We enjoy working hands-on and making things happen to solve problems using common sense, empathy and our knowledge of health professionals.
Our approach is pragmatic and straight forward. We expect to see results reasonably quickly and if not make the appropriate changes to our approach or refer where a better outcome can be obtained.
We do not have a standardized treatment protocol and tailor our care to one’s individual needs.
When clinically indicated, we refer to X-rays or other diagnostic imaging such as bone scans, CT, MRI or ultrasound. For this we have a good rapport with all major providers in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens and Hunter Valley areas which is very convenient for our patients and bulk billing is applied wherever possible much like when you go and see your GP.
We participate in chiropractic post-graduate education Australia wide and sometimes overseas, as well as general medical continuing education programs through the Hunter Postgraduate Medical Institute (HPMI) and Hunter Primary Care network. We also participate in meetings of the Musculoskeletal Interest Group which is a small but eager group under Prof Nic Bogduk and linked to the Institute for Bone and Joint Surgery which is housed the Royal Newcastle Centre at the John Hunter Hospital and is associated with the University of Newcastle Medical School.
This helps us broaden our horizons and keeping up to date with what is available to our patients within the entire medical spectrum and not just chiropractic.
As a result of these engagements we enjoy many referrals from GP’s and specialists who trust us to take utmost care of their patients.
Chiropractic Tool Box
In terms of techniques we skilfully use Gonstead and Diversified methods as our main adjusting procedures of the spine but also successfully adjust extremities, including shoulders and feet.
Often we complement our manual manipulation with soft tissue treatment of muscles and hands-on stimulation of fascia, ligaments or tendons by applying such Nimmo, Cross or Transverse Friction, Trigger Point Therapy or Muscle Energy Release Techniques. This enhances the effectiveness of our adjustments.
For instances where non-manual manipulative protocols are more effective or desired we use SOT blocks, Thompson Drop piece or Activator Methods. Activator uses a spring loaded adjusting instrument that produces a little mechanical ‘click’ when triggered.
At times we use Toggle Recoil which is done in a side posture position and one of the oldest and most powerful correction methods performed by any chiropractor. It was a most popular method in the early days of chiropractic and helped resolve many ‘atlas’ issues.
When caring for patients with temperomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunctions such as ‘clicky jaws’ or clenching and grinding we may complement our manual treatment with a silicone mouth guard (MYO) which is well tolerated.
Additional & Extended Tool Box
Gait, Foot, Ankle, Knee & lower Limb Passions
One of our passions centres around the fluency of the foot and ankle biomechanics. We assess gait and lower limb alignment and function, including proprioception, to improve overall posture and postural stability.
We have access to six different types of orthotics from simple heat moulded inserts to state of the art semi-rigid sport orthotics and purely proprioceptive stimulating insoles.
In kids we successfully have used gait plates for some time to correct toe-in and toe-out walking styles caused by tibial torsion.
The objective in foot, ankle and gait care is the same as in care for the spine for example. We aim for functional restoration and rehabilitation of the failing structure of the foot rather than commit to a life time of orthotics if at all possible (just like we wouldn’t want a patient in a back brace for long periods).
Whole Body & Specific Exercise Passions
Equally stretching, strengthening or rehabilitating exercises are part of our treatment options as are proprioceptive and adaptive stimulating exercises to re-establish healthy, sustainable movement patterns and proper body tone, posture and flexibility.
To assist in corrections we have a small selection of aids in-house such as Fit- or Medi-Balls, Oovs, Bosu (half) balls, Wobble boards, Dura Discs, spiked balls and rollers. For more elaborate or advanced interests we strongly recommend a visit to AOK Health as a great local source of expertise and quality appliances for anyone interested in body conditioning.
For shoulder issues we generally use Therabands for retraining movement patterns and upper limb stabilization. This is highly effective when applied properly for recurrent glenohumeral subluxations and rotator cuff syndromes, shoulder impingements and subacromial bursitis.
Health Eating and Nutritional Support Passions
We would be most ignorant if we didn’t pay attention to, and emphasize, healthy eating habits. In fact any truly wholistic practitioner is and should be a promoter of healthy lifestyle choices.
Aside from eating habits and food selection our interest is in specific nutrient support. It often greatly assists recovery and settling musculoskeletal, arthritic and other conditions. Two good examples of such complementary support are curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) and high quality omega-3 fish oils.
Further we read with interest about epigenetics and nutrigenomics. These fields of study are the new frontiers as they try to decipher what makes our DNA coded genes work best and how we can get ‘good ones to turn on and unwanted ones to turn off’.