Category: Chiropractic


SHOCK…..when coming for your First Consultation

How many of you have decided that you were finally going in to see a natural health care provider to get that ‘problem’ looked at? …you’ve had that niggling issue for a little while now and it won’t go away. Or, you woke up one morning, and realised you couldn’t move trying to get out of bed.

First Step: You call up your local chiropractor/remedial massage therapist and make a booking.

Second Step: You walk in, you are greeted by friendly staff and you fill out the form. You are sitting there waiting for your turn to see the health professional. Thoughts start to flow through your mind…. I hope I’ve made the right choice; is this person going to fix my problem?; hopefully I can get this fixed before this event tomorrow; I hope this person knows what they are doing; I know exactly what the problem is, I just need them to fix it quick; etc etc….

Third Step: The Health professional calls your name, greets you with a smile and welcomes you into the consultation room. You explain why you have come in, you tell the health professional a little bit about yourself and what has lead you to that moment, and then the health professional begins their examination and treatment.


The health professional begins asking you questions about aspects of your life which you find interesting and not ready to answer. You had all these other responses lined up but they are not for the questions you were expecting. You notice they are examining & treating other parts of your body that are not the actual part that is giving you grief, but through the explanation you are connecting the dots. The bigger shock is that you realise this person is going to help you but your attendance at that event you had planned may be held off. You realise that your health is not something you can keep pushing to the side to accommodate for other parts of your life. More importantly you realise that to ensure you can continue to enjoy all the other aspects of your life you need to ensure that you stop putting your health to the side and adjust your life to put it FIRST.

Lifestyle change: You left that appointment a little smarter than you had walked in. You feel better, not only because you have some pain relief, but because you have a sense of direction. You know what to do. You now know that your health is that important that you have to change the way you live to make sure you can still live the way you want. What you thought would be a major change, when you start to think about it, really is only a small change to achieve a big change in yourself.

You just realised that making your health priority number one, would actually help you achieve all your other priorities. Now isn’t that a shock.


Inside the mind of Nigel and Tim, the chiropractors of DHCTC.

It is important to know what a chiropractor thinks about their own profession; the health industry in general; bias in the health industry; and the philosophy of different chiropractors.

By looking at these different factors you will be able to understand where our chiropractors stand on these topics which in turn will help you make an informed decision about choosing the right health professional.

We have 2 chiropractors that work at Dulwich Hill Chiropractic & Therapeutic Centre, Dr Nigel Luis & Dr Timothy Paynter. Here is what they had to say about the above mentioned topics.

How do you feel about chiropractic in Australia?

Nigel: I feel it is a growing profession that has integrated well into the primary health care sector. Chiropractic in Australia has really developed over the last 20 years or so to ensure it stays level with scientific advancements in health and governing bodies in Australia help ensure the Australia stays on top of their game. Its exiting to see and I am happy to be part of it.

Tim: Before I studied chiropractic I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t going to lead me to an alternative medicine with no scientific backing. So I learnt as much as I could before I chose chiro. Obviously I was impressed by all the research that went into what we do so I became a chiropractor.

How do you feel about the health industry in Australia?

Nigel: I have worked in another part of the world as a health professional, amongst other health professionals, and have to say we are blessed in Australia. I still think there can be improvements in how we manage illness in Australia but we are definitely blessed to have the health benefits we receive at the moment.

Tim: I feel we have some catching up to do. Like Nigel I believe we need to change our approach more. I feel we are still very reliant on symptomatic relief and how to tackle illness when it hits as opposed to more preventative measures. We have made some steps but I feel there is much more room for improvement.

Do you feel there is bias in the health industry, especially when it comes to chiropractic?

Nigel: YES!!! Old referral systems are still in place and even though in many instances chiropractic should be the first point of referral from GP’s and other physicians we are sometimes overlooked due to old and convenient approaches to health care. It has changed from say 10-20 years ago but it is still prevalent.

Tim: Most definitely. Chiropractors are primary health care providers, who are covered by medicare, DVA, Third Party Insurance and we produce great results for our patients, yet I find it interesting that some will still see chiro as an out there type of treatment. Good to know that we have so many doctors in our community that are happy to refer to us, which is encouraging, but I find that we were sometimes not the first choice even when we should have been.

How do you feel about the differing views and philosophies with in the profession of chiropractic?

Nigel: I have no problem with it. All chiropractors have their patient’s best interests in mind. Chiropractic is very diverse and there are many techniques that chiros will incorporate to achieve the best results. I personally like to use techniques that are well known and practiced and have decided to finesse these techniques as these have been proven to get great results so I stick to those. I rarely try alternative methods as traditional diversified chiropractic is super effective as it is.

Tim: I didn’t realise how many different chiropractic philosophies or views to treatment there were until after I left uni and started practicing. I have come from a sports science back ground with a heavy emphasis on biomechanics so I find diversified techniques and body movement most important. There are different ideologies like N.E.T (neuro emotional technique), Applied Kinesiology and others that we touched on in uni but like Nigel I also believe chiro through the diversified method and associated methods are effective enough to gain maximum results.


