Remember the days when you bought health insurance in the hopes that you will never actually have to use it? Insurance was a protection against horrible things. Everyone must agree that no matter how much you love your dentist, and you like your MD, you hope to hardly ever have to see them for treatment. But what happens when you have health insurance that covers chiropractic, acupuncture, massage? Do you want to use it? OH YES!!! Chiropractic care and other forms of alternative medicine were once considered unorthodox and often weren’t covered by health insurance providers. Today, as more and more insurance carriers are looking for ways to promote wellness and good health, the rules have changed.
There has been an increase in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in the United States, as employees are requesting coverage and employers provide chiropractic benefits with group health insurance. Dr Mazgaloff is a chiropractor and founder of Chiro-Health, inc, a chiropractic, acupuncture and massage clinic in the financial district of San Francisco. She is the one invited to the open enrolment health fairs and Chiro-Health, Inc is the preferred provider of chiropractic, acupuncture and massage treatments for companies such as Adobe, Microsoft, Sales Force, Sojern, Rich Relevance, Fremont group, among others in San Francisco.
Dr. Mazgaloff comments that, “The focus of the health fair has changed completely. In the past we would see blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, pamphlets and brochures passed left and right that would only end in the garbage. Now the health fairs offer functional screenings such as posture evaluations, chiropractic leg length checks evaluating one’s balance, nutritional supplements , acupuncture needle sampling, pressure point massage, eye care products, gym membership discounts as well as healthy food and drinks. It’s a great gathering of people wanting to know how they can be healthier naturally, and how to use their insurance to help pay for these services”. Dr. Mazgaloff continues “The tech boom in San Francisco has made the need for chiropractic services greater than ever. People sit at their computers all day and stress level is moderate to high. Conditions such as back pain, neck pain, arm and wrist pain, carpal tunnel, muscle pain and spasms are inevitable. Companies finally figured out that a timely and frequent visits to a chiropractor can make workers more productive and prevent expensive worker’s compensation cases, so they buy insurance that covers chiropractic and other alternative medicine”.
The bottom line is that consumers need better options in relieving pain and promoting health. A visit to a medical office for neck, low back, or muscle pain ends with a prescription for pain medication and muscle relaxers. “My patients tell me that they come to Chiro-Health, Inc because they do not want to take medication for their pain”, says Dr. Mazgaloff. Chiropractic care is growing in popularity due to its natural and safe approach to wellness and prevention healthcare, not reaction medicine. As more research reveals the cost-effectiveness of chiropractic care for treating neuromusculoskeletal complaints such as neck pain, low back pain, muscle sprains and strains, tendonitis, carpal tunnel, postural imbalances and others, more insurances are including it as a covered benefit, and more medical doctors are referring their patients to chiropractors for relief.
If you haven’t been to a chiropractor, it’s time you started. Ask friends, family or co-workers to refer you to a trusted chiropractor or look-up reviews online for someone in your area. The next time you need to see a doctor, help out your body and your wallet by going to your chiropractor.