Ballina based Chiropractors helping you achieve spinal health.

At Wenban we strive to provide the most effective Chiropractic Care in a positive, stimulating environment. Many times people initially come to us for relief of spinal related pain. Headaches, neck, shoulder, hip and back pain often respond very well to Chiropractic care. Chiropractic can, however, be so much more.

At our site we hope to provide you with useful information about Wenban Chiropractic and our approach to health.

If you are new to Chiropractic the FAQ and What to expect sections may be especially useful.

Please take some time to look around, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to Contact us.

Those already visiting Wenban Chiropractic will find a growing list of health resources in the Health and Wellness section. This includes topics on EXERCISENUTRITION and SD PROTOCOL

Chiropractic for Health

Chiropractic is a health care discipline based on the scientific premise that the body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and other nerves of the body. “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning “done by hand.”

The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine, and pelvis) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.

The skull protects the delicate tissues of the brain. The moving bones of the spine protect the intricate communication pathways of the spinal cord and nerve roots. If these nervous system pathways are impaired, malfunction of the tissue and organ function throughout the body can result.

Chiropractic also places an emphasis on nutrition and exercise, wellness and healthy lifestyle modifications.

Chiropractic Education

Chiropractors are required to adhere to strict and extensive educational requirements and standards to become registered health professionals in Australia.

Australian chiropractors are five year university trained, and are government registered and government regulated health professionals.

To become a registered chiropractor in Australia you must have studied an accredited 5-year chiropractic program conducted at a University within Australia, or have completed an accredited program overseas that satisfies the requirements set by the Australian Chiropractic Regulating authority.

A chiropractor’s education never ends. After entering practice, all CAA chiropractors must complete continuing professional development courses and seminars to upgrade and improve their skills and to stay current on the latest scientific research.

Is chiropractic care safe?

In the words of the New Zealand Government’s Inquiry, chiropractic care is “remarkably safe.”1 Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs.

In relation to the treatment of neck and back pain, studies have shown that a course of chiropractic care was 250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs2.

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is the skill of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated, “locked up”, or not moving properly. This adds motion to the joint, helping the joints to gradually regain more normal motion and function. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to permit improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health.

There are many ways to adjust the spine. Usually the chiropractor’s hands or a specially designed instrument delivers a brief and highly-accurate thrust. Some adjusting methods are quick, whereas others require a slow, constant or indirect pressure.

After years of university training and clinical experience, each chiropractor becomes highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of adjusting approaches.

Chiropractic methods we provide;

Please visit our TECHNIQUES page for more details , briefly;

Sacro-occipital Technique (SOT)

is a gentle technique that involves the use of blocks and specific pressure to release spinal dural tension.

Thompson Drop Piece

Our drop piece table enables us to use what’s called the “drop piece technique“. This involves the patient lying on the specialised table and a section of the table is “dropped” a small distance to provide the adjustment.

Manual Diversified technique;

involves a hands on approach, patients often hear a slight popping noise followed by a sense of freedom of movement.

Activator Technique;

A precision hand held instrument is used to correct movement disorders of the spine, lessening Nervous System interference.

We are SD Protocol certified at our practice.

This means we are fully qualified to assist with all your Sympathetic Dominance needs.

Is chiropractic care appropriate for children?

Since significant trauma can occur at birth, many parents choose to have their newborns checked for any spinal health related problems. Later, learning to walk, riding a bicycle, and other childhood activities can cause spinal health related problems.

We see many children and babies in our practice.  Our practice is child friendly and we have over twenty years experience in providing gentle, safe and effective Chiropractic care for young ones.

Please visit our FAQ section and go to section 13. Is Chiropractic good for children?


1 Chiropractic in New Zealand: Report of the Commission of Inquiry. (1979). Hasselberg PD, Government Printer, Wellington, New Zealand.

2 Dabbs, V., & Lauretti, W.J. (1995). A Risk Assessment of Cervical Manipulation vs NSAIDs for the Treatment of Neck Pain. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 18(8), 530-536

Yoga Classes- Ballina/Lennox Head

Our yoga classes are run by the wonderful Clara Poletto. Clara been practicing yoga since 1991 and teaching yoga since 2006. Before her career as a yoga teacher Clara worked in the medical system in Neurophysiology.
This combined with her love of Yoga makes her an ideal teacher with an extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology. She is a patient and caring teacher who will provide you with specific guidance on safe yoga techniques for balance, strength and flexibility. Over time yoga has significant benefits for general health and well-being. A balanced Yoga practice is the ideal complement to Chiropractic care.

Using a purpose built, full equipped yoga space at Wenban Chiropractic  and other venues in Ballina and Lennox Head Clara provides yoga for a wide range of body types from flexible to tight and from young to elderly. For more information about our Yoga Classes please click here.

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