Meet Our Team
- Available 6-7 days a week
- Secure online appointments
- Combined experience of over 30 years
- Access to a range of other allied health professionals
- Onsite X-rays & HICAPS
- Decompression/ Traction Machine
- Experienced Male and Female Chiropractors
ABOUT WELLBEING CHIROPRACTIC LILYDALE
Our Lilydale Chiropractors are open 7 days a week and conveniently open late until 7PM on weeknights. We guarantee same-day appointments and treatment. Our team of licensed chiropractors are qualified and experienced in dealing with a range of musculo-skeleton conditions and health concerns.We operate in a gentle, relaxed and caring environment, seeing people of all ages, including: families, athletes, tradespeople, office workers and geriatrics. The Wellbeing Chiropractic clinic in Lilydale is equipped with current and modern facilities, including on-site X-Rays, 3D postural scans, Athrostim, OMNI Veri-Lift Adjusting Chiropractic tables, HICAPS terminal and more.
Why choose Wellbeing Chiropractic Lilydale?
With 15+ locations and 20+ chiropractors, we see thousands of patients throughout the year.. Here are some additional reasons why you should come see us for pain relief and prevention:
- Chiropractic office in Lilydale
- Conveniently open nights and weekends
- Guaranteed same day appointments and treatment – walk-ins welcome
- On-site X-RAY
- Bulk-billing accepted, please read first
- Quality and gentle care by experienced professionals
- Multiple locations – meaning we can conveniently provide treatment no matter where you are
Can Wellbeing Chiropractic Lilydale help you?
We work to manage your pain and improve your wellbeing.
Our licensed chiropractors maintain the highest standards when treating musculoskeletal issues. Depending on your condition manual manipulation of the spine, may be able to provide pain relief and prevention for the following circumstances:
What Chiropractic techniques our Lilydale Chiropractors use
To address many of these concerns our chiropractors use a range of chiropractic treatments to help provide relief and treat a wide range of issues. Some of these techniques are:
- Atlas Orthogonal
- Spinal Decompression
- Drop Piece
- Pelvic Blocking
- Sacro-Occipital Technique (S.O.T)
- Chiropractic Biophysics-physics
We serve the surrounding Yarra Valley area and also see patients from Croydon, Mount Evelyn, Montrose, Mooroolbark and Chirnside Park.
Dr. Sheridan Free – Chiropractor
Dr. Sheridan Free is a Chiropractor at Wellbeing Lilydale. She grew up in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne only 20 minutes from Lilydale. Sheridan first became interested in Chiropractic when she suffered from a dancing injury and was recommended to see a Chiropractor who helped her to recover and return to her dancing schedule. From then on Sheridan sought out frequent Chiropractic care for injury management and prevention. Dr. Sheridan has a keen interest in assisting patients in getting back in control of their health, taking a universal approach to people’s physical, emotional and chemical wellbeing. Whilst Dr Sheridan isn’t practicing she enjoys pilates, weekends away and spending time with her family and close friends. Dr Sheridan Free is available for consultation all day Tuesdays and Thursdays and Saturday mornings.
Dr. Justin Mitrevski- Chiropractor
Growing up Dr. Justin was unfamiliar to the treatments offered by chiropractors. This was until he was involved in a severe snowboarding accident. A close friend of his advised him to go see a Chiropractor. It was that appointment that sparked her curiosity for chiropractic and exposed him to her future career
His drive to learn has led her attending several technique seminars. Including Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT) and Activator Methods to further enhance his knowledge. His passion for Chiropractic and travel encouraged Justin to take on the opportunity to volunteer overseas in India to provide chiropractic care to communities. He is looking forward to spending time with his patients, to provide individualised treatment and individualised management plans.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) for Lilydale Chiropractors Dr Justin Mitrevski and Dr Sheridan Free
What is the role of a chiropractor?
Chiropractors are health professionals who aim to care for their patients musculoskeletal complaints. They’re role in the community is also to identify more serious conditions, such as arthritis, asthma, skin conditions and fractures, and refer these people to the appropriate healthcare provider to receive the best management of their condition.
