Dr Katie O'Sullivan Chiropractor (B.Chiro.Sc, M.Chiro). Member of the Chiropractors Association of Australia and NSW, Member of Australian Spinal Research. Workcover, Motor Vehicles and Department of Veteran's Affairs approved therapist. All health-fund rebates on the spot/Hicaps. Katie treats at 2 of the top clinics in the Sutherland Shire. Shire Chiropractic Gymea and Active Mind Body Caringbah.
Location 1: 'SHIRE CHIROPRACTIC' Gymea (Wednesdays 2-7pm, Fridays 2-7pm Ph: 9524-4286.
Location 2: 'ACTIVE MIND BODY' Caringbah (Thurs 2-7pm/, Sat 9-1am) online bookings: activemindbody.com.au (under the therapies page)
Dr Katie O’Sullivan is now at Active Mind Body Caringbah. She splits her time between the clinic at Caringbah and Shire Chiropractic Gymea.
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.
Katie is passionate about natural medicine which she incorporates into her treatments were necessary. She has an extensive knowledge of herbal medicine and nutrition.
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 naturally. I love the fact that it treats the cause not the symptoms and the positive influence it has on health and vitality, it’s great to see results quickly”.
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, neck pain, disc issues, knee, elbow, shoulder injuries, rib issues, TMJ, headaches 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
- Shoulder/elbow/wrist/knee/hip pain
- Childhood complaints
1.How long does a treatment take?
Your first treatment 30-40 minutes and involves a comprehensive medical history taking, examination and treatment.
Subsequent treatments are 15 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.
Katie then uses a variety of testing measures including orthopaedic testing, range of motion assessment, neurological and muscle testing to identify areas of dysfunction and form a diagnosis.
Soft tissue work/massage is used to help remove any muscle tension.
Once the affected areas have been identified, they are corrected using a combination of techniques tailored to you.
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 nerves giving pain;
4.What type of adjustment will be used in my case?
B)‘activator’ adjustments. An ‘Activator’ is a hand-held tool which does a painless pulse to the spine
C)‘manual’ adjustments, spinal manipulative therapy
Which form of adjustment you get depends on several factors.
1.how comfortable you are with adjustments/prior chiropractic experience/personal preference.
2.how severe your condition is and how long you’ve had it for.
3.your age. ie children and babies, the elderly or those with osteoporosis would usually only get an ‘activator’ adjustment if required.
Katie will demonstrate and discuss the options available to you and which she would suggest in your particular case prior to any treatment performed.
5.Do you have hicaps?
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 will not be required for your treatment unless deemed necessary (as per Medicare requirements). If a suspected underlying condition may be present, Katie will refer you for X-Rays which are bulk-billed. MRI can also be referred for where deemed necessary.
7. I’ve never been to a Chiropractor and don’t 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 treatment options prior to any therapy. She will tailor treatments to your comfort level/preference.
8.I have a ‘bad back’ how long will it take to fix?
The number of treatments required to fix 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 you’ve 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 body’s 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 issue and maintain it as well as 'at home' advice such as exercises or rehabilitation to help prevent recurrence.
9.What types of things does she treat?
- Back and neck pain
- Headaches and migraines-often the result of a neck misalignment
- Disc problems
- Shoulder injuries
- Knee injuries
- Hip injuries
- Jaw problems TMJ