What are the normal Chiropractic fees in Singapore? What price should I be paying? How do the prices compare to a medical doctor? Read on to learn the answer to these questions and more!
Maybe you have looked into Chiropractic before or even visited a Chiropractor in the past, read on to learn more about the costs, the averages, what is normal and how to determine what is right for you.
Author: Prices, costs, fees. It’s important to know. But also to understand the reasoning. Years ago I was advised by a mechanic to balance my suspension. Foolishly I resisted, thinking his prices too high. Months later, after no fix being made, it cost me MORE money to then have to also change the tires on top of fixing the suspension. What did I learn? Sometimes a price that seems high can prevent BIG costs in the future.
What is Chiropractic?
Before examining Chiropractic fees in Singapore, an important place to start is to explain what Chiropractic is. This makes an understanding of price clearer when we understand what the goals are. (For example, if you didn’t know the difference between glass and diamonds you would wonder why these fairly similar-looking materials cost such different amounts!)
Chiropractic is a registered, regulated profession specialising in the nerve system. A dentist specialises in teeth, a cardiologist on the heart and circulatory system; Chiropractors specialise in the nerve system and correct any disruptions in this system.
SO WHAT IS THE NERVOUS SYSTEM?
The nerve system is the internal wiring system of the body. It connects the brain and body so that they can communicate. The brain controls the bodily functions, such as how the organs and muscles work. The nerves also work in reverse, sending messages from the body back to the brain to help us interpret the world, such as through our senses and touch. It’s important to maintain this communication system or the body can deteriorate and get sick.
Think of it like your house, you can have the best TV, lamp and laptop, but if the power cables are faulty…nothing works!
To maintain this vital bodily system, a Chiropractor must conduct a consultation and physical assessment to determine if there is the presence of a problem and, if so, how to properly treat it to help the patient.
This is similar to any Medical Doctor or practitioner, all will ask questions then run tests accordingly.
One of the big differences between Chiropractors and some other profession, is that your Chiropractor should ALWAYS base their care and treatment on these tests rather than symptoms. This is because the function of the body is the best way to reduce those symptoms, which your body produces as a warning sign (such as feeling hot to prevent damage by fire!). It doesn’t mean the symptoms aren’t important, they act as a guide to what the problem is, however the tests done at every visit should be the judge of your progress.
Think of it like having high blood pressure, we can’t feel it but it is an important test to help guide a Doctors care and prescriptions
SO HOW DO CHIROPRACTORS IN SINGAPORE DO THEIR TREATMENTS WITHOUT MEDICATION OR SURGERY?
Chiropractors use very gentle, specific adjustments on the spine to correct misalignments (called Subluxations) which prevent the nerves from working properly. The misalignments close the nerve space (called foramen), pressure the nerves and cause interference. Think of it like a garden hose, if you step on it, it prevents the water from flowing through and causes a buildup of pressure. The adjustments are small pushes on the bones to correct their position.
Some people may think the focus of Chiropractic is the bones. The reason we work with bones is to correct their position and remove the tension they place on the nerves, but the nerves are always the main focus.
***If your Chiropractor uses other techniques (such as massage, needles or stretches) this may complement your care, however, spinal adjustments should always be the main choice. These other techniques do not correct Subluxations, so are not Chiropractic techniques. If exercises, stretches, or massages are needed for your case it is best to seek the help of the appropriate practitioner, instead of a Chiropractor, who has better training for these techniques, such as a Physiotherapist or TCM***
A LONG TERM SOLUTION FOR PAIN
What are the Chiropractic costs in Singapore?
The first thing with any health professional is a Consultation, with a Physical assessment. This is a time to go over your history, ask about symptoms and understand how this started and your health goals for the future.
The symptoms, such as pain or weakness, aren’t the full problem. Another aspect is what you cannot do because of those symptoms, such as going to work or playing with your children
After the Consultation, there may need to be further tests or imaging, such as MRI or X-rays. Read Why These Imaging Tests Are Important, here.
The following appointment is the Results. This is where the Doctor will go through your history, physical tests and any X-rays and explain:
- Your condition
- If they can help
- A plan to help your case
If they can help, they should present a plan for how to deal with your problem, based on your case, tests and the research (read The Best Practices and Guidelines study – the MOST comprehensive study done on the frequency and duration of Chiropractic sessions). Typically this plan should be 12 to 50 visits dependent on your individual case and how long the problem has been there.
WHY A PLAN? WHY SO MANY VISITS TO THE CHIROPRACTOR?
A plan is important in any change in health. This includes changes in diet, exercise or medical care. Without a plan there is no way to reach a goal.
Think of the plan from your Doctor like a Satnav in a car, helping your to reach your destination
The reason you need multiple appointments is to make the gradual changes to your body that have developed over time. A problem may have been developing for 20 years. This does not mean it takes another 20 years to correct it, but realistically it won’t be perfect after 2-6 sessions. This is especially true for the serious neurological cases we see at Vitality Chiropractic.
For example, if you were to get braces, the Orthodontist wouldn’t fit your braces and see how it feels after a week. They set out a plan and do continual ‘adjustments‘ of the braces over a course of months or years to correct your teeth. Chiropractic fees in Singapore must take into account the number of sessions rather than just the cost per session.
“We naturally have more visits, because our goal is different. We are attempting to restore balance to the system rather than just treat the point of pain.”
