All bodily function is controlled by the brain through the nervous system.
The moving bones of the skull, spine and pelvis protect the delicate nerve tissue of the brain and spinal cord, yet allows flexibility.
Nerves require both electrical and chemical activity to relay a message from the brain to the bodies tissues and back again.
Altered movement in the protective structures of the brain and nervous system will have an effect on the messages sent in either direction.  This may result in tissue, organ and cellular malfunction leading to pain, illness, weakness etc.

Chiropractic is a health care discipline based on the fact that the body is a self healing, self regulating organism.  These functions are controlled by the nervous system.

Chiropractic is the science of locating malfunctioning spinal or joint segments (subluxations), the art of restoring these segments to normal function (through adjustments) and the philosophy of natural health care based on your ability to heal when there is minimal interference to the nervous system.

Chiropractic also places an emphasis on nutrition, exercise and lifestyle modifications to reduce nervous system malfunction.

Chiropractors in Australia are government registered and regulated health professionals having undergone 5 years of university training.  They must adhere to strict and extensive ongoing educational requirements to maintain their registration and association status.  No other health care provider is trained to locate and adjust subluxation affecting the body, not even your Doctor.




A diagnostic tool used only by health care practitioners registered to diagnose such as chiropractors, osteopaths, physiotherapists and medical practitioners.

It is the use of manual muscle testing to evaluate the motor response of the nervous system to a sensory stimuli – a test of functional neurology.

Applied Kinesiology provides immediate feedback to allow the best and most individualized care plan for you, removing interference to restore your health.

Your Shire Chiropractic AK practitioner will use their knowledge of:

Anatomy – to balance muscle function ensuring strength, flexibility, co-ordination, posture and alignment;

The Nervous System – so your brain communicates with your body and your body can give regulating feedback to your brain unimpeded;

The Acupuncture System – to ensure balanced energy flow through the meridian channels of the body, and

Biochemistry – for essential chemical reactions, energy production and hormone balance.



Why would my baby or child need Chiropractic Care?
The way a baby is positioned during pregnancy, birthing – naturally or by caesarian section, sleeping postures, bumps and falls, sporting activities, heavy back packs, electronic media, poor nutritional choices, study and postural habits are all capable of creating significant imbalance in a childs body.

This may not create spinal pain directly, but a growing body of research is showing it may manifest in other areas.  The symptoms may include:

poor sleeping patterns
an unsettled child
difficulty with nipple attachment or lack of nutritive sucking
Colic and Reflux
Uneven shape of skull
Learning Difficulties
Unco-ordinated  or Clumsiness
Easily fatigued
Behavioural Difficulties
Poor Immunity, constant infections or tummy upsets.

Your Shire Chiropractic practitioner has completed numerous post graduate studies in the field of “Paediatric” (babies and kids)  Chiropractic and is fully qualified to detect and address the imbalance.



This is a period where the development of your child is of paramount importance.  Using safe gentle techniques, spinal imbalance can be restored to normal function to reduce pain, remove pelvic and muscle imbalance to provide the best growing position for your baby and an effective labour, and ensure nerve supply to the uterus is regulated.



A novel approach to helping children and adults with learning difficulties and behavioural problems.

During foetal development, when the decision making processes of higher brain centers has not yet developed, your brainstem or lower brain has ‘primitive’ reflexes to help during the birthing process, breast feeding, grasping and early survival and development.  As an infant grows these ‘primitive’ reflexes are no longer required and they should take a step back while higher brain function takes over.  This is a normal and essential part of development.

Due to various reasons, such as foetal positioning during pregnancy, birth trauma or environmental toxicity these baby reflexes remain dominant and can impede normal development, learning and behaviour.

Retention symptoms vary greatly, from difficulty reading and writing to hyperactivity, distractibility, poor co-ordination, speech and swallowing difficulties, poor posture and constant wiggling, the list goes on.

Your Shire Chiropractic RNR practitioner can detect and assist in the integration of these reflexes that could be holding your bright children back.



Is based on 4000 year old Chinese premise that pain or illness results when energy and blood in the body cannot move freely through its designated channels.

The application of stimulation by needles, heat, pressure or laser to remove an energy blockage in the body can restore energy flow.  We often use Acupuncture in combination with other therapies for its effects on reducing pain and inflammation – acute or chronic, promoting tissue healing and repair, promoting hormone, chemical and emotional imbalance and to restore organ function.

There is also plenty of research documenting its safety during pregnancy and its use in facilitating effective and shorter labour times with less medical intervention.

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