WHO ARE WE
Chiropractors receive five years of training, leading to Master of Chiropractic (MChiro), in the diagnosis and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal conditions; these are the result of, or alternatively caused by, mechanical dysfunction of the joints which ultimately have various effects on the nervous system.
The academic training includes standard requirements under the provision of the regulations described within the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000 and the (Amendment) Regulations 2006. Chiropractors undergo three years of investigative imaging learning, from an introductory evaluation of spinal and extremities radiographs to then proceed to localization, identification and categorization of abnormal findings in order to gain skills to confidently diagnose a range of common conditions pertinent to those topics
Chiropractors do not utilize medications or invasive therapeutic methods, but rather use their hands to ‘adjust’ the joints of the spine and extremities where signs of restriction in movement are found; this improves mobility and relieves pain. This treatment is known as ‘adjustment’ or ‘manipulation’. By manipulating joints, chiropractors stimulate the joint movement receptors – the body’s position sensors which provide feedback to the brain on where the joint is in space. This stimulation can affect the way the nervous system works. Depending on where the nerve irritation has occurred in the spine, symptoms may include the following:
- neck pain
- back pain
- shoulder, arm, wrist and hand problems
- leg, knee, ankle and foot problems
- postural anomalies
This is because the irritation of the nerve in one area can sometimes lead to pain in other parts of the body; this is known as ‘referred’ pain and any medical professional is aware of it. Painful symptoms are a warning sign which should not be ignored; a chiropractor is trained to diagnose the cause and, if indicated, treat it using manipulation.
WHAT DO WE DO
Chiropractic is the largest natural method of healthcare in the world.
It focuses on treating the causes of physical problems, rather than addressing the symptoms. It is based upon a very powerful premise: imperfections within any body structures, particularly the spine may, and often do, cause problems with its functions, in particular the nervous system. The latter, controls virtually every function of one’s body, from movements to respiration, sleeping and even your feelings.
Pain is transmitted to your brain through the nervous system.
The primary treatment that separates chiropractic from other professions is the chiropractic adjustment, or joint manipulation. An adjustment is a specific, and skillful, technique that can be applied to any joint of the body to restore motion and functions. The specific and exact physiology occurring within a skeletal joint after an adjustment is not well understood yet however, it has been showed (with latest imaging technology) that the minor, but powerful, inflammation response caused by the precise joint thrust leads to healing stimulation and pain reduction.
Adjustments are safe and very effective when carried out by chiropractic practitioners qualified from accredited colleges. Latest research confirms that these adjustments are particularly useful in the acute and chronic state conditions such as low back or neck pain, referred pain, muscle weakness and headaches.
I earned a Master of Chiropractic (MChiro) at the world renowned AECC (UK), in 2009.
I am dedicated in the management of low back pain and its characteristics often presenting as disc dysfunction, sciatica, lumbo-pelvic dysfunction, sacroiliatis, lumbar joint sprain and nerve entrapment which I treat with flexion/distraction techniques, chiropractic manipulation and spinal mobilization. I have also a particular commitment for the handling of muscular dysfunctions of the cervical spine which are associated to neck pain, shoulder heaviness, headache and dizziness.
My prime interest has always been in sport injuries and I use my almost 30 years of sport experience to treat athletes, amateur and professional, from initial acute phase to rehabilitation and, finally, specific training. My techniques of choice in such cases are active release techniques, (ART) and muscle reactivation protocols. I gained my first Sport Management Diploma at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, where I also assisted my tutor as he was the appointed therapist of the Springbok Rugby Team. During my studies, I also specialized in Pre/Post Natal Rehabilitation and Sport Specific Training.
Moreover, I developed, over the years, a keen interest in neurosensory training/rehabilitation which, latest research, has shown to be a very effective therapeutic method in the treatments of disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, during childhood and adolescence.
In 2012, I completed a Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasonography certification, for the upper and lower limbs, validated by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE), UK.
I understand that structures determine functions hence, optimal performance may only be obtained with optimal health. My favourite quote is: “you are what you eat”.