– Dr Jerome F. McAndrews
Once they have informed you of the plan for your case there will be charges for the following sessions. Chiropractic fees in Singapore may be paid in instalments or as a whole. If a Doctor does not present you with a full plan or is a very short plan, watch out! This may mean they are only trying to make the symptoms go away but not correct the problem, meaning it may return in the future.
We perform Re-assessments at set intervals to monitor progress.
This should be done by all Chiropractors.
The prices in Singapore range from:
- Consultation = $30 – $240+ (may or may not include a treatment)
- X-ray = $130 – $350
- Treatment = $40 – $150
- Re-assessment = $60 – $150
AT VITALITY CHIROPRACTIC WE ARE UPFRONT ABOUT OUR PRICES:
We understand lots of Chiropractic centres may offer heavy discounts (sometimes over 90%!). Often these “limited time offers” are advertised all year round. At Vitality Chiropractic we value the quality of our training and care, giving patients more time in the clinic, so they can get back to what matter most to them.
We offer discounts once per year to celebrate our anniversary (during February/March) and is truly a *limited time offer*
Why does Vitality Chiropractic cost more?
At Vitality Chiropractic we specialise in the nerve system. We take 1 full hour for our Consultations and use medical grade Infrared Computed Thermography nerve scans to analyse our patients. The Bio-mechanical X-rays we take are unique in Singapore, requiring further post-graduate study. To keep down Chiropractic fees in Singapore, we work with an X-ray centre that offers great rates with exceptional equipment.
Further studying has also been done for the treatment technique we use, being the first to use this technique in South-east Asia. Our appointment times are typically 20-35 minutes, longer than most centres. We are the first in Singapore to utilise Recovery Suites to speed up healing times.
Our treatment is very specific, giving our patients faster solutions, to harder cases, for results which last longer.
Vitality Chiropractic is also heavily involved in charity and outreach. Our founder, Dr Shaan, is the Chairman for the Outreach Committee for the Alliance of Chiropractic (the largest Chiropractic Association in Singapore). We served the public with
complimentary screenings and adjustment at:
- SDI Academy
- Singapore Special Olympics Team
- CDE (Centre for Domestic Employees)
- JMAS (Jafari Muslim Association Singapore)
- Manila Philippines with The Art of the Specific
Read more about Why We Don’t Do Heavy Discounts, here.
HOW DOES CHIROPRACTIC CARE COMPARE TO OTHER HEALTHCARE?
Compared to medical care, Chiropractic is very affordable, especially given the success rate. Chiropractic fees in Singapore are significantly lower than Medical fees.
A study reported in the New York Times rated Chiropractic as best for price and patient satisfaction. When examining the cost this literature review by the ICA found dozens of studies showing Chiropractic treatment to be significantly more cost effective than medical care, with higher success rates.
What about medicine?
This is NOT to insult medicine or its practice. Medical Doctors play a vital role in healthcare, but for some conditions Chiropractic may be the approach of choice. Medicine is especially good at ‘crisis care‘. This is intervention required in emergencies or late stage diseases, such as cancer or a broken leg (if your leg is broken, please call an ambulance not your Chiropractor!). Due to the preventative nature of Chiropractic and looking at the body functionally, this helps to save costs for a condition which may worsen over time.
Prevention or correcting a problem early is always less costly than trying to cure it once developed
For most insurance policies, Chiropractic fees in Singapore are covered, because insurance companies know that Chiropractic claims save them money compared to more expensive medical bills.
How do I choose the right Chiropractor for me and my family?
Now we have established the purpose and general costs of a Chiropractor we are left with the dilemma of who to choose! While in Singapore there are still a small number of Doctors (less than 200 for over 5.5 million people) it can be a challenge deciding where to go. For a more in-depth guide click here for How to Choose a Chiropractor; or here for 10 Tips Before Seeing a Chiropractor. Below is a summary of some things to consider:
If you need any help finding a Chiropractor (and Vitality Chiropractic isn’t right for you) contact us and we will be happy to refer you to the right person for your needs, or has appropriate Chiropractic fees in Singapore for your budget.
Why do patients choose Vitality Chiropractic?
Vitality offers a wealth of expertise from years of experience in multiple countries. Patients ranging from 2 weeks to over 90 years old, from migraines to inner ear problems and trigeminal neuralgia. Dr Shaan has had extensive post-graduate training, travelling to America, Australia, UK and Philippines before founding Vitality Chiropractic.
Our focus is on the more serious neurological cases which have had no solution from massage, Physiotherapy, Medical Doctors and even other Chiropractors
Cases we have seen in 2019 alone include Meniere’s disease, fibromyalgia, slipped disc, migraines, headaches, vertigo, back pain, neck stiffness, cerebral palsy, spinal meningitis, stroke, fainting, panic attacks, high blood pressure, teeth grinding, hearing difficulty, eyesight problems and whiplash.
At Vitality we endeavour to find the cause of your problem. If we aren’t the right clinic for your case we will do our best to refer you to the right practitioner. We work closely with Dentists, Physiotherapists, TCMs, ENTs, Surgeons and other medical Doctors to hep our patients take their lives back.
Since 2013, Upper Cervical Chiropractor, Dr. Shaan Rai helped patients achieve greater health, relocating to Singapore in 2016 and founding Vitality Chiropractic Centres. He has an impressive track record in providing relief and solutions for people who experience nerve system problems, such as headaches, migraines, dizziness, vertigo or neurological conditions.
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