Frequently Asked Questions
"Physical fitness is not only one of the most
important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis
of dynamic and creative intellectual activity."
- John F. Kennedy
What can I expect on my first chiropractic visit?
You'll meet the doctor after filling out some brief paperwork. A thorough examination and x-rays, if necessary, are performed next. After we review the findings of the examination and x-rays together, we then determine if (1) we can help you with your specific problem, and (2) how long the treatment plan will be. If we are unable to help, we then refer you to another specialist who possibly can. You will NOT be adjusted on your initial visit. Payment is taken upfront to secure your initial consultation appointment. Se hablamos espanol.
How much is the cost of care?
The initial consultation which includes exam, x-rays (if necessary), and a 30 min. massage is $190. If you prefer to skip the 30 min. massage, then it is $150.
Follow up visits are $70 for an adjustment and a 30 min. massage, and $45 for the adjustment without the massage.
An hour massage is $80, and a 30 min. massage is $42.50.
Sports Physicals are $50.
Appointments are required.
Do you take my health insurance?
We accept most PPO or POS insurances. We do not accept Kaiser or Medi-Cal unfortunately. The best way to find out is to email a photo of the front and back of your insurance card to Esmeralda@balance-wellness.com. Please include your name, date of birth, and a call back number in your email. We also accept cash, credit cards, Apply Pay, Google Pay, Venmo, and Bitcoin.
Are chiropractic adjustments safe?
Yes. A New Zealand government inquiry found that chiropractic adjustments are "remarkably safe". A thorough examination helps identify the rare individual for whom chiropractic care might not be suited. Adjustments are about 100 times safer than taking a common, over-the-counter pain reliever. We also use a low impact Pro-adjuster tool for those with osteoporosis risks.
What is an adjustment like?
Adjustments feel like light pressure applied to the spine or to the joints of the body. Most of the time patients feel a sense of release and increased mobility as a result. It is a very comfortable feeling. If it weren't, most patients would never come back.
Should I adjust myself?
No. Some people may be able to make their joints "pop", but that's not an adjustment! Worse, damage may occur by habitually stressing the joints, muscles and ligaments. Adjustments are specific. Even chiropractors must consult another chiropractor to benefit from chiropractic care.
What makes the "popping" sound?
Special fluids lubricate each spinal joint. Some adjusting methods can produce a sound as the gas and fluids in the joint shift - like releasing the pressure in a bottle of champagne. The sound, if it occurs, is fascinating, but isn't a guide to quality or effectiveness of an adjustment.
Is it true that I have to continue treatment for the rest of my life?
This is a trick question. No, you do not have to continue treatment for the rest of your life once you recover from your pain or discomfort, but continued treatment can help maintain your body's optimal function. It is not mandatory, but why not focus on preventative care? Yes, most people seek out chiropractic care to relieve pain, but just like getting your teeth cleaned or having your car's oil changed, your body needs attention even when no mechanical dysfunction seems evident. Over time, you will spend less money on your health if you invest in preventative care.