Dr Kaloger is a registered Osteopath, Chiropractor and Acupuncturist. His practice involves managing musculoskeletal conditions through a multimodal approach using osteopathic, chiropractic and acupuncture techniques.
He has an interest in treating soft tissue injuries and pain management and has developed a special interest in treating and managing sports injuries in order to provide patients with knowledge on self-management programs. His focus on evidence-based research in the area of physical therapy enables patients’ to be educated in terms of options regarding their pain management and facilitates choice in the direction of their ongoing therapy to accommodate their individual needs.
John has been an executive member of Chiropractic Australia (Chiropractic and Osteopathic College of Australasia) for 26 years as well as treasurer for the last 20 years. In the last five years he has held the position of President of the Chiropractic Australia Professional Development and is currently active in his pursuit of further research.
In 2013 Dr Kaloger was awarded life membership of Chiropractic and Osteopathic College of Australasia and Chiropractic Australia in 2015.
Osteopathy is an established system of diagnosis and treatment that lays its main emphasis on the structural and functional integrity of the body. We know that when the body is functioning to the best of its ability, then its own in-built healing mechanism can function effectively. This will promote long-term health and well-being at the same time as reducing any existing symptoms.
Osteopathy is a complementary therapy to traditional medicine, and is primarily focused on the musculoskeletal system muscles, bones and joints. Rather than diagnosing and treating symptoms, the osteopath seeks the causes and treats them, i.e. those factors that predispose and maintain the condition. The patient as a whole is evaluated.
Many different techniques are at the disposal of an osteopath as part of treatment, which is gentle. In addition, management may involve recommendations on posture, diet and exercise.
Myofascial Dry Needling is similar to acupuncture and uses the same type of sterile disposable needles but that is where the similarity ends. Rather than use the ancient Chinese meridians as a guide for needle placement Dry Needling or intramuscular stimulation uses scientifically validated myofascial trigger points. Worldwide research has shown these trigger points to be a source of chronic muscular tension and pain and that appropriate Dry Needling of these points reduces pain and muscle tension and restores proper function.
Dry needling has been shown to be effective in a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, neck pain, knee pain, shoulder pain etc. Dry Needling is extremely safe when used by a qualified practitioner and can be used in conjunction with many other treatments.
Chiropractic care at Eastern Spinal and Sports Injuries Clinic is (where possible) an evidence-based approach to spinal health. The word chiropractic comes from the Greek words "chieros" and "praktikos", meaning "done by hand", and the chiropractic profession is considered to be one of the largest hands on health care professions in the Western world.
Every day chiropractors across the globe provide millions of people with relief from pain. As a primary contact health-care profession, chiropractic is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of pain syndromes related to the muscles and bones. This also includes the joints, ligaments, and nerves of the body. Being a primary contact profession means that the general public can access a chiropractor directly, without referral from another health-care practitioner. Chiropractors are part of the multi-disciplinary health-care team and in some instances provide care that compliments the treatment provided by other health care disciplines.
Hippocrates, traditionally regarded as the Father of medicine, made the first recorded references to spinal manipulation. The chiropractic method utilising spinal manipulation was founded in 1895 in Iowa, Untied States, by Daniel David Palmer, who reportedly cured his Janitor's deafness through the application of chiropractic adjustment (a type of spinal manipulation) to a "misaligned" vertebra. Ironically, I have never heard of another documented case like this! During the last century, chiropractic practice has become established throughout the Western world, particularly Australia.
Chiropractors practising in Australia are governed by State Registration bodies and therefore have to obtain a certified qualification from an accredited educational institution. There are currently three Australian universities offering degrees in chiropractic education - RMIT University, in Melbourne, and the Sydney-based Macquarie University and Murdoch University in W.A. Education at these universities consist of five years full time study, making chiropractors in Australia highly educated and well trained in the practice of musculo-skeletal health care.
There is now a substantial body of scientific research supporting the use of chiropractic care for a range of symptoms. These include acute (recent onset) low-back pain, some types of mid back pain, neck pain, neck related headaches. There is no sound scientific evidence that chiropractic can cure asthma, diabetes, colic, behavioural problems or ear infections.
Acupuncture is a treatment which can relieve symptoms of some physical and psychological conditions and may encourage the patient's body to heal and repair itself, if it is able to do so.
Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle, and can produce a variety of effects. We know that it increases the body's release of natural painkillers - endorphin and serotonin - in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain. This modifies the way pain signals are received.
But acupuncture does much more than reduce pain, and has a beneficial effect on health. Patients often notice an improved sense of well-being after treatment.
Modern research shows that acupuncture can affect most of the body's systems - the nervous system, muscle tone, hormone outputs, circulation, antibody production and allergic responses, as well as the respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.
Each patient's case will be assessed by the practitioner and treatment will be tailored to the individual; so it is impossible to give more than a general idea of what treatment might involve. Typically, fine needles are inserted through the skin and left in position briefly, sometimes with manual or electrical stimulation. The number of needles varies but may be only two or three. Treatment might be once a week to begin with, then at longer intervals as the condition responds. A typical course of treatment lasts 5 to 8 sessions.