An Enlightened Approach To Chiropractic Treatment
Alex Mendieta is the new chiropractor at Mind & Body, the Gold Coast’s most enlightened chiropractic clinic. He’s the sceptic turned into practitioner. He’s gone from being a carpenter to a healer.
“I’ve always been good with my hands and really enjoyed mastering the manual techniques of chiropractic. There was a definite correlation between carpentry and chiropractic. It’s been a steep learning curve coming to work in the practice but hugely rewarding to go from theory to really making a difference to peoples’ lives.”
Alex is a generalist not a specialist. He’s very comfortable dealing with the elderly, young children, office workers, housewives – you name it. He knows that a lot of craftsmen and trade people like plumbers, electricians and builders tend not to look after their bodies and work them into the ground. He’s been in the trenches and he knows what it’s like. Now he’s fully qualified as a chiropractor, he wants to help people live without pain and maintain a high level of physical wellbeing.
“I treat people of all ages, from many walks of life and with all kinds of conditions. I’ve learnt very quickly from working with Andrew and the Mind & Body model that we address the person and not the symptoms. Each patient is a unique individual and has to be treated as such. We have to take the time to get to know the patient so we can obtain the best results. So I make sure I listen for the alarm bells and identify the causes of the condition. If a patient needs to be referred to a specialist, we’ll do that. I don’t touch on psychology but I understand that stress causes pain and pain causes stress.”
Anyone familiar with the Mind & Body model knows that we work with a network of people who collaborate on achieving the best results for the patient.
Another key element of the Mind & Body approach is relaxation. We have the massage chairs and the various media and techniques that enable patients to relax before treatment. Then, establishing a rapport with the patient is very important and that can only happen when people feel comfortable and relaxed.
“I hear a lot of comments from patients about their experience with other chiropractors: that they have very little interaction. It’s a bit like this: walk in, get adjusted and walk out. There’s very little conversation and this is something that Andrew has encouraged me to do and it’s been very positive. It’s a way of finding out how we can work together on lowering stress, relieving pain and restoring mobility.
Andrew adds: “We never rush our patients. We always listen to our patients. We make sure there’s enough time for the conversation to take place.”
Alex is in full sympathy with this approach. “At university, you don’t learn much about that side of things. I find making the connection with my patients quite easy. From text book to clinic is quite a leap as is learning about the human condition. It’s not something that you are taught but you have to learn how to navigate the incredible variety of personalities and conditions you encounter. I meet many people who have learnt to live with pain, often dependent on painkillers to keep going. I’m here to tell you that with the right treatment, you can be free from pain.”
Coming from a trade background Alex understands that people who work with their bodies more than their minds need to look after them. So managing injuries, relieving pain and keeping the body in good working order is an important investment. He knows what it’s like to work long, hard days and still maintain a healthy lifestyle. So he’s ideally suited to help people who are up against such challenges.
“A lot of people will allow themselves to de-condition to the point where aches and pains become part of everyday life. They just live with it and work through it. They can go for years with these conditions and they won’t do anything about it until things have gone too far. It can get to a point where they work themselves to a standstill.”
Our mission is to educate people that there is a better way: you don’t have to work yourself into the ground and you don’t have to put up with the pain. Invest just a little time in your health and wellbeing and it can make a huge difference to your ability to work and your enjoyment of life.
Mind & Body continues to evolve and develop state of the art techniques to help our patients feel better. Alex upholds this tradition and brings a fresh, enlightened approach to the practice. With his magic hands, he takes the science of chiropractic treatment and turns it into an art.
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