Lara graduated with a Master of Chiropractic from Macquarie University in 2000 and continues to advance her skill and knowledge base with regular CPD training.
Upon completion of advanced post graduate training in Low Level Laser Therapy and Dry Needling, Lara has successfully integrated these two modalities into her practice. Both modalities compliment and work extremely well with Chiropractic and allow for a greater scope in the way in which patients are treated.
She considers Chiropractic a team effort between practitioner and patient. Through open communication and a thorough assessment, Lara will develop a complete plan to accelerate your immediate recovery and provide long term strategies to keep you well.
After practicing in Huskisson for 5 years the clinic grew and moved to a purpose built building in Woollamia. Only a short 3 ½ km drive from Huskisson and 20 minutes south of Nowra, the clinic is situated in peaceful surrounds with views overlooking the bush. Our patients feel at home and often come early just to sit on the deck and enjoy the serenity.
A wide variety of health complaints may be treated with Chiropractic.
Spinal adjustments are designed to improve the function of the spine and remove irritation to the delicate spinal nerves and adjacent soft tissues.
Through your nervous system you perceive the world, adapt to stress and co-ordinate how your body functions. Any irritation to your nervous system can interfere with these functions.
Your body has an innate desire to be well. By removing irritation to the musculoskeletal and nervous system, your body can function at its very best. Allowing you to enjoy greater wellbeing and get the best out of life.
Stress chemicals released in our body change the tone of muscles attached to the spine and affect the way we breathe. Physical trauma can be in the form of macro-trauma which often involves one specific event such as an accident.
On the other hand, micro-trauma is the culmination of small amounts of trauma experienced in daily life. This usually goes unnoticed for many years.
The body has an innate desire to be well and will adapt to stress until it gets to a point where it can no longer do so. RSI is a good example of micro-trauma – and yes, the spine can experience “RSI”.
When the spine can no longer adapt to the underlying stress, individual vertebra no longer move in unison with each other.
When a vertebra loses its proper relationship with the one above or below, it may set in motion a cascade of effects.
Reduced joint motion
Numbness in the hands or feet
“Pins and needles” sensations
Our job as a Chiropractor is to identify areas of dysfunction and restore the normal biomechanical function of your spine and integrity of your nervous system.
We do this by adjusting the spine to improve normal vertebral motion and reduce irritation to adjacent soft tissues*and spinal nerves.
*Soft tissues include joint capsules, discs, muscles, tendons and ligaments
There are many ways to adjust the spine. Most people new to Chiropractic expect a chiropractor to use his or her hands to manually adjust the spine and to hear that “pop” which is so often talked about. This is merely the change in gas pressure within the joint capsule, similar to a champagne cork popping. You may be surprised to learn that there are many non-manual adjusting techniques which don’t produce a “pop”. Some techniques utilise the force of gravity by using blocks underneath the pelvis in different configurations, another is the use of the Activator adjusting instrument or the use of a special table to assist the adjustment.
Which adjusting method is appropriate for your particular body type will depend on many factors including age and physical condition. We use a variety of adjusting methods at this clinic including manual adjustments and the very gentle low-force methods.
Adjustments are usually a pleasant experience. After being adjusted most patients report greater ease in moving, less pain and a sense of lightness and wellbeing.
Low Level Laser Therapy is also known as Cold Laser or Photobiomodulation therapy. This is merely a difference in terminology and are the same treatment modality.
Laser is a very comfortable treatment modality used to treat many types of inflammatory conditions, relieve pain and stimulate tissue repair.
Whilst Laser has been around for a very long time, it is really only in the last decade that the more advanced Laser technology and training has been available to practitioners in Australia. It is well researched and works extremely well with Chiropractic. A recent study published in the Lancet medical journal showed when Chiropractic was combined with Laser therapy to treat neck pain, the participants gained double the improvement when compared to either Chiropractic or Laser alone.
Our body requires sunlight to initiate a cellular reaction to produce vitamin D and plants require sunlight for tissue cells to photosynthesise and grow.
Low Level Laser Therapy targets injured tissue at a cellular level. Injured or diseased cells are not healthy cells. The light sources delivered by the laser stimulate a photochemical reaction within the tissue cells to restore normal biochemical function. These restored functions include a reduction in pain perception, inflammation, improved lymphatic drainage, micro-circulation and the stimulation of cellular or tissue repair. Tissue repair is a unique feature of Laser therapy not delivered by other physical therapy equipment.
It is a ‘cold’ laser as we are not burning or heating tissue like lasers used in cosmetic and surgical procedures. At this clinic we use a very advanced Laser – the Super Pulsed Multi Radiance MR4.
This Laser uses 3 light sources which are delivered in rapid pulses. Many lasers use one light source in a continuous beam. The advantage of 3 light sources is that they work in synergy to enhance the effects of each light source. The super pulsed delivery system can penetrate deeper and prevents heating of underlying deep tissues. The end result is a very powerful laser treatment without the effects of deep tissue heating. The MR4 is a very safe Laser which can be used over implants including metal plates and screws. Many patients feel anything from nothing at all to a slight tingling over the area being treated.
