Why do Chiropractors sell packages? A question we are commonly asked by patients of upper cervical chiropractic in Singapore is if they can do a trial or pay by session to see how the adjustments feel and if they can do less than the plan set out by their practitioner. Read on to find out why Chiropractor set a plan and how this is important for your case.
What happens first?
When attending a Chiropractor the first appointment will be a consultation. This is a fact finding mission to find out more about your case, how your life is affected and what your health goals are. You may need to have some patience as your Chiropractor may ask a lot of questions, even some that may seem a bit strange but are very relevant to your overall health; such as asking about sleep, stress and symptoms from other conditions, like digestive or immunity issues. After this conversation they should do a physical assessment and then thorough tests for your nervous system. These tests address your complaint while also finding out any other underlying problems.
If at this point if the Chiropractor believes it is a case appropriate for their practice they will send for specialised x-rays to assess if it is safe to adjust and how to adjust you properly. The next appointment will be the results, explaining the cause of your problem, how it has affected your body and where to go from there. At this point, if it is a case they take on, the Chiropractor will set out a plan tailored for you.
Why a plan?
The plan is formulated based on your condition, the results from the tests, evidence-based research and the Chiropractor’s professional experience. This plan is to correct the physiological changes to the body, as well as the symptoms you are experiencing. It would be negligence on behalf of the Chiropractor if they did not set out a plan for you, instead trying to just relieve the symptoms or allowing patients to pick and choose their appointments.
It is unethical and unprofessional to not set out an honest and realistic plan. Logically a 10 year problem cannot be fixed within a few appointments.
This would be the equivalent of a surgeon allowing their patients to decide which parts of the surgery they want to have done! If only part is done it may give some relief of symptoms but not fix the problem, leading to further problems in the future.
What about pay per visit?
At Vitality Chiropractic we don’t have a pay per visit option. We care about our patients and want them to achieve the best health possible that truly lasts long term at affordable pricing. Unfortunately we have seen cases in the past where other practitioners (including medical doctors, massage therapists and other Chiropractors) have helped a patient feel better then ceased care. The patient is ok for a time, then the symptoms come back because the underlying problem has not been corrected.
This leads to a cycle of "˜up and down care, where the patient improves and worsens continually, not allowing them to reach higher health goals beyond symptom relief, such as improved immunity, better sleep and increased mental clarity.
Think of this set out plan like getting braces, nobody sees an orthodontists and tries out braces for a week to see if this is adequate. To make a real lasting change it requires frequency, time and frequent checks to ensure you are going in the right direction. This is the why Chiropractors sell packages.
What if I’m not improving?
Your Chiropractor will conduct regular re-examinations, usually at every 12th visit, to assess your progress and judge how your care should proceed. Much like the example of braces, if it was not being helpful the orthodontist would remove them. The same is for Chiropractic, if the results aren’t coming the Chiropractor should re-assess where you are and decide if it may be appropriate to refer to another practitioner.
“I don’t think I can pay it all upfront“
That is no problem, discuss this with your Chiropractor and they should be able to offer you a payment plan or another way to make paying easier. Everyone should have the access to healthcare and there should be ways to facilitate this. At Vitality Chiropractic we offer plans for every case to make finances more manageable. A lot of our patients utilise their insurance to claim for Chiropractic. We can help by providing invoices and a letter if needed. Read more about Health Insurance in Singapore, here.
How big should the package be?
The package should be tailored to YOUR specific case. This means that if the Chiropractor has told you that you need 36 appointments over the next 4 to 6 months, the package should be for 36 appointments for upper cervical care, or very close to this number (such as 40). Any surplus appointments can be used for check-ups after your initial corrective plan.
If I start care do I have to come forever?
Not at all. After the initial corrective phase (the plan the Chiropractor will set out on the results day) they should schedule regular check-up appointments to assess your nervous system, preventing problems in the future. This is similar to a dental or medical check-up, it is to determine problems BEFORE they cause symptoms so you can continue living a full and healthy life. This will be more spread out than initial appointments.
At Vitality Chiropractic our check-ups are 1 to 3 months dependent on the patient (DC. Shaan currently has only been adjusted 3 times in the past 6 months!)
What are the benefits of purchasing a package from a chiropractor in Singapore?
Purchasing a package from a chiropractor in Singapore ensures continuity of care and may provide financial savings compared to paying for individual sessions. It allows for a comprehensive care plan tailored to your needs.
Can I customize a package based on my specific chiropractic needs in Singapore?
Many chiropractors in Singapore offer the flexibility to customize packages based on individual needs. You can discuss your requirements with the chiropractor to create a package that addresses your specific concerns and goals.
Are packages from Singapore chiropractors suitable for long-term wellness maintenance?
Yes, packages from Singapore chiropractors can be beneficial for long-term wellness maintenance. They provide a structured approach to maintaining spinal health and addressing any potential issues that may arise over time.
Do packages from chiropractors in Singapore include additional services?
Some packages from chiropractors in Singapore may include additional services, such as follow-up consultations, posture assessments, or educational resources. Inquire with the chiropractor about any extra benefits included in their packages.
Can I transfer or share my chiropractic packages with others?
The transfer or sharing of chiropractic packages in Singapore depends on the policies of the individual chiropractor. Discuss this possibility with the chiropractor to determine if it is permitted and to explore any necessary arrangements.
Since 2013, Upper Cervical Chiropractor, DC. 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. Take your life back.
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Shaan (UK) is based in Singapore. He is a GCC registered Singapore Chiropractor, completing a 5 year course at AECC, attaining his Masters in Chiropractic. His career has been specialised in neurological cases, such as migraines and vertigo. He is the Vuce President and Chairman for Outreach & Charity for Alliance of Chiropractic (AoC) and is a founder of Vitality Chiropractic Singapore. He developed the NeuroPro method, combining Upper Cervical techniques with Functional Neurology Rehab.