Meet Dr Helen

Providing care for a variety of conditions.

Dr Helen is a holistic and integrative Chiropractor focused on offering her patients relief from chronic joint or muscle pain to achieve long-term health and restoration of wellness. Dr Helen now operates from the Applecross Chiropractic Centre, 871 Canning Hwy, Applecross WA 6153.

Dr Helen

Your experienced local Applecross Chiropractor

With over three decades of experience, Dr Helen has been a beacon of holistic and integrative chiropractic care in Australia. A 1997 alumnus of RMIT in Melbourne, she excels in treating a wide array of musculoskeletal conditions.

Dr Helen has invested further time into studying the techniques of:

S.O.T (Sacro Occipital Technique) which is a gentle method focusing on spinal and cranial integration. Part of S.O.T involves cranial adjustment to aid in normal function through the sutures of the skull.

Applied Kinesiology (A.K) This technique is based partly on the acupuncture philosophy of energy flow around the body and to identify weakness in the various muscles linked to the organ systems.

Chiropractic Ecology which is a derivative of applied kinesiology and is used to identify possible nutritional imbalances in the system.

Dr Helen further recognizes the importance of ligament imbalances in the system and uses a system to help identify the cause of musculo-ligamentous difficulties and the possible treatment options that may help.

Further enhancing her skill set, Dr Helen has undergone Chirodontic training, allowing her to collaborate effectively with dentists for the structural stability of the jaw joints (TMJ). This expertise is particularly valuable for patients dealing with headaches, migraines, facial pain, and numbness, often triggered by extensive dental procedures occurring prior to the stabilisation of the skull


How Dr Helen Can Help You With Her Advance Knowledge and Skills

The two primary techniques that Dr Helen uses are Applied Kinesiology (A.K.) and Sacro-Occipital Technique (S.O.T.) both techniques allow her to work with patients to achieve the best results in the shortest time possible.

Sacro-Occipital Technique (S.O.T.)

Jon Howat, in his book Chiropractic: The Anatomy & Physiology of Sacro Occipital Technique, wrote: “S.O.T. is a comprehensive technique which uses body indication in a concise and chronological process for determining skeletal, cranial, neurological and visceral malfunction.”

S.O.T. incorporates specific techniques which look at changes in the spinal and pelvic structure, as well as changes in the extremities such as shoulder, knee, hip and the jaw (TMJ). Spinal biomechanics using S.O.T. has been broken down into a 3-category system, each relating to specific biomechanical changes and muscular imbalances:

  • Category 1: Bilateral sacro-iliac joint fixature
  • Category 2: Sacro-iliac joint malfunction
  • Category 3: Disc and vertebral subluxation, frequently resulting in sciatica

Once these categories are identified, a specific correction program is implemented to aid the body in returning to and maintaining an ideal biomechanical response, thus helping to prevent biomechanical damage and fixation. The aim is to optimize the body’s ability to respond appropriately to the various environmental stressors that occur in today’s society, without overloading the body’s normal compensatory mechanisms.

Applied Kinesiology (A.K.)

The textbook Applied Kinesiology: Synopsis by David S. Walker states that: “Applied Kinesiology is based on the fact that body language never lies. Manual muscle testing, as an indicator of body language, enhances the practitioner’s ability to observe function and its change.” This has also been termed ‘functional neurology’.The term ‘functional neurology’ refers to the fact that not all problems of the body can necessarily be seen via x-rays or scans. They are also not always pathological – they can be functional. Applied Kinesiology can use the relative speed of response and strength of a muscle as a diagnostic tool to assess the relative function of an area rather than an absolute disability in this area.

In simple terms, A.K. uses muscle testing to assess where a problem may be in the body. Once the problem is identified, muscle testing can also be used to identify the most useful approach to relieve the discomfort. Subluxation is a term used by chiropractors to diagnose if a joint is ‘locked’ in a certain position and unable to move through its normal range of motion.

A.K. is a very useful method in determining areas of subluxation in the skeletal structure, which includes all the spinal segments from the back of the skull, through the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine areas, to the hip and sacral regions of the lower spine.