Dr. Mathew Farrugia (Chiropractor)
BSc BChiro ICSC Dip Sports FICS
Hi, I’m Mat. I am the owner and sole chiropractor at Greenwood and Wembley Downs -Perth Chiro Centre Clinics. When deciding to open my Clinics I wanted to have a point of difference from other chiropractic clinics.
I am Evidence Based:
I feel this is the future of chiropractic. This means no untruths and no promises of the world trying to get you into a lengthy treatment program. I work with musculo-skeletal conditions and I pride myself to be up to date with the most successful treatment protocols that have the most evidence backing. I work closely with a handful of GPs and surgeons and I have a lot of my patients referred by GPs and surgeons. They do this because they trust my ethics, judgement and treatment. Basically …. I know what I am good at and I stick to it. If you come in to see me with a problem that I feel is better suited to be treated elsewhere- I will not only refer you where you need to go, but I will refer you to the best person to treat your condition. Over 12 years of clinical experience in the health industry has given me this knowledge.
It is simple really….. I treat people how they should be treated and I treat people with the most up to date evidence based knowledge.
One of my pet hates is hearing that patients have been put into long treatment programs when they appear to be unnecessary. I would always beware and proceed with caution if any chiropractor tries to get you into a 3, 6 or 12 month treatment plan.
Being a small business I treat patients exactly how I would want to be treated if I was the patient. This means I do everything in my power to achieve you the best results in minimal amount of visits. I rely on patient referrals and I will always do my very best for you. If that means – incorporating another health practitioner will get you faster results – that’s what we will do even if it means you will see me less.
Simply- I treat people how I would want to be treated if I was in your position- that is- trying to achieve the best results in minimal amounts of visits.
Quality and Price Effectiveness of Treatment
I have been in clinic for over 12 years. During this time I have treated hundreds of thousands of patients. I have seen most musculo-skeletal conditions many times over and I know the quickest and most effective way to treat them.
A lot of chiropractors will try and tempt you into their clinics with a “free” initial consult or a discounted initial consult. You only find out that you don’t actually get treated until the third visit and by this stage you have invested too much money to not continue. I will always treat you if possible on the initial visit- as long as there is no contraindication to doing so. I run my clinics as a service to you not a business. I don’t have goals or patient numbers that I have to reach each week. My only goal is to improve your pain levels and quality of life.
I Don’t Make Questionable Diagnostics:
Too many times I have patients come in reporting they have “internal organ problems” diagnosed by their last chiropractor through muscle tests showing up weak. If your muscles are weak due to a serious disease or nerve problem you should be referred to a neurologist not treated by a chiropractor. I will only treat what I believe to be the real problem and I will not make up questionable diagnoses to try and maximize the amount of times I see you. I am honest and genuine. I like to be able to sleep at night.
I Don’t Do Marketing Gimmicks:
I am a health care professional and a service to you. I think it devalues our profession to do spinal scans in swap meets, health fairs and shopping centres. As a patient you should be very wary of these. A lot of times these are just chiropractors that are quiet in practice and employing a variety of gimmicks designed to procure you as a patient. The most common one being a “free postural analysis” – The only thing this is designed to do is to scare you right into the chiropractor’s office. If you have poor posture and no pain the chiropractor should be helping you by designing you a at home strengthening program for your weak muscles, not trying to get multiple treatment visits out of you.
I Don’t Take or Refer for Excessive X-ray’s
I don’t take x-rays for any other reason than for what they are supposed to be used for – to rule out a fracture or pathology. You should proceed with caution with a chiropractor that takes x-rays of every patient. In general x-rays should only be taken if;
1) There has been a traumatic injury
2) The examination and history taken has revealed red flags that indicate possible bone disease or severe arthritic changes
3) You have a long standing pain that has not responded to conservative care.
No person is perfectly symmetrical, no one has perfect posture, no spine is perfectly straight and balanced. X-rays should not be taken to look at postural stance by your chiropractor…. this is absurd. A lot of chiropractors use x-rays as a tool to scare patients into multiple visits and lengthy treatment programs. I think this is wrong. If you have no pain you should be questioning why you have been booked into a lengthy treatment program especially if it is due to a postural stance revealed by lines drawn on your x-ray by a chiropractor. Always get a second opinion if this is the case.
I Understand the Importance of Your Health
I understand the importance of your health and I am experienced in treating a wide range of painful musculo-skeletal symptoms including; back pain, back pain in pregnant patients, low back and neck pain; neck related headaches, tension headaches, back related hip and knee pain.
I am experienced in; Chiropractic Care, Dry Needling, Myofascial Release Technique, Graston Technique, Deep Tissue Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Core Stability and Rehabilitative Care.
I am genuinely excited to help you live a more pain free better managed life.
Thank you for reading and see you soon at Perth Chiro Centre.