Chiropractic is a system of health aimed at treating a number of conditions while focusing on improving the health of the patient in a holistic manner. Chiropractic focuses on the integration of the patient’s nervous system. The nervous system (the brain, spinal cord and nerves) controls the function of every other system in the body including the heart and lungs, digestion and nervous system. Chiropractic focuses on removing interference to and balancing the patient’s nervous system, thereby allowing the body’s innate healing mechanisms to function correctly.
While chiropractors are best known for their treatment of musculoskeletal conditions such as back and neck pain, headaches, migraines and sciatica, chiropractic can offer benefits for many other conditions as well.
Many people come to chiropractors for acute symptom based care, when they are in pain. However many people find that the benefits of chiropractic care extend beyond just the removal of pain to include preventative and wellness care. Wellness care is focused on maintaining and optimising your health, not just to ensure a long life, but to make sure that your life is all that it can be for all your years!
Chiropractors have traditionally used spinal adjustments to restore normal function to the spine, however many other therapies such as soft tissue treatments (including massage) and nutrition are also used. Rehabilitation exercises are often used including vestibular and brain based routines. The practitioners at Advance Rehab will discuss the treatment options that are appropriate in your case after your initial consultation.
Dr. Scott Wustenberg
As the visionary and principal practitioner behind Advance Rehab (formerly Optimal Life Natural Medicine), Dr Scott Wustenberg is far from your average Chiropractor. Dr Scott is passionate teacher in nutrition and chiropractic neurology and who holds a Masters in Nutrition Medicine.
Inspired to become a Chiropractor by his uncle—who first taught Sacral Occipital Technique in Australia in 1974—Scott studied Biochemistry and Physiology at Auckland University, and Chiropractic at the NZCA School of Chiropractic. He graduated in the first class, and has practiced in NZ, Brisbane and Warwick. In addition to his Bachelor of science and his degree in Chiropractic, Scott also holds a Masters degree in Nutrition Medicine.
Practicing a range of Chiropractic techniques, including Neuro-rehabilitation, Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT), Soft Tissue Orthopaedics (STO), Diversified Technique, Biomechanics, and Cranial Therapy; Dr Scott also uses Orthomolecular Medicine—commonly known as Functional Nutrition—to holistically treat patients.
Dr Scott’s passion is evident in coaching people to plan their health for the future, and he is a proponent of unlocking health potential through nutrition and exercise. Having treated many sporting champions, including Super 15 rugby union players, and the NZ Olympic kayaking squad, who went on to win gold at the World championships and silver at the Olympics in the K1; this year it was time for Dr Scott to embrace his inner athlete and placed first and second and third in competitive Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He truly is a living testimony to the joyous potential of nutrition and physical activity contributing to an optimal life.
Dr. Owen Hansen
Dr. Owen Hansen (Chiropractor) graduated from RMIT University after 5 years of study with two bachelor degrees; in Health Sciences and Applied Sciences in Chiropractic, both degrees with distinction.
Owen has a strong interest in musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, and will treat any individual utilising a range of different modalities including soft tissue techniques, manual and low-force manipulation, rehabilitation, and neurological interventions.
Owen has amassed a wealth of knowledge relating to sports and fitness from his experience working as a personal trainer, 13 years of playing European Handball, and over a decade of consistent strength and bodybuilding-style training.
Owen’s desire to become a Doctor of Chiropractic stems from his strong interest in health, fitness, and the human body in general. He contemplated going into medicine or physiotherapy, but it wasn’t until he discovered Chiropractic that he knew what he wanted to do.
Owen has an insatiable hunger for knowledge, and he is constantly seeking out new information that will help him provide his patients with a better service.