and function to the nervous system. Healthy nervous system = healthy brain and body. This can drastically reduce the amount of money spent checking on or treating chronic health problems that may simply be related to gut health or inflammation.
Improved Mental Health
When chronic pain is a part of your daily life, not only is it hard to focus but suddenly you are no longer feeling well enough to be social and take part in activities you once loved. Studies have proven that depression occurs at a rate of three to four times higher in those with chronic pain when compared to their healthier peers. The cycle of chronic pain and depression can continue on and on unless it is broken. Regular chiropractic adjustments have proven to decrease pain, depression and anxiety and allow for a healthier (mentally and physically) existence.
Our moods are regulated by our body’s chemistry. This chemistry in your organs as well as your brain is all regulated by the nervous system. Misalignment of the spine (specifically the first, second or third vertebrae) can cause pressure in the area of the brain stem which can cause interference neurologically and chemically. Often people turn to medications that are used to alter their brain chemistry but those looking for a non-medication therapy often find that re-aligning these vertebrae can do wonders for their mental state. Getting regular chiropractic alignment cannot only improve overall mood and happiness but also save countless healthcare dollars in prescriptive and non-prescriptive mental health treatment.
Speeds recovery of sports-related injuries. Chiropractic care assists with athletic injury, helping sports-related injuries heal much faster. Without physical therapy and chiropractic follow-up, muscular injuries can cause prolonged issues, particularly for seniors. Promotes moving and mobility. Movement is an integral component of overall health and wellness. It is imperative for you to monitor and protect the health of bones and muscles as you get older; this will ward-off potential falls, helping maintain balance and mobility. Regular activity also helps reduce the severity and frequency of joint, back, or muscle pain.
Lowers inflammation. One of the main objectives of chiropractic treatment is to lower inflammation in your muscles and joints, which helps to repair and restore the body faster. When the swelling goes down, it is easier to move and recover from your injury or affliction.
Reduces stress and tension. Regular chiropractic care lowers stress and muscle tension throughout the body.
Alleviates back pain. Back pain is purported to be one of the most common and debilitating conditions that you can have; the purpose of chiropractic care in many cases is to manipulate the spine with a variety of techniques and keep your musculoskeletal system moving. Seeing a chiropractor for regular spinal adjustments can improve your athletic game as well as help you stay mobile, flexible and avoid injury. This could save thousands in hospital and physical therapy expenses.