What is Chiropractic?
A NATURAL approach to healthcare
Chiropractic as a profession has been around for 125 years. Chiropractors are trained to find areas of the spine and extremities which are not functioning and moving at their full potential. Often these areas of the spine will have corresponding muscle tightness and tenderness. Chiropractors use a range of techniques to enhance movement of these spinal joints which results in the brain and the body having an increased connection and improved function. Although the majority of people consult a chiropractor due to pain or dysfunction, lots of people also choose Chiropractic care to keep them well.
Helping YOUR body adapt to YOUR environment
Several studies have shown that Chiropractic care changes the way that the brain sends messages to the muscles, increasing the connection between the brain and the body. This enhanced connection can help your brain to know what is going on in the body and therefore control your body better. Our brain and spinal cord (the nervous system) is continuously using millions of processes to help you adapt to your physical, chemical and emotional environment to keep you alive and thriving- these processes happen without you even having to think about it. A healthy nervous system means that these processes can happen at the right time and right way which leads to optimal functioning of our bodies.
Meet our Chiropractors
Dr Krissy Dowlin, Chiropractor & Naturopath. Certified Applied Kinesiology
Dr Krissy graduated with distinction after 5 years of study at RMIT with a Bachelor of Health Science. Previous to studying Chiropractic, Dr Krissy completed her 4 year Naturopathy degree with Bachelor of Health Science at Endeavour College or Natural Health.
Dr Krissy grew up in country Victoria and feels very blessed to have had holistic chiropractic care since the age of 6. Initially this inspired Krissy to study Naturopathy and learn all about how herbal, nutritional and food as medicine can help to restore balance and create optimal health.
Krissy’s transformational experience with chiropractic as a child along with her passion to further explore the human body and health lead her down the path to studying chiropractic with aspirations of being able to care for her patients as holistically as possible.
Along with utilising SOT, Krissy is certified Applied Kinesiology practitioner. Applied Kinesiology involves functional muscle testing as well as using the principles of nutritional and bio-mechanics to better enhance the outcomes of patients.
Krissy has a strong interest in family health and paediatric care and is passionate about helping people of all ages and walks of life to achieve their full health expression. Combining her Chiropractic & Naturopathic skills, Krissy focuses on digestive health, hormonal balance and emotional wellbeing as key pillars of optimal health.
When she is not in clinic, Krissy loves staying active by attending yoga classes as well as hanging out with her partner & beautiful Labrador.
Chiropractic is for everyone, from birth to beyond! Regardless of how you feel, who you are and what your health goals are. It unlocks your innate and natural ability to heal, have an increased sense of vitality and to function at your best!
Dr Paige Leembruggen, Chiropractor
Dr Paige originally moved from Adelaide to pursue studies and a career in Chiropractic. She has a keen interest in holistic women’s health, and paediatric and family care. Dr Paige has embarked on further study to obtain qualifications in mat pilates teacher training, and loves the challenge of incorporating this knowledge of injury rehabilitation and foundational strength building into chiropractic care.
Dr Paige is one of four chiropractors in her family and cherishes the holistic care she received throughout her early years. In her spare time, you’ll likely find Dr Paige in a heated pilates studio, op-shopping or cooking up a storm. If you’re looking for a conversation starter, mention your dog and she’ll be all ears!
Dr Paige is thrilled to be joining the team at Joie Chiropractic and Wellness and is looking forward to helping you to support your health in 2022.
Chiropractic for babies & children
In the first year of development, a baby goes through many milestones such as holding his or her head up, rolling over, crawling, and walking. These present many opportunities that greatly benefit from a properly functioning nervous system and is important to ensure that the connections between the brain and body develop and function well. Healthy nervous system function can support the achievement of developmental milestones.
Our chiropractors have completed extra study in the examination and chiropractic care of babies and children and is committed to the careful assessment and gentle correction of your child’s spine and neuro-musculo-skeletal system to support their healthy development.
After examining your child's history, our chiropractors will advise if chiropractic care could be an effective option. Sometimes it is necessary to refer to another health professional such as a GP, functional dentist, occupational therapist, lactation consultant or speech therapist to help manage or co-manage to achieve the best outcome for your child.
Chiropractic in Pregnancy
Most women come into the practice to have optimum pregnancies, to make their pregnancies more comfortable, to achieve balance in their spines and pelvis, and to improve their labour experience/outcome.
As your baby grows, there are physical stresses placed on your body. As a result, muscles tighten (to allow balance and support) and often cause the vertebrae to become restricted, producing some typical pregnancy symptoms.
Most of these common complaints experienced by pregnant women respond remarkably well to chiropractic care. These include: musculoskeletal issues such as low back pain, hip pain, pain at the pubic bone, mid back pain, rib pain, and sciatic nerve pain. Headaches, swelling , breathing difficulties (associated with rib pain) and general discomfort can also be reduced with chiropractic care.
Dr Krissy & Dr Paige are experienced in the gentle care of women during all stages of pregnancy and use gentle blocking procedures, and other SOT techniques to assist with healthy function throughout pregnancy and to prepare the body for labour and birth.
Tuesday : 9am-11:30am
Thursday: 9am- 6:30pm
Joie Chiropractic & Wellness
103B/ 1024 Mt Alexander Rd