Are you looking for a Chiropractor in Balwyn or Kew?

Balwyn North Chiropractors are dedicated to achieving results for every patient in the fastest possible way.

We initially focus spending the necessary time to accurately diagnose the cause of your pain or symptom. Once this is determined, a combination of spine, joints, muscles, exercise and nutrition therapy is used to improve you health and well being.

With 3 experienced chiropractors (Dr Peter Ganakas, Dr Tass Amiridis & Dr Lauren Darby) on alternating shifts, there is always a chiropractor available morning or evening

Conveniently located at 1128 Burke Road Balwyn North, on the border of Balwyn North & Kew East, opposite Kew High School there is plenty of parking at the rear car park.

Balwyn North Chiropractic centre also service patients in surrounding suburbs such as Kew, Doncaster, Templestowe, Heidelberg, Ivanhoe, Hawthorn, Eaglemont, Camberwell, Box Hill.

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Chiropractic is the Art and Science of detecting vertebral subluxations in the spine that result in symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling, headaches etc. Vertebral subluxations are defined as sub (less than) luxation (dislocation) of a vertebrae (spinal bone). In simple terms when a vertebrae becomes misaligned and places undue stress on the disc it sits on and the two facet joints, it results in a lack of movement in that specific area of the spine but also pressure on the outgoing spinal nerve and changes in the muscle tone around the joints and vertebrae.

Chiropractic also applies the same philosophy to joint in the extremities that may commonly become subluxated ie. elbow, ankle, knee etc. These subluxations are commonly seen in people that are constantly in front of a computer i.e. wrist and elbow problems and athletes ie. soccer players that are constantly utilising there hip, knee and ankle joints.

Chiropractic primarily focuses on restoring normality to the nervous system and entrusts in the innate ability of the body to correct itself from a state of dis – ease. This is accomplished by adjusting the area of the spine or extremity joint that is subluxated. The adjustment is a quick, highly specific movement with a low amplitude (shallow depth) applied to a specific landmark on the bone. This will usually result in a “pop” sound which is basically the release of gas from the joint. The adjustment aims to restore mobility to the spinal vertebrae or extremity joint and most importantly reduce nerve pressure that maybe present.

History Of Chiropractic

The founder of chiropractic DD Palmer historically performed the first recorded adjustment to a janitor that was deaf and restored his hearing with only one adjustment. This was the beginning of chiropractic as a it is known in modern times. This is also an example of many cases seen daily in chiropractic clinics and a testament to the ability of the body to self repair when the appropriate correction is made and nerve pressure is alleviated. Palmer provided the intervention with the adjustment but most importantly the janitor’s body actually restored normality to his hearing not thechiropractor.

Chiropractic’s origin as the name states chiro “hand” practik “practice” in Greek dates back to ancient Greece and the hippocratic times where it was believed that the majority of ailments were caused by spinal dysfunction. Hippocrates believed that you must look to the source of disease and you will find the problem at a spinal level. In these ancient times the treatment was a lot more gross in terms of manipulation compared to modern times where extreme specificity and precision is applied to the make and adjustive correction. Although the technique has evolved in time the philosophy is still retained in modern chiropractic and applied by doctors throughout the world.

Chiropractic treatment primarily involves the use of specific spinal adjustments, a gentle push to an area of the spine where spinal joint dysfunction has occurred. Using their hands, chiropractors are highly trained to accurately identify the location and direction of joint dysfunction in the spine.
In conjunction with the spinal adjustments other therapies may be performed to surrounding muscle dysfunction such as muscle pressure point techniques, ultrasound, TENS, heat/ice therapy, and exercise programs. Your chiropractor can also give you information and advice on how to achieve your optimal health through nutrition, exercise, workplace ergonomic modifications and lifestyle changes.
The Adjustment
Chiropractic treatment primarily involves the use of specific spinal adjustments (chiropractic spinal manipulation), a gentle push to an area of the spine where spinal joint dysfunction has occurred. Using their hands, chiropractors are highly trained to accurately identify the location and direction of joint dysfunction in the spine.
In conjunction with the spinal adjustments other therapies may be performed to surrounding muscle dysfunction such as muscle pressure point techniques, ultrasound, TENS, heat/ice therapy, and exercise programs. Your chiropractor can also give you information and advice on how to achieve your optimal health through nutrition, exercise, workplace ergonomic modifications and lifestyle changes.
The clinic also offers Myotherapy, a specialized form of muscle therapy, which compliments chiropractic care by focusing on muscle health. Your chiropractor is able to inform you if you will benefit from this therapy. Most patients chose both forms of therapy to optimise general health and wellbeing.
Very few health care professions have been under such intense research as chiropractic spinal adjustments for safety and effectiveness. Many of the findings of these reports conclude that chiropractic care is both safe and effective; as such, a multitude of reports and research are available to support the effectiveness, efficiency and safety of chiropractic care.

What Happens When I Visit a Chiropractor?

Initial Consultation

Your initial visit the chiropractor will be aimed at gaining an insight into your current situation by gathering information from you about your symptoms, general health history, home life, work life and any physical activities you participate in such as sports and exercise.

