ERROL STREET CHIROPRACTOR MELBOURNE

At Errol Street Chiropractic we are dedicated to providing excellence in spinal health care to the people in our community who highly value their health We understand that when someone enters our office for the first time, that person has a unique history, a unique presentation of what is going on with their health and a unique set of health goals. At Errol Street Chiropractic Centre in North Melbourne, our focus is on optimising spinal health to improve, not only spinal function and alignment but to also improve the overall health and wellbeing of that individual.

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We assess the spinal function and alignment of the people who attend out practice and work out a spinal care plan that matches their goals as well as taking care of the initial problem they have come in with. Our thorough assessment allows us to tailor the care that each person requires. Whether people are after pain relief or spinal corrective care with Chiropractic BioPhysics, we listen to our people's need and give them the best care possible.

Our remedial massage service is a great addition to our team and assists our people in moving towards their goals. We use Chiropractic BioPhysics and traditional chiropractic care to analyse and improve spinal alignment. Our chiropractors have over 30 years of experience and are dedicated to giving outstanding care and getting excellent results.

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Dr Lisa Smycz

Dr Lisa Smycz

Doctor of Chiropractic
Hi, I am Dr Lisa Smycz, a Doctor of Chiropractic, principle chiropractor and founder of the Errol Street Chiropractic Centre in North Melbourne. I have been a family chiropractor for the past two decades, with a special interest in peri-natal care, caring for pregnant women, babies and children. I also look after the adults of the family and work with parents, grandparents and often, entire family units.
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Dr. Brittany Delves

Dr. Brittany Delves

Doctor of Chiropractic
Hi, I'm Dr. Brittany Delves, associate Doctor of Chiropractic at Errol Street Chiropractic Centre in North Melbourne. As a Chiropractic graduate from RMIT University, I’m passionate about caring for every member of the family. I also value the health benefits that come from family chiropractic care as I grew up in a family that received regular chiropractic check-ups.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Our focus is to provide the best results in spinal health in the shortest possible time frame. When we are assessing our new patients we are interested in finding out two things:
 
1. How well the spine if moving (functioning). A well functioning spine allows you to move your spine optimally and perform daily tasks and exercise at your best. Chiropractic is vital to detect any spinal joints that are restricted, or ‘subluxated’ and improve the function of the joint. We do this with gentle adjustments to the spinal joints, taking into consideration the age, level of development and health history of the individual.

2. How well is the spine aligned (structure). The health of your spinal curves is reflected in your posture. We access posture using Posture Screen Analysis®. We detect any spinal curve changes that are away from the ideal (utilising Chiropractic BioPhysics protocols) and then help to restore normal spinal alignment with a multimodal rehabilitation system. This includes mirror image adjusting®, mirror image neuromuscular rehabilitation exercises and traction.

This combination of assessing the spinal movement at the facet joint level AND assessing the overall alignment and posture allows us to get great results. We often get the ‘hard cases’, people that have seen other practitioners, and then discover the Chiropractic BioPhysics protocol that focuses on structure and function.

We take pride in our level of care. We strive to enhance people’s understanding of what their body needs to function at a higher level and work closely with people to reduce the stressors and strains on their body to get the best results, in the shortest possible time.
When people come to us they arrive with different goals in mind. Our goal, as chiropractors, is to find out what the problems or concerns of the new patient’s are and then find out whether we have the best treatment and advice to help them achieve their goal.

Some come in for pain reduction. We see people with:

  • Headaches
  • Shoulder tension
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Arm pain
  • Leg pain
  • Sciatica
We see people who wish to maintain their spinal health and optimise the benefits that a well functioning and aligned spine brings. These people may be:

  • Mothers dealing with young children
  • Athletes looking for the extra edge in their sports performance
  • Office workers & business owners
  • Labourers
  • Retirees wishing to stay active for as long as possible
Another area of care that we focus on is paediatrics and pregnancy care. Our chiropractors have undertaken extensive further studies in these areas and often our reception area will reflect that - there may be a pregnant lady, a baby in a pram or children in the practice.  Some of the reasons parents bring their baby or child to us include:

  • Difficult or long births may cause undue stress on the neck of a baby
  • Baby has trouble turning their head one way
  • Plagiocephaly (flat spot on the skull)
  • Unsettled baby
  • Falls as babies and children
  • Scoliosis screening
  • Learning delays
  • Uneven crawling pattern
Whatever the reason someone comes to us with we will let them know if they are a chiropractic case and what treatment will involve. We answer all your questions and make sure you are 100% clear on what care will look like at Errol Street Chiropractic, guiding you through each step and doing regular checks to ensure that your progress in on track. Lots of our patients are referrals from other patients, so most people that come in are aware of the great results we often achieve.
Sciatica is a term that describes pain that is generated by the irritation of the sciatic nerve in the lower back and pelvis. If anyone has suffered from sciatica, they understand how severe the pain can be and how disruptive it can be to the daily life.

The sciatic nerve starts in the lower back and goes down the back of the leg to the foot. In fact, it is the longest nerve in the body and hence, when it is irritated, it can give you severe pain.

Here is a list of some the symptoms that people may be experiencing with sciatica:

  • sharp, shooting pain down the back of the leg
  • pins and needles down the thighs and leg
  • numbness in the leg or foot
  • weakness in leg muscles
  • burning, prickling sensations
  • sharp pain in low back and leg
  What causes the sciatic nerve to get irritated?

