Why Sydney Chiropractic & Massage?
Kieran found combining chiropractic with his specialised muscular therapies is much more effective than either one on its own, often helping people who were put in the “too hard basket”. The importance of a practitioner committing the time and effort doing the extensive muscle and massage work prior to the chiropractic adjustments cannot not be underestimated, especially if you’re looking for quick and effective results.
Chiropractic is a 5 year university degree specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of the musculoskeletal disorders and injuries with particular emphasis on the spine. Chiropractic is one of the most commonly utilised complementary health professions in Australia. The adjustment is the hallmark of chiropractic and is what is commonly known as “cracking” which is a very specific technique to the facet joints of the spine to restore proper movement, function and reduce pain. Chiropractors are taught muscle and orthopedic testing procedures to help diagnose musculoskeletal conditions as well as extensive human anatomy and physiology.
Massage & Muscle Therapies
Kieran began studying remedial and sports massage in 2005 and has continually added and refined his skills, discontinued treatments he felt weren’t effective and has now developed his own unique style of massage & muscle therapy that combines several disciplines such as sports massage myotherapy (SLM), Stecco Method, trigger point therapy and myofascial release to name a few. These combinations of skills and techniques combined with chiropractic is not offered anywhere else in Australia, and makes it one of the most wholistic and complete muscle and spine treatments.
Cupping was first used in Chinese medicine and is now also used by western trained therapists as a complementary treatment to massage for the muscles and fascia. A cup is placed on certain area’s or points on the body, usually at the site of pain and corresponding area’s of tension and tightness, using a hand held pump a vacuum is created and the muscles and fascia are drawn into the cup creating a localised area of stretch and blood flow to help relieve muscle tension. Kieran will often put the cups on one area while simultaneously treating another area of the body so your in effect getting multiple area’s treated at the same time.
Similar to cupping, Chinese medicine was using acupuncture long before dry needling started to be used by western therapies although the training, theory and philosophy is very different, however, the technique of inserting very fine needles is very similar. Dry needling is often used at trigger points or “knots” to help ease pain. Kieran uses dry needling sparingly as he has found the hands on muscle work and cupping is more effective for most people, and only uses it in very specific cases to improve outcomes.
Both stretching and exercises are commonly prescribed to people with back pain, in Kierans experience these are ineffective for most back pain sufferers. Muscles in particular around the hips and spine can develop tightness and tension as a result of “knots” in the muscle. Muscles can be viewed as being like a long elastic band, if you were to tie knots in the elastic band you can do continuous and frequent stretching & these “knots” will not go away. Similarly, trying to exercise and strengthen muscles that have chronic tension & poor blood supply as a result of knots will have little positive effect. Kieran focuses identifying the dysfunctional muscles that set up the problem in the first place, treats them with effective hands on techniques then teaches his patients how to effectively self treat the area’s using simple techniques.
Kieran also teaches his patients how to best negate the effects of sitting for long periods of time. Such as alternating between sitting/standing, taking micro breaks & using different techniques that go much further than just ‘sitting up straight’, sitting up straight all day is not too different than sitting slouched all day. Things like emotional stress, fear avoidance behaviors, lack of quality sleep, poor diets especially high in sugar/processed foods can also impact pain levels which rarely get addressed by most health professionals.