This will be followed by a comprehensive neuromusculoskeletal examination that includes postural analysis, diagnostic tests, chiropractic assessment (static & motion palpation, range of motion), and x-rays (if necessary) to enable the doctor to gain a clear understanding of the cause of your problem.

After the examination, your chiropractor will identify what the source of your problem and will clearly explain this to you, as well as outlining the treatment that is required to assist with your problem. Chiropractors are trained to determine if a problem is likely to respond to chiropractic treatment, and if not, will refer you to another more appropriate health care practitioner for treatment.

Initial Consultation

A thorough examination of your spine is conducted on every visit to evaluate effectiveness of the previous treatment and what will be the treatment to be continued.  This includes patient history, motion and static palpation, range of motion and orthopaedic/neurological tests. The chiropractor will  highlight problems areas in the spine, recommended scheduling, active patient management such as exercises and explaining chiropractic philosophy. The consult is approximately 15 minutes duration.

How Often Do I Have To Visit?

One of the most common reasons people seek chiropractic care is that it often provides fast relief and quick results. However, cases are varied and depend on the individual condition. The acute phase of care is important to bring about change and repeated visits over a short period may be required initially to reduce underlying dysfunction. The rehabilitative and preventative phase of care involves lengthened periodic check ups to help maintain your spinal function, mobility and somatic health.

Many patients prefer to avoid relapse and chose to detect small imbalances before they become serious, as subluxation can be present without symptoms. Just like you see your dentist for periodic checkups, we encourage everyone to have their spine checked.

Today, there are people of all ages and walks of life seeking chiropractic care. Whether you are suffering from the natural “wear and tear” of ageing, or if you are an office worker or a professional sports player, chiropractic care can be beneficial to you.

Gonstead Chiropractic

The founder Clarence Gonstead developed the technique that is observed by a small fraternity within the chiropractic profession. Dr Gonstead was a servant to his patients and of service to his profession. He believed in living the sermon, rather than delivering it and he always did both. The first Gonstead clinic was opened in 1939 in Mt Horeb, Wisconsin. The clinic was designed to be about 19,000 square feet; 11 adjusting rooms, xray facility, a waiting room seating 104 patients and this enormous clinic would be located in the small township of Mt Horeb with a population of 1,800. This is a testament to his commitment to chiropractic and the results he obtained as people from all walks would come to see him and the four medical doctors in the town nearly became extinct. Dr Gonstead would finish work at 10pm at night and travel with his wife to remote areas to adjust patients. He would sometimes finish from home calls as late as 4am. This is primarily due to the amount of commitment required to understand the system and apply it to the pateint. Our doctors at Somatic Healthcare Clinic attend regular seminars and have trained extensively outside of university to be able to apply the Gonstead principles. The Gonstead approach is extremely comprehensive and entails four procedures of spinal examination prior to treatment.

Instrumentation – the nervouscope has two thermocouples that are on the end of the two probes that are used to run along the paraspinal muscles on either side of the spine. The nervouscope has the ability to detect small significant heat changes at a distinct spinal level. This reading is reflective of underlying spinal subluxation as the resultant fixated facet joint will ultimately inflame the capsule of the joint and overlying tissues. The inflamed tissues are just beneath skin level and the increased heat emitted by inflamed tissue can be detected at the overlying skin level by the nervouscope.

Observation – the patient is always gowned and the skin must always be exposed to allow for a visual examination of the spine. Many problems can be observed prior to feeling the spine.

Static Palpation – Palpating the individual vertebrae and adjacent spinal tissues is very useful as the doctor is able to gain an understanding if there have been changes in the texture of the skin. Changes such as increased muscle tension or bogginess in the tissues due to underlying inflammation are all cardinal signs of subluxation.

Motion Palpation – Is definitely the most difficult technique to master but also invaluable as the doctor begins from the pelvis right up to the first cervical vertebrae assessing the motion of each individual spinal vertebrae. The tactile precision and ability to feel the lack of movement at a spinal level is the defining factor in what sets a Gonstead chiropractor apart from the rest. This is most importantly performed in a seated position as the spine is a weightbearing structure.

The Gonstead Adjustment

The Gonstead adjustment can be described as follows: a specific contact on a specific vertabra following a specific and accurate count to determine the exact location of the vertebrae to be adjusted. The segment involved is never locked up or rotated to induce unnatural tension within the joint complex, while being pre-stressed only to a position that falls within but not beyond the joint’s normal range of motion. The segment is adjusted when placed in a position slightly out of neutral position of that segment so that, when thrust upon it will move in a predetermined biomechanically correct direction focusing primarily on the P-A direction of drive on segmental levels C2 to the last lumbar. The thrust is specific in direction and force using a high velocity, low amplitude sustained thrust with no recoil.

To explain this in simple terms the adjustment is performed with a high speed in a very specific direction and with a very short depth of thrust.

Sports & Chiropractic

This is a booming area for chiropractic as more elite sporting teams of various codes are requesting the presence of a chiropractor to treat the players.

