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Sports Chiropractic

What is Sports Chiropractic?

Sports Chiropractors keep active Australians at their best by treating Neuro-muscular and biomechanical dysfunction.  By using a combination of specific Chiropractic adjustments, exercise rehabilitation, and soft tissue therapies, the aim of our Chiropractors is to restore and enhance your body’s neuro-musculoskeletal system for peak performance.


At Chiropractic Solutions, our Chiropractors have undergone extensive additional training in sports Chiropractic including:

  • Gonstead Extremity certification
  • International Chiropractic Sports Science Diploma (ICSSD): which involves over 100 hours of study as well as practical requirements.
  • Post graduate diploma in Chiropractic Science, which involves a 2 year part time university course with practical requirements.
  • Dr Luke Nelson has completed his Masters in Sports Science with an emphasis on biomechanics and injury prevention.
  • Our Chiropractors are both qualified in Advanced Selective Functional Movement Screen – Read More Under Selective Functional Movement Assessment
  • Dr Luke is Functional Movement Screen Level 2 qualified – Read More Under Sports Chiropractic
  • Dr Luke is Titleist Performance Screen level 1 qualified– Read More Under Sports Chiropractic
  • Dr Luke is an Enhanced Running practitioner, enabling him to assess your running biomechanics– Read More Under Sports Chiropractic

These additional levels of education allow your Chiropractor to be better equipped to help manage your sports performance and injury needs.

Caring for today’s athlete

Our Chiropractors are proficient in the diagnosis and treatment of sports related injury. They are proficient in injury prevention and rehabilitation measures, and have a sound knowledge base of return-to-play criteria.

Many of today’s athletes utilise a Chiropractor to prevent injury and to improve bio mechanical and neuro-muscular function with the ultimate goal of enhancing performance.  Postural and muscular imbalances as well as overuse or misuse syndromes may inhibit performance and limit further improvement.

As Chiropractors we recognize the importance of what is called the “kinetic chain”. For example did you know that a low back or hip problem may be contributing to your shoulder injury? A common presentation seen in those participating in throwing sports; if you have a movement restriction in your low back or leg, it will interfere with the energy transfer from the legs to the arm, and place more strain on your shoulder.

Chiropractors are ideally suited to help athletes handle these challenges and reach their full potential in today’s competitive environment.

Chiropractors for the Sports Athlete

  • Deal with a wide variety of athletic injuries
  • Provide multiple forms of treatment and rehabilitation that today’s athlete demands
  • Function in multi-discipline sports settings with other health care providers such as doctors, physiotherapists, strength and conditioning coaches, exercise physiologists, personal trainers, podiatrists, nutritionists, Myotherapists and remedial massage therapists just to name a few.

So who can benefit from Sports Chiropractic?? Anyone from the weekend warrior, the occasional jogger to elite athletes!

Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)

The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a series of 7 full-body movement tests designed to assess fundamental patterns of movement such as bending and squatting in those with known musculoskeletal pain. When the clinical assessment is initiated from the perspective of the movement pattern, the clinician has the opportunity to identify meaningful impairments that may be seemingly unrelated to the main musculoskeletal complaint, but contribute to the associated disability. This concept, known as Regional Interdependence, is the hallmark of the SFMA.  For example:

If you are lacking movement and flexibility in your hips, it can cause excessive strain on your low back, leading to low back pain. Or that a lack of mobility in your ankle can lead to knee pain.

Interestingly using the SFMA we often discover that where the pain is located, is not necessarily where the CAUSE of the problem is!! For example, a lack of movement in your spine, can lead to a lack of stability at your shoulder, giving you shoulder pain. Treating the shoulder without correcting the spine will only TEMPORARILY at best help.

The SFMA guides the clinician to the most dysfunctional non-painful movement pattern, which is then assessed in detail. This approach is designed to complement the existing exam and serve as a model to efficiently integrate the concepts of posture, muscle balance and the fundamental patterns of movement into musculoskeletal practice. By addressing the most dysfunctional non-painful pattern, the application of targeted interventions (manual therapy and therapeutic exercise) is not adversely affected by pain.

Dr Luke and Dr Neil are both Advanced level qualified in the SFMA.

