Does health insurance cover chiropractic?
Most insurance plans have chiropractic coverage. Some do not. Some have excellent coverage, some very limited. Our staff at BRHC will always take the time to make a photocopy of your insurance card and call to check your benefits.
Does auto accident insurance cover chiropractic?
All personal injury protection (PIP) plans for auto insurance in Massachusetts cover chiropractic. If you have an accident we can take care of you and bill your insurance company. No referral needed.
Does insurance cover for slip and fall accidents?
It depends on the specifics of each case. We at BRHC are always happy to help find out your coverage for you.
Does Workman's Compensation (work injuries) cover chiropractic? Do I need a referral?
All work compensation plans cover chiropractic and you do not need a referral to see a chiropractor. Call us and we will help with all the paperwork.
Does Medicare cover chiropractic?
No referral is needed for most plans. Medicare covers chiropractic treatment, but not examinations or x-rays. We have a discounted exam/x-ray fee if paid at the time of service.
Does Medicaid (Mass Health) cover chiropractic?
Yes, with an authorization from your Primary Care Physician.
Also, if you have Medicare as your primary health insurance, Mass health may cover as a secondary.
Does Blue Cross Blue Shield cover chiropractic?
Yes, with most of it's plans. We are providers for all Blue Cross products. If your plan has chiropractic benefits, we are in your plan. We can call to check your benefits.
What if I have no insurance coverage and have to pay on my own?
We at BRHC are always sensitive to our patients needs and have very affordable pay as you go plans or discounted plans if pre-paid.
How much chiropractic care will I need?
Each individual patient needs will be determined by the attending doctor of chiropractic. Some patients only need a few visits to help their problem and some patients may need a few months. Your treatment plan will be based on a comprehensive case history, a thorough examination and spinal x-rays if necessary.
How long does a chiropractic visit take?
For your first visit you should allow an hour. Sometimes more, sometimes less.
For regular visits you may be only 15-30 minutes, depending on your treatment plan and needs
I have heard that once you go to a chiropractor, you always have to go. Is that true?
Absolutely! We mean, no, no, that's not true! This is one of the most common misconceptions that many non chiropractic patients have and one of the biggest barriers to seeking care. The perception is often made because of how many people that begin care do continue going to the chiropractor for the rest of their lives. But, and it is a huge but, these people choose to go to the chiropractor. Often because it is the best they have felt in years and they want to keep that good feeling. Or they begin to better understand how many health problems chiropractic can help beyond the neck, back and headaches. Also it is unfortunate that many back problems do recur for many reasons and further care is needed. Once a person understands the value of chiropractic, the statement once you go, you will always have to go, will sound as silly as, once you go to the dentist, you will always have to go.
Does chiropractic treatment hurt?
Usually modern chiropractic care is very comfortable and does not hurt. Sometimes when somebody is already in acute pain and the tissues are tender and inflamed, the chiropractic adjustment may be briefly sore. Always tell the doctor if it is sore.
Of course chiropractic is great for neck and back pain and headaches what else does it help?
Chiropractic care is primarily the detection and correction of what we call the vertebral subluxation. Vertebral subluxations are misalignments of the spine that can interfere with the normal nerve flows. Our nervous system is comprised of the brain, spinal cord and spinal nerves that go to every part of the body. The nervous system is the master control of all other systems of the body. And all the organs, glands, muscles and functions of the body including the immune system and under the control of the nervous system. The better your nervous system works the healthier you will be. Many patients that come to us for one problem, such as neck or back pain and get treated, find other seemingly unrelated problems improve. Such as sinus problems, or indigestion or constipation or they don't get as many colds, or have better energy. Many patients have brought their babies or small children to us for ear infections, with great results.
So does chiropractic cure everything?
Of course not. Chiropractors detect and correct subluxations and the body heals itself. Chiropractic doesn't cure anything but when subluxations are reduced you will often be surprised with the results.
What if chiropractic can't help me?
We enjoy a fine relationship with many of the best medical doctors and specialists in the area and freely refer our patients for further opinions. We also enjoy accepting referrals from many other doctors.