Historically most sporting teams at the highest level would have a sports doctor, physiotherapist and massage therapist. This has been a prominent feature of most medical teams at the pinnacle of sport. Balwyn North Chiropractic Centre has had an enormous involvement with sport since its commencement, especially with soccer. The importance of athletes being checked for the presence of subluxations can not be emphasised enough. The combative nature of soccer and most physical sports brings about many knocks and impacts for the spine and extremity joints. Most of these knocks go unnoticed by the athlete until a more sinister injury occurs such as a hamstring muscle tear. In most cases this could have been avoided as subluxations in the pelvis more often than not will result in a shortening of the hamstring muscle on the side that is affected. For example a right pelvic subluxation (sacroiliac joint) will cause the hamstring to enter a shortened (tightened) state and become prone to injury. Conversely a subluxation in the ankle and restrict the movement in the ankle joints a cause a cascade of events in the knee, hip and pelvis and result in a hamstring tear. Subluxations throughout the spine and not necessarily just in the low back/pelvic area can cause muscular imbalances making the athletes prone to injury but also hamper their ability to perform.

A perfect example of the importance of chiropractic in the sporting arena as a means of preventing and correcting injuries is at the most famous and successful soccer team in the world – AC Milan. The team from Italy – AC Milan have perfected injury management at the infamous Milan lab. The Milan Lab is a testament to a chiropractor who developed the idea and til today is still the man heading this entire facility and program.

What sets it apart is the amazing vision brought about and implemented by Jean-Pierre Meersseman, DC, an internationally known chiropractor.

Dr. Meersseman is the long-time Medical Director of A.C. Milan and has created a revolutionary model of health care management, injury prevention and performance enhancement. This model is based on the philosophy, science and art of chiropractic and has brought to the players of the team a tremendous competitive edge.

The results of MilanLab are impressive. Since the implementation of the project in 2002, the incidence of non-traumatic injuries has dropped by 92%. “Before we implemented our holistically-based chiropractic approach, we had so many injuries we needed about 35 players in the team. Today, we only require 22,” commented Meersseman. “There was a time when non-traumatic injuries lead to the use about 7 injections per week. Last year, 4 injections were made for the entire year.”

Balwyn North Chiropractic Centre applies the same emphasis to its patients and athletes that attend the clinic. The core model is subluxation based to provide the very best results the athletes body can deliver by correcting the spinal dysfunction.

The chiropractic focus at South Melbourne FC and other Victorian Premier League teams has been a major reason for the success that has resulted within the last few years. The medical team at South Melbourne has focused on the art, science and philosophy of chiropractic with adjunctive therapies also included such as myotherapy and massage. The combination of screening players during the week for subluxations and muscle weakness/tightness, provided the appropriate feedback required to correct problems prior to match day. This is conjunction with exercise prescription reduced non traumatic injury incidence remarkably.

Balwyn North Chiropractic Centre is extremely proud of the outstanding results it has achieved at a sporting level and looks forward to helping many more athletes in the near future.

Common Condition

Is the commonest cause of a patient visit to a chiropractor. The spine is a resilient and flexible structure that can withstand increased pressure being placed on it. It is only when a region of the spine is subluxated that injury can occur. A common example is someone who is combing their hair and all of a sudden they encounter muscle spasm and seizing of their entire mid back. What has actually happen in this situation is that the patient has lifted their arm to comb their hair and it has caused a specific joint in the mid back region to be sprained. A subluxation presence in the mid back region will cause a facet joint to be dysfunctional (lack in movement). As the joint is stressed (as the arm is raised) it can potentially press on nerve endings and create an inflammatory reaction. This will further cause muscles in the area to spasm in a means to protect the region (like an ankle sprain). This exact situation can also occur in the neck (wry neck – torticllis) and in the low back area. Chiropractic is a preventative and corrective means of ensuring subluxations are not present to create such problems.

Chiropractic has profound effects on dizziness and vertigo and the problem is most commonly found in the upper cervical region. Subluxations in this region will alter the neural input from the spinal joints of C1-C3 and commonly affect the vestibule pathways leading to perceived vertigo (the entire room is revolving around them).

Extremity joint injuries ie. elbow, wrist, shoulder, knee pain etc are extremely common problems seen by our doctors on a daily basis. Many conditions that affect extremities such as joint dysfunction, tendonitis, repetitive strain injuries are all assessed and treated with adjustments, soft tissue and exercises. Impact injuries are very common due to the high number of athletes attending the clinic and our onsite xrays provides immediate diagnostic images to eliminate possible fractures.

A forward head posture which is commonly seen in desk sitting jobs and dental problems can have a significant impact on the temporomandibular joint (jaw). Chiropractic assessment involves assessing the movement of each side of the jaw and for muscular imbalances. Pain in the joint, clicking upon opening of the mouth and restricted movement are common symptoms experienced.

Numbness and pain is directly associated with nerve pressure and more often that not at a spinal level the nerve interference is been caused. Depending on where the numbness or pain is located will also determine the area of the spine that is commonly affected. Numbness in the extremities is commonly seen in the fingers or toes and the origins of these symptoms from the neck and low back regions respectively.