What are chiropractors qualified to do?
Chiropractors send minimum 5 years at university learning to diagnose health conditions and learning scientific evidence based techniques and strategies to manage musculoskeletal conditions such as back and neck pain. They’re also capable of giving prognosis for treatments, where they can tell you how long your condition is expected to take to heal or reduce the amount of pain you’re in.
Are there different types of Chiropractors?
Some Chiropractors only see people based on a “wellness” paradigm. This is where the particular chiropractor believes there is a benefit in their treatment in terms of reducing the likelihood of developing medical conditions in the future. This is simply not the case and not supported by scientific evidence.
At Wellbeing Chiropractic we see patients based on Symptoms, aka we are symptomatic Chiropractors. This means that patients come to us with pain/symptoms/goals/ problems and the Chiropractors do their best to solve these problems and help patients achieve their goals.
Sometimes patients will decide to undergo maintenance care. Some people understand that life in inherently stressful. They might work all week at a desk, or have children they lift and care for, or spend large amounts of time sitting or on their phones. This type of lifestyle makes one susceptible to tightening of muscles associated with forward head carriage, rounded shoulders or tightness of the low back.
Is it safe to see a Chiropractor?
A competent, qualified Chiropractor is able to know when treatment is safe and unsafe. Chiropractors must pass a practical exam in front of qualified University staff in order to be allowed to practice in Australia. This means that Chiropractors work hard to be able to understand what is the appropriate and safe treatment for each individual patient. There are risks associated with Chiropractic and it is the law that patients be made fully aware and understand the risks associated with treatment before proceeding with the treatment itself.
How many times do you need to go to the Chiropractor?
This depends on your goals, condition, age and health background. The chiropractors at Wellbeing365 are trained to identify these factors and come up with a plan of management to get the individual to reach their goals. In rare cases someone will only need one treatment from a chiropractor, however most often conditions take weeks and even months to fully heal and it is the role of the chiropractor to manage this condition. Most research done on chiropractic intervention and treatments is based on around 15 treatments to individuals. Mostly aiming for 3 treatments per week. This is done in the acute phase in order to reduce the pain, tightness and sensitivity in a patient. Following this period it is up to the patient how they would like to proceed. Whether that be leaving the clinic until they need the chiropractors help again or entering a rehabilitation phase in an attempt to make sure the posture and muscle of the body are strong enough and efficient enough to maintain the person so their pain is gone and not coming back
Will my private health cover Chiropractic?
Private health only covers chiropractic if you have extras cover that includes chiropractic. It is best to check your level of cover and talk to your Private health provider in order to gain cover for Chiropractic.
What is the difference between an Osteopath, Physiotherapist and a Chiropractor?
While there are vast differences in the 3 professions they often have the same goal- to return the patient to a state of health that is in line with their goals. Whether that be returning to a state without pain or being able to perform at their chosen sport at a high level.
Osteopaths love using their hands to help people. They’re experts in stretching techniques and often will look at the entire body when someone comes in with a particular complaint. Their techniques are usually softer than chiropractic or some physiotherapists. Osteopaths want people to thrive from a whole body health perspective
Physiotherapists are masters of rehabilitation and work closely with medical doctors in hospitals for an arrange of health conditions. From retraining stroke sufferers how to walk to exercising people with hip replacements Physiotherapists are a vital addition to hospitals and are expected to safely and effectively get people off their hospital bed and be able to deal with the outside world. GPs love referring to physiotherapist because of their strong exercise background. Physios will almost always use exercise as a main form of treatment and management for your condition. They also use ultrasound and soft tissue techniques to help people on the spot during their appointments
Chiropractors are usually masters manual therapy techniques. Although there are now many varieties of chiropractors, traditional chiropractic involves manual adjustments where the chiropractor will identify joints with movement restriction and attempt to free those areas from their restrictions by moving the joint quickly but with minimal force.
How does a Chiropractor find out what’s wrong with people?
