About Us

Monica Plane

Travelling from Auckland, New Zealand, in 1979 to begin the five-year course at RMIT in Melbourne was one of the best decision’s I have made. I come from a family who benefitted from chiropractic maintenance care from the age of twelve. This background inspired me to become a chiropractor myself. After graduating in 1985 and working in Victoria for two years my family of five travelled around Australia for three years before settling in Karratha in 1990. My daughter, Alex, was born in Karratha four years later.  My three son’s now live and work in Perth.

I also enjoy furthering my education and knowledge through chiropractic continuing education programs. I am currently enrolled in and completing the post graduate Chiropractic4Kids program.

Away from Pilbara Chiropractic Centre

Wayne and I enjoy playing golf and other outdoor activities as well as spending time with family and friends. We enjoy travelling to visit our families in Perth and Queensland. We have travelled to watch The Open in Scotland. And, played in golf tournaments in many different places; Queensland, Thailand and recently the USA. Other hobbies and interests of mine have included swimming, cycling, triathlon events.

Louise Mackenzie

I am Louise Mackenzie. I grew up in Auckland, New Zealand and moved to Brisbane in the late 1980’s working as an office manager for a manufacturing company. After travelling around Australia for two years I decided to move back to New Zealand to study chiropractic in 1998. I come from a family where nutrition, chiropractic health and wellbeing were very important. Studying Chiropractic and providing health care was important to me.

In 2004 I graduated as an adult student, from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic with a double degree in Chiropractic and Science, majoring in Physiology. I moved to Karratha shortly after and have been practicing here for fourteen years at Pilbara Chiropractic Centre and as Outback Chiropractic.

I take on a holistic approach to health and well being and enjoy providing care to all ages from newborn to senior citizens. Special interests include posture, sporting and workplace injuries and pregnancy care.

Seminars and ongoing education has included Dry Needling Technique, Low-Level Laser Therapy and Applied Kinesiology. More recent study has included Paediatric care. These techniques in conjunction with chiropractic help acute and chronic conditions of the spine as well as, headaches and some ailments in children.

Company Profile

Pilbara Chiropractic Centre has been my workplace for over 25 years. It is a privilege to help people in such a powerful way. We want to inspire and help people to lead a healthier life. Not just to avoid pain and symptoms but to be healthy and well, and get the most out of life.

I am currently working as a sole practitioner. The practice is located in a quiet cul-de-sac of the CBD of Karratha with undercover car parking access. Our friendly staff are always ready to assist you with appointments and some other queries.

I have been able to leave the Centre in the capable hands of two Perth chiropractors, Dr Daniel Plane and Dr DJ Wimalatissa, when away on leave.

At Pilbara Chiropractic Centre our mission is to be able to provide a caring and friendly environment with a healing atmosphere for our patients. We do pride ourselves in patients not having to wait for long periods of time for appointments.

To me chiropractic is an essential part of optimal health and wellbeing. I look forward to meeting and assisting you in your quest for better health.

Why Chiropractic Treatment?

CHIROPRACTIC comes from the Greek word: Chiropraktikos meaning ‘done by hand.’ 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.

Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts, and as a science is based on the premise that good health depends upon a normally functioning nervous system. The human body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord and nervous system of the body. Chiropractic is safe, simple and effective. At Pilbara Chiropractic Centre we focus on the health of your spine, joints, muscles, ligaments and nerves. Chiropractic is a hands on drug free health care system to restore normal function and mobility of the spine, pelvis and, other joints of the body. When there is joint dysfunction there is nerve interference.

Chiropractic works on the principle that good spinal alignment and function leads to better health and wellbeing.
The most delicate and important organs of the nervous system, (the brain and spinal cord), are encased in the skull and spinal vertebrae. The spine offers support and protection of the nerves, however, it can also cause irritation to the nervous system when it is not functioning properly. The spinal column is a series of movable vertebral joints forming the centre of your back from the base of the skull to the centre of your hips.

The nervous system control’s and regulates every cell of the body. Cells and organs function by impulses carried through the nerves. When the nervous system doesn’t work correctly your body doesn’t work correctly. And when you don’t work correctly you get sick and can experience pain and discomfort. Nerve compromise can also be the result of postural distortions that can be easily revealed with a few simple tests.

Accidents, falls, uneven stress, tension, over-exertion or any other factor which may cause a minor displacement or derangement of one or more of the vertebrae can cause irritation to the spinal nerve roots. These irritations in turn may cause malfunctions in your body. To locate the problem a history of your condition and general health is taken. Following this a spinal examination and analysis is performed and may detect any structural imbalances which may be affecting your condition. A fall many years ago, an accident as a child or some other seemingly unrelated incident may be connected to your present illness. All these factors will be significant to your present condition.

An X-ray examination may be required to help determine and further evaluate the condition of the spinal joints.
Chiropractic treatment helps restore normal mobility function to the vertebral joints of the spinal column, helping remove irritation to the nerve roots; allowing the nerves to function at an optimal level.
Chiropractors help millions of people regain control of their lives every year. Our treatments are designed to eliminate acute and chronic pain, increase flexibility, improve mobility and function, increase strength, improve balance and increase the overall quality of one’s life.

