The subject of chiropractic has been hotly debated.
It is a topic that can quickly divide a room; ‘crack’ addicts on one side and skeptics on the other.
Yet there’s a growing number of people drawn to chiropractic treatment because of the science behind the practice, which is its influence over the body’s nervous system.
It is our nervous system that controls our organs and our muscles and ultimately affects brain function.
Bronwyn Aspinall has been a chiropractor for over ten years.
She has also undertaken many intensive postgraduate studies in the brain and the nervous system over the past nine years and has completed a paediatric functional neurology course about child brain development in the United States.
It’s fair to say she’s well read.
As with all chiropractors, it takes five years to qualify and requires extensive knowledge of musculoskeletal function and health.
Yet it’s Bronwyn and also her associate, Øystein’s further study into the brain and nervous system which gives them a very thorough and holistic view.
It’s evident that this whole perspective is applied in her practices at Aspinall Activation Centre in both East Maitland and Clarence Town.
Bronwyns begins by explaining that the sound of cracking so distinctly renowned (and often feared) with chiro is simply gas being released between joint surfaces during adjustments that realign the spinal column and in turn stimulate the pathways of the nervous system.
“Unfortunately, our unhealthy habits of sitting for prolonged periods and stooping over phones or screens all contribute to poor posture and a compromised spine, the home of the nervous system, begins Bronwyn.
“By mobilising the spine, the nervous system is stimulated to signal with our brain, organs and muscles.
“When our back “goes out” on us, that is often actually caused by a failure of stability of the spine because the nervous system was not doing it’s job properly, says Bronwyn.
“We aim to assess the underlying cause of why people’s spine’s fail to try to prevent recurrent injuries,” she adds.
Through an extensive initial assessment at Aspinall Activation Centre, their practitioners will analyse coordination, reflexes, spinal mobility and balance.
They utilise a machine which measures a clients balance age and gives an indication of how likely it is that the individual will sustain a back injury or have a fall, which is of particular value for the elderly.
General health, current issues or concerns and lifestyle are also covered during a first visit to build a clear picture.
They also assess each client’s inclination toward receiving adjustments.
“It’s not the only way to influence someone’s spine, she continues.
“Certainly, if we see that person is anxious or unsure about being manipulated, there are many other ways to practice,” explains Bronwyn.
Cranial therapy is a gentle form of adjusting that Bronwyn performs.
“We use a variety of techniques which suit the particular patient, from the very young to the very elderly.
“Patients often remark how relaxed they feel with more neck movement.
“Because the head and neck are connected cranial work may help to relax any tension in the muscles.”
The holistic approach that Bronwyn and her team take extend well beyond consultations.
Patients are armed with exercises to follow at home in order to help manage conditions and to keep their bodies well.
The centre also has an Occupational Therapist, Shannon, who enthusiastically provides additional care and knowledge for their clientele.
“The model we use gives patients responsibility for their own health.
“We love empowering our patients through education about how to protect their spine and nervous system and the negative impact that a sedentary lifestyle can have on every one of us,” concludes Bronwyn.
To book an initial consultation or talk to the friendly staff at Aspinall Activation Centre about their diverse range of treatment, contact 0418 484 081.
Appointments are available between the hours of 9am to 6pm from Monday to Friday and health fund members are welcome.