Dry Needling is a powerful tool using acupuncture needles to directly reset and de-activate myofascial trigger points within a muscle. Whilst we use the same equipment as an Acupuncturist, it is not the same. Acupuncturists use needles with a holistic approach to treat the body within the paradigm of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Often muscles surrounding a dysfunctional joint behave or work inefficiently and muscular imbalances and poor movement patterns set in. The flow on effect is for muscles to form trigger points within the muscle fibres. These are the ‘knots’ you may feel in a muscle. Whether your muscle is over-working inappropriately or under-working inappropriately, the needle has a normalizing effect by relaxing, elongating and resetting the muscle.
There are many techniques to try to get muscles to reset including re-training exercises, massage techniques, taping and electrical stimulation.
Sometimes the superficial trigger points are easy to get to, but many times, those aren’t the ones driving the biomechanical system. We can get deeper into the muscle with a needle if we need to. This is one of the advantages of Dry Needling but on the whole, the results with Dry Needling are quick and mostly immediate.
It’s really important to de-activate trigger points. Active trigger points often cause localized or referred pain. Non-active trigger points also cause problems. Aside from pain, all trigger points potentially prevent relaxation and lengthening of muscles and hinder the circulation of nutrients to the muscle cells
NB: Dry Needling is not used on patients with significant needle phobias
Shoulders, Hips, Knees, & Elbows!
Chiropractors traditionally focused on the spine. Now we assess the body as a whole and treat many non-spinal problems within the musculoskeletal system. After all, everything is connected. There is no point adjusting a patient’s lower back if they have a hip or foot issue which is not being addressed. Likewise, neck issues with underlying shoulder problems need both areas treated. If we feel a referral is necessary, we will do so. We want results!
As a new patient to this practice, we will ask you to complete a Confidential Health Questionnaire and bring any xays, CT Scans or MRI’s you may have had taken in the past. The Chiropractor will then discuss your personal health issues and goals in greater detail and perform a detailed examination. It is important we obtain as much information as possible so an accurate diagnosis can be made before we commence treating you. We will refer you for xrays if they are required. Most patients will be treated at their initial consultation.
Please allow 1 Hour for your initial consultation.
Booking Deposit: Unfortunately we have been forced to take a $30 card deposit due to the high number of people not showing up for their initial appointment. This will come off your initial consultation fee. The deposit is only non-refundable whereby you fail to show for your appointment or cancel with short notice. Should you need to change your appointment please try to give us 24 hours notice so that somebody in need of care can take your place.
Our first priority is to make you comfortable and feeling better in the shortest amount of time. However problems which have been lingering for a long time rarely have a quick fix. In most cases a treatment program outlining the type of treatment which will be best suited to your body, rehabilitation exercises and home management and ergonomic advice will be discussed at your second visit. Your program is based on a collaboration of information obtained during your initial consultation. In the first couple of weeks we may need to see you more frequently and then less often. Not unlike going to a gym or embarking on a weight loss program, each visit works and builds on the previous visit.
You do not need a referral to see a Chiropractor.
Consultations are covered by all Private Health funds. Claims may be processed through the HICAPS system with your membership card.
If your GP has referred you under a Chronic Disease Management plan, please bring your referral and care plan with you. Chiropractic cannot be bulk billed under Medicare however we can process your claim via the HICAPS system.
We understand that injuries happen unexpectantly. It is a policy of this clinic to reserve a few new patient emergency appointments throughout the week. Please call early if you think you may need to get in quickly.
Consultations are by appointment only. The clinic is open Tuesday to Friday and one Saturday morning each month. You may contact the clinic on 0422 924 173 during normal business hours. Or by email email@example.com.
HICAPS & Merchant Facilities are available at the clinic.
Jervis Bay, Vincentia, Sanctuary Point, Erowal Bay, St Georges Basin patients – drive into Huskisson and take Woollamia road at the service station. Drive a couple of kilometres and take the first left after the village houses into Willowford road.
Nowra, Callala, Falls Creek patients – drive south along the Princess hwy, turn left onto Jervis Bay Rd, then left onto Woollamia road. Drive about 5km along Wollamia Road and turn right into Willowford road. (first road on the right after Paper Bark Camp)
Sussex Inlet, Wandandian, Milton patients – drive north along the Princess hwy, turn right into Jervis Bay road, then left onto Woollamia road. Drive about 5km along Woollamia road and turn right into Willowford road (first road on tbe right after Paper Bark Camp).
The clinic is about 800 meters along Willowford Rd on the right- look out for the sign.
Consultations are by Appointment Only.
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 9am to 5.30pm
Wednesday – 1pm to 5.30pm
Thursday – 9am to 1.30pm
Friday – 1pm to 5.30pm
Saturday – Once a Month See Dates Below
Sat 9th Feb – Sat 9th March – Sat 6th April