Wellness Psychology is about helping you see the opportunity, the positives and the blessings during times of stress and adversity. Wellness Psychology teaches you to look at adversity in an empowering way, away from feeling helpless, hopeless and stuck. We are here to empower you to have the courage, belief and trust that when difficulties in your life arise or when difficulties have been around for many years, what may seem like a lifetime, you have an amazing opportunity to make a change in your life… because only through change will you experience a difference – a difference that opens doors to opportunities, successes, possibilities, happiness and love.
It is in the negative perception of these adversities that we experience challenging and unpleasant emotions such as fear, anger, resentment, shame, sadness, depression and other emotions which can create a barrier around your world. The more you think you are unable to change a situation or even blame someone else for it the more you keep those very emotions alive.
Wellness Psychology helps you resolve and move past these emotions. Working with your emotions can be a powerful and liberating experience. You can learn so much about yourself, others and the world. In working with emotions, our approach isn’t to go over the past and rehash traumatic experiences, unless that is something you intuitively feel you need to do. Instead what we do is guide you to trust, feel and accept whatever your emotional experience. In learning to accept, feel and therefore free yourself from the negative effects of emotions you learn to trust and believe in yourself. This is the core of confidence and self-esteem building. When you uncover protective layers of negative emotions, you reach an inner place…a place of love, wisdom, trust, power, and freedom. This is the place we take you to step by step.
Remember that on this journey you are not alone. We are right here guiding you. Safety and respect of your journey is important to us.
In your initial session we will ask you to fill out a few questionnaires which will provide a baseline measure of your current situation. One of our psychologist will then meet with you to understand your current situation and discuss your needs and goals. This is important because the clearer the goals the more likely they are to be achieved.
Generally, we will recommend a schedule of appointments to help you make the most of your sessions. You will be given weekly appointments for 6 weeks at which point we will have a review of your progress and goals. We will then schedule further sessions according to your needs.
When you commit to making a change in your life you have already taken the most important and difficult step. From here on, amazing transformation starts to take place.
To help your process of learning and transformation you will be provided with a Wellness Psychology Care Plan, support letters and educational series for you to read in between sessions to help reinforce your learning and growth. You will also be given support in between sessions via phone call or email as necessary.
As holistic chiropractors we take a ‘birds eye’ view of your presenting complaint and apply an integrative and thorough approach to your treatment and care. As well as addressing your symptoms and pain we may suggest supportive care and advise for the possible causes of your problems. Postural exercises, ergonomic advise, emotional support and coaching as well as dietary advise to support your body as it recovers.
After a thorough consultation you may be x-rayed. We have x-rays facilities on site that you may chose to use. As every problem is different, you may be able to have some treatment on your first visit, however for more complicated cases where further imaging studies are required, treatment may not be an option until we have full understanding of your problem.
Treatment involve muscle mobilisation in conjunction with chiropractic mobilisations of stiff and poorly aligned vertebrae. The goal of spinal joint work is to help the joints move better, create better alignment of the joint surfaces and generally improve posture and spinal performance.
At our practice we use a patient/ client centered approach to your health care. Your mind and body are connected and through our conversations and interactions in the practice we may be able to suggest things for you that may address and help you to improve your lifestyle habits, diet and nutrition, mental function and stress coping strategies.
We hope that we make our practice comfortable enough for you to consider us as your holistic health practitioner. Also be comforted in the fact that we have excellent relationships with local medical doctors and other health care practitioners and we will not hesitate to make a referral if the need arises.
Yes, chiropractic treatment involves the use of gentle & safe muscle & joint mobilisations aimed to restore proper joint movement.
All proper precautions are taken prior to treatments, and this may involve taking x-rays of the area to assist in diagnosis in conjunction with a thorough history.
Chiropractic treatment may be suitable for everyone, including adults the elderly, pregnant women and sports enthusiasts. our typical client is someone who has had pain but is willing to help themselves through following exercise advise, dietary modification and changing some detrimental lifestyle habits.
Once you are better, your chiropractor will help you to maintain your own health, and keep your body working as it should, by offering exercise and lifestyle advice for you to follow in the future.
The process of chiropractic mobilisations is a safe, efficient procedure which is performed nearly one million times every working day in Australia.
There is a singular lack of actuarial data that would justify concluding that chiropractic care is in any way harmful or dangerous. Chiropractic care is non-invasive; therefore, the body’s response to chiropractic care is far more predictable than its reactions to other treatments. Of the nearly one million adjustments given every day in this country, complications are exceedingly rare, however we take your safety seriously and we conduct all relevant orthopedic tests in the office to screen you for any possible contraindications to our therapy.
Your chiropractor will begin your first consultation by taking a full case history. Then you will be given standard orthopedic and neurological tests and the movement of your spine and joints will be checked.
If X-rays are necessary to assist the diagnosis a referral to a local radiologist will be made or you can use the x-ray facility located in our centre. Chiropractors are trained and qualified to take and interpret X-rays.