Selective Functional Movement Assessment
Functional Movement Screen and Y Balance Testing

The Functional Movement screen (FMS) was developed by Lee Burton and Gray Cook in 1997 and since has been developed into a training system for health practitioners and trainers worldwide. There has been an enormous amount of research into the FMS and Y Balance test in recent years, proving them to be valid and reliable tests.

The FMS is a screening process that can be administered very easily and consists of seven different tests to assess movement patterns. The seven different tests cover the fundamental movement patterns or foundations of human movement, and include: a deep squat, hurdle step, in-line lunge, shoulder mobility, rotary stability, push up test, and straight leg raise.

The goals of movement screening

Unfortunately many people these days are in awful shape from years of neglect. Trying to add fitness on top of dysfunction only sets you up for an injury!

There are multiple goals of movement screening, which include:

  • Identifying individuals at risk of developing an injury
  • Establishing areas of the body and movements that need improving
  • Allowing greater individualisation of training programmes; to improve weaknesses and deficiencies and PREVENT injuries
  • Provides a tool to measure and monitor progress

Who should be screened?

Anyone currently participating or looking to begin physical exercise or work.

How it Works – Simplifying Movement

Put simply, the FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the FMS readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. These are issues that can reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning and distort body awareness.

The FMS generates the Functional Movement Screen Score, which is used to target problems and track progress. This scoring system is directly linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns.

Exercise professionals monitor the FMS score to track progress and to identify those exercises that will be most effective to restore proper movement and build strength in each individual.

For more information on the research of the Functional Movement System, please Click Here or visit This Website. For a summary of the research up until February 2014, please read This Article.

Y Balance testing

As an integral part of the Functional Movement Systems, the Y Balance Test is a thoroughly researched, yet easy way to test a person’s risk for injury as well as demonstrate functional symmetry. The Y Balance Test Protocol was developed through years of research in lower extremity injury prevention using the Star Excursion Balance Test. This new device and protocol is highly accurate and can be used for measuring pre and post rehabilitation performance, improvement after performance enhancement programs, dynamic balance for fitness programs, and return to sport readiness.

Read more about this test and the research behind it Here.

Dr Luke is both FMS level 2 and Y-balance testing trained. Contact the clinic today to book your Functional Movement Screen!

Running Biomechanics Analysis

Does it hurt when you run? It shouldn’t!

Dr Luke Nelson, Enhance Running technician at Chiropractic Solutions, has a special interest in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of running related injuries.

Have you noticed that we are taught how to do many sporting skills such as tennis, golf and swimming, but rarely, IF EVER taught how to run properly?! Just like any sport there is a right and wrong way to do things. Through poor running technique, many people put their bodies under a lot more load than it should be when they run. This leads to sore backs, shins, knees or even shoulders and necks. Poor technique means that you work harder, go slower and feel worse when you run than you should.

Some of the common technique faults we see in runners are:

  • Overstriding
  • Poor posture
  • Incorrect arm swing

The good news is that these can be corrected! A running technique analysis by Dr Luke Nelson can help you determine where your imbalances are, and how you need to correct these!

Are you sick of injuries interrupting your running training?

ENHANCE Running technique workshops are designed to help identify and correct errors in your running technique that can put extra stress on areas such as knees, backs and shins. Every step with poor technique takes you closer to your next injury. Let the ENHANCE Running technicians help you to keep running.

Does running seem like a lot of hard work for you whilst others appear to almost float along when they run?

Most runners ‘leak’ energy when they run. A combination of work postures, unhelpful footwear, misconceptions about running and previous injuries can see us using a lot more energy for each step whilst we run than we should. Dr Luke can help you to identify and fix those energy leaks, making running easier and more fun. Find out how to relax when you run and learn to run with ease and enjoy getting fit even more.

Through poor technique, many people put their bodies under a lot more load than it should be when they run. This leads to sore backs, shins, knees or even shoulders and necks. Poor technique means that you work harder, go slower and feel worse when you run than you should. ENHANCE Running technicians are specially trained to take you through our simple 7 step process to running better.

Workshops include:

  • Workshops are limited to small groups
  • “Before” video footage taken
  • “After” video footage taken
  • Running style broken down into a number of exercises
  • ENHANCE Running USB
  • Immediate feedback and advice on your technique

Who are the workshops suitable for?

