What is Chiropractic?

what is chiropractic

Traditional chiropractic could be described as the use of manual adjustments to improve joint motion, muscle function and neurological function. Adjustments to the spine and the other joints of the body, when indicated, should restore the normal bio-mechanics of a joint.

Chiropractic has its origins with an American man named DD Palmer who was born in 1845. He delivered the first chiropractic adjustment to a man who immediately had his hearing restored, having lost it some weeks earlier after a fall where he his his neck.

This doesn’t mean that chiropractic restores the hearing of deaf people, whose deafness is caused by infection or other means!

However, this remarkable adjustment was the beginning of the profession to which I am proud to belong. And back pain is just one of the many things I help patients with, every day!

You see when I was 17 I was unable to sit due to back pain. After weeks of pain and massage and pain killers I found my way to a chiropractor who assessed my spine and performed a specific adjustment to my spine… which did make a little sound, but it didn’t hurt… on the contrary… Immediately my pain was completely gone!

The chiropractor explained that the premise of chiropractic is that the body is intelligent and that chiropractors support that intelligence by removing the interference to the flow of both life force and neural communication.

This one-line explanation lit up my inner knowing, nourished my own innate intelligence, opened my mind and changed my life. In that moment I decided that I must become a chiropractor. It was without a doubt THE BEST decision of my life.

I was able to sit my exams the next week, was accepted into the course and I studied for 5 years in order to gain a double degree at RMIT University in Melbourne. I have a Bachelor of science (in Clinical Science.. that’s anatomy, physiology and the appropriate care of patients in a clinical setting) and I also have a Bachelor of Chiropractic.

I haven’t stopped studying since, becoming certified in many different areas involving the study of neurology, immunology, nutrition, the use of herbs, gait analysis, energetic healing – Reike Master), Pranic Healing (Advaced), Life Coaching, Health Coaching, Network (Level 3), Orthobionomy, Animal communication (I even worked in an alternative vet) and I help people’s pets both emotionally and structurally.

Chiropractors are now well known, (even by the medical establishment), to provide the most effective treatment for low back pain. This has been substantiated in around 70 randomised control trials and 10 systematic reviews, perhaps most notably, a 2004 study published in the British Medical Journal compared spinal manipulation therapy with exercise and reported better outcomes with spinal manipulation.

Some of these studies showed that chiropractic care is more effective than the use of steroid based anti-inflammatory creams which also have some terrible side effects. Chiropractic has also been shown to be one of the safest applications of force, despite some people’s fears.

All this research is available on this web site in ‘Research’.

There are over 200 different techniques used by chiropractors, I use Applied Kinesiology (also called AK) to support my clinical findings and discover how to help you best. You can learn about Applied Kinesiology here.

I began my career in Perth practicing Network Spinal Analysis which is a very gentle way of encouraging the body to dissipate tension organically through spontaneous movement (a bit like having a yawn and a stretch).

In 2000 I opened a practice in Byron called Wave of Life. When my daughter revealed that she had a learning difficulty I began my (ceaseless) study to become a great AK practitioner.

My daughter is now a perfectly normal student, un-phased by the challenges of school. Ads a result my practice is full of kids with problems ranging from Autism, ADHD, Pyroluria, Epilesy, Auto-immunity, Migraines, Retained Neo Natal Reflexes, Chronic Fatigue, to name a few, and now I practice from Your Family Chiropractic in Ocean Shores.

So what is Chiropractic?

The best thing in my life! Also the modality Medicare now supports you to use in order to get profoundly well!

Welcome to my care!

So, if like most of our new patients, you were referred to me by a friend, you may have heard that I am not like most other chiropractors.

  • Firstly, I am passionate about resolving the UNDERLYING causes of your symptoms, so together we will most likely investigate your whole health picture – your digestion, your adrenal health and your neurological function. Thorough is an understatement.

  • Secondly, we do long visits, so there is no in and out before you have had time to say “where do I pay?” I apologize that some chiropractors work this way! We do not and we are committed to not over servicing our patients either, you wont need to see me 3 x a week or be put on a payment plan!

  • Thirdly, I aim never to have to make the same correction twice… because if it didn’t work the first time, there is little point in repeating it.

  • Lastly,  I am super gentle and I really really love my job! Watch out I am super passionate and you will learn about how to get well, I guarantee it.

Its my job to help you to make the changes you need to become radiantly healthy!

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