If your chiropractor identifies an underlying condition for which other treatment is appropriate, you will be referred to your GP or another specialist without delay.
As well as using spinal mobilisation, your chiropractor will use soft tissue release techniques when require
Mechanical correction of joint dysfunction is achieved with specific and gentle joint mobilizations. These are corrective procedures performed to the stiff and immobile joints to re-introduce movement.
More technically joint mobilisations release joint meniscus, re-align vertebral misalignments, release joint adhesions, stretch and stimulate joint capsule receptors which reduce pain and stimulate local blood flow.
For safety reasons joint mobilisations will not be administered in cases of moderate degeneration and gentle soft tissue procedures are used instead.
Particularly for low back pain, yes. The Clinical Standards Advisory Group recommended in 1994 that there should be earlier access to the manipulative therapies and a redistribution of resources within the NHS to make this happen.
In September 1996 the Royal College of General Practitioners issued guidelines for GPs which recommend manipulative treatment within the first six weeks for patients with low back pain. They also state that the risks of manipulation are very low in skilled hands.
Now research is beginning to concentrate on how chiropractic affects other areas of the musculoskeletal system, including a trial at the University of Odense in Denmark (1) on the effect of spinal manipulation in the treatment of neck-related headache and a Canadian patient satisfaction study (2) which shows chiropractic as an effective means of resolving or improving back and/or neck pain.
Studies conducted according to the highest scientific standards and published by organisations not affiliated in any way with chiropractic institutions or associations continue to show the clinical appropriateness and effectiveness of chiropractic care. One of the most recent, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, stated emphatically that: “On the evidence, particularly the most scientifically valid clinical studies, spinal manipulation applied by chiropractors is shown to be more effective than alternative treatments for low back pain…There would be highly significant cost savings if more management of low back pain was transferred from physician to chiropractors.”
Chiropractic care is an effective source of preventative and wellness care.
The anatomical focus of the chiropractor on the human spine has created the perception of the profession as just a “back doctor.” Although this perception is not entirely incorrect, it is very much incomplete.
Chiropractors are a highly appropriate resource in matters of work-place safety, stress management, injury prevention, postural correction and nutritional counseling.”
Under normal circumstances, chiropractic mobilisations are painless. In cases of recent trauma, such as whiplash, mild discomfort may be experienced due to inflammation.
Regular chiropractic care may be necessary to correct spinal mobility and stability issues. Your spine is under constant strain during waking hours. Improper lifting techniques, poor posture, accidents, falls and bumps, and other causes can contribute to spinal strain. Timely treatments can help restore the neuro-musculoskeletal integrity of the spine to normalize the bodily equilibrium and increase resistance.
Chiropractic treatments by themselves do not actually heal the body. When any of the 24 moveable spinal vertebrae become misaligned, a basic imbalance or disruption can occur in the nervous system, which may contribute to stress in the body and muscle spasms.
Chiropractic treatments may help eliminate that imbalance or disruption so that the body can function more normally.
No, it is a common misconception that your joints must make a noise to be properly adjusted. However, more often than not when your vertebrae are adjusted, the smooth articular (joint) surfaces become separated, creating and then releasing a small vacuum, making a noise. This is the sound made when you crack your knuckles. Your chiropractor is concerned with the position and movement of your vertebrae, not with the noise that may occur.
Even if you feel fine, chiropractic care can help your body maintain its required level of health and fitness.
Your chiropractor can recommend a preventive spinal-care program and advise you on correct posture, dietary information and back exercises. Regular spinal checkups can help detect and prevent spinal stress.
Because of the additional weight and stress on the framework of the body in pregnant women, chiropractic adjustments can help lower the incidence of pain in the low back and legs, and between the shoulder blades.
In some cases, fewer headaches and problems with nausea and elimination may also result. Many chiropractors care for expectant mothers in the regular course of their daily practices.
Occasionally in our practice a patient will notice that we treat their spine in an area where there are no obvious symptoms or problems.
You may be wondering why we do this?
As chiropractors we view the entire spine as an integrated whole. No one area can function without interacting with other areas in your spine. To move, bend or twist your lower back, due to the connections of muscles, tendons and ligaments, not to mention the spinal cord which runs the entire length of the vertebral column, will result in corresponding changes in your neck and middle back. The same is true of your neck. Should you bend your neck forward or backward or perhaps move it from side to side, then this has to impact on other areas of your spine.
Take for example a person complaining of headaches. In some cases this may be a direct result of spinal dysfunction in their lower back, which may itself be totally symptom free. But as a result of the misalignment in the lower back area this may create what we call compensatory change further up the spine which can result in for example a forward carriage of the head. This in turn may create its own unique set of forces and stress on the cervical spine or neck which may result in nerve and joint irritation and subsequent headaches. As we treat the lower back (where there are no symptoms) it can better support the weight of the body and as a result the headaches may in turn resolve!