What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health care profession belonging to the field of complementary and alternative medicine. The field is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions (those affecting the muscles, the spine and the nerves).
Chiropractors must complete a professional postgraduate degree to become a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.), which typically takes around 4 years of postgraduate training . This means most chiropractors spend a total of 7 to 8 years of relevant studies before they can practise independently.
Video courtesy of Palmer College of Chiropractic
What conditions can chiropractic treat?
Chiropractic treatment can address a whole range of conditions related to the muscles, spine and nerves.
Such areas include:
Arm and shoulder pain
Foot and ankle pain
Hip and pelvic pain
Lower back pain
Neck and upper back pain
What does chiropractic treatment involve?
The heart of the chiropractic treatment method involves 'chiropractic adjustment'. During a chiropractic adjustment, a chiropractor uses hands (or a device) to apply a controlled, rapid force to a specific spinal joint in order to realign the spine.
What kind of chiropractic treatment plans are available?
We offer a range of programs to meet the needs of our patients.
If you are a new patient, your first visit will begin with an initial consultation and assessment. From there, you can discuss your needs directly with the chiropractor before undertaking a course of treatment.
Rin Spine Center offers four kinds of treatment plan.
Pain Relief - Treatment involving a blend of manual chiropractic adjustment and physical muscle therapy. Find out more.
Intensive Pain Relief - In some cases, the chiropractor may recommend treatment involving advanced diamagnetic therapy either on its own or in combination with chiropractic adjustment - a faster, more intensive solution for bringing down severe pain. Find out more.
Spinal Realignment - In some cases, the chiropractor may recommend longer-term therapy designed to halt or correct the effects of underlying spinal conditions. Find out more.
Wellness - While patients typically come to us with pain or injury, once we've helped bring down pain to negligible levels, we offer an ongoing chiropractic wellness program that helps maintain spinal health and lower the likelihood of more serious injuries. Find out more.
What happens during your first visit?
Your first visit is the start of an ongoing conversation between you and your chiropractor that will help identify both short-term and long-term goals for treatment.
Here's a guide to what you can expect from your first visit:
Payment & Insurance
We accept cash, credit card (Visa & MasterCard) and debit card (UnionPay).
Initial Consultation & Chiropractic Treatment - HKD $900
Follow-up treatment costs vary depending on the recommended treatment plan. You'll gain a full understanding of treatment costs during your first visit, but feel free to contact us if you require further information.
Every insurance provider and policy is different.
If you'd like to claim back fees, it is your responsibility to ensure you read, understand and follow the terms of coverage and claims submission process of your insurance policy.
Rin Spine Center takes no responsibility for handling, submitting or advising on insurance claims. However, we're very happy to provide treatment receipts for all treatment you attend.
Claiming chiropractic treatment fees back on insurance
Many private health insurance plans in Hong Kong cover chiropractic care and many of our patients claim back their fees from their insurers.
If you would like to claim back fees for treatment, you should check your insurance policy carefully for what kinds of treatment it covers and the terms for making a claim.
Be sure to check your insurance policy for:
Does it cover chiropractic treatment?
➡ Great news! You've got cover.
Do you need a referral letter from a medical doctor / General Practitioner (GP)?
➡ Go ahead and book an appointment with a GP: mention your area/s of pain, when the pain started and request they address their letter to "Chiropractor".
➡ Insurance companies typically allow patients to claim for repeated visits over a period of time (e.g. six months) in relation to symptoms stated in a referral letter.
Some insurance policies require a written referral from a GP. Some don't.
If your policy requires a GP referral letter and you wish to make a claim, it's a good idea to consult your GP first and bring your referral letter with you when you visit us for the first time.
Claiming x-ray imaging fees back on insurance
Depending on the specific nature of your condition and physical assessment, your chiropractor may recommend ordering x-ray images (or other forms of diagnostic imaging) to help confirm a diagnosis.
It appears that some insurance companies also require a referral from a medical doctor / General Practitioner (GP) in order to claim back fees for diagnostic imaging.
In these cases, the exact wording of the requested x-ray views may be required (which we can provide on your receipt and which you can show to your GP).
This may, in effect, mean a patient is required to visit the GP twice in order to claim fees for both chiropractic treatment and diagnostic imaging, following this order:
a) Patient visits GP and obtains referral letter for chiropractic treatment
b) Patients visits chiropractor and receives treatment
c) Patient visits GP and obtains referral letter for diagnostic imaging
d) Patient attends diagnostic imaging
e) Patient submits claims.
However, as already mentioned, insurance policies differ tremendously so you should thoroughly familiarise yourself with the specifics of your policy if you intend to make a claim.
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics - https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/mobile/chiropractors.htm