ANYONE! Anyone that is currently running, or simply wants to start running, our introductory workshop is for you. Our workshops also cater for all ages and abilities.

ENHANCE Running’s Introductory Workshop is a 90 minute investment in your running future. It’s fun, easy and no prior fitness is required. During the 90minute session your ENHANCE Running technician will take some video footage of your running for feedback and walk you through 7 simple steps to running more efficiently and safely. Classes are limited to 10 people maximum to make sure you get individualized attention to your technique.

ENHANCE Running also offers follow on classes to help refine, reinforce and develop the skills that you pick up in the introductory workshop. The follow on classes are 45min so that they fit into your lunchtime or after work, helping you out with a technique session as a part of your training program.

The ENHANCE Running system has been developed on the best available scientific literature and years of experience and learning.

Why is running technique important?

With plenty of research emerging on shoe types or lack thereof, what is proving to be the most important part of running, is technique. Whilst most of start with good running technique as children, the passage of time, inactivity, the amount of sitting that we do and footwear, we slowly erode this good technique into something that takes more effort and increases the stress on our bodies. Conversely, learning good technique can help you to reduce the stress on your body and therefore injuries and also make you more efficient, meaning that running becomes easier. In the same that learning to swing your golf club correctly or swim correctly makes those sports infinitely easier and more successful, improving your running technique can have the same effect.

FAKTR - Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Technique

FAKTR (pronounced “factor”) is a revolutionary way to treat soft tissue problems. The acronym stands for Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab. Approximately 9 years ago, Chiropractors Dr Greg Doerr and Dr Tom Hyde began to experiment with treating soft tissue/fascial disorders through the use of instruments. Both Greg and Tom trained in a variety of soft tissue techniques including instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), Graston technique, and decided to incorporate their previous training into a concept that included function and treatment of the kinetic chain while utilizing various forms of rehabilitation at the same time. They also incorporated treatment in the position of provocation (pain, loss of range of motion, feeling of tightness within the fascia/soft tissues) and during movement.   FAKTR incorporates all of the above variations to evaluate and treat soft tissue/fascial conditions. These concepts are quick to apply and produce rapid results.

There are various instruments that can utilised for FAKTR treatment; all made in different shapes and from different materials (such as stainless steel, stone, buffalo horn). The use of an instrument enables the practitioner to better sense and treat any dysfunction found.

FAKTR is effective for many conditions, ranging from headaches, back pain, shoulder problems, pain in the elbows, feet… just about any body part. Injuries can be caused by over use, falls, auto accidents, sports injuries, work related injuries and can have bothered you for a long time, or be a new condition.

Our Chiropractors at Chiropractic Solutions are trained in the FAKTR system and after a thorough examination, will determine if this treatment will be effective for you.

Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab
Sports Chiropractic for Running Injuries

Does it hurt when you run? It shouldn’t!

Dr Luke Nelson at Chiropractic Solutions has interests in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of running related injuries.

Chiropractic assessment

A thorough Chiropractic assessment from your feet all the way to your head is an important start to determine any areas that lack correct mobility or stability/strength. Each step during running transfers 2.5 times your body weight through your body, so it is vital that all areas of the body are functioning optimally!

After a thorough assessment and diagnosis of your problem, treatment is performed to get you back to your best. Using a combination of specific Gonstead Chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapies, exercise and rehabilitation measures, Our aim is to restore and enhance your body’s neuromusculoskeletal system for peak performance on a preventative and rehabilitative basis.

Running technique

Have you noticed that we are taught how to do many sporting skills such as tennis, golf and swimming, but rarely, IF EVER taught how to run properly?! Just like any sport there is a right and wrong way to do things. Through poor running technique, many people put their bodies under a lot more load than it should be when they run. This leads to sore backs, shins, knees or even shoulders and necks. Poor technique means that you work harder, go slower and feel worse when you run than you should.

Some of the common technique faults we see in runners are:

  • Overstriding
  • Poor posture
  • Incorrect arm swing

Dr Luke utilises a number of testing procedures including the Selective Functional Movement Assessment, Functional Movement Screen and Y Balance testing to determine any imbalances or weakness that may be contributing to your injury or affecting your performance. Read More Under Sports Chiropractic!

