Chiropractic Treatments in Costa Mesa & Newport Beach, CA – Questions for our Chiropractor?
Dr. Stacey Halpern of Harbor Family Chiropractic takes time to answer some of our most frequently asked questions on Chiropractic Care. She addresses the common fear that is associated with treatment, how emotional stress can take its toll on the body and how Chiropractic Care can help.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is the world’s largest natural health profession. It is based on improving your brain’s ability to communicate to the body through the nerves in the spine. It helps many conditions from pain relief to asthma. To learn more about the nervous system click here.
How does Chiropractic work?
Chiropractors are specially trained to locate and correct spinal nerve stress (also known as vertebral subluxations). Subluxations weaken your body, stress organ systems (such as digestion, elimination, and respiration), lower resistance to disease and affect posture, height, brain function and overall health.
What is a Subluxation?
A vertebral subluxation is a vertebra that is in improper position and alignment causing decreased motion and pressure on a nerve. Vertebral subluxations can occur at any age. In fact, children get the m from falls, birth trauma other forms of stress. Subluxations received from infancy or a childhood fall may remain in your body for life unless corrected. Many adults today suffer from subluxations they received in childhood.
What is an Adjustment?
Is it Safe?
Chiropractic is not only safe but many studies have been conducted throughout the United States and Canada for over 50 years showing the safety and effectiveness of Chiropractic treatments to help various health conditions. For more information log onto http://www.chirobase.com/.
Do I have to go to a chiropractor forever?
Every patient that comes to our office is evaluated and then given a specific treatment program in order to correct the cause of their condition. The number of adjustments required is based on the individual case. People do not have to go to their Chiropractor forever. Many patients stay on a maintenance care program after their correction is reached so that they never regress back to day one or stay on for regular check ups to keep their spine as healthy as possible.
Why should I try Chiropractic first?
Chiropractic care is non-invasive. It is safe and effective and is a healthy route to try. Unlike drugs there are no toxic side effects to care. Unlike surgery, there are no serious risk factors or life threatening possible outcomes. Chiropractic care is a natural approach to relieving aches and pains, and developing a healthier spine and nervous system. See Our Patients Testimonials for more details.
Do I need X-Rays?
The necessity for X-rays will be determined based on the nature of your injury and the results of your examination tests. X-rays will be taken only if found necessary by the doctor.
Does my insurance cover Chiropractic?
Many PPO insurance plans have some Chiropractic benefits. We would be happy to assist you with the the verification of chiropractic benefits within our office. Please contact us today so that we can verify the specific benefits of your insurance.
The following is a list of insurance we take in our office. Please note that this list is not a complete list and that we must verify all insurance before confirming coverage.
Blue Cross PPO, EPO, POS
Blue Shield PPO, EPO, POS
Aetna PPO, EPO, POS
United Health Care
Cigna PPO, EPO, POS
Health Savings Accounts
How do I get started?
Simply Contact us by filling out your information or call our office today at (949) 515 – 5170 to schedule an appointment for a consultation and examination. We always make it a priority to have same day appointments available in the case of an emergency.
What will happen on my first visit?
On your very first visit to our office you will sit down with Dr. Gillis to speak about your condition/injury thoroughly. Afterwards, Dr. Gillis will conduct a complete Chiropractic, neurologic, orthopedic, postural and muscular examination which consists of 66 different painless tests. X-rays will then be taken if necessary. Please see Will I need X-rays.
What will happen on my second visit?
After the initial exam and consultation is completed, Dr. Gillis will spend time reviewing the results and develop a program of care for your condition. On your second visit to our office (usually next day after first visit), Dr. Gillis will review the results of your examination and X-rays (if taken) and discuss what is wrong, if it can be corrected through Chiropractic care, how long the treatment will take, and the costs of care. If Dr. Gillis is unable to assist you with your condition she will also explain other options or health professions you can speak with. After a full report on your care is explained Dr. Gillis will begin your treatment the same day.
What will happen on my second visit?
Your third visit to our office is nice and easy. It is what you can expect on the rest of your visits. You will sign in, get into one of treatment rooms, receive your corrective adjustment and therapy and then be on your way. The good news about Chiropractic care is that it does not take a long time!! Most patients are in and out the door within 5-10 minutes for their treatments so they can continue their busy life schedules.
What are Re-Examinations?
Every 30-45 days of care, Dr. Gillis will spend some time re-examining your condition by checking improvement of your symptoms and tests results. This insures Dr. Gillis that you are getting correction for your condition at the schedule she put together for you as well as making sure that the treatment provided is providing results.