The spine is a truly remarkable structure that has evolved to provide protection, stability and mobility.
It needs to be strong enough to provide protection for your spinal cord - the neurological superhighway that connects your brain to the rest of your body - while at the same time remain flexible enough to allow for the large range of human movement. It needs to handle immense forces, yet it needs to move with absolute precision.
Strength, flexibility, and control. It's about finding the balance. That is where Chiropractic comes in. Chiropractic has been around for a long while - since the 1890's in fact. However, many people don't realise that spinal manipulation had been in use for hundreds, if not thousands of years before that.
Chiropractors work on the musculo-skeletal system - the spine and pelvis mostly - correcting the dysfunction that occurs there with the use of specific spinal manipulation or 'adjustments'.
There are two main effects that occur with every adjustment. Most people who come to the chiropractor are familiar with the increased freedom of movement that comes from having their spine adjusted - this is the straight-forward mechanical effect of having your joints mobilised in this way.
The second, less obvious effect of an adjustment is the neurological effect. The muscles, ligaments and joints of your spine are richly supplied with nerves and sensory receptors that provide your body with information about its position and orientation, as well as its movement. It has been found that some of these receptors respond strongly to the stimulus delivered by a manipulation or adjustment - providing a burst of neurological input to the spinal cord and brain. This burst of input is thought to act both at the spinal cord level where it can help to reduce muscle spasm and modulate pain sensations, and also in the brain where it can improve the feedback to areas of the brain that control movement, coordination and posture. All very handy side effects when it comes to treating spinal dysfunction.
Many people report other benefits from their adjustments, including sleeping better, being calmer and more alert - so it is possible that the neurological effects of spinal adjustments go further still.
Will is the principal Chiropractor at Launceston Chiropractic.
After beginning his tertiary education studying a Science Degree at the University of Melbourne Will transferred to complete qualifications in Myotherapy (a type of physical therapy focused on the muscular system) and work in private practice in multi-disciplinary Chiropractic clinics before deciding to pursue the five year Chiropractic program at RMIT University. He graduated from the Chiropractic Masters program in 2009 with distinction and was fortunate to be given associate work at the two clinics in Melbourne where he had been working as a Myotherapist. In 2013 Will and his wife Mel, with their two young children Flynn and Gwen, decided to move to Launceston as they believed it would be the perfect place to raise a family. After five years working at a local clinic, Will had the opportunity to takeover Searle Chiropractic from Paul Searle who, after almost 40 years of practice, was keen to have someone continue his care for the Launceston community as he begins to wind down his practicing career.
Will provides evidence-informed chiropractic care for all ages, and particularly enjoys working with practitioners of other disciplines to find the right approach for each individual patient. Given his background in Myotherapy he also incorporates dry needling and soft tissue therapy and takes his time with patients in order to help educate them about their specific condition in order to help get better long term results. Will regularly pursues further studies and is currently involved in the FNOR (Functional Neuro-Orthopaedic Rehabilitation) program, aiding in the treatment of more complex musculo-skeletal syndromes.
When not practicing, Will’s other passions are spending time with his family, bushwalking, exploring the pristine wilderness of Tasmania and generally keeping physically active as well as keeping up to date with research and science in general.
Paul graduated from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth, England in 1977.
He and his wife Rose travelled to England in order to study Chiropractic as there were no recognised colleges in Australia at the time. They then moved to Launceston with their daughter Ana at the beginning of 1978. After completing a 4 week locum for Launceston Chiropractor Dr Hans Mueller, they set up practice at 71 Elphin Road where they remained for 11 years. In December 1989 they purchased 1 Cypress Street and transformed it into the current clinic. For many years Paul was involved in Chiropractic professional bodies having served as National President of the Chiropractors Association. Paul and his family were residents of East Launceston for 27 years and then bought 180 acres of land at Glengarry where they now live and are raising angus beef cattle. This keeps Paul busy during his non-clinic days, whilst Rose is a keen golfer and a member at the Riverside Golf Club.
Paul has been in practice for almost 40 years, all of this time in Launceston! He keeps informed of developments in the scientific aspects of Chiropractic through reading and conference and seminar attendance and has an overall interest in health but with particular emphasis on a person’s neuro-musculo-skeletal system (nerves, bones, joints, muscles).