Tailored care that gets your body working well again
- Whole body and well-being approach - not just ‘tune ups’
- Practical exercises to help with your recovery in between appointments
- Experienced with neuro-rehabilitation and chiropractic for kids
Does your back feel out?
Do you get headaches or pain that never lets up?
You may have been to doctors and specialists without answers - or you are visiting us directly. You don’t need a referral, but some patients are referred by their GP, personal trainer or other practitioners.
It’s natural to be skeptical. ‘What can a chiro do that others can’t?’ you may wonder.
But you feel like you’re out of options and you’re getting worse. It’s getting harder and more painful to do normal things around the house. To get through work every day. And you have no patience with the kids.
What will it be like in 5-10 years?
What your chiropractor can help with
- Headaches: commonly caused by muscle and neck dysfunction
- Dizziness: can be caused by a mismatch of information from your body telling you where you are, such as from the neck
- Neck pain and stiffness: eg. strains, torticollis / wry neck, disc injuries, whiplash or for arthritis relief
- Back pain and stiffness: eg. disc injuries, sprains / strains, postural dysfunction or relief from arthritis
- Sciatic pain: extending from the lower back down the leg
- Sports injuries: eg.
- ankle sprains
- plantar fasciitis
- golfer's & tennis elbow
- shin splints
- hamstring injuries
- patellofemoral pain syndrome
- hip & knee osteoarthritis (degeneration)
- rotator cuff injuries
- frozen shoulder
- Painful, clicking jaws
- Childhood conditions such as neurological immaturity due to retained primitive reflexes and limited range of motion contributing to feeding, crawling and movement issues
What does a chiropractor do?
Our chiropractors get your whole body working well again. We diagnose and treat injuries in your bones, muscles, and nervous system (which includes your brain and spinal cord).
We also look at your overall well-being and health. You’ll get helpful advice on nutrition, emotional health, and exercise. So you feel empowered to take control of your health.
You want to get rid of the pain so you can get back to doing the things you love everyday. Whether that’s picking the grandkids up. Improving concentration at school or work. Or getting back on the footy field. You don’t want that niggling discomfort to affect your performance.
Is chiropractic all about getting cracked back into place?
You may have heard friends or family saying they ‘got their back cracked back into place’ or ‘I got a tune up’, or even ‘my hip was out and my chiro clicked it back in’.
So you might think that’s all we do. Just ‘clicking’ you back into place (or as we put it, we make ‘adjustments’ to your spine). It’s a common thought. But we do much more.
- Spinal adjustments and mobilisation: gentle, precise manipulations of the spine
- Extremity adjustments & mobilisations: specific manipulations of the joints in the legs and arms
- Low force (non-"cracking") techniques: Activator, biomechanical blocking / wedges, cranial techniques, drop piece
- Massage techniques: therapeutic massage, instrument assisted soft tissue technique, stretching, active muscle energy techniques
- Rehabilitation exercises: designed especially for you
- Home and work advice: such as posture, desk ergonomics, or activities to avoid or modify
- Electrical stimulation: such as TENS and other advanced forms
- Laser therapy: to reduce inflammation, promote healing and decrease pain
- Taping: supportive (rigid), functional and kinesotape (flexible)
- Lifestyle advice: including dietary supplements
- Referral: for further tests or to a specialist, if required
You can expect
- Personalised care: we listen to your concerns so you never feel like you’re ‘just another number’
- The right treatment and a plan: we’ll help you get to the source of your pain, manage it, and help you with a rehabilitation plan
- Lifestyle advice: your overall well-being and health affects how well you recover, so we may chat about your nutrition, mental health, and emotional health
- Professional and caring service: so you always feel comfortable and know what is happening and why
- Qualified and experienced chiropractors: so you can be sure you’ll be well taken care of by professionals who are well known - and respected in their field
What can I expect at my first chiropractic session?
1. Clinical discussion about your current and past health, your presenting complaint and your goals for treatment.
2. Review of reports or imaging such as specialist reports, X-Rays, MRIs, CTs or blood tests. You don’t need these but if you have them, bring them in.
3. Assessments such as:
- Postural assessment
- Musculoskeletal examination looking at movement, strength and quality of the joints, muscles and other structures. A Selective Functional Movement Assessment breaks down specific functional movement patterns, such as squats, to look for distant contributing dysfunction like decreased mid back extension causing you to use your knees rather than your glutes when getting into the squat position.
- Neurological assessment testing the function of your brain & nerves (nervous system), such as muscle reflexes, eye movements / reflexes and vestibular function
- “Chiropractic Functional Neurological” or Neuro-Rehabilitation Assessment* looking at the adaptation and fatigue of your nervous system. For example the brain is known to change due to chronic pain.
