Over the last few months we’ve heard a few patients question how long some of our chiropractors have been at the practice before purely because they’ve never crossed paths with them. Most of our patients are very organised and have their appointments on the same day and time meaning they are unaware of other Chiropractors in the practice.
So in conjunction with our Active April Campaign, we thought we’d introduce our lovely team! We have four Chiropractors within our practice. Each Chiropractor has their own different area of interest that influences the approach they have to adjusting.
Kristian has been at Ballarat & District Chiropractic since 2013. Kristian was born in Ballarat, and after leaving to complete his studies, has come back to Ballarat to work in the place he loves best. Kristian is very passionate about chiropractic, and has an interest in neurology, making sure the brain and the body are communicating effectively.
Bridget moved to Ballarat at the end of her studies and has fallen in love with the relaxed lifestyle and more moderate pace of life compared to Melbourne, where she grew up. As Bridget began seeing a chiropractor as a teenager to help with her headaches, she has an interest in treating headaches and dizziness, as well as posture-related dysfunctions.
Phillip worked for a time as a chiropractor here in Ballarat, before moving to Adelaide for several years. Now working here at Ballarat & District Chiropractic Centre, Phillip has an interest in biomechanics and functional movement patterns, correcting these to allow for optimal function.
Bethany grew up here in Ballarat being adjusted by our founder Dr Bernadette Redfern which is where her love for chiropractic began. She has now returned with an interest in sport and women’s health by ensuring an individual’s nervous system is cleared of interference to help them achieve their best. Bethany plays netball here in Ballarat, and coaches badminton for local school kids.
Although we all adjust slightly different to one another, we are all manual diversified adjusters. We take into account any patient preferences with adjusting, and tailor our adjustments for you and your body's needs.
So now you know the team, you’ve probably heard one of them say to you “it doesn’t matter who you see, as long as you’re getting adjusted”.
The same thing applies to Active April! It doesn’t matter what type of exercise you do, just as long as you’re active for 30 mins each day.
The Department of Health has recently found that 56% of Australian adults have low levels of physical activity or are considered inactive. That is more than 9.5 million adults! Their guidelines suggest that each week we should be participating in 2.5 hours of moderate intensity physical activity or 1.25 hours of vigorous intensity physical activity. Moderate activities can include a brisk walk, social tennis, cleaning the windows at home or even just pushing a stroller. Vigorous exercise are those exercises that require more effort and make you breathe harder, for example: group sports, carrying heavy items or digging.
So how do your Chiropractors stay active?
Kristian: Long walks along the beach and holding hands are definitely favourites, but when local, Kristian enjoys going for daily walks with the kids in the pram, coupled with interval running. Mixing it up with some bodyweight workouts (mostly wrestling with the kids, but it totally counts) and making sure to take regular breaks when he finally does get the chance to sit down.
Kristian and Bridget have also recently started ballroom dancing (they’re married, it’s not some weird work requirement thing) which has been a really fun way to add some variety in the activity levels.
Bridget: Also enjoys her PT workouts, lifting things and feeling
strong is a great way to work out and great for head space too. Bridget is also the occasional runner and has a few Tough Mudders + a Spartan race under her belt. With the restrictions in place at the moment, Bridget has started doing a lot of her PT sessions online at home! And she has also taken up yoga videos and home workout challenges.
Phil: Phil must be active and physical all the time, because he
doesn’t reply to messaging systems when asked questions about his activity levels! But he does leave of a Friday afternoon to go and do his own thing at the gym which he seems to love.
Beth: When not at work, you can either find Beth at the badminton
stadium or walking her dog Benson. On weekends she can be found playing netball. However recently these things have changed. Her activity now consists of online gym workouts whilst using the anatomy textbooks as weights and steps.
This is us.
At Ballarat and District Chiropractic we know you want to be empowered when it comes your health so we want to help you by sharing all our knowledge about Chiropractic.