9 CORNERS Functional Medicine

How Long Has 9 CORNERS Functional Medicine Clinic been in business?

 We are one of the most established clinics in the Bay Area; in business since 1999.

Are the Practitioners Licensed and Certified?

Yes. Our practitioners are experienced and many have worked with 9 Corners for over 10 years!

I’m Not Certain Which Treatment is Right for Me

No problem. We offer a FREE 10-minute phone consultation with Randy Gibson, Medical Director, MS, LAc to help guide you. Your first visit will include an intake to determine your current state of health and your goals. We will offer treatment recommendations based on your lifestyle, budget, and interests (or aversions) in specific healing modalities.

How Should I Plan My Visits?

Book an appointment for an initial consultation; allocate 90 minutes if a treatment is desired on the same visit. Once your initial condition is relieved, we recommend maintenance visits on a consistent basis to secure your comfort and avoid your body defaulting back into old pain or disease patterns. Seasonal visits are important to help you know what moods, emotions, nutritional needs, decision-making strategies should be adhered to based on the Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.

Are Your Nutraceuticals the Same as the Ones at the Retail Stores?

No. We sell prescription-grade nutraceuticals containing pure, high quality ingredients - many are proprietary. Our manufacturing facility was designed by NASA and to meet their standards. The nutraceuticals are prescribed as a component of a complete health program for the primary care, prevention, and treatment for you.

Acupuncture

How big are the needles?

Our acupuncture needles are small, metallic, solid, hair-thin. They are sterile and disposable.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

Most people state they feel little to no pain when the needles are inserted. The needles can be quickly adjusted if you feel discomfort.

What should I expect during my Acupuncture visit?

Your acupuncturist will ask you questions about your lifestyle and past/present conditions. Sharing your medical history and concerns are very important.

How should I dress?

Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes. In most cases, acupuncture points can be accessed by pulling up sleeves and pant legs.

Bodywork and Massage

Where will I get my bodywork or massage?

Your session will take place in a private room, on a massage table designed for your comfort. During the session we are glad to accommodate your preferences in music volume, lighting, heat, and level of hand pressure being applied.

What do I wear during my bodywork or massage?

Keep your under garments on if that makes you feel more comfortable but take off any clothes with zipper, buttons, or snaps. Whatever you are wearing, the practitioner will keep you draped with a sheet for modesty and warmth, exposing only the area being worked on. Your therapist will give you time and privacy before and after the session to dress.

Chiropractic

Do I need to see my doctor before seeing a Chiropractor?

No. Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) are primary health providers and are licensed to practice.

Can Chiropractic care hurt me?

Chiropractic care is safe, non-evasive and effective. In the United States there are 1 million chiropractic treatments given every day and complications are exceedingly rare.

I’m pregnant, can I still see a Chiropractor?

Of course, it’s a great time to start seeing a Chiropractor. Many pregnant women find adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier. Methods are always adapted to a patient’s size, weight, height, age and health condition.

Coaching

Are my sessions confidential?

As a client, you are guaranteed the protection of confidentiality within the boundaries of the client/counselor relationship. The only limitations to confidentiality occur when a client is either a threat to themselves or someone else, or when legal requirements demand that confidential information be shared.

Insurance

What kind of insurance do you take?

It depends on which practitioner you are seeing.
To ensure your needs are met, please confirm with the office staff that your insurance or worker’s compensation policy will be accepted by the practitioner you will be seeing. Superbills can always be provided for insurance reimbursement or tax purposes. Private paying clients are always welcome.

What kind of payments do you accept?

We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, Check, HSA, Gift Certificates, and cash.

Product Refunds

You can exchange unopened products within 14 days of purchase with your receipt. Regretfully we cannot exchange opened products.

Tipping

How should I tip?

Tipping is not required nor expected as our practitioners are members of the medical community; quite different than spas, healthclubs, etc. So don’t feel obligated, however, some clients wish to extend their gratitude in an monetary way and are welcomed to do so.

Bio CodE

What is Bio Code Analysis?