Read more about these workshops above under Running Biomechanics analysis

Running shoes

Pronation support? Cushioning? Heel drop? Minimalist? Barefoot?? There is a myriad of choices out there currently for shoes, and the correct footwear can be important to keep you injury free. Your Sports Chiropractor will help decide what works best for your body.

Sports Chiropractic for Golf

Sports Chiropractic for Golf Professional and amateur golfers all around the world are using Chiropractic not only to eliminate their pain but to ensure their body is working to its’ full potential.

The most common golfing injury is low back pain, with injuries to the wrist, shoulder and neck also common. The aetiology of a golfing injury (and additionally an inefficient swing) can be threefold:

  • Your body: strength, mobility, previous injuries, movement patterns etc.
  • Equipment not suited for the individual
  • Incorrect technique

Your Sports Chiropractor has an understanding of these 3 factors and how they relate to each other. Their main job is to diagnose and treat any limitations or faulty movement patterns that are occurring in your body. Take for example a golfer that lacks internal rotation (foot turning inwards) in their trail hip. This lack of movement can cause a number of swing faults, including forcing the golfer to extend their hips too early, or sway away from the ball during the backswing. This ultimately will effect swing efficiency, and place undue stress on the body leading to injury.

Sports Chiropractic treatment may include any of the following:

  • Specific adjustments to the spine and other joints of the body
  • Soft tissue therapy for any tight muscles
  • Corrective exercise to improve movement and strength.

Our Chiropractors work in close association with Golf Pros to ensure that your body, equipment and technique are all optimal.

Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Screening

The TPI Golf Screen is one of the most valuable tools in the toolbox for any golf, fitness, or medical professional who works with golfers. Not only can the Screen help identify physical limitations that shape a player’s swing and contribute to painful movement, it facilitates communication between professionals in various fields of performance enhancement (instruction, fitness, and medical). This team approach is at the core of the TPI game improvement philosophy.

The TPI Screen consists of the following tests:

  1. Pelvic tilt
  2. Pelvic rotation
  3. Torso rotation
  4. Overhead deep squat
  5. Toe touch
  6. 90-90 shoulder and 90-90 shoulder in golf stance
  7. Single leg stance
  8. Lat test
  9. Lower quarter rotation test
  10. Cervical rotation test
  11. Wrist mobility
  12. Seated trunk rotation
  13. Bridge
  14. Reach, roll and lift

Dr Luke is Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Level 1 certified. TPI is the world’s leading educational organization and research facility dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing. Since its inception in 2003, TPI has studied thousands of golfers ranging from the top professional tour players to weekend enthusiasts. An incredible amount of data on players of all shapes, sizes, ages, and fitness levels has been gathered during this time. Using this data, TPI discovered how a properly functioning body allows a player to swing a golf club in the most efficient way possible. Additionally, TPI has analysed how physical limitations in a player’s body can adversely affect the golf swing and potentially lead to injury. Dr Luke is also Selective Functional movement assessment (SFMA) and Functional movement assessment (FMS) certified.

Titleist Performance Institute Certified
About Dr Luke Nelson

Dr Justin Youssef


Dr. Justin Youssef has always had a passion for the science of the human body and decided that a natural and conservative approach to a healthy body is one that made sense, and so decided to study Chiropractic.

Dr. Justin really understood the power of Chiropractic when he had a motorbike accident in his first year of studying and injured his hip. This is when Justin found his way to Chiropractic Solutions and was analysed and treated back to health, as well as mentored by our very own Dr. Neil Gomez.

Watch Dr. Justin’s introduction video here

  • Education:
  • RMIT
    • Bachelor of Health Science (Chiropractic), graduated in 2014 with Disctinction
    • Masters of Clinical Chiropractic, graduated in 2016 with Distinction
  • Country of birth: Australia
  • Favorite pastime: Going to the gym, playing tennis, watching horror films, travelling and eating at nice restaurants
  • Favorite music: Dance, techno, Hip-hop, RnB
  • Favourite books: Harry potter series
  • Favourite movies: Harry Potter series
  • Countries visited: Vietnam, Thailand, Bali, Japan
Justin Youssef