I hope this discussion helps you understand a little more about who Nigel and Tim are. If there are other topics that you would like their opinion on please comment so we can engage with you.



Charbel Chehade

Clinic Manager of DHCTC

Hip Joint for Website!

What does it mean when your hips are out of alignment?

You may or may not have heard this term before, but when your ‘hips are out’, there is much more to it than just the hips.

In biomechanical terms, when your hips are in alignment, they are not rotated forward or back or favouring one side. When your hips fall out of alignment, they move out of a centred position, and force the spine and lower limb to compensate.



Some of the main causes of hips being out of alignment are:

  • Bad seating and standing habits
  • Scoliosis
  • Carrying bags on one side
  • Pregnancy
  • Twisting and rotating during sleep
  • Crossing or folding legs
  • Past injuries
  • Stretching imbalances
  • Congenital disorders
  • Post operation
  • Poor footwear
  • Poor core strength
  • Pronation (collapsed arches)


Some of the symptoms people experience from their hips being out of alignment are:

  • Hip pain
  • Sciatica
  • Lower back pain
  • Upper back pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Foot/ankle Pain
  • Tight/Tense muscles usually on one side at the back of the legs, groin area, or buttocks


Effective treatment to realign the hips include:

  • Chiropractic hip alignment
  • Lower back adjustments
  • Massage to the lower back hip and leg region
  • Home exercises to improve strength around the hip and lower back region
  • Core strength exercises


Not treating these issues can lead to overuse and injury, disc, facet and joint complications. They can also lead to serious long term which may impact your quality of life. These may include:

  • Hip Replacement
  • Disc injuries
  • Surgery
  • Osteoarthritis

The Health Professionals at DHCTC are experienced with a specialty in helping with hip problems.

If you feel your hips might be out of alignment, don’t hesitate to contact us on 02 95645222 or go to our contact page and make a booking/ask a question!


Thank you

Dr Nigel Luis



Why am I getting a sore foot?

Why am I getting a sore foot? Why wouldn’t both be sore?

This is a common condition and question we see here at Dulwich Hill Chiropractic and Therapeutic Centre.
A sore foot could be anything from:
•    a regular ache
•    sharp shooting pain
•    pulsing pain
•    pins and needles
•    numbness
•    burning sensation
It can appear at any time during the day or night and there are many reasons why sore feet can occur and we will address this in a follow up article, but why one sore foot?
With any condition of the body, it is important to assess and treat both the symptoms and especially the CAUSE!

Some of the causes may include:
•    Poor foot alignment which can be due to what is commonly known as flat feet or pronation. This could be in one foot only and it is important to find out why it is occurring in only one foot.
•    Over use of the muscle at the base of the foot (plantar fasciitis).
•    One leg may be longer than the other, causing you to apply more pressure to one foot.
•    Injury to any part of the lower limb – even if it isn’t to the foot, the body can compensate in different ways which can ultimately lead to excessive pressure or rotation in the foot.
•    Pelvis could be rotated causing more pressure to be placed on one foot.
•    Scoliosis (abnormal curve in the spine) can lead to an imbalance of one foot

Although there are more, these are some of the main reasons.

So how can I fix the problem?
In some extreme cases a patient may need either cortisone  which is a steroid injection, or surgery. Thankfully Natural Health Care is quite successful in its treatment of this condition.
A thorough assessment by a Primary Health Care provider like an experienced chiropractor will be able to determine what the actual cause is and advice an effective care plan for the individual. This may include:
•    Soft Tissue (Muscular) Release
•    Chiropractic alignment or adjustment
•    Hip alignment using gentle effective body movement techniques
•    Foot orthotic (insole) recommendations
•    Exercises for muscle and joint rebalance.
and more depending on each individual’s concerns and severity of condition.
These treatments are usually quite successful and like any good therapist, if they are unable to help you they will surely lead you in the right direction.

Dr Nigel Luis has had much success treating this condition, so for more information don’t hesitate to contact us on 02 9564 5222 or contact us by email.


Our own Dr Nigel featured in Marie Claire

Our Principal Chiropractor Dr Nigel Luis was asked to be part of a health edit of Marie Clare magazine on the health rules experts live by (and the ones the ignore!)

The Chiropractor

Nigel Luis, lifestyle motivator and chiropractor

What he lives by: Lowering stress
“I exercise all of my body parts equally to maintain balance in posture. I also get regularly adjusted to keep my spine in order, and eat and drink everything I like, in moderation. People don’t realise how much family, work and everyday life can exacerbate back problems. Often the root causes of stress result in back pain.”

What he ignores: A “crack” and you’re on your way
“A simple spine adjustment can help, but it ignores all other external factors like sleeping patterns, diet and nutrition, past and present injuries or work or home stress. Address these issues in your consultation, so you enjoy the full benefits of a chiropractic treatment.”