    1. Often where leg pain is worse than the low back pain then disc involvement may be the cause.
  • Disc disease. When disc damage, such as disc bulging, disc herniation or sequestration occurs, this can place direct pressure on the nerves exiting the spine and cause sciatica
  • Disc degeneration. In these cases the narrowed disc, with associated degenerative spur development can cause pressure on the nerves or inflame the nerves, leading to sciatica.
In these cases the chiropractor may find that nerve tests are positive, such as reflexes, muscle strength and skin sensation. Depending on the severity of the case, the chiropractor may need to refer out for MRI or CT imaging to assist in the diagnosis.
    2. When low back pain is present and leg pain is more painful and there are less sensations such ‘pins and needles’ and numbness then the problem may be due to altered spinal/pelvic joint function.
Nerve tests are less likely to be positive and chiropractors can often help by improving the spinal function and neuromuscular control of the area.   The video goes through:

  1. Postures to avoid
  2. A stretch to help relieve the symptoms
  3. Mindful meditation
  https://errolstchiro.com.au/3-easy-tips-to-help-sciatica-avoid-drugs/
If you suffer from scoliosis, the team at Errol Street Chiropractic Centre can help you with scoliosis pain treatment.

Scoliosis is a condition that involves the unwanted curvature of the straight spine when looking at the spine from front to back. It usually begins formation during adolescence and is more common in females than males.  As we age, the condition can lead to severe and ongoing back pain if it is left untreated.

While scoliosis is not always painful, it can eventually lead to pain. Here are a few indicators that scoliosis may be present:

  • One leg seems to be longer than the other
  • Pain in the lower back
  • Discomfort in standing for long periods of time
  • Crooked shoulders
  • A visible curve in the spine
  • Uneven hips
  It is recommended that parents check their child’s spine using these indicators above as soon as they can stand up and keep still. The best time to check a child is before they start going into their pubescent years. As girls mature earlier than boys and are more prone to scoliosis, then late primary school age is an ideal time. If you are not sure if your child has scoliosis, then a visit to a chiropractor is advised. 30% of children with scoliosis have close family members with scoliosis.  

Adults suffer from scoliosis too and are often present because their childhood scoliosis has not been corrected.

The prevalence of Scoliosis increases with age....

  • 0.3% – 0.5% in children
  • 2% – 4% above the age of 18 years
  • 9% in over 40 year olds
  • 30%+ in over 60 year olds
  • 50%+ in over 90 year olds
Ref:2010 Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - British Volume, Vol 92-B, Issue 7, 980-983  Spine 2011 Apr 20;36(9):731-6.

At Errol Street Chiropractic our chiropractors are trained to detect scoliosis in children and adults. We understand which cases need referring out and which cases we can help with Chiropractic BioPhysics. Our goal is to get the best outcome for our patients.
Our remedial massage therapist works alongside our chiropractors. We find that communication between the practitioners is an important way of getting all relevant clinical information about the patient to the massage therapist. Also, this channel of communication allows us to find out what each practitioner has recommended to the patient, which assist the patient in getting the best results.  

Massage works on the muscles, ligaments and fascia of the body. Stress and strain on these structures can occur via a number of things including:

  • Exercise and sports injuries
  • Poor, sustained posture in front of the computer, phone and other handheld devices
  • Pregnancy, especially as the mother approaches the 3rd-trimester Remedial massage helps to ease the tension in muscles and ligaments around the spine and extremities, helping the body to move with greater ease and helping you to get back to doing the things that you love.
While a great massage can be relaxing, it also stimulates the healing process encouraging blood to flow freely through the tight tissues, bringing oxygen and nutrients to help the healing process.

Therapeutic massage uses a blend of soft and deep tissue massage to ease your pain.

Soft tissue massage uses a series of strokes of different pressure and length, with the therapists' hands gliding across the body, gently kneading and stretching the muscles.

Both forms of massage are excellent for helping sports or long term injuries.
As a parent what we all want the best for our children. We want them to be healthy, have an ability to learn and make friends, in other words, to THRIVE.

However along the way things can happen to affect the spine of children. The birth process is one way that can cause undue stress to the neck and spine of a baby and if not corrected can lead to problems later as that baby grows.

Here are some causes of spinal stress in babies:

  • Long and difficult birth
  • Breech baby
  • Posterior baby
  • Cesarean birth
  • Vacuum/ forceps extraction
There are several reasons parents bring their child to get assessed by one of our chiropractors. Here are a few:

  • Stiff necks
  • Back pain
  • Poor posture
  • Lack of coordination
  • History of falls of change tablets, bed, play equipment
  • Sitting in a ‘W’ position with their legs
  • Walking on tippy toes
  • Overanxious
  • Bed wetting into primary school age
  • Able to read words, but struggle reading sentences
  • Recurrent infections, especially ear infections
  • Scoliosis
  Children are in the habit of growing. When the spine of a child is well aligned and moving well then the brain is receiving all the information from the body and allowing for all the sensorimotor integrations. This allows the child to not only move well but learn well and respond to the environment in the most appropriate way.  

We understand that children are not just small adults. Their spines are different from ours and they have special needs as they go through different stages of growth and development. We do not use all the same assessments or treatments techniques on children as we do on adults.

Not only do they have a habit of growing, but children also have a habit of falling too. Adults, as well as children, need a healthy spine. As it is important to have regular dental check-ups to keep teeth and gums healthy, children need regular spinal check-ups too.

Any other questions? Check our F.A.Q page.

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222 Errol Street North Melbourne 3051

9329 1118

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