Chiropractic has a very long history dating back to 1895 when the first official manipulation/adjustment was given. Since its inception, Chiropractic has risen to become the third most used primary health care profession in the world after medicine and dentistry.
Chiropractors are primarily concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, and management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions such as; back pain, neck pain, headaches, jaw pain, arthritis, sports injuries, stiff joints or muscle spasms; or any other joint or muscular condition of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee or foot.
In South Africa, education and training to become a chiropractor is spread over 6 years, after which a Masters Degree in Chiropractic is awarded.
What Does a Chiropractor do?
Firstly, your chiropractor will take a comprehensive case history of your condition, followed by a physical examination, neurological tests, orthopedic tests, as well as special joint motion tests. These tests help the chiropractor determine exactly where and what the cause of your problem is.
Chiropractic treatment is effective for the whole family, including children, pregnant woman, sports people and senior citizens. Treatment consists of specific and highly specialized manipulative techniques (adjustments), to functionally restricted areas of the spine or affected joints. Patients will often experience rapid relief as the joint motion is restored. Treatment also includes soft tissue techniques, massage, stretching techniques, ice, heat, dry needling, and may also include other modalities like infrared, ultrasound and IFC. Your chiropractor will also teach the importance of correct eating, exercises and a healthy mental outlook.
Our Chiropractic Team
Dr. Veronica Mason
In June 2017, Dr. Veronica Mason took over Dr. Lee Cumming’s practice.
Dr. Veronica Mason is passionate about Chiropractic and how it can improve people’s lives through decreased pain, increases mobility and a better quality of life. Every single patient is important!
She studied Chiropractic for 6 years and obtained her Master’s Degree (M.Tech Chiro) in 2012 from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) after completing her dissertation on The Relationship Between the Lumbar Lordosis, Body Fat Percentage, Lumbar Spine Range of Motion, Physical Activity Level and the Incidence of Low Back Pain in Females.
She then went on to open her first successful practice at San Ridge Medical Centre, Midrand, Johannesburg, in 2013 which is currently still running strong and growing from strength to strength.
In 2016, she opened a second practice within Health-Worx Raslouw Lifestyle Centre, Centurion, Pretoria, which is growing rapidly. With the growth of both practices, Dr Mason appointed an associate to ensure the smooth running of both her Gauteng practices, freeing her up to relocate to the beautiful Upper Highway Area, Kzn.
She is passionate about all aspects of Chiropractic treatment ranging from babies, expectant mothers, avid sportsmen, all the way to highly stressed executives. She is continuously attending seminars and courses in order to keep abreast with latest research and techniques, to ensure that best practice is applied.
She shares her life with her amazing husband and baby boy, who both receive regular Chiropractic care.
She is registered with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA A11211) and with the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF Pr Nr: 0481483) and, a member of the Chiropractic Association of South Africa (CASA) and, the Paediatric Chiropractic Association of South Africa (PCASA).
Dr. Stephen Hawkesworth
After experiencing years of neck pain and headaches, Dr. Stephen Hawkesworth received his first chiropractic treatment whilestudying in the United States. Upon his return to South Africa he began studying towards a Master’s in Chiropractic with the goal of providing others with the same relief he experienced. He finished his Master’s in Chiropractic in 2018 after completing his dissertation on An Epidemiological Study Of Musculoskeletal Injuries In League Squash Players.
Dr. Hawkesworth is an avid sportsman with a keen interest in squash, golf and running. He completed his first Comrades Marathon in 2018 and experienced first hand the benefits of regular chiropractic treatment during his training and recovery period.
He is passionate about how Chiropractic helps the body function at its optimum and seeks to improve the well being of all his patients, ranging from newborns to the elderly, through regular Chiropractic treatment. He is a member of both the Chiropractic Association of South Africa and the Pediatric Chiropractic Association of South Africa.