- Computerised balance assessment using a balance platform to measure your stability and risk of falling
4. Management plan that considers your age, general health, current problems, and what type of treatment you feel comfortable with.
This first session will be longer than other appointments as we take notes about your history and do assessments.
The process is thorough so we confirm diagnosis before beginning treatment.
You can expect to know what we find, and we’ll be clear about whether we can help you - how we can help - and any areas we cannot help you with.
Our chiropractic service is unique as we offer treatment not commonly offered by the typical chiropractor. For example, Neuro-Rehabilitation Chiropractic which includes a brain scan service - and Children’s Chiropractic.
This means we are more likely to help you - or your loved ones - with your concern.
Types of chiropractor appointments available
Duration: 40 minutes
Details: We look for the cause of your symptoms through comprehensive assessments.
Note: After you book your appointment, you will get an email with a pre-consultation form attached. To make best use of your appointment time, please fill this in ahead of time. Send any letters from other practitioners, MRIs, CAT scans, or X-rays.
If you don't fill it in, please arrive 10 minutes early to complete the form.
Duration: 30 minutes
Details: We’ll explain in detail the cause of your problem and the options we have on how it can be addressed. Your action plan will include home exercises, in-clinic treatments, or referral to specialists.
Duration: 20 minutes
Details: You’ll get a treatment and we’ll review your home exercises. If your problem is more complicated, you may need an extended consultation (30 minutes).
Review / Extended appointment
Duration: 30 minutes
Details: We’ll check how you’re going with a very specific assessment. This will also include a treatment.
FAQs about chiropractic
Is chiropractic based on science?
Chiropractic is based on the science of how the body works (physiology). There is growing evidence for the wide array of conditions that chiropractic is beneficial for.
Chiropractic Neuro-Rehabilitation is based on the science of the nervous system (neuroscience).
What’s the difference between chiropractors, physiotherapists and osteopaths?
- There are many similarities:
- All registered with Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
- All have minimum 4-years full time university training in Bachelor of Health Science or Bachelor of Applied Science - majoring in their chosen field. Chiropractic is a 5-year degree.
- All have knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, orthopaedic assessment and diagnosis.
- Philosophies, assessment, and ways of treating are becoming more similar (for those that keep up with clinical research)
The difference between Chiropractic, Osteopathy and Physiotherapy is in their approach, rather than the techniques they use. For example, a chiropractor doesn’t just release jammed up joints - but looks at why it’s locked up in the first place.
Chiropractic takes a holistic view of health by looking at the physical, chemical and emotional stresses that may be causing your aches and pains. This means assessing how you are moving (or not moving), what you are eating, how you think. A great example is migraines: your triggers could be eating too much cheese, sleeping in a funny position or getting stressed at work.
Individual practitioners will have a unique approach depending on their postgraduate education, clinical interests and personal experiences.
Bottom line: Choosing the right practitioner for you and your family will come down to the individual, rather than the profession.
Dr Cassie has done 5-years with her Bachelors and Masters as well as working towards her forth post-grad spanning advanced neuroscience, brain training, neurodevelopmental and sports rehabilitation.
She takes a full body approach incorporating Chiropractic adjustments with massage, rehabilitation, laser therapy and brain training exercises.
Dr Anthony has a special interest in health and fitness, participating in everything from Boot Camps and X-Fit to Football and Basketball. This gives him special insight into sports injuries and rehabilitation. Anthony also has past experience in aged care and so understands the more conservative approach required by this population.
Dr Tonilee grew up surrounded by sports with a keen interest in athletics, touch footy and equestrian. In addition to her years of experience in sports Chiropractic, she is equally passionate about care for the whole family, from expectant mothers to babies to grandparents.
About our chiropractors
All our practitioners have been chosen for their genuine care and dedication to giving you awesome service.
You’ll find them really easy to talk to and understand. Importantly, they’ll be there for you in between sessions - checking in on you, answering any worries or questions you may have, and getting insight from other health practitioners in the clinic (with your consent of course). So you get the best treatment possible.
Chiropractor in Melbourne’s western suburbs
We’re based in Moonee Ponds and are visited by patients from the Western suburbs of Melbourne, and beyond. Includes:
- Ascot Vale
- Moonee Ponds
- Pascoe Vale
Chiropractic at Body and Brain Centre
- Experienced and knowledgeable practitioners
- Results-focused so you get value from every session
- Lifestyle and well-being considered during treatment
Medicine is the study of disease and what causes man to die. Chiropractic is the study of health and what causes man to live - B.J. Palmer