Welcome to the webpage for Chiropractic Services at UCI’s Student Health Center!
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders have on general health. Doctors of Chiropractic practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment.
Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are specially trained in manipulation of the spine and extremities, as well as recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises. Chiropractors provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling. Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, diagnostic imaging, laboratory testing and other diagnostic methods.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint function by manually applying a controlled force into joints to restore normal alignment and movement. Diagnosis and treatment is not limited to spinal conditions. Chiropractic doctors are often consulted for conditions of the extremities including, but not limited to, the shoulders, hips and knees. A chiropractic treatment program may include manipulation, deep tissue techniques, application of kinesio-tape, instrument assisted soft tissue and/or manipulation, cold laser treatments and orthotics.
Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition or the condition warrants co-management with other members of the health care team.
How to Make an Appointment
To make an appointment please call (949) 824-5304 to schedule your initial evaluation. Patients are seen by appointment only. Appointments are currently available on Mondays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Melany A. Meier, D.C., Clinical Supervisor of Chiropractic Services
Dr. Meier brings over 35 years of clinical experience to the UCI Student Health Care Center team. She owned and operated her private practice for 20 years but returned to academia to help develop and train new doctors entering the field. She is a peer reviewer for the journal of Alternative Therapies and Health and Medicine and has acted as a consultant for several different insurance and health systems.
Aside from her clinical practice, Dr. Meier is the current community outreach coordinator for the Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS). She is a Vet Net Ally and was the first doctor to reach out to the Stand Down for Veterans group to provide chiropractic care to the inactive and active military personnel during their events.
Chiropractic Interns are in their last year of their doctoral program and they rotate on a 12 month basis. While on rotation at the Student Health Center, the interns treat patients under the supervision of Dr. Meier or another licensed chiropractor.
How long do the treatments last?
The initial visit, which will include history, exam, treatment and an orthotics scan, will range from 45 minutes to one hour. The follow up treatments will be much shorter, ranging from 15-20 minutes. If you have a concern pertaining to time, please let your intern know.
Do chiropractors always take an x-ray?
No. X-rays are usually not necessary in uncomplicated cases. Chiropractors will order x-rays when appropriate based upon the history and exam. Medical necessity will determine the need for diagnostic imaging.
Will chiropractic treatment hurt?
Many patients feel immediate relief and release after the adjustment. Treatment is rarely painful. Every patient responds differently to treatment. The most common adverse side effect is muscle soreness with the discomfort lasting 1-2 days.
Do you use other modalities to assist in treatment?
Yes, we offer cold laser and electrical stimulation as clinical needs dictate.
Do you work with other health professionals?
Yes, chiropractors are part of the multi-disciplinary care team at the Student Health Center and will refer patients for co-management and/or other medical care as clinically indicated.
Do I need a referral for chiropractic care?
If you wish to make an appointment for chiropractic services at the Student Health Center, then no referral from a SHC primary care provider is required. However, if you seek chiropractic treatment from an off-campus, community provider, then a referral from SHC is required.