Let’s face it, today’s healthcare landscape is more difficult to navigate than ever before. With the seemingly endless array of products, goods, and services, making an informed choice has never been harder. And as someone considering their options, you have to ask yourself, “What IS the best use of my time and money?” Before answering that question let’s make a distinction between cost and value. Cost is how much you actually pay for something. For example, if you go to Whole Foods and buy a bottle of multivitamins and you pay $35 for them, $35 is the cost. The VALUE is the impact that product or service will have on your life, which is much more challenging to calculate, especially when dealing with the intangibles of the human experience. To continue the above example, how will that bottle of multivitamins impact your life? Will you have more energy? A stronger immune system? Will you have more focus? Greater productivity? Fewer sick days? Because of the impact they have on your life will your relationships with family and friends improve? This is what VALUE is all about.
Now to revisit the question above, the best use of your time and money would be a product or service that has the lowest cost while offering the highest value. The good news is that time and time again regular chiropractic care has been found to offer extraordinarily high value with low costs, as highlighted by the following research:
“One study showed patients utilizing a chiropractor as a healthcare provider required 50% fewer drugs and pharmaceuticals and had a 50% fewer days spent in the hospital (Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics).
"Another study in Oregon showed chiropractic care helped people who are unable to work due to low back injury to get back to work in a third of the time of medical treatment (Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics).
"Another study in Utah showed medical treatment cost 10 times the amount of chiropractic care for lower back pain (Journal of Occupational Medicine).
"Another study in 2005 showed that chiropractic care for low back and neck pain resulted in a reduction in the rates of surgery, advanced imaging, in-patient care and x-rays (Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics).
"Finally, chiropractic patients found more satisfaction with their care than patients who received medical care or physical therapy (American Journal of Public Health).”
We hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s blog. As always, health is a way of life, not a lotion, potion, or pill.
Drs. A & B
We want to share as much health information with you as possible, so here is some healthy reading for healthy bodies and souls.