How Much Does a Chiropractor Cost?

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According to the American Chiropractic Association, “Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.  Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.”

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How much does a chiropractor cost?

The first time you visit a chiropractor, the visit will cost more than a normal visit.  This initial exam will require X-rays and other tests to let the doctor know what your personal needs are.  These tests will also tell the doctor what type of chiropractic care you need.  This initial visit will usually cost around $55 to $200 without any insurance coverage.

Each subsequent visit to the chiropractor, usually known as an adjustment, will cost about $30 to $75 depending on the chiropractor, the cost of living in your area, and the severity of your condition.  Other additional fees may apply.  Refer to our chart below to see what other fees may be applied.

Some insurance companies cover chiropractic care while others do not.  Check with your insurance company to find out.  If your adjustments are covered, then your cost will be reduced to $10-$30 per visit.  If covered, you’ll only be responsible for your deductible and co-pay.

The Joint Chiropractors, a franchised chiropractor will hundreds of locations nationwide, charges $59 per month for adults and $39 per month for those younger than 17.  This rate would be good for up to four sessions.

Initial Consultation$50 to $200
Cold Laser Treatment$20 to $30
Emergency Visit (after hours)$50 to $100
Follow-up Visit$30 to $55
Roller Table Session$20 to $30
Spinal Adjustment$50 to $100
Therapeutic Massage$50 to $80 per 60 minutes
Ultrasound Therapy$20 to $30 per area
X-rays$50 to $125

Chiropractor overview

According to the AMA, the purpose of an adjustment is “to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypermobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury.”

A chiropractor will be able to help with problems such as spinal cord issues, back and neck pains.  Using their arms and hands, the doctor will apply pressure to certain points to relieve pressure and realign joints.

What to expect your first time?  During your first initial appointment, the chiropractor will perform a complete examination, which will include a neurological and orthopedic exam.  Once done, your chiropractor will create a written report for what they recommend.

Follow-up visits, depending on your situation, may include adjustments, electrical stimulation, traction therapy, physiotherapy or heat therapy.

The average session can last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes.

What are the extra costs?

Some chiropractic offices also offer massage therapy.  This is a therapy for the muscles rather than the bones and will usually cost $30-$50 for a half hour session.

Some chiropractors can also assist with physical therapy.  If they participate in something such as this, it can cost extra as well.

Many chiropractic offices also offer acupuncture.  For more information on the cost of acupuncture, see “How Much Does Acupuncture Cost.”

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How can I save money?

Some people believe that once you start getting adjusted, your body requires it more and more.  They would argue that the best way to save money on chiropractic care is simply to never start.

If you’re part of a gym, some may have discounts with local chiropractors located in the local area.  Ask your gym to see if they have any referrals or discounts available.

Consider paying up front with cash.  Most offices will be more than happy to provide a discount to those that pay in full up front.  Ask before the session starts to see what kind of discount you can receive.

Larger groups are going to charge more than the smaller groups.  Consider heading to a smaller group to get a better rate.  Talk with three different chiropractors to get a good idea of what they are going to charge.  It also doesn’t hurt to read reviews either online.

Some offices may offer packages that allow you to purchase multiple sessions up front.  By going this route, you may be able to save up to 40 percent by purchasing 6 to 12 sessions at once.

Some offices may even have monthly memberships.  If you plan on having more than three to four adjustments a month, you may want to consider this option as well.

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Average Reported Cost: $350

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How much did you spend?

Was it worth it?  

  1. Sam (Romeo,  Michigan) paid $350 and said:

    I go to some quack in Romeo, Michigan and he tried billing my insurance $350!!

    Was it worth it? No

  2. Tony Mayrant (Poteau,  Oklahoma) paid $350 and said:


    Was it worth it? Yes

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