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Frequently Asked

First Visit


What to expect?

-    The first visit will take about 30-40 minutes. You can download the intake form

from the website to fill out at home and bring with you in order to save about 10

minutes in the office. Wear comfortable clothing that covers the torso and try not

to wear a skirt or dress. Initially we will go over the details of any health issues

you are having so that the doctor can get a better sense of how to treat you.

Some information will be shared regarding your care and what the plan will be

to get you better. Finally, considering there are no “red flags” you will receive your

first chiropractic adjustment. Payment for your visit can be accepted before or

after the appointment (it’s up to you) and the office accepts these forms of payment:

venmo, cash, credit card, debit card, HSA card, FSA card, or checks.

-    Typically, the second visit is when Dr. Robles will recommend any stretches, exercises or nutritional advice because he will want to see how your body responds to the chiropractic adjustment before adding any additional remedies.

-    After the first adjustment a majority of people feel some immediate relief. Typically the effects of the adjustment will continue to improve as the day goes on and even into the next day. Depending on the nature of the health issue that is being dealt with a follow up visit will most likely be recommended within a week. It is important to follow the doctor’s instructions on this matter to ensure the best results.



How long will it take to get better?

-    Most often patients heal in the time frame of a few weeks to a few months. But, there are a lot of factors involved that affect the healing time. Things such as severity of the issue, length of time the issue has persisted, how the issue came into existence (macro-trauma or micro-trauma), age, weight, pharmaceutical and otc drug use, and adherence to the doctor’s instructions all affect healing time. 


What other benefits does chiropractic care provide?

- Chiropractors are well known for helping people with musculoskeletal issues such as back pain, neck pain, and headaches. But it’s also great to see them for many other health issues such as neurological issues (ex: tingling, numbness, or tinnitus), digestive issues, circulatory issues, extremity (arms and legs) pain, boosting the immune system, and general wellness. Fun fact: chiropractors were first required to go through the necessary training to become doctors immediately after the Flu Pandemic of 1918 because the AMA recognized their outstanding results in boosting the immune systems of their patients to be able to fight off the deadly flu during that time.


What is a Doctor of Chiropractic?

-    A Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) is essentially a doctor of the nervous system. They are among the three types of doctors who are considered primary care providers; the other two being Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) and a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.). They are specifically trained in removing interference in the nerve system through the adjustment of spinal and extra-spinal joints and have a focus on nutrition and exercise. The reason they focus on the joints of the body is due to the high concentration of nerve that reside in those areas of the body. The spine is most important since 80% of ALL nerve signals going to the brain come from the motion of those joints. This means that not only does the body improve, but the health of the brain also improves.


How does one become a chiropractor?

- A doctor of chiropractic, like a doctor of medicine, must go through many years of training and education. As a matter of fact, the number of hours required and courses taken is nearly identical to that of an MD with the differences mainly being that chiropractors extensively study body mechanics, adjusting, neurology, nutrition, and exercise, while medical doctors study pharmacology (drugs). They must first receive an undergraduate degree and take specific necessary science courses to be able to apply. Then, once accepted, they can attend one of the accredited schools where they must complete 4500+ hours of coursework and training over a 3.5 year period. In addition, they must pass 4 rigorous national board exams before they can even apply to get their license.

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About the Doctor...

Dr. Michael Robles cares about two things when it comes to caring for his patients: identifying the issue and what he can do to help eliminate that issue. In addition to providing chiropractic adjustments, he has extensive knowledge regarding the latest information on neurology, nutrition, and exercise, and will provide specific instructions to his patients when necessary.

After receiving a degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in biomechanics from San Francisco State University, Dr. Robles went to Life Chiropractic College West to pursue his chiropractic career. In his spare time he enjoys many hobbies and activities and believes that life is meant for enjoyment. He regularly explores nature in our state parks and practices yoga to keep his body moving. He played competitive golf for many years and still gets out recreationally as often as he can. During the winter you can find him cruising down the slopes on a snowboard in the Tahoe mountains in his free time. He also regularly plays tennis and rock climbs around the Bay Area. He enjoys keeping his mind active by reading books and meditating, and occasionally finds a creative outlet in painting. But his greatest passion is spreading the joy of health through chiropractic. 


If you or anybody you know can benefit from experiencing a healthier quality of life, contact the office today and schedule a healing session!

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