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What is Chiropractic care?

A safe, gentle and effective way of relieving pain and improving your overall health and wellbeing. Chiropractic care is the largest natural health care profession in the western world, which is a very good indication of the positive impact that it has on countless lives.

Chiropractic care is based on the scientific knowledge that tension, misalignment or altered function of your spine (known as subluxations) can interfere with the flow of information and energy along your nerves, and may dramatically affect the function of your body in a multitude of ways.

Doctors of Chiropractic focus on improving the function of your spine, which helps to free the flow of information throughout your nervous system. This helps your body to better coordinate its functions, adapt to stress, and heal itself. Through Chiropractic care, many people naturally find relief from aches, pains and the symptoms associated with a range of different and sometimes complex health conditions. Patients also report the added benefits of improved mobility, bio-mechanical and nervous system function, along with a stronger state of overall health.

How do I know if I would benefit from seeing a Chiropractor?

It is recommended that everyone have their spine and nervous system checked regularly for interference (known in the Chiropractic world as subluxations). Only 10% of your nervous system perceives pain, the other 90% is responsible for making your body function. It is possible to have interference to your nervous system and feel no pain, which means that an absence of pain does equate to good health.

If pain is present, especially in the back, neck, shoulders or hips, this usually indicates that subluxations are present and need to be assessed and corrected by an experienced Chiropractor.

What is a subluxation?

Abnormal motion, with or without misalignment of a spinal bone is known as a vertebral subluxation. Subluxations are the silent destroyers of your health, because of the pressure they place on the delicate spinal joints and nerves. The weight of a 5 cent piece is enough pressure to shut down a spinal nerve by 40-60%.

What causes a subluxation?

Physical trauma such as motor accidents, falls or injuries. Repetitive traumas such as sitting for long periods, poor sleeping posture, incorrect lifting, or poor posture can also cause subluxations. Chemical stresses such as poor diet, certain medications, alcohol, caffeine and pollution are also causative factors; as is sustained emotional stress. Even our day to day thought patterns can cause vertebral subluxations.

How are subluxations corrected?

Doctors of Chiropractic focus on your nervous system health and it’s association to the spine. Chiropractors are the only health professionals trained to locate and correct vertebral subluxations. Correction occurs via a Chiropractic adjustment and there are over 100 Chiropractic techniques used today.

Dr Ashley uses a combination of very advanced techniques; drawing on his 34 years of experience as a holistic Chiropractor, the Rolls Royce of adjusting tables and an instrument known as an activator. He is highly regarded because of his thorough, uniquely intuitive and personalised approach to care. Ashley tailors his technique to each individual patient and their needs on the day. He does not make the technique fit the patient. He seamlessly integrates over 7 different Chiropractic techniques to ensure his patients receive the most effective and comfortable experience possible.

Dr. Ashley & his team

Ashley has been practicing for 34 years and has a stellar reputation for providing pain relief, injury rehabilitation and wellness care to patients of every age and state of health. He is highly regarded for his exceptional adjusting skills, advanced diagnostic abilities, along with his uniquely intuitive, and holistic approach to care. He is sought out by families from all over Melbourne because his ability to promote wellness and tackle complex health issues that others can not.

Dr Asena is Associate Chiropractor at This Is Life, working alongside Dr Ashley to co-manage patients. She has undertaken an extensive onboarding program, and continues to be mentored closely by Dr Ashley to ensure the standard of care, clinical outcomes, and diagnostic process patients go through is of an incredibly high standard; irrespective of who the treating Chiropractor is on the day.

The advanced adjusting techniques we practice:

  • Gonstead Technique
    Specific spinal analysis using x-ray line drawing, bio-mechanical analysis & motion palpation
  • Diversified Technique
    Various manual Chiropractic techniques practiced widely in the Chiropractic world
  • Thompson Technique
    A specific system of analysis using head rotation, leg length testing & specific drop piece techniques on Thompson tables
  • Sacro Occipital Technqiue (SOT)
    Is a low force technique with a specific protocol using arm fossa testing & blocks to correct misalignments of the pelvis. This is ideal for patients who prefer not to be adjusted manually
  • Activator Technique
    Low force adjusting tool with a specific leg length testing protocol, this is ideal for young babies, toddlers, children and the elderly
  • Applied Kinesiology
    A system that uses muscle testing & advanced neurological diagnosis to determine the patient’s individualised treatment protocol
  • Individualised Drop Piece Technique
    Developed by Dr Ashley to address shoulder and hip dysfunction using muscle testing in 4-5 directions, to ascertain where weakness lies & what needs to be corrected

Reasons people seek out Chiropractic care

Wellness Care

Chiropractic is the largest natural health care profession in the Western world. By correcting subluxations Chiropractic care helps your body to move more freely, while removing interference to your nervous system (which regulates every function and organ within your body). Chiropractic not only helps to restore a state of health to your body, it focuses on taking you to the next level of optimum health – wellness.

