Wednesday, July 22, 2020

My First Visit at Mabuhay Chiropractic Clinic

Purple Plum Fairy visits Mabuhay Chiropractic Clinic at SM North Edsa The Block for the first time

For a lot of people, a visit to a chiropractor is a necessity only when they get twisted or when they have a stiff neck. In reality, you may not even be aware of it, but you might have a problem with your spine and wouldn’t know it unless you see a specialist. Your headache, neck pain, and even knee pain may be caused by a small dislocation. 

Mabuhay Chiropractic Clinic reception area welcomes you with a smile from their staff so you'd feel right at home & comfortable.

If you’ve never visited a chiropractor before, chances are you might be as clueless as I am. Just like me, you must be wondering what to expect during your first visit at the chiropractor. I had so many questions going on in my mind prior to my visit: “Will it hurt afterwards?” “Will they be requiring me to have my spinal X-ray? I was so excited yesterday while I was accompanied by my fiancĂ© Jason (who also became my personal driver and photographer at the time. Thanks, hun!) during my first visit to Mabuhay Chiropractic Clinic at SM North Edsa, The Block. What exactly goes on during the chiropractic appointment? Read on and find out as I share with you what has happened during my first appointment.

The clinic has a cozy vibe to make patients comfortable

On the wall is a corner where one can read the patients' testimonials

When my fiancĂ© Jason and I arrived at the Mabuhay Chiropractic Clinic yesterday, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. Although I have been to a chiropractic clinic before but the experience was different since I had only interviewed the chiropractor at the time yet there was no first-hand experience.

The minute I stepped inside Mabuhay Chiropractic Clinic, I was immediately greeted by their friendly and professional staff. I was asked to fill out a paper with all the necessary information including the pain I had been experiencing in the past 6 months. Once I had completed the form, I was then taken in to see their in-house chiropractic doctor, Dr. Nick Fleming. Dr. Fleming is an American, born and raised in Minnesota, USA. He went to the New College Science Institute and Life West Chiropractic College. He moved to Thailand where he also worked for 10 years where he was also introduced to integrative medicine and became the head chiropractor for a large clinic in Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. Fleming also took advance studies of chiropractic and healing arts. His specialization includes active release technique (used by athlete’s around the world), cranial nerve rehab and neurological testing and rehab. 

Purple Plum Fairy awaits her Chiropractic doctor Nick Fleming inside the treatment room

Fleming discussed the symptoms that I had been experiencing in the past few months and he asked me some questions. I told him that there were some trigger points on my shoulder blades as well as some neck pains, occasional headaches, leg cramps, and feet issues. I also have problems with my posture as I got so used to being in a slouch position and my prolonged sitting also didn’t help at all. I used to put topical analgesics on them hoping the pain would get better on its own but it wasn’t getting any better so I thought it would be smart to visit Mabuhay Chiropractic Clinic and have myself checked. 

One thing I learned on my visit to the MCC, each chiropractic treatment is tailored specifically for you, it will be based on what you’re experiencing to what can the chiropractic doctor can do for you to help you with your health issues. That’s why it is best to set an appointment rather than just walking-in. They accept walk-ins though provided that there are available slots. 

Fleming then did a physical exam on me to determine exactly what issues I’m dealing with. The physical exam focuses on the spine or joints with the special attention given to my areas of complaint. I said I was having pain on my neck and shoulder blades, feet, legs, and some headaches. So Doc Fleming carefully examined my range of motion and posture. He also did an orthopedic test as well as a muscle strength test. As with most of his patients, he found my issues right away. Oh, and usually, they do not allow cameras or anyone to take photos during the treatment, but I am an exception because I asked permission as I would be writing about my experience. 

To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t aware that I had significant weakness on my right arm and left foot. When we did the muscle strength test on my right arm, I was surprised by how little strength I really had on that arm. Doc also found that I could only turn my head about a few degrees on both my left and right. Doc Fleming said he can modify his tests depending on the patient’s strength and weakness

Once the physical exam is done, your chiropractor will then develop a treatment plan that considers the following: the extent and severity of your irritation or injury, your overall health, the condition of your spine (taking age and previous injuries into consideration) and what your goals are.

Now, here’s what most people do not understand: You have to consider your goals because they are an important part of your treatment plan. The sad truth is that most patients tend to just look for pain relief while others look for drastic changes right after the initial treatment. Thing is, while there really might be improvement in function and with the way you’d feel after each treatment, still—there are things you need to focus on, not just pain relief and restoring of motion during each chiropractic appointment. You just got to trust your chiropractic doctor because he’s doing his job of relieving your pain. 

I hardly felt any discomfort and chiropractic treatment didn’t hurt. In fact, it felt so good especially after hearing my neck bones popped and cracked right then and there. I felt immediate relief and hardly noticed the pain anymore.

Doc Fleming explained that when you visit a chiropractor, he treats your most restricted joint to provide maximum relief in his adjustment. A chiropractic adjustment is quick and painless. No kidding, I feel great immediately and my neck has improved and the strength on my arm was better. I’m no longer experiencing neck pain or any pressure, just a bit of weakness. A chiropractic adjustment is not a scary process and it can provide immediate relief. 

The lovely ladies from Mabuhay Chiropractic Clinic at The Block, SM North 

Fleming discusses future treatment plans for each of his patients. Each treatment plan is different as he develops a customized treatment plan based on the patients’ specific problems and their goals. The staff then follows up the patient to schedule his or her next visit.

So now that you know what to expect when you come and visit Mabuhay Chiropractic Clinic, what are you waiting for? Set an appointment now!

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