All medical professionals are expected to diagnose health conditions of the patients they see. They use observation, palpation or touch/feel, range of motion tests, orthopedic and neurological tests as well as a history of the patient’s complaint to understand what has caused the patient’s health condition (what’s wrong with the person) and identify and patho-anatomical areas in the body that need further investigation such as X-rays, Ultra sound, Blood tests or MRI
What do Chiropractors at Wellbeing use to help people?
At Wellbeing we use state of the art equipment. Arthostim is a massage tool used to move the joints and massage the muscles. It is like a “mini jackhammer” and the Chiropractor can alter the force going through the machine based on what your body needs. At Wellbeing there is also traction tables, where patients are strapped into a machine with slowly and carefully applies a distraction force through a person’s lower back or neck in an attempt to alleviate specific symptoms. The chiropractors will use their hands to perform muscle trigger point/Knot techniques where necessary and they have FisioCrem on hand for muscle stripping massage techniques.
Our Chiropractors are also lucky enough to have drop piece tables, which is where the table has specific platforms on it which can pop up when the chiropractor thinks it is necessary to use. We also use the Activator, which is a low force technique that delivers a specific thrust to a person’s joint in order to more that joint quickly in an attempt to reduce muscle tension.
Finally, all our chiropractors are proficient in manual adjustments. Where the patient’s body is put into particular positions in order to place joints under tension and then move them slightly further than they would be allowed to naturally due to muscle tension. This is usually what people refer to as the “cracking”. According to scientific literature the audible “crack” or “crunch” does not make a difference in long term outcomes for patients
Do Chiropractors go to University?
Yes. All registered Chiropractors in Australia study a minimum of 5 years at a university in order to qualify to become a registered Doctor of Chiropractic.
Can a Chiropractor do more harm than good?
In certain situations, yes. IF a chiropractor does not correctly assess and identify major health conditions that a patient is already suffering from then chiropractic care has the potential to cause serious harm to an individual. If you’re ever seeing a chiropractor and are uncomfortable with the techniques they’re using or just decide you don’t want treatment then please speak up. The chiropractor will understand your concerns and give you advice on other techniques or what health professional you can see in order to gain the best results.
What are the risks associated with Chiropractic care?
Here is a list of risks associated with spinal manipulation and chiropractic treatment
- Mild discomfort
- Muscle/joint soreness, ligament sprain/strain and/or muscle tightness
- Transient discomfort/soreness/stiffness in the neck, low back or extremities
- Light headed, Dizziness, Flushed feeling, fatigue, headache
- Increase in current symptoms
- Falling from treatment table
- Injury to shoulder
- Cauda equina syndrome
- Stroke (figure suggest 1 chance in 2 million) and/or neurologic impairment
- Spinal/bone fractures
- Injuries to the spinal discs or worsening of symptoms or disc herniation.
What results can I expect?
Chiropractic adjustments have been shown in scientific literature to be effective at treating low back pain, however most of this evidence is moderate in nature. Chiropractic is not for everyone. If you’re having symptoms and decide to try a chiropractor but are not getting any results after a few weeks then chiropractic might not be right for you. At Wellbeing you can sleep easy knowing that the chiropractor will do everything they can to help you achieve your health goals or at the very least refer you to someone who can
How many times do I need to see the Chiropractor?
This questions depends on a few factors: your health goals, level of pain, reason for pain and your health history. Chiropractors aim to achieve patient goals. If the patient wants to be out of pain ONLY, then the chiropractors will set a management plan to achieve this. If the patients wants to be out of pain AND work on strength and conditioning so there is less chance of the pain re-occurring then the chiropractor will set a plan for both, this would typically take longer. The scientific literature around the use of chiropractic treatment for PAIN typically includes 3 chiropractic treatments a week for 4-6 weeks. Exercise and muscle adaptation is clear in the literature for a time frame. 8-12 weeks is what is required for muscle strength change and adaptations.
What if I’m not in Pain, is there any point in seeing a Chiropractor?
Chiropractors are trained in finding deficiencies in movements and improving postural ergonomics. Some examples of this may be if you wanted to improve your posture while sitting at your desk at work, improve your running efficiency, find out better gym exercises that won’t harm your back or improving your core or hip strength.
