Welcome to Westview Wellness Centre

Opening Hours : Monday to Friday - 9am to 6pm, Saturday - 10am to 2pm
  Contact : 604-904-3993

FAQ’S

WHY SEE A CHIROPRACTOR

The answer to why see a chiropractor depends on you. If your life is disrupted due to back pain, neck pain, headaches, sprains or strains, or another problem involving your muscles, joints, and nervous system, chiropractic care can help you feel like yourself again. Injuries to the spine can happen at any stage of life and for various reasons including car crashes, workplace incidents and sports injuries. Even simple everyday tasks such as going for a walk or washing the dishes have the potential to cause pain or discomfort that many of us just decide to live with. Sometimes these aches and pains even prevent us from working or doing the things we love. You don’t have to live with the pain.

Chiropractors are highly educated and extensively trained to assess, diagnosis, treat and prevent conditions disorders of the spine, joints, muscle and nervous systems. These disorders may include back pain, neck pain, headaches, referring pain in your arms and legs, etc.

Many patients seek chiropractic treatment for wellness care. Others, like seniors, find that treatment helps them to maintain mobility and good range of motion. Pain should never become a way of life, especially when there is qualified help available.

There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care: Work, accidents, sports injuries, household chores, even the stress of daily living can cause painful joint and spinal problems. Even if you do not have painful symptoms, chiropractic care can help you maintain healthy spine and joint function. As an active participant in your health, you also have a role to play in your recovery outcome. From posture correction to stretches and even nutritional advice, Dr. Khademi will walk you through a comprehensive treatment plan to help you get well and stay well.

Chiropractors are primary healthcare providers that have the skills and expertise to address these concerns. You do not need a referral from a medical doctor to see a chiropractor. In many cases, coverage is available through ICBC, WorkSafeBC, and extended health plans to help pay for your treatment costs. For your convenience, we directly bill most extended health insurances on your behalf. Visiting Dr. Khademi at the first sign of injury or pain will put you on the path to a quicker recovery.

YOUR FIRST CHIROPRACTIC VISIT

A visit to the chiropractor begins when you walk through the clinic door and are greeted by the staff. Visits are very similar to what you might expect at any health clinic.

  • Information: Paperwork is provided to you to be completed including a health history form and information about your health complaint. You may also be asked for contact information for your patient file. The reception staff can also answer any questions you may have about what to expect.
  • Case History: Once in the exam room, your chiropractic doctor will introduce him/herself, review your paperwork and ask further questions about your condition and history. Further notes are made to your chart depending on your answers.
  • Examination: A physical exam is conducted which may mean touching or palpating areas of your body. Your chiropractic doctor will also look for neurological symptoms that could point to an injury involving your nerves. An x-ray or other imaging is recommended in some cases. This will also include some physical tests such as leaning your body to one side and then the other, checking your reflexes and or moving your arms and legs. Depending on your symptoms, you may be asked to wear a gown for examination and treatment purposes.
  • Diagnosis: The exam provides clues for your doctor as to what is causing the problem. After all of this information is gathered, your doctor will provide you with a diagnosis. If your doctor suspects that your problem is not caused by the spine, you may be referred to a specialist or other health care provider.
  • Informed Consent: Your doctor will discuss the informed consent form with you and request your signature before you continue treatment. Informed consent is about ensuring the patient is clear as to the diagnosis, treatment options and anticipated outcomes of the treatment.
  • Treatment: A treatment plan including the types of treatment and how many visits is proposed and discussed. Your doctor will make sure you understand what this means. Once you understand your treatment plan and feel comfortable moving forward, your doctor will perform the treatment, which may consist of a chiropractic adjustment. Adjustments are generally performed on a chiropractic table, similar to a massage table.
  • Prevention: How did you end up in this situation? Your doctor will help you identify the cause of your condition, whether it is from poor posture while studying, a repetitive strain injury from the workplace or anything else in between. Exercises and lifestyle advice will accompany your treatment plan. The goal is to get you well and keep you well.

After your visit you may feel some discomfort or fatigue but this should not last more than 24 hours. Many patients feel relief and increased mobility immediately after treatment while others notice changes more gradually. If you follow your treatment plan, you should notice a change in your level of pain or mobility within 3 to 5 visits and maximum recovery within on average 6-8 visits* depending on the nature of the condition or injury. Your Doctor of Chiropractic will review and discuss what you can expect from your treatment.

*Although the Provincial average is 6-8 visits, the range is large with some patients responding much quicker and a few taking much longer.

INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR CHIROPRACTIC CARE

Depending on your condition and how you sustained an injury, there may be coverage for your chiropractic care. In fact, many British Columbians are eligible for treatment with little to no co-pay required.  We are pleased to work with many different benefit providers to expand access to chiropractic care and improve our patient experience when they have a need to utilize their coverage.

ICBC

Car accidents are one of the most common causes of spine and spine related conditions. Injuries from a collision often take longer to treat than other types of injuries. Even low speed crashes have the potential to cause significant damage to your back and neck. Your chiropractic doctor has the skills to assess and treat these types of injuries.

In most cases, ICBC customers pay no money to receive care for their accident related injuries. You don’t need to seek medical referral or pre-approval either. Simply visit us as soon as you feel any symptoms and advise us that you were involved in a car accident. Dr. Khademi will guide you through the process of obtaining complete coverage for your care.

