New Patient Center
Welcome to the new patient center for Mission Bay Chiropractic!
If you’ve never experienced chiropractic care before, you may not know what to expect when you come to our office for the first time while in pain. That’s why at Mission Bay Chiropractic our aim is to remove any unnecessary stress and make you feel comfortable during your visit with us. In this area of the website, you will be able to take care of the items necessary for your chiropractic visit prior to contact us at 415.834.5566!
What to Expect
In some ways, chiropractic care is a bit like building a house-certain things have to happen in a particular order for everything to stand strong and work together correctly. When building a house, if you tried to build your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually may even collapse. If you tried to build your roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same problem. These concepts apply to your body as well, and chiropractic care addresses many common reasons why people experience pain and other health issues. If something is not right with your body’s foundation, than that needs to be addressed before true health can be achieved. With chiropractic care, your body has to go through a particular plan of care in order to repair itself correctly and fully. There are three general phases of chiropractic care…
Phase 1: Relief Care
If you are in pain when you come to see us, our first objective is to help you reduce your pain and start feeling better as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of the underlying condition which is causing your pain, it is typical for a patient to need more chiropractic care or adjustments in the beginning. During this acute state of injury we may need to see you 2-3 times per week for 2-4 weeks.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During the corrective phase of chiropractic care, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, which helps prevent further injury or pain. The goal of corrective or restorative chiropractic care is to help bring your body back to an optimal functioning level. It is typical to need chiropractic care or adjustments about 4-8 times per month for 2-6 months, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed and you are no longer experiencing pain or other symptoms, it is important to come in for periodic maintenance to avoid further re-injuries in the future. This phase of chiropractic care is based on your lifestyle and wellness goals. Patients interested in wellness care only require a quick visit to the chiropractor, usually at most about 1-2 times per month.
Whatever phase of care you require, we look forward to the opportunity and privilege of guiding you on your path to wellness!
Your First Visit Treatment
At the conclusion of this initial appointment, you can choose to experience your first treatment. This may include spinal adjustments, physical therapy, and/or soft tissue massage. Treatment is interactive and your comfort level is important to us, so feel free to express your needs or concerns about the different styles of care anytime.
Prior to leaving, the doctor will suggest a wellness program to incorporate outside of treatment. If you are in pain when you first come into our office this may include: ice or heat application instructions, certain activities or positions to avoid, and at home exercises and/or stretches. Every person is unique, therefore everyone requires a, customized wellness plan.
In addition to getting better as quickly as possible, the purpose of our wellness program is for you to achieve good spinal alignment, have a healthy diet, exercise, maintain a positive mental state and to be able to live your life to the fullest!
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