Chiropractic provides a natural ‘hands on’ approach to musculoskeletal complaints and treats a wide range of structural problems that can include joints, ligaments, muscles, fascia and other biomechanical structures.
All of these structures can give pain or dysfunction, and may present as a range of complaints. Using expert evaluation, diagnosis and a large variety of hands-on techniques, our Chiropractors can ascertain critical types of dysfuntion in your body and successfuly improve spinal, joint, muscular, tendon and ligament problems with manual therapy. Chiropractors may use soft tissue massage, mobilisation, manipulation, stretching, dry needling as well as other gentle techniques. The treatment aims to improve the mobility of the joints and increase muscular balance, thus promoting correct nervous system function and contributing to optimal body health.
Our Chiropractors additionally take the time to help you to understand your injury or complaint and view it in the context of your entire body. We always endeavour to provide respite from your pain but also enjoy helping you to understand why it occurred and how to prevent it from happening again.
This often includes the provision of exercises (stretching, neuromobilisation, balance or sport specific), postural retraining, advice on work ergonomics, stress management, correct lifting techniques. And we also work with your GP and other health professionals if needed.
We are equipped to look after people at all times of their life including babies and toddlers, school children, university students, sports people (this includes our weekend warriors), mums and dads as well as the grandparents in the family – so irrespective of your age we are able to assist!
All of our chiropractors are registered with AHPRA, members of ATMS, qualified in dry needling and also perform far more continuing professional education than required because they love what they do.
To answer more of your questions about Chiropractic visit FAQ here.
Meet our Chiropractors
Welcome to Bryony Sullivan our new Chiropractor at Body of Life!
Bryony is a local from the Northern Beaches and loves Chiropractic because she knows the value of ‘hands-on-therapy’ and the power of touch. Bryony is passionate, energetic, highly personable and you will instantly feel safe, comfortable and inspired by her warm approach. Her excellent diagnostic and communication skills allow her to assess, diagnose and communicate the cause of your pain and provide a management plan for not just ‘treating the injury’ but inspiring you towards greater health and wellbeing. Bryony enjoys taking you from a place of despair about your current injury to helping you have a renewed relationship to your body as you see how your body is capable of repair and healing.
Bryony’s favourite quote is “There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.” Rumi. If you having been looking for a health professional to really listen and understand what you have been going through with your pain or injury…you will just love Bryony!
Bryony feels refreshed when out in nature, taking her dog for a swim or walking in the bush… or perhaps doing a yoga class! And if not out exercising or preparing a healthy meal, you might find her in a second hand bookstore in a cosy armchair reading a novel!
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take?
Please arrive 5-10 minutes early to fill in some paperwork and allow up to one hour for your initial visit.
What should I bring?
Please bring any relevant previous scans (xrays, CT scans or MRIs) and your health insurance card if you would like to claim on the spot with our HICAPS facility.
What will happen during the first visit?
Your osteopath or chiropractor will ask you a range of questions about your complaint and general health. They will then perform an assessment and provide you with an explanation of what may be going on. They will suggest a plan of action for how to manage the complaint, prevent further recurrences and how to help you live your healthiest and best life. They will then usually provide some ‘hands on’ treatment and recommend when you return for your next session.
What should I wear?
We often require you to change into a provided gown with your underwear or you may choose to wear a loose fitting pair of shorts. We will ensure you are warm and comfortable.
How many consultations are usually required?
There is no set answer as every person is different and every complaint presents slightly differently. For most complaints three or four visits are sufficient to reduce pain, improve mobility, provide education and give advice on reducing aggravating factors and improve overall health and well-being.
For more chronic conditions, complex injuries or where pre-existing health issues determine a slower healing time, perhaps more treatment will be required.
Will I require ongoing treatment?
For most people, once the injury has healed or the health complaint improved no ongoing treatment is required. However we live in a less than ideal world. Our lives are often either sedentary or the complete opposite; there are physical and emotional demands that exceed our body’s capacity. Therefore a ‘tune up’ or ‘check up’ is a great way to maintain good health. The frequency of these ‘tune-ups’ will depend on a number of factors and can be discussed with your osteopath or chiropractor. There is no obligation for ongoing treatment.
Will I need to have scans?
Generally no. However, if there is a concern about your complaint or more information is required to make a diagnosis, then sometimes you will be advised to have further imaging. Your osteopath or chiropractor may be able to provide you with a referral, however sometimes you will need to see your GP to obtain further tests, imaging or referral to a specialist.
Is Osteopathy and chiropractic covered by private health insurance?
Yes, if you have Extras cover, however the rebate will depend on the type of cover and the fund you are with. Bring your private health fund card and we can process your health fund payment at the time of consultation with HICAPS.
Do you treat Work Cover Injuries?
Yes. You will need to see your doctor and have Osteopathy or Chiropratic stated as part of your management/treatment on your Work Cover Medical Certificate. Please speak to your GP or call us to find out more information.
Do you treat Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries?
Yes. You will need to see your doctor, register the claim and have Osteopathy or Chiropratic stated as part of your management/treatment plan. Please speak to your GP or call us to find out more information.
Do you treat Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) patients?
Yes. You will need a referral from you doctor. Treatment is entirely covered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. You will need to bring your DVA card with you for osteopathic or chiropractic treatment.
Is Osteopathy or Chiropractic covered by Medicare?
Not generally, however there is a government initiative called the Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) Program. This allows someone with chronic pain or a chronic condition to have five (5) osteopathic, chiropractic, or other approved allied health service consultations a year when referred by their doctor. A Medicare rebate covers some (but not all) of the fee. Please speak to your GP or call us to see if you might be eligible.