Katie O'Sullivan Chiropractic

Dr Katie OSullivan

Caringbah NSW 2229

Servicing area: Caringbah, New South Wales

Katie O'Sullivan Chiropractic

Dr Katie O'Sullivan Chiropractor (B.Chiro.Sc, M.Chiro). Member of the C.A.A., Workcover and Dept Vet Affairs qualified. All health-fund rebates/hicaps.

Katie treats at two of the top health clinics in the Sutherland Shire. Clinic Location 1:'Active Mind Body' (Thursday 2pm-7pm and Sat 9am-1:20pm) Bookings: activemindbody.com.au under 'therapies'

Location 2: 'Shire Chiropractic' Gymea (Wed 12-7PM, Fridays 12-7PM) Ph 9524-4286.

Katie O'Sullivan Chiropractic


Katie has been working as a Chiropractor for over 14 years at some of the top Chiropractic clinics in the Shire. She studied a Bachelor degree in Chiropractic Science and a Masters degree in Chiropractic at Macquarie University.

Katie is also a qualified musculoskeletal dry needling acupuncturist, which she uses as a separate modality or combined with Chiropractic when required or desired by the client.

Katie helps people achieve and maintain their full biomechanical potential in a caring, friendly way.
Working on clients of all ages from newborn babies to pregnant women, sporting enthusiasts and families requiring optimal spinal health. She also cares for the more mature client with advanced degeneration requiring very gentle adjusting techniques and rehabilitation.

She has worked on athletes on tour overseas and here in Australia, has written an anatomy course and training manual utilized in massage colleges across Sydney and completed numerous post-graduate studies in Pregnancy, Paediatrics, Applied Kinesiology, Herbal Medicine, Sports Chiropractic, Dry Needling Acupuncture, Kinesio-taping, Injury rehabilitation, and Disc decompression therapy.

Katie tailors her treatments to the individual. She delivers longer appointment times which allows a more thorough look at the patients problems, and also incorporates soft tissue massage into treatments because it provides better results.

Member of the Chiropractors Association of Australia. Workcover, MVA and DVA trained provider.

I love Chiropractic because of the amazing power it has to heal the body. I love the fact that it treats the cause not the symptoms and the positive influence it has on health and vitality, its great to see results quickly.

Chiropractic Services

What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, hip and pelvic issues, neck pain and headaches, disc injury, rib, knee, shoulder, and elbow joint issues, TMJ and so on.

Doctors of Chiropractic often referred to as Chiropractors or Chiropractic physicians practice a hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling where applicable.

What can a chiropractor do for you?

Chiropractors specialize in the treatment of the spine and its associated tissues; such conditions chiropractors commonly treat include:

  • Back tension/tightness
  • Low back pain
  • Disc injuries
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder/elbow/wrist/knee/hip pain
  • Childhood complaints


1.How long does a treatment take?

Your first treatment is up to 40 minutes and involves a comprehensive medical history taking, examination and treatment.
Subsequent treatments are 15-20 minutes.

2.What does a treatment involve?

Your first treatment will involve an analysis/medical history where Katie will ask you specific questions related to your injury or health issue.

Brief soft tissue work/massage is used to help remove any muscle tension.

Katie then uses a variety of testing procedures including muscle testing, orthopaedic testing, neurological testing, range of motion assessment, palpation etc to identify affected areas and form a diagnosis.

Once the affected areas have been identified, they are corrected using adjustments if applicable.

3.What types of adjustments does Katie use?

There are three main types of adjustments Katie uses:

      A)joint and disc decompressions whereby joints and discs are gently decompressed or pushed into a better position ie. Off any nerves that may be causing pain;
      B)activator adjustments. An Activator is a hand-held tool which does a painless pulse to the spine to correct the mis-alignment
    C)manual adjustments and spinal manipulative therapy.

4.What type of adjustment will be used in my case?

Which form of adjustment you get depends on several factors.

      1.how comfortable you are with adjustments/prior chiropractic experience and what you would prefer. Katie will describe the various options to you prior to any treatment.
      2.how severe your condition is and how long youve had it for.
    3.your age. ie children and babies, the elderly or those with osteoporosis would usually only ever get an activator adjustment if required.

Katie will demonstrate or discuss the options available to you and which she would suggest in your particular case.

5.How much is it?

Your first consultation is $95 including treatment.
Subsequent treatments are $70

We have Hicaps, so if you are in a health fund, the receptionist will swipe your card, so you just pay the gap. You can check with your specific health fund how much they cover, as they all vary.

6.Will I have to have X-Rays?

Katie is qualified to take, interpret and diagnose X-Rays, however this may not required for your treatment unless deemed appropriate as per Medicare guidelines. If a suspected underlying condition may be present, Katie will refer you for X-Rays which are bulk-billed. MRI scans may also be referred for if necessary.

7. Ive never been to a Chiropractor and dont know what to expect

Katie is a friendly and caring person who will talk you through each step of the treatment. There are no surprises. Katie discusses the treatment options available and consults with you what you would prefer. She will tailor treatment to your requirements.

8.How is Dr Katie different to other Chiropractors?

Katie tailors her treatments to the individual. She delivers longer appointment times (40 mins new pt, 15-20 mins standard) which allows a more thorough look at the patients problems, and also incorporates soft tissue massage into treatments because it provides better results. All in a friendly, caring way.

8.I have a bad back how long will it take to fix?

The number of treatments required to help your back depends on several factors:

    • What the injury is (it may be a muscle strain or joint misalignment right through to multiple disc bulges or ruptures).
    • How long youve had the injury (scar tissue may have set in which can slow progress). eg. Have you had the problem for 2 days or 20 years.
    • How closely you adhere to Katie's advice on treatment scheduling, stretching, strengthening, the things 'to do and things not to do.
  • Your bodys ability to heal'; eg smokers can take longer than non-smokers to heal due to poor capillary fill.

Katie will give you a guideline of how many treatments it will take to correct your spine and maintain your spinal health. Depending on your situation, ie long standing disc bulges causing frequent flare-ups.

9.What types of things does she treat?

  • Back and neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Headaches and migraines-can be the result of a neck misalignment
  • Disc problems
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Hip injuries
  • Jaw problems-clicky, off-centre or painful jaw
  • Pregnancy.

Qualification Details

Bachelor of Chiropractic and Science (Macquarie University)
Masters of Chiropractic (Macquarie University)
Musculoskeletal Dry Needling Acupuncure Therapist

Workcover, Department of Veteran's Affairs and MVA approved therapist.
Member of the Chiropractors Association of Australia.


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