Bio Code Analysis is a sophisticated, reliable, pain-free method that measures 16 indicators of your body’s composition. We decode the results for you and suggest ways to change unwanted patterns. Get your body composition on the right path and become a better you!

What Bio Markers Are Measured?

Does It Hurt?

Not at all.

What Will I Find Out?

Bio Code to learn the current status of your health so you can design your pathway for a healthy life span. Bio Code markers can indicate tendencies toward such conditions as sarcopenia, protein-energy malnutrition, obesity, cell dehydration, and so much more. With your Bio Code results we can recommend an effective lifestyle program to help you enjoy optimal performance and healthy life span.

How Soon Do I Get My Results?

You receive your results within one week typically.

How Often Should I Get Tested?

It is recommended you Bio Code once every season.

How Do I Know the Results Are Valid?

Each person must serve as his/her own comparison for serial analysis. In this way Bio Coding serves to measure your progress as you work to improve your wellness and can help you maintain a healthy body composition to keep your body functioning properly for healthy aging and reduced risk to illness. The use of bioimpedance assessment (BIA) to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment strategies for various health conditions is widespread. Several pharmaceutical companies incorporate BIA testing in their clinical trials to track its effect on lean body mass and body cell mass. A number of companies use BIA in clinical trials to monitor changes in total body water.

What Do I Wear?

Wear comfortable clothing. Nothing special is required.

Infared Saunas

What Are Infrared Wavelengths?

The sun produces a combination of visible and invisible light, and one of those invisible spectrums is infrared rays. Invisible infrared wavelengths are what makes the sun feel warm. Scientists have established that infrared waves are beneficial to the human body because they are easily absorbed, stimulating the lymphatic, metabolic, immune and cardiovascular systems and also help remove toxins. Infrared does all of this without any of the harmful rays of sunlight.

What Are The Three Infrared Wavelengths?

There are three main categories of the infrared spectrum: near infrared, mid infrared, and far infrared.

  • Near Infrared – Near infrared has the shortest wavelength and is absorbed just below the surface of the skin. This spectrum will help raise your core body temperature and helps with skin purification and rejuvenation providing anti-aging benefits.

  • Mid Infrared – This is a longer infrared wavelength that penetrates deeper into the body’s soft tissue. Mid infrared waves help increase circulation and release oxygen to injured areas.

  • Far Infrared – Far infrared is the longest infrared wavelength and penetrates deep into your body. Far infrared wavelengths result in the greatest levels of detoxification, increase your metabolism aiding in cardiovascular health, improve circulation through vasodilation, relax muscles, reduce joint pain and much more.

What’s The Difference Between Infrared Saunas Versus Traditional And Steam Saunas?

The main difference between infrared saunas and traditional saunas is how they use heat. Traditional saunas use a single heater that is heating the air and this hot air heats you. In contrast, infrared saunas use advanced therapy to heat the you directly with only a small percentage of the heat heating the air. This results in a deeper sweat and at a lower ambient air temperature. In fact, infrared saunas usually operate between 115° – 135°F, while traditional saunas can get up to 195°F.

What Should I Wear?

Some clients are fully clothed; others wear their under garments, sports wear or wrap a towel around. We provide plenty of towels for your comfort.

Is It Safe to Use Infrared Every Day?

Yes! In fact, you will see wellness improvements sooner if you use it daily. On average, most people partake in 30 minute sessions, 3-4 times a week.

Is It Safe to Use Infrared Sauna After Surgery?

Yes, it is perfectly safe for post surgery patients.

Should I Shower After My Infrared Sauna?

The infrared saunas at CLUB 9 are express. We provide towels and a moist body wipe to dry off and remove toxins afterwards.

How Long Should You Stay In An Infrared Sauna?

Up to 30 minutes. You control the temperature to incite perspiration or simply warm your bones. Enjoy the benefits of enhanced restfulness, pain relief, weight loss and purification.

Do You Really Burn Calories In An Infrared Sauna?

Yes! Infrared saunas penetrate the skin more deeply increasing your metabolic rate and helping the body burn anywhere from 200 to 600 calories in a half-hour session.

