Is Chiropractic Care Worth It?

By Dr. Tim Fargo, Chiropractor

This could be the shortest blog in history because I could simply say a resounding, “yes”, but I think there is a more thoughtful response to the question that will make some sense and be helpful. Whenever one makes a purchase or invests in something, the question about whether it is “worth it” must be answered. For example, you are faced with a choice between a Timex or a Rolex watch. One of them costs $59 and the other costs, let’s say, $5059. They both tell time equally as well, but some people assign a particular value to owning a Rolex. They therefore willingly part with $5059 to own one. It is all about perceived value, which is entirely subjective. If you perceive that something is worth more than what you are paying for it, you are happy to make the expenditure. Conversely, if you perceive that something has less value than the money you are paying, then you either do not make the purchase or do so with regrets and ill feelings. It is all about how you assess something’s value in your life.


What if I said to you that, because of chiropractic care, you would have increased athletic performance (and performance in other aspects of your life), decreased susceptibility to injury, and improved recovery when you push your body hard? In addition, what if you were able to receive a form of care that resulted in improved digestion, sleep patterns, immune function, reproductive capability, brain chemistry, and a host of other results? What if, as you age, rather than finding that you experience a steady decline in your ability to participate in life, you can continue doing the things that you enjoy? Imagine that, rather than being a burden on those around you as you get older, you can be a contributing member of your family, your workplace, and your community. If you answer any of these questions in the negative and say that those things don’t matter to you, then I can tell you that chiropractic care may not be worth it. More simply though, what if you could get rid of your pain and do so quickly and without drugs? If you answer, “no”, to that question then, likewise, chiropractic care may not be worth it. After all, it’s probably cheaper to just go to the drugstore and buy a bottle of aspirin than it is to do even one chiropractic adjustment. Once again, is all about what you want and how much you are willing to pay for it.

I find it interesting that sometimes people who complain about the cost of care think nothing of running to Target and buying a new television on credit, yet they are unwilling to invest in chiropractic care. It’s just about priorities, and the assignment of priority is ultimately based on education. The burden, then, is really on us to educate you, our patients and friends, about what we do, how it works, and how it might impact you now and into the future. If, after hearing the chiropractic story, it does not speak to you and you do not see the value in what we offer, then you should spend your money doing something else.

There is another, more objective, way of looking at this question. If receiving chiropractic care allows you to do your job more effectively, enables you to be more productive, gets you back onto the field of play, then you will simply make more money, and chiropractic care will look like a very good investment for you. I would advise you, when you are looking at whether to undertake a program of care, to really answer the question, “What if chiropractic actually works and delivers on its promise? What value would that have in my life”? When you answer those questions, you will know whether chiropractic care is really worth it. In my experience of 41 years of caring for people I will not say that it has been worth it for every single person because there are some who we cannot help. Fortunately, however, those individuals are relatively rare and probably do not constitute more than 1 to 2% of our patient population. If you want to find out whether chiropractic care is worth it, there is no better way than to just try it yourself, and then you can dispel the myths and all the other things that you may have heard about chiropractic care. You can just know for yourself what is true. Ask any of the doctors at Chiropractic Health and Wellness and we will happily engage with you on the question of whether chiropractic care is worth it. I look forward to that conversation. Schedule a consultation with us today!

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