Read the full Marie Clair editoral here.




Got neck pain?

New study says chiropractic care and home exercises work better than painkillers

(NaturalNews) Painkilling drugs are associated with dangerous side effects, addiction and overdose. And it turns out they are also much less effective than harmless natural treatments. A new study shows that simple remedies like chiropractic treatments and home exercises relieve sub-acute neck pain better than pharmaceutical drugs – and without all the negative side effects.

Dangerous painkillers can (and should) be avoided

It’s estimated that 75 percent of Americans deal with neck pain at some point in their lives. Neck pain accounts for millions of trips to the doctor every year. The pain can be acute and severe enough to interfere with our everyday lives, but modern medicine offers little help. At best, you get over-the-counter pain relievers or narcotic drugs, all of which come with dangerous side effects and are often not effective enough to get rid of pain.

A new study published on January 3, 2012 inThe Annals of Internal Medicinedemonstrates the power of alternative therapies for neck pain. Participants in the study were divided into three groups: one group made regular visits to the chiropractor, one group received traditional drug therapy, and the third group was instructed on how to perform therapeutic exercises at home to combat their neck pain.

At the end of 12 weeks, it was clear participants who engaged in non-drug therapy fared better than those who received painkillers. In the chiropractic group, 57 percent of individuals reported at least a 75 percent reduction in pain. In the home exercise group, 48 percent reported similar pain relief. However, only 33 percent of the painkiller group saw such results.

The long term benefits are equally impressive. Even one year later, patients in the chiropractic and home exercise groups were still experiencing benefits. About 53 percent in each of these groups still saw at least a 75 percent reduction in pain. In the painkiller group, only 38 percent reported this kind of pain relief.

Besides being less effective, the painkiller group was also increasing their medication over time, which can lead to more serious side effects.

“The people in the medication group kept on using a higher amount of medication more frequently throughout the follow-up period, up to a year later,” says Dr. Gert Bronfort, research professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minnesota and an author of the study.

He adds, “If you’re taking medication over a long time, then we’re running into more systemic side effects like gastrointestinal problems.”

It’s clear that pharmaceutical drugs are not only dangerous, but ineffective compared to safer natural alternatives for dealing with neck pain.

Learn More at Natural News

Do we treat Children?

Do we Treat Children?

The first thing patients notice when they walk into our clinic is our wall of little achievers – an array of artwork by our little patients.  At times, the Clinic has been called a child care centre. This is partly due to the popularity of our Principle Chiropractor, Nigel Luis. Nigel has been treating children since 2005, having undertaken further studies so as to better equip him to deal with this special patient group.

Why Chiropractic for Children?

The simple answer is that they have spines too! Children also have delicate nerves, muscles and bones and ensuring they are all functioning correctly from an early age is critical to better physical and mental development. The birth process alone is a traumatic experience for a new born, but we cannot forget all the falls, twisting and turning that a child goes through. All these are just part and parcel of a child’s growth and development, but it is something we cannot ignore. Ignoring these issues can lead to over compensating of muscles and joints, which in turn leads to more problems in the future.

Tackling these issues early ensures your child growth and development is correct from the outset. Take for example a baby tree. The first thing you would do after planting the tree would be to tie a stake to it, assisting it to grow straight up. The same theory applies to children, without the stake and rope, of course.  Children deserve such care early on, ensuring that they are capable of achieving their goals. It is for this reason that chiropractic care is vital.

For further information on how we can assist your child or our child treatment methods, please do not hesitate to call or send an email. Also, the ‘What We Treat’ section of the website may be helpful as it identifies areas of concern to look out for.

Children under 4 years of age can be treated for as little as $35.00. Kids 4 and over receive a 10% discount. More reason to book with us TODAY!
Take care and see you soon,

Charlie Chehade
Health Manager
BAppSc (Sport Management)
Cert (Lower Limb Biomechanics)

Mums off to chiros

Chiropractors Association of Australia president Simon Floreani said there had been a significant increase in expectant women seeking help, including a 50 per cent rise in five years at his Middle Park practice.

“It’s very subtle, very gentle (treatment). It’s more about guiding the body and taking away the strain,” Dr Floreani said.

Dr Floreani said chiropractors were able to help expectant women deal with pelvic instability and address any resulting constraints of the uterus, as well as the effects of stretching muscles, skin and ligaments.

He said that while there was a risk associated with everything, he believed chiropractic care was safe for pregnant women and another increasing group of clients – babies.

Richmond chiropractor Bianca Beaumont, of Body in Balance, said about a quarter of her patients were pregnant women and new mothers.

Dr Beaumont said gently aligning pelvic bones often gave babies in a breech position more room to move into the correct head-down position, reducing the need for a caesarean birth.

But Australian Medical Association Victorian president Dr Harry Hemley said pregnant women experiencing back pain should see their GPs first.


Mary Papadakis
From:Sunday Herald Sun
May 16, 2010