Dr. Vanessa Wall
Unit 4, 601-603 Anzac Hwy
Glenelg SA 5045
Servicing area: Glenelg, South Australia
Holdfast Bay MusculoSkeletal Centre
2 Female Chiropractors available. Techniques used : Manual Chiropractic techniques, Non-manipulative Chiropractic techniques, COX Flexion/Distraction, Soft tissue therapy, Trigger point therapy, Dry Needling.
Holdfast Bay MusculoSkeletal Centre
Hi! My name is Vanessa Wall.
Having a multi-disciplinary clinic focused on health and well-being has always been my dream, and in 2006 I was able to achieve this by taking over The Holdfast Bay Musculoskeletal Centre. We have now expanded to welcome a second Chiropractor Dr Ella Stewart and still have our Hypnotherapist and Counsellor Rona Spicer and myself a Chiropractor working within the clinic, creating a health hub!
Graduating in 2004 with a 5 year double degree in Applied Science(Clinical) and Chiropractic Science, I moved from Melbourne to the Riverland in South Australia taking over a busy country practice. Working in the country exposed me to a diverse range of aches and pains and made me realise the focus should not just be on symptoms and pain but on the cause of the problem. Therefore advice on health, fitness and nutrition with an onus on posture and injury prevention made Chiropractic for me more than just back pain and headaches but about all pains and symptoms in the body and how they relate back to your Musculoskeletal system.
My focus in practice has always been patient care and that needs time. I provide one-on-one long appointments for standard fees with the option of double appointments if my patient has several issues to be resolved.
My treatments are musculoskeletal based and include any of the following techniques:
Soft tissue therapy,
Trigger point Therapy,
Exercise and Stretching Programs.
Ella started working at the practice in early 2017 to take over whilst Vanessa was on maternity leave, but has continued on as her skills integrated in so nicely with those already at the practice and she brings some new techniques and experiences to the practice.
Originally from southern Adelaide, Ella studied at the University of Adelaide graduating with a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Anatomy and Physiology. After working around the world as a ski and snowboard instructor for several years she returned to Australia and completed a Masters of Chiropractic at Macquarie University, graduating in 2011. Since that time she has worked in a family chiropractic clinic and had experience with a broad range of patients from children to older adults and those with challenging health issues.
Her chiropractic techniques are adapted to the the individual and include:
Manual manipulation (Diversified and Gonstead),
Assisted lower force techniques using Activator, TPT and Cox Flexion Distraction,
Soft tissue work, trigger point therapy and active stretching techniques.
She also encourages patients to become more active with targeted stretches and exercises.
Outside of work Ella is a keen traveller, likes learning languages and enjoys playing ice hockey.
So whether it be sore knees from cycling, headaches from too much computer work or just a keen interest in keeping your Musculoskeletal heath at an optimum level, we look forward to seeing you soon at The Holdfast Bay Musculoskeletal Centre!
We have had many questions over the years on what COX Flexion/Distraction technique is! Here is a small explaination of what is involved but please ring the practice on 8294 1364 for any further questions we have not covered.
COX® DISTRACTION MANIPULATION
Cox® Distraction Manipulation is a gentle, non-force adjusting procedure which works with the body's natural design to aid it in healing properly.
Dr. Cox, who developed the technique, explains Cox® Distraction Manipulation Technique as a marriage of modern gentle chiropractic principles combined with the far sighted treatment procedures set forth by pioneer osteopath Dr Alan Stoddard, DO.
Since the early 1970s, Dr. Cox has continually refined the technique, developing a hi-tech, state-of-the-art treatment table for effective use of the technique, conducted clinical and experimental research, lectured around the world, and written well-received articles, chapters for textbooks, and entire textbooks.
For patients with a "slipped/bulging/ruptured/herniated" disc (without cauda equina syndrome), Cox® Distraction Manipulation provides the following benefits:
1. Increases the intervertebral disc height to remove annular tension on the annular fibres and nerve by making more room and improving circulation;
2. Allows the nucleus pulposus -- the centre of the disc -- to assume its central position within the annular fibres and relieves irritation of the spinal nerve;
3. Restores vertebral joints to their physiological relationships of motion;
4. Improves posture and locomotion while relieving pain, improving body functions, and creating a state of well being.
For patients with other conditions causing back pain (facet syndrome, spondylolisthesis, sprain/strain, scoliosis, transitional vertebra, sacroiliac subluxation, and stenosis), Cox® Distraction Manipulation provides:
· All of the above benefits;
· Plus the ability to place the spinal joints into normal, painless movements so as to restore spinal motion without pain.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A DISTRACTION ADJUSTMENT
The Lumbar Spine Adjustment
After undergoing a thorough examination which may include x-rays and/or CT or MRI scanning and a diagnosis of the back condition to be treated has been made, the patient lies on a table that is built to distract the spinal segments and also to produce motions that are normal for the healthy functioning spine. These motions are often impaired or absent with many spinal conditions.
To attain these motions, the lower half of the table goes "up and down" (flexion and extension), goes "side to side" (lateral flexion), or moves in a circular motion (circumduction). All movements are slow and gentle.
The doctor may hold a spinous process (the back part of the vertebra that feels like a "bump" on your spine) to isolate a single segment for treatment when appropriate.
The distraction manipulation is applied manually by the doctor to the patient's low back at the levels of the spine to be treated or that are painful.
Tolerance testing on the table is performed prior to the application of distraction manipulation to be sure it causes no pain to the patient. This is a short description of the technique application designed to help patients with low back pain and/or leg pain.
The Cervical Spine Adjustment
Below is a short description of the technique applied to the neck (cervical spine).
The patient will lie prone (face down) on the table whose headpiece moves in motions that are normal for the healthy and functioning cervical spine (Flexion, Extension, Rotation, Lateral flexion, and Circumduction).
This headpiece allows gentle distraction to be applied to the cervical or thoracic spines alone or while these motions are being administered. The doctor may hold the appropriate spinous process (back of the vertebra) of the cervical spine (or the thoracic spine) to isolate the level of pain or the level of vertebra to be adjusted.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday: 8:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 11.00am
Thursday: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am - 11.00am
Dr. Vanessa Wall
Member of the Chiropractic and Osteopathic College of Australasia
Member of CA (Chiropractic Australia)
Dr. Ella Stewart
Member of CAA (Chiropractic Association of Australia)