What should I expect on my first visit? 

We explain everything first. To find out if we can help you, we will ask questions and listen.  You will be asked to provide us with a history of your symptoms that will be carefully reviewed with one of our doctors.  A physical examination will be performed to evaluate and diagnose your conditions.  X-rays may also be necessary.  We will provide any necessary treatment to alleviate your symptoms as quickly as possible. Prepare for your first visit by filling out your intake forms now! Click here to start.

How many visits can I expect to make?

After we study your health history and correlate our examination findings, we’ll make recommendations designed to help you get and keep your health. We call this the Report of Findings. On this visit we will report back to you all of the findings from your physical examination and x-rays.  A detailed treatment plan will be provided and all treatment options will be discussed.  This is a great time to bring along your spouse, or anyone interested in your care and condition.  You will also have the opportunity to ask questions. The total number of visits will vary according to your treatment needs.

What does a typical visit involve?

A typical office visit will differ from patient to patient.  For a chiropractic visit, a spinal adjustment will be performed; however, other treatment modalities may be incorporated if your condition warrants.  These consist of therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise, physical therapy, stretching, ice, heat, or massage therapy.  For a primary care or naturopathic visit, the doctor will explore a whole-body approach to address pain and discomfort which also includes symptom support and management through naturopathic care.

We recognize your time is valuable. So we do everything possible to run on time and minimize the impact on your busy life.

Will an adjustment hurt? 

To most people, chiropractic adjustments feel good. Depending on the condition however, there may be some muscle soreness following an adjustment that should go away after about 24 hours. 

How long will I have to continue care? 

This depends on the severity of the problem and amount of time with the problem. Typically, a more severe presentation takes longer than a mild complaint. Likewise, a chronic problem often takes longer than an acute problem to resolve. In general, a treatment plan will be set up based on each individual's needs and situation. 

What is that cracking sound during an adjustment?

When a joint capsule is stretched, the gases contained within the fluid of the joint are rapidly released and create the popping sound.

Is chiropractic treatment safe?

In general, chiropractic care has been found to be a very safe, non-invasive treatment. With everything, though, there are risks that come along with care. Compared to other options for treatment, chiropractic has no drug side effects ,does not mask symptoms, and is considered one of the safest, most effective treatments for numerous conditions. Manual neck adjustments do come with a rare risk of stroke. Other possible side effects include soreness, and much less common, disc herniation and rib fracture.

Does a chiropractor treat more than just the spine?

Yes. Chiropractors treat soft tissue, extremities, and other ailments. The nervous system is what controls all aspects of the body. While chiropractors don't claim to treat everything, many conditions have been shown to be helped by chiropractic care. These include migraines, dysmenorrhea, and ear infections to name a few. 

Once I start chiropractic care, do I have to keep going back?

You don't have to do anything you don't want to. People who get relief with chiropractic care tend to return for care to prevent return of the problems they had. There is nothing physically, however, that makes you have to return.

How much education do chiropractors have?

Chiropractors have a minimum of 4200 hours of student/teacher contact hours, including at least 1000 hours of supervised clinical training. Chiropractic colleges require 90 semester hours (or 120 quarter hours) including a set amount of those being certain science requirements in order to get into chiropractic school. Chiropractors must also pass 4 set of national boards, including a practical section.

Do I have to be cracked?

There are different techniques that can be used instead of "cracking". The type of care is based on the patient's needs and wants.

Can I get adjusted when pregnant?

Yes. In fact, it is highly recommended to get adjusted during pregnancy. Adjustments can not only help women throughout the pregnancy, but can also help have an easier labor and delivery. Of course, there are modifications that are mad as the pregnant woman grows. 

Is anyone too old or young to get adjusted?

No. Anyone from newborn to 100 can and should be examined and adjusted. The difference is the technique and force that are used. Remember, pain is usually that last indicator that something is wrong. Children often don't have pain, but can benefit from adjustments.

Is Northwest Wellness's services covered by insurance?

Most insurance plans cover care to some degree. There is so much variance between plans that each person needs to contact their insurance company to learn about the benefits.  We provide in house billing and are here to answer any questions that you may have regarding your insurance.

Can I pay my bill online?

Yes you can!  If you go to the homepage of the website click on the Make A Payment tab and enter your card information.  Paying your bills online waive the monthly statement fees and is good for the environment!

 

What makes this office different from other wellness offices?

Northwest Wellness provides chiropractic, massage, physical therapy, primary care, naturopathic medicine, weight loss, acupuncture and more... all in one location!  All of our providers are preferred with most insurances.  Our billing is in house and we are available for any questions you may have. 

I don't have pain anymore. Do I still need care?

That depends on your goals. If your goal is to be out of your current pain, then your goal has been reached. However, the absence of pain usually does not signal that you are healed. Chiropractic care is a process of restoring proper motion and function to the joints which in turn leads to less pain and increased overall function of the body.

Will chiropractors work with my other doctors in my care?

The goal of chiropractic care, in general, is to improve the overall health of the patient. There are times when the patient will be in need of concurrent care or a referral to a specialist. Chiropractors will make necessary referrals and communicate when needed to the patients' primary care physician and other healthcare specialists when needed. 

Why should you see a naturopathic physician?

                Our current mainstream system of healthcare is entirely lacking in offering patient-centered, patient-driven, and patient-advocated medicine. Conventional medicine reduces a complex, unique human being to a list of lifeless symptoms, absent of any concern for the body and it’s environment.

Naturopathic medicine sets itself apart by investing time and energy into understanding the many variables that contribute to a person’s health. Rarely, it if ever, is optimal health and the path to attaining it, a one size fit’s all.