Whole Body Cryo

What is Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is the practice of using cold temperatures to promote natural healing and wellness. It dates back to ancient civilizations. Whole body cryotherapy is the modern application and stimulates the same rejuvenation at a whole new level of cold — in just three minutes.

What is the History of Cryotherapy?

Whole Body Cryotherapy was developed in the 1970’s in Japan by Dr. Toshima Yamauchi for the treatment of arthritis and has been offered in Europe for 30+ years for pain management, athletic recovery, reducing inflammation and weight loss.

Why Do People Enjoy Whole Body Cryotherapy?

Weight Loss. Pain Reduction. Performance.

Survey results show many cryotherapy clients use cryotherapy to improve lean body mass, sleep, workout recovery, positive mental well-being, and pain relief. Whole body cryotherapy is an excellent complement to existing health and wellness initiatives.

Should I Do Whole Body Cryotherapy Before or After Exercise?

Most clients who do cryotherapy before exercise experience increased energy, endurance, flexibility and focus. Most clients who do cryotherapy after exercise say experience much faster recovery, reduced pain and tightness. 

What Should I Wear During a Cryotherapy Session?

You are provided thermal gloves, socks, cryo booties and a comfy robe. Dry undergarments must be worn during your experience. If you do not have dry undergarments, a towel is provided. Some clients like to wear workout pants (with no zippers, snaps or other metal) in the chamber.

How Often Should I Do Whole Body Cryotherapy?

Most clients report immediate benefits. To substantially improve performance, immunity, lean body mass, depression/anxiety, pain reduction and other persistent conditions studies show 4 sessions per week for 4-5 weeks. Most clients maintain these benefits by doing cryotherapy 2-3 times a week. Staying consistent is important.

Can I Do More Than 1 Cryo Session a Day?

Yes! We recommend a 2 hour wait time in between sessions.

What is the Age Requirement for Cryotherapy?

Anyone age 18 or older can enjoy cryotherapy if they meet the height and health requirements. Clients under the age of 18 must have parental consent and a guardian present at the time of the session. The minimum age is 14 years old.

Do I Need to Do Anything Special Before My Cryotherapy Session?

Remove jewelry from below the chin. Make sure you have no large open sores, rashes or fresh tattoos and dry skin - no recent shaved legs or lotion.

How Should I Feel During and After My Sessions?

During a cryotherapy session, clients feel a soft, dry, cold vapor on the skin. Core temperature inside your body remains normal. Many clients report feeling a sense of calm and heightened focus after their session. Others report feelings of euphoria, rejuvenation, pain release, peaceful sleep and an energy boost throughout the next 24-72 hours.

Are There Any Health Concerns to Consider Before Participating in a Cryotherapy Session?

  • Uncontrolled high-blood pressure

  • No recent emotional trauma

  • Pregnancy

  • Raynaud’s Syndrome

  • Allergy to cold

  • Prior heart attack

  • Unstable heart pain

  • Disease of the blood vessels

  • History of blood cots

  • Uncontrolled seizure disorder

  • Nerve pain in feet and legs

  • Large open sores

  • Any disease or condition with increased sensitivity to cold

To ensure your cryotherapy session is safe and comfortable, you must be completely dry upon entering.

I Easily Feel Claustrophobic - Will I Feel Comfortable in the Cryo Chamber?

Yes! Your head is always outside of the cryo chamber and the cryo chamber door does not lock for an easy exit. If you feel uncomfortable at any point during your session, simply alert your CLUB 9 team member. We will stop your session immediately.

Does the Nitrogen Vapor Pose Any Risks?

To ensure your cryotherapy session is safe and comfortable, you must be completely dry upon entering the cryo chamber. Also, the CLUB 9 team member will ensure you are at the proper height for maximum oxygen consumption and we are present throughout your entire session. Nitrogen is a non-toxic, colorless, odorless, tasteless gas and does not support life.

How Much Does It Cost?

Members enjoy discounts on CLUB 9 services and supplements. The cryo chamber session is $60 for members; $66 for non-members. Fridays we host Cryo Happy Hour from 3-7pm; $30 for members and $45 for non-members. This is a lively, social time and great way to try cryo with you friends and family. Reservations are strongly recommended.