Reasons people seek out Chiropractic care:

  • To improve flexibility, strength and muscle coordination
  • To improve their ability to relax and cope with stress and change
  • To improve emotional wellbeing
  • To improve their ability to concentrate and remain on task
  • To improve posture
  • To reduce their risk of spinal degeneration and decay
  • To improve energy and sense of vitality
  • To support their immune system and reduce the frequency of illness

Pregnancy Support

Research shows that Chiropractic care helps to relieve back pain for up to 85% of pregnant women. By correcting subluxations and assisting your spine to become as flexible and strong as possible, Chiropractic care helps your body adapt to the changing pressures of pregnancy. Keeping your nervous system free of interference helps your whole body to remain healthy, providing the best possible environment for your baby to grow in.

Reasons pregnant and new Mum’s seek out Chiropractic care:

  • Spinal and pelvic discomfort, tension or instability
  • Pubic symphysis, sacroiliac joint pain or inflammation
  • Labour preparation
  • Turning of a breach baby
  • Postural pain as result of breastfeeding positions or carrying a growing child
  • Increase one’s ability to exercise comfortably

Children’s Health Support

While a child’s spine and body is incredibly flexible and mobile, even minor stresses can impact the function of their spine, creating tension and subluxations. The nervous system controls everything your child does, from breathing and digesting, to running and thinking. There can be early warning signs that your child’s nervous system may not be functioning at its best; sleeping problems, irritability, recurrent infections, favouring one side of their neck, poor posture and limited joint movement.

Reasons parents seek out Chiropractic care for their Children:

  • Breast feeding challenges
  • Digestive complaints & infrequent bowel movements
  • Irritable baby / frequent crying
  • Frequent congestion or illness
  • Torticollis / head tilt
  • Misshapen head
  • Delayed milestones
  • Scoliosis detection and management
  • Sleeping troubles / night terrors
  • Lack of balance or coordination
  • Pigeon toed or duck footed gait
  • Frequent falls, jolts or sporting mishaps
  • Complaints of neck or back pain
  • Postural issues

Sports Performance Care

Chiropractic care has been shown to enhance co-ordination, speed and overall performance. It can also help your body to be more mobile, flexible and help to keep your muscles in peak condition. Research has shown that regular Chiropractic care can improve athletic ability and performance and also reduce the risk of injury. Studies have shown dramatic decrease in response times of athletes under Chiropractic care with one study showing a 30% decrease in hand reaction time.

Reasons Sportspeople seek out Chiropractic care:

  • Injury management
  • Injury prevention
  • Natural performance enhancement / biomechanical analysis
  • Back related hamstring injuries
  • Frequent groin, hamstring, calf muscle strains
  • Nagging injuries that don’t seem to heal
  • Recurrent shoulder, elbow or foot pain
  • Asymmetrical joint flexibility
  • Uneven muscle development

Pain Conditions

Chiropractic has stood the test of time and is a go-to, natural pain relief solution for people suffering with acute and chronic pain. Headaches and migraines, sciatica, neurological pain in the back, arms, legs, hands and feet along with hip, knee, ankle and thigh pain; are just a few of the conditions that respond amazingly well. Dr Ashley also helps patients with disc injuries or rehabilitation after surgery. Our approach diagnoses and addresses the root cause of your pain, from a bio-mechanical and neurological perspective.

Reasons people seek out Chiropractic care

  • Neck, Back, Shoulder & Arm Pain
  • Neurological Pain: numbness, tingling, altered sensation in the arm, legs or hands
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Jaw Pain / TMJ Dysfunction
  • Brachial Neuralgia (burning in shoulder/arm)
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Sciatica and Pinched Nerves
  • Hip Pain & Dysfunction
  • Disc Injury Management

Special Offer To New Patients

Would you like to discover how Chiropractic can help you reach your health goals, eliminate your pain, or rehabilitate your injury? Would you like to meet Dr. Ashley to learn more before attending an initial consultation and commencing the treatment process? We offer all new clients a FREE spinal health check. Click the link below to schedule an appointment.