Body structures such as cells and organs function by impulses carried through nerves. When these nerve impulses travel uninterrupted the organs and cells of the body are able to function normally.
The skull protects the delicate tissues of the brain and the moving bones of the spine protect the pathways of the spinal column and nerve roots. If these nervous system pathways are impaired, malfunction of the tissue and organ function throughout the body can result. When there is an interference, (too much or not enough nerve supply), there will be malfunction. The spinal cord has 31 pairs of spinal nerves which exit from the spinal column. The spine offers support and protection for these vital nerves. It can also cause irritation to the nervous system when it is not functioning properly.
Chiropractors restore proper spinal biomechanics by detecting a jammed or out of position vertebra. The adjustment will result in restoring proper nerve function. Being Healthy is Normal. Chiropractic also places an emphasis on nutrition and exercise, wellness and healthy lifestyle modifications.

Pilbara Chiropractic Centre Techniques

Activator

Instrument adjusting in chiropractic dates back to the beginnings of the profession. The activator adjusting instrument is an alternative to the manual adjustment. It is used to correct a misaligned spinal joint.

The instrument is hand held and delivers a low-force, high-speed thrust. Because it is faster than manual adjustments delivered by hand, the body rarely tightens to resist, making adjustments comfortable and effective.

It is also helpful for adjusting elbows, wrists, knees and other joints of the body. Its gentle action is also beneficial for infants and the elderly.

Diversified

At Pilbara Chiropractic Centre, we use an adjusting style often referred to as “Diversified.” Your spine is analyzed to identify any spinal joints that are not positioned correctly. This can initially involve a case history and X-ray pictures of your spine.

Subsequent visits may include motion palpation, with the chiropractor feeling the spinal joints move as you turn and bend. A leg length check may be performed as well, to uncover an imbalance in the lower spine, pelvis and neck.

With the malposition of one or more spinal bones identified, a specific manual thrust is administered. The direction, speed, depth and angle that are used is the result of years of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics.

The energy delivered during the thrust may produce a slight “popping” sound from the shifting of gas and fluids in the joint. This sound may be interesting, but is not a guide as to the value or effectiveness of the adjustment.

While improving spinal biomechanics can reduce nervous system interferences, virtually all joints of the body can be adjusted to help restore proper range of motion.

Thompson Terminal Point

The Thompson Technique, developed by Dr. J. Clay Thompson, has evolved into a system of analysis and a way of adjusting the full spine. The combination produces precise adjustments and high levels of patient comfort.

A System of Analysis

Early chiropractors noticed that vertebral subluxations would produce the appearance of a short, or contracted leg. Upon comparing leg lengths while the patient turned their head, helped determine whether the vertebral subluxation was in the upper, middle or lower back.

Terminal Point Table

What patients often notice first is our segmental “drop” table. Individual cushions or “drop pieces” located along our table surface support each area of your spine until the thrust is delivered. Then, each drop piece gently gives way, reducing the amount of energy needed to move a specific spinal segment.

Thompson Terminal Point technique can sometimes be an effective technique for the acute patient experiencing limited movement of their lower back.

Gonstead Technique

The Gonstead Technique is an analysis of your spine using a variety of tools to detect the presence of spinal dysfunction known as the vertebral subluxation complex. A history of your presenting complaint and overall health and medical history will determine if chiropractic can help you.
This is followed by an examination of your spine, including static and motion palpation. This includes feeling, (or palpating) your spine in a stationary position. There may be the presence of swelling, tenderness, and, tightness of muscles and other tissues of your back. Motion palpation involves feeling the spine while moving and bending at different angles. This will help us determine which vertebra is not functioning well. It also assists in determining how to correct the spinal subluxation.
The adjustment is a gentle direct movement of the restricted spinal segment towards normal alignment and mobility.

SOT

Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT) is a gentle non force technique of Chiropractic used to realign the pelvis and sacrum, (or tail bone). One of the functions of the tailbone is to pump CSF, (Cerebro-Spinal Fluid) from the base of the spine back up the spinal canal to the brain and throughout the nervous system. The occiput also helps pump this fluid.

The pelvis forms the foundation of the spine right up to the base of the skull, and, enables us to transfer our weight to our legs. The spine holds our body upright, supporting all of our organs and provides anchor points for our muscles. It also protects our nervous system. The nervous system controls our body, and can only function normally when our structures are balanced and our pelvis is stable.

Soft Tissue Technique

Some soft tissue techniques are used at Pilbara Chiropractic Centre for the relief of muscle pain and muscle tightness. These include some trigger point techniques as well as soft tissue massage of muscles.

Super Pulsed Cold Laser

Cold Laser Therapy is used at the Pilbara Chiropractic Centre. Cold Laser Therapy offers targeted relief and repair for a variety of chronic and acute conditions. Cold Laser is placed over injured areas and the light energy is absorbed, stimulating the damaged cells to increase their energy production to transform the damaged cells back to healthy active cells. Cold Laser was discovered in 1967 and has been used for over 40 years.

Cold laser boosts oxygen levels, activates natural pain relievers and drains inflammation. Cold Laser speeds the healing response.

If you prefer one chiropractic technique more than another let us know at Pilbara Chiropractic Centre. We are only too happy to make your visit a pleasant experience.

DRY NEEDLING TECHNIQUE

Dry Needling Technique is a safe and effective technique for myofascial pain and dysfunction, and, trigger points.

Dry needling is a unique procedure intended to specifically target and restore muscle function, with an emphasis on improving tissue healing and restoring normal tissue function. This is important as continued activity with poor muscle function may lead to further tissue damage and increased pain.

The benefits of Dry Needling include reduction of muscle tension and improving joint range of motion.

Dry Needling also reduces pain by treating the trigger point. It improves and enhances tissue healing and regeneration.