Through an ever growing body of research in medical literature, clinicians are beginning to understand the importance of foundational health as a means to not only treat disease, but prevent it as well.  This is exactly the heart and soul of naturopathic medicine.

Our providers will thoroughly assess your body’s ability to overcome illness and thrive by evaluating your health history and current lifestyle. After a detailed intake and review of laboratory findings, we design a treatment approach that not only helps to manage symptoms, but minimize the likelihood of future disease. Our tools are simple, yet incredibly effective. With compassion, an open heart, the latest evidence-based approaches, herbs, nutrients, and mind-body practices we facilitate change not only in your physical body, but mental, emotional and spiritual as well.

Highlights of choosing to see a naturopathic doctor include:

1.       You want a doctor who will treat all of you, not just your illness.

2.       You want personalized treatment.

3.       You want to treat the root cause of illness, not just the symptoms.

4.       You want to actively participate in managing your own health.

5.       You have chronic pain and don’t want to use pharmaceutical drugs such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or highly addictive opioids to manage pain.

6.       You have tried all conventional medical options for diagnosing and treating a health condition.

How are naturopathic doctors educated, trained, and licensed? According to the American Association of Naturopathic Physician’s website-

                Accredited naturopathic medial schools are a four-year, in-residence, hands-on medical program consisting of a minimum of 4,100 hours of class and clinical training. During naturopathic medical school, students are educated in the biomedical sciences as well as the latest advances in science in combination with natural approaches to therapy. They also study disease prevention and clinical techniques.

In addition to a standard medical curriculum, schools require their graduates to complete four years of training in disciplines such as clinical nutrition, acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, physical medicine, and counseling. For at least the final two years of the medical program, naturopathic medical student intern in clinical settings under the close supervision of licensed professionals.

Licensing and certification

The exam to qualify for a naturopathic doctor licensure is a 3-day exam covering the last 2 years of medical education.

How do naturopathic doctors help to manage chronic pain without highly addictive opioids?

                Chronic pain is an incredibly common presentation. Especially here at NW Wellness. The most common approach recommended by conventional doctors is addictive pain killers. Overtime, the addiction to the drug has become an ever greater problem than the symptom is was treating.

Naturopathic medicine provides a safe and effective solution that does not involve highly addictive drugs for managing chronic pain. Initiating non-drug approaches to chronic pain management, that include an individual’s lifestyle, nutrition, work and leisure activities, current and past stressors, and relevant previous injuries. Naturopathic doctors are not only able to address the pain, but also the underlying root cause of it as well. Approaches include dietary recommendations and nutritional supplements, as well as, exercise, physical rehabilitation, and mind-body approaches to all effectively reduce pain.

How can naturopathic medicine lower my health care cost?

    As premiums continue to rise, now more than ever it is important to offer an effective style of medicine that focuses not only symptom resolution, but prevention as well. Here are 8 reasons why naturopathic medicine  can lower your health care cost.

1.       By addressing the root cause of illness.

a.       By focusing on the underlying cause of your disease and not just the symptom, we can reduce the need for repeated, expensive, and sometimes ineffective treatment. For example, the underlying cause of high blood pressure is often poor diet and obesity. By focusing on lifestyle recommendations that support a healthy diet and body composition we can reduce the need for medications that often come with undesirable side effects.

2.       Offer less expensive diagnosis and treatment.

a.       Simply by taking the time to listen to a patient’s past and present medical history, naturopathic doctors are able to demonstrate the association between current lifestyle choices and health conditions. Thereby, supporting patient’s ability to better understand the importance making better decisions that encourage optimal health.

3.       Reduce need for expensive surgical procedures, when appropriate.

a.       Low back pain over extended periods of time is one of the leading causes of surgery. Naturopathic medicine offers a myriad of options that are less-expensive and non-surgical that can help to alleviate the need for expensive surgeries.

4.       Decrease costs associated with adverse reactions to prescription drugs.

a.       Prescription drugs are a major health risk, and one of the leading causes of death in this country. Whenever applicable, naturopathic doctors will utilize natural therapies first, before recommending pharmacologic interventions.

5.       Reduce the incidence of illnesses and fatalities caused by hospital errors.

a.       Hospital errors leading to death are reported to be one of the top five causes of death. Naturopathic doctors rely on preventative approaches and patient-centered education to help reduce the need for hospital admission.

6.       Lower malpractice rates, resulting in reduced patient costs.

a.       Compared to medical doctors, naturopathic doctors pay much less for malpractice insurance. Sometimes, the difference in yearly amounts can exceed $10,000.

7.       Offer disease prevention.

a.       On average medical doctors receive 19 hours total nutrition education in medical schools. While naturopathic doctors receive approximately 150 hours of nutrition hours. Consequently, they are often are ill-prepared and unable to provide clinically-effective nutritional recommendations that can dramatically reduce and prevent degenerative and chronic health conditions.

8.       Reduce insurance costs.

a.       Naturopathic medical billing is lower per patient than conventional medical billing. 

 

What types of services and treatments do naturopaths offer?

We offer the following services:

-          Anti-Aging

-          Weight loss

-          Preventative Medicine

-          Men’s Health

-          Women’s Health

-          Personalized nutrition  for optimal health

-          Family Planning and/or Contraceptives

-          Annual exams

-          Vitamin Injections

-          Physical medicine

-          Laboratory testing

We treat and screen for the following health concerns:

-          Food and Chemical Sensitivity testing

-          Prescriptions and Medication Refills

-          Environmental Medicine screenings (including heavy metals, molds, and chemicals used in agriculture)

-          Infectious Diseases

-          Autoimmune Disease

-          Bioidentical Hormone Replacement

-          Cold and Flu treatment

 

 

 

If you have any other questions, please call (253) 927-0660 or speak with one of the doctors during your visit.