Does Chiropractic treatment (adjustment/cracking/ manual adjusting) hurt?
For some people, initially, yes. The pain typically subsides after less than a minute, and is usually a slight burning sensation. The recommended way to be adjusted manually is by being as relaxed as possible to avoid this.
What’s the age limit for Chiropractic?
Due to Chiropractors having a variety of techniques for treatment and having the ability to recognise when treatment is appropriate there is no restrictions on age for chiropractors. Our Chiropractors will not manually adjust any children under the age of 2 years, and will predominantly not perform any manual techniques on children under 6. If your chiropractor talks to you about performing manual techniques on infant children you should think seriously before allowing this to happen, we advise you get a second opinion from a general practitioner (GP), or call us for more information.
There is also no limit for the older age bracket. However treatment is dependent on conditions the person experiences. For example, an elderly person with osteoarthritis and osteoporosis would be unsuitable for manual chiropractic techniques and therefore the chiropractor would use instrument assisted and lower force techniques if treatment was indicated for the individual.
If I have arthritis can you help?
No. No one, including Chiropractors, are able to cure or treat the condition. Chiropractors can help people with muscular tension which can occur as a result of arthritis,
Is Osteoarthritis (a bone softening condition) something you can treat?
No. No one, including Chiropractors, are able to cure or treat the condition. Chiropractors are able to help relieve muscular tension associated with osteoarthritis or provide management advice to sufferers.
What’s the best way to tell if I should see a Chiropractor or someone else?
There are a few ways we suggest finding the right healthcare practitioner. First is to do your own research. Google reviews for chiropractors, massage therapists, osteopaths and physiotherapists in your area or read about the professions. Secondly is to make phone calls to the practices, ask them who they think they should choose and why. Alternatively you can ask your GP for advice or friends and family what they’ve tried in the past
I heard that when you start seeing a chiropractor you have to see them forever, is that true?
No. Chiropractors only try to achieve your goals. So depending on what your goals with the chiropractor, the chiropractor will create a management plan to achieve those.
Why do some of my friends go to the Chiropractor every month?
Sometimes people will regularly see a chiropractor because they have regular pain syndromes or their lifestyles are conducive to aches and pains. An example might be a desk worker, who spends 40 hours a week at a computer. Inevitably this will take a toll on the individual and like getting a relaxation massage or doing relieving stretches, someone might choose to see a chiropractor and receive care.
Do Chiropractors always use X-rays?
No, chiropractors only use X-rays when clinically indicated. This includes suspected bone conditions, tumours, fractures, or any factors that may change the treatment for the individual.
If I’ve seen a Chiropractor in the past, but it didn’t work, should I try again?
It’s best to talk to the chiropractor before trialling care again. Chiropractic emcompasses a wide range of techniques and disciplines within in. For example, Gonstead, Diversitied, Sacral Occiput technique, Activator Technique, Applied Kinesiology to name a few. Find out which techniques your local chiropractors use before booking an appointment
Can I use a chiropractor like a remedial massage and only go when I’m sore?
Yes, Chiropractors are able to relieve muscle tension, like a massage. This is what we call symptomatic care, where an individual seeks treatment whenever they experience symptoms.
What do Chiropractors think about General Practitioners (GPs)?
Chiropractors love GPs! GPs are the first line practitioner for treatment and care of a huge variety of health conditions. They’re also a hugely beneficial resource for chiropractors to refer to. GPs are much more qualified and better at knowing drug interactions, blood conditions, diagnosing complex cases and identifying emergency situations. If you’re considering seeing a chiropractor or a GP, we recommend seeing the GP first. They’re experts and vital for the overall health of the community, doing great work like getting people checked for deficiencies in their blood, referring for surgeries, giving vaccines and advice to parents, the elderly and children.
26 Facts about Chiropractic
- Chiropractors in Canada are able to work in hospitals as primary health care physicians who focus on wellness and preventative health.
- The Word Chiropractic is made from two Greek words combined and means “Done by Hand”
- All 32 National Football League (NFL) (American Football) teams have a chiropractor. Their role is in preventative health and treatment of the spine where necessary.