Medical Services Plan (MSP)

British Columbians who receive MSP Premium Assistance are eligible for coverage of $23 per visit for a combined annual limit of 10 visits each calendar year for the following services: acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, naturopathy, physical therapy and non-surgical podiatry. There usually is an additional fee from the Chiropractor over and above this coverage. Please advise us if you are covered under MSP Premium Assistance.

Extended Health Coverage

Many British Columbians enjoy the benefits of extended health care policies through their employer or that they have purchased privately. The majority of these policies integrate coverage for chiropractic care into their plans.  In an effort to provide exceptional service to our chiropractic patients, we directly bill most insurance companies on your behalf for all your chiropractic needs.

Work Safe BC

Musculoskeletal conditions account for the highest number of worker’s compensation claims. Research shows that chiropractors get people back to work sooner than traditional treatment methods and with less chance of relapse. That’s why it’s no surprise that many British Columbians include a chiropractic doctor as part of their health care team.

If you are an injured worker and require chiropractic care, your treatment costs are covered. By law, all healthcare professionals are required to report an injury that occurs on the job to Work Safe BC so be sure to let your chiropractic doctor know ahead of time if this is the case. Conditions that involve any joint, nerves or muscles are eligible for 8 weeks of coverage through Work Safe BC. Dr. Khademi can answer any questions you may have about treatment and coverage.

 

IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT SAFE

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of headache, and neck and back pain.

Much has been alluded to over the years regarding the safety of “spinal manipulation.” (This is what the medical and research community calls an adjustment.) Finally, someone has published statistics based on real research done by a relatively disinterested (and therefore objective) party. Ian Coulter, Ph.D., published an article in the journal Integrative Medicine, volume I, number 2, entitled “Efficacy and Risks of Chiropractic Manipulation: What Does the Evidence Suggest?” The article is a discussion of data obtained by the Rand Corporation regarding safety and efficacy of lumbar and cervical adjusting.

Here is the key data:

· Over 90% of all manipulation in the US is performed by chiropractors.
· Risk of complication with cervical adjusting is 6.39 per 10 million.
· Risk of complication with lumbar adjusting is 1 in 100 million.

Compare this to:
· Risk of complication for use of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflamatory Drugs (such as; Motrin, asprin, Tylenol, Naprosyn, etc.) is 3.2 per 1 thousand, or 32,000 per 10 million.
· Risk of complication with cervical spine surgery is 15.6 per 1 thousand, or 156,000 per 10 million.

Comparing the numbers, cervical spine adjustments are:
· 24,413 times less likely to cause complications than surgery, and
· 5,008 times less likely to cause complications than NSAIDs.

WHAT IS PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology is the study of behaviour, including the biological, cognitive, emotional, social and cultural determinants of behaviour, that is how we think, feel and behave in our social and physical environments. It is impossible to consider productivity, innovation and societal development without placing human behaviour in all its complexity at the centre of the discussion.

Psychology is both a science and the application of that science. The discipline began in the university laboratories of Europe and North America in the late 1800’s with the examination of cognitive processes. The science of psychology spans the three Research Councils of Canada. It includes the biological determinants of behaviour, such as the study of basic brain processes, memory, thought, perception, the contribution of human behaviour across the continuum of health and health care, and factors related to the workplace and society at large.

Modern psychology approaches the analysis of behaviour in several ways. One approach focuses upon the fundamental processes of perception, cognition, movement, learning, motivation, and emotion, as well as the application of this knowledge to many challenges facing individuals and society.

A second approach emphasizes the study of abnormalities of behaviour, such as neurological and mental disorders, and disease and their treatments. A third approach focuses upon the social nature of human behaviour and the study of factors affecting it.

YOUR FIRST PSYCHOLOGY VISIT

On your first appointment, your Psychologist will ask you to describe your problem(s) and details about your personal history. These questions will include such things as when did your problem start, what makes it better or worse, how does the problem affect your work or social life. Questions about your personal history can include details about your experiences growing up, your education and work history, your marital status and interpersonal relationships, and whether you use medication, alcohol or drugs. This information-gathering phase can take one or more sessions and may be supplemented by the use of psychological tests. Testing is used to help the psychologist arrive at an impression or diagnosis of your particular problem.

Following the information-gathering phase, our psychologists discuss with the client (and/or his or her parent or guardian if a child) what they think is wrong and what they can offer in the way of help. Common types of treatments include cognitive-behavioural therapy, interpersonal therapy, and systems therapy among others. Treatment might be offered in an individual, group, couple or family format depending on the problem and whom it affects. Early on in the treatment, our psychologists will help you make goals to work towards and identify the ways therapy will help you achieve them. Goals can include feeling less depressed, feeling more comfortable in social situations, improving pain management, changing your behaviour, or increasing self-esteem. In addition, they will review your progress in meeting these goals at certain intervals and may have you fill out questionnaires designed to help monitor progress.

There is often more than one way to solve or manage a psychological problem – which one to choose can depend on the training of the practitioner and the characteristics of the client. Finally, you are entitled to be an informed consumer and active participant in the psychological treatment process – if you have questions or concerns, let the psychologist know!