The spine is a truly remarkable structure that has evolved to provide protection, stability and mobility.
It needs to be strong enough to provide protection for your spinal cord - the neurological superhighway that connects your brain to the rest of your body - while at the same time remain flexible enough to allow for the large range of human movement. It needs to handle immense forces, yet it needs to move with absolute precision.
Strength, flexibility, and control. It's about finding the balance. That is where Chiropractic comes in. Chiropractic has been around for a long while - since the 1890's in fact. However, many people don't realise that spinal manipulation had been in use for hundreds, if not thousands of years before that.
Chiropractors work on the musculo-skeletal system - the spine and pelvis mostly - correcting the dysfunction that occurs there with the use of specific spinal manipulation or 'adjustments'.
There are two main effects that occur with every adjustment. Most people who come to the chiropractor are familiar with the increased freedom of movement that comes from having their spine adjusted - this is the straight-forward mechanical effect of having your joints mobilised in this way.
The second, less obvious effect of an adjustment is the neurological effect. The muscles, ligaments and joints of your spine are richly supplied with nerves and sensory receptors that provide your body with information about its position and orientation, as well as its movement. It has been found that some of these receptors respond strongly to the stimulus delivered by a manipulation or adjustment - providing a burst of neurological input to the spinal cord and brain. This burst of input is thought to act both at the spinal cord level where it can help to reduce muscle spasm and modulate pain sensations, and also in the brain where it can improve the feedback to areas of the brain that control movement, coordination and posture. All very handy side effects when it comes to treating spinal dysfunction.
Many people report other benefits from their adjustments, including sleeping better, being calmer and more alert - so it is possible that the neurological effects of spinal adjustments go further still.
Will is the principal Chiropractor at Launceston Chiropractic. After beginning his tertiary education studying a Science Degree at the University of Melbourne Will transferred to complete qualifications in Myotherapy (a type of physical therapy focused on the muscular system) and work in private practice in multi-disciplinary Chiropractic clinics before deciding to pursue the five year Chiropractic program at RMIT University. He graduated from the Chiropractic Masters program in 2009 with distinction and was fortunate to be given associate work at the two clinics in Melbourne where he had been working as a Myotherapist. In 2013 Will and his wife Mel, with their two young children Flynn and Gwen, decided to move to Launceston as they believed it would be the perfect place to raise a family. After five years working at a local clinic, Will had the opportunity to takeover Searle Chiropractic from Paul Searle who, after almost 40 years of practise, was keen to have someone continue his care for the Launceston community.
Will provides evidence-informed chiropractic care for all ages, and particularly enjoys working with practitioners of other disciplines to find the right approach for each individual patient. Given his background in Myotherapy he also incorporates dry needling and soft tissue therapy and takes his time with patients in order to help educate them about their specific condition in order to help get better long term results. Will regularly pursues further studies and is currently involved in the FNOR (Functional Neuro-Orthopaedic Rehabilitation) program, aiding in the treatment of more complex musculo-skeletal syndromes.
When not practicing, Will’s other passions are spending time with his family, bushwalking, exploring the pristine wilderness of Tasmania and generally keeping physically active as well as keeping up to date with research and science in general.
Gareth graduated from the Chiropractic program at RMIT University in Melbourne in 2009. He spent seven years practicing in Far North Queensland before moving to Tasmania. Here he enjoys being closer to family and the unique lifestyle this incredible island offers.
Gareth provides evidence informed chiropractic care for all ages, as well as chiropractic care for horses and dogs. He completed his Graduate Diploma in Animal Biomechanical Medicine in 2018 and has since incorporated the treatment of these animals into his practice.
In his spare time, Gareth enjoys cycling, the ocean, running and generally any outdoor activity that involves exploring Tasmania with his family.
Bronty graduated from Central Queensland University in Mackay in 2021. She is originally from Launceston but moved to Mackay for the 5 year degree and masters program. Bronty always planned to return to Tasmania for the lifestyle and to be closer to family and friends.
Bronty provides evidence-informed chiropractic for all ages and is currently completing further study relating to paediatrics and pregnancy care. In the future, she plans to complete her Diploma in Animal Biomechanical Medicine as this is also an area of keen interest and a major reason why she chose to study chiropractic.
While she is not practising, she enjoys hiking, taking her dogs Bella and Bruce to the dog park and spending time with friends and family.
Amos has been serving the greater Launceston community as a chiropractor for the last 5 years.
Having graduated from Macquarie University in 2013, Amos has completed further studies in Sports Chiropractic and is now an Internationally Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (ICCSP).
With a keen interest in human movement, Amos incorporates knowledge from DNS (Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation) for both pre‐habilitation and rehabilitation of injuries, health, and performance. Amos is also able to provide Dry Needling as an additional modality.
Amos is a strong advocate for a work-life balance. Together with his young family and dog, he loves being out in the bush and has recently been dabbling in triathlons.
Bec has many years of experience as a massage therapist and incorporates Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, as well as Myofascial Cupping, and RockTape.
With a background working for over 20 years as a Registered Nurse in a variety of clinical settings, Bronwyn offers a unique remedial and sports massage practice, able to offer professional massage to more medically complicated patients including those who are looking for additional pain relief, support with chronic illness management or recovery from injury.She has experience with junior and senior sports specific massage across a range of athletes and sports, particularly cyclists and runners and can offer a specific service in this area. In addition, she is qualified in Functional Release Cupping therapy.
Bronwyn is married to James and with their 3 children have been settled in Launceston for 14 years, enjoying the lifestyle, and the great walking and beaches it has to offer. Two of their children are state and national level athletes in cycling, long distance running, and sprinting, which was the catalyst for Bronwyn becoming interested in undertaking a Diploma of Remedial Massage and branching into massage therapy as a career.
After many years working as a tradesman Andreis knows what it's like to endure back pain and have muscles so tight that it's difficult to move and as a result has had much personal experience with being on the treatment table for massage therapy and chiropractic care. These treatments & techniques have greatly helped him to keep upright, mobile and pain free.
After pursuing studies in Anatomy and Physiology and then Swedish Massage, Andreis established and operated a Rural Spa Retreat in Southern WA, where the focus was on massage, relaxation and nutrition. After moving to Tasmania in 2012, he started working within the Aged Care Sector & began to study a Diploma course in Remedial Massage. This allowed him to become a pain therapist within aged care and gain quality time with soft tissue therapy and seated techniques.
Incorporating techniques of deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy, Andreis enjoys helping patients either with pain management, injury recovery or relaxation.