- Roger Sperry won a Nobel Prize for his discovery that 90% of brain stimulation comes from movement of the spine. Chiropractors impact the spine which has a huge impact on brain stimulation.
- There are over 10 disciplines within chiropractic, including Diversified Technique, Gonstead, Applied Kinesiology, Functional Neurology and Sacro-Occiput Technique.
- The story of how chiropractic was discovered was after DD Palmer did an adjustment to a janitor named Harvey Lillard. As the tale goes Lillard regained his hearing following this adjustment.
- The Chiropractic profession is over 120 years old.
- Nearly 5 million Canadians visit a chiropractor per year
- Chiropractic is an alternative health care method to opioid use
- Over 70% of people who see a chiropractor will describe the care as “very effective”.
- Globally, over 1 million adjustments are performed every business day.
- Chiropractors are able to see Traffic Accident Commission (TAC) patients, WorkCover patients, Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA), Enhanced Primary Care (EPC), Chronic Disease Management (CDM) and patients with private health.
- There are at least 95,000 chiropractors practicing across the world, including 3 at your local Wellbeing Lilydale Chiropractor
- Chiropractors are more than just Doctors who deal with the spine. They receive training in diagnosing limb and other joint dysfunctions, how to rehabilitate injuries and get athletes to return to their sports.
- To become a chiropractor one must complete a minimum 5 year full time university course.
- The Science of Chiropractic is attempting to locate problems in the spine and reduce the impacted areas overall effect on the nervous system.
- Spinal adjustments are just one aspect of a chiropractors training and profession. They conduct examinations to come up with diagnosis and therapy approaches that will better suits individuals.
- Chiropractors train to be able to apply manipulations throughout the spine and extremities without harm. This manipulation is thought to be moving the joint to a point which is just before causing a dislocation. This allows the joint to move further than would be allowed naturally.
- The knee, shoulder, elbow, wrists and ankles are other joints that chiropractors can manage and treat.
- In Australia there is only one Chiropractor for every 7,000 people in the population
- In the USA, about 5% of spinal adjustments are not performed by chiropractors
- The Australian government funds chiropractic care when the patient is referred to the chiropractor by a general practitioner (GP). Most private health insurance agencies in Australia will cover chiropractic with their extras packages
- More serious scientific research did not begin until the 1970s. And this research is still hindered by the history of chiropractic and its pseudo-scientific past.
- Chiropractors love the medical profession, vaccines, flu shots and medical interventions such as drugs and surgeries. They understand that Chiropractic is an alternative allied health profession that should work in support of the mainstream medical doctors that perform and prescribe these helpful methods of treatment.
- The controversy that comes with chiropractic is the very old and incorrect thought that once occurred in the profession. In a time slightly later than doctors were using leeches to treat people chiropractors believes that the route of all diseases was from spinal subluxations or problems in the spine. This is simply not the case and as science has evolved this ludicrous hypothesis is no longer subscribed to.
- Chiropractors in Australia to learn how to use Activator adjusting instruments, drop piece tables, ultrasound gel, soft tissue massage techniques, Pelvic Blocks, TENS, stretching techniques, Laser and Inferential machines
10 Facts about Lilydale
- Lilydale is located 35 kilometres north-east of Melbourne’s Central Business District
- The 2016 Census revealed that Lilydale has a population of 15,530
- Lilydale was surveyed by Clement Hodgkinson in 1860
- The Post Office opened on 1st September 1860, originally named ‘Brushy Creek’ and was renamed to Lilydale in 1861
- The Lilydale Hotel opened in 1862
- The railway reached Lilydale and opened in 1882
- Lilydale’s first town hall was built in 1888 along with the Free library building
- Lilydale has its own active CFA that is a volunteer fire brigade. It was first established and registered in 1905, there was an unregistered brigade dating back to the 1880s prior to this
- The suburb has its own Australian Football Team, the Lilydale Falcons, who complete in the eastern football district
- Lilydale has four main secondary schools and TAFE facilities