After moving to the Blue Mountains from the southern highlands and semi-retired, chiropractor Susan Jameson met renowned local chiropractor Alex Taylor.
“When I met Alex, we discovered that we had matching skills in the sense that they were both trained as chiropractors, osteopaths, and in natural medicine,” Dr. Jameson said.
The combination of the three disciplines, while not uncommon, is increasingly scarce, as professionals specialize in a particular area. Clicking professionally, Taylor offered Jameson the chance to practice from his clinic.
Welcoming the offer and with Taylor after retiring, Jameson took over the Blue Vista Health Center in Bullaburra. With Taylor practicing at the clinic for more than three decades, Jameson pledged to maintain the holistic attention and focus the locals had come to.
“Because it’s been a long-term health clinic in this area for so long, it would have been a shame to let it close completely,” Dr. Jameson said.
Ever since she took over the clinic, Jameson has been accompanied by masseuse Kate Pagan.
“I’m going to get other osteopaths or chiropractors or other professionals and I’m also going to turn it into a multi-professional center,” Dr. Jameson said.
This week, Dr. Jameson and the wider chiropractic profession mark Spine Health Week. This year the slogan is ‘Sore back? Think of a chiropractor, ”with chiropractors experts when it comes to back pain.
“When you do it every day, I’ve been a chiropractor for 35 years, you really build up a level of experience,” Dr. Jameson said.
With chiropractic therapies focused on the spine and pelvis, in the case of neck and back pain, it is also necessary to relax tense muscles.
“Chiropractic treatment focuses on releasing joints that become blocked and converting arthritis gradually. Restoring proper movement in the spine with a soft tissue massage, which helps loosen muscles, a dry needle that is good to relieve pain and is also good for balancing the left and right sides. “
While back pain can be treated with medication or exercise, it comes down to the cause of the problem which can help solve problems in the long run.
“Many times people are locked in this awkward position that helps them cope with pain, but it doesn’t necessarily resolve, so they need focused treatment to help get rid of it,” Dr. Jameson said.
In addition to the specific treatment, Dr. Jameson takes a holistic approach to treatment.
“You have to look at the person as a whole and see what else they may need,” he said.
“The body functions as a whole unit and this needs to be taken into account. Often, back pain is related to an internal problem and until lasting relief is resolved.”