What if chiropractic can't help me?
Chiropractic is very safe. One of the best indicators is the cost of our malpractice insurance.
The average chiropractic malpractice premium is about $3,000.00 per year compared to some MD's now over $100,000.00 per year.
Can I get early or late appointments?
Yes. Chiropractic appointments can be scheduled as early as 7:15 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and we are open until 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We are also open Saturday 8 a.m. to noon.
When I am sore, do I use heat or ice?
AH, the age old question. Initially with any injury, always use ice. Two to three days after an injury I usually instruct my patients to use heat in the morning and then switch to ice in the afternoon & evening.
Why is my back and neck stiff in the morning and what can I do about it?
Stiffness in the morning has a lot to do with our sleeping postures and the fact that when we sleep, we stay in one position for four to eight hours. So when we get out of bed in the morning, our muscles are stiff from being in one position for along time. There is no complete cure for this, but, with the right exercises, most times the stiffness can be quickly resolved.
Does good posture really make a difference?
YES. We should all have listened more closely to our mothers and Mrs. Corbett, our third grade teacher when they encouraged us to sit up straight. Poor posture puts significant stress on our necks, shoulders and back, predisposing them to serious injury over time. SO SIT UP!
Why does my back hurt when I stand in one position for a long time?
Well this is not necessarily your fault. It is due to a design flaw in our body. If they had asked a physical therapist before designing the human model, we would have suggested that we have one eye placed in the front of our head, and one eye placed in the back of our head, instead of two in the front. That would have allowed us to lean forward some of the time and lean over backwards some of the time instead of always leaning forward with the way we have our eyes placed now. This makes the back work hard when we are just standing still. We physical therapists do have exercises to reduce this problem.
If I have disc problem in my neck or back, is surgery a must?
NO. Good legitimate research now shows that in at least 85% of cases, surgery is not necessary with disc injuries. Physical therapy using the McKenzie techniques/protocol has shown amazing resulting treating disc related injuries.
Is there one daily exercise you can recommend to get and maintain a healthy back?
There are many different reasons why we experience back pain, all of which may require different exercise protocols to reduce or resolve the problem. However, if I were to recommend one thing to start doing, it would be to begin a walking program. Walking works the muscles of the shoulders, back and legs bringing increased blood flow to these areas, strengthening, stretching and healing them all at the same time.
If I have osteoporosis, is it OK for me to exercise?
YES, YES and again YES. Exercise done properly strengthens even osteoporotic bone. Physical therapists can evaluate you and issue you a safe home exercise program to do on your own.
What type of massage therapy is available?
We have several therapists that specialize in:
What is Hot Stone Massage?
- Swedish-Deep tissue- myofascial release
- Trigger Point and Hot Stone Massage
- Our therapists are skilled and trained to help you find the best style for you.
Small super smooth river stones are heated in water and the therapist skillfully holds and glides the heated stones along your muscles during the massage. The heat and pressure is very soothing and penetrates deep into the muscles and soft tissues.
How much does a hot stone massage cost?
Hot stone is done in 60 minute sessions for $100 or 90 minutes sessions for $125.00
How much does a regular massage cost?
Payment must be made at time of service
1/2 hour $45.00
1 hour $75.00
1 & 1/2 $105.00
What do I wear to a massage session?
Most clients get fully undressed but will be draped with sheets or blankets and only the area being worked on will be exposed. Other people leave on underclothing. Whatever you are comfortable with is fine. Our staff will always respect your dignity and privacy.
How do I buy a gift certificate?
You can call 508.394.1353 or just stop in any time.
We accept cash, checks & all major credit cards.
Do I have to be a patient of Bass River Chiropractic to enjoy the massage services?
NOT AT ALL
The public is welcome to come and enjoy a massage, hot stone massage or hot shell massage.
Does insurance cover massage?
Most plans do not cover traditional one-hour massages. But some insurance plans allow massage with a referral such as patients injured in auto accidents.
What are the hours for massage?
Our massage department is open 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. by appointment. Monday through Saturday and Sunday by appointment.