Start off 2020 right with Compass Health Centre

All too often it is the doctor who gets all of the information about the patient, and the patient gets very little information about the doctor and his practice. Dr Michael Wiggett would like to change that.

Growing up in JHB, he saw the light and made the move to Durban in 2006 and never looked back.

Through numerous injuries he developed his love for chiropractic, sports medicine and the love of being able to help people. Michael’s injuries were not coming right through the treatments he was receiving. He finally went to his family chiropractor and enjoyed the different perspective in the assessment done, treatments offered and integrated approach to the body’s systems.

With treatments from the chiropractor, not only did the pain go away, but so did other issues. This showed Michael the power of the adjustment, and now I make sure I get adjusted once a week at our weekly meetings! I believe it’s important to do what you love!

We sat down with Dr Michael at Compass Health Centre to ask him a few questions.

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1) Tell us more about yourself?
I grew up in JHB but saw the light and made the move to Durban in 2006 and have never looked back. My lifestyle is an active one, especially if it involves anything to do with water. My hobbies involve surfing and kite surfing; essentially trying to get into the water as much as possible. I find it such a great place to clear the mind and escape from the day-to-day stress of life. This is so important for your overall health. I also played hockey at a provincial and national level.

2) How did Compass Health Centre come about?
Compass Health Centre came about when Bruce Grant and myself teamed up and wanted to create something special where the greater Durban North Community. We wanted to team up and give care to more people so that they can live better quality lives. We opened our doors in October 2018.

3) Why is it important to have chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care helps with many things within the body. Each adjustment allows for correct and full flow of neurological information between each cell of the body and the brain. Without this the body will stiff function but will function at a reduced percentage. Remember you only have one spine, you have to take care of it. In the current medical world we don’t have spinal or vertebrae replacements, and need to make sure that we are moving properly to prevent degeneration.

4) What are the benefits of having chiro?
With neck and low back pain being number 3 and 5 of the most common problems in todays world seen by medical professionals, it is important to have someone that is educated in spinal function and biomechanics. We have had numerous patients that were told they need surgery and through correct care and rehab, we were able to not only prevent the surgery but allow them to go back to doing the things they loved. Chiropractors are also not only trained in spinal areas, but in the body as a whole. We have numerous patients that come in and see us for ankle strains, hamstring tears, shoulder pain etc.

5) Do you have any day-to-day tips for managing better posture?
to start off, set up your computer, your desk ergonomically correct, as well as your car. Sit upright. We talk a lot about sitting posture as this is what 90% of us do each day, all day. But posture is not just about how you sit, it’s about how you stand, how you walk, how you pick something up. You have to continually think about posture all day every day!

6) What is one thing you wish your patients knew?
People often say ‘its (pain) been there for a while’, and this is makes everything worse. You don’t function the same when you are in pain, you biomechanics change which result in degeneration in other area. It may not be now that you feel it, but you will feel it later in life. I always compare the body to a car, if your car was making a weird noise, click, smoking or anything, you immediately take it to the garage to get looked at and fixed, WHY don’t you do the same for your body?

7) How can one book a session with you?
You can book a session by phoning 0315631314 or you can book online through our website: www.compasshc.co.za

8) How many sessions does a patient typically require?
This is a tough question, what you must understand is everyone is different, everyone moves difficulty, everyone problem is different, at a different stage. Some patients don’t listen, while some do. So it’s really hard to say how many sessions each patient requires. Usually by the 2nd or 3rd session I am able to give a rough idea, but this is also variable.

9) Any other comments you would like to add?
If your company would like us to come for what we call a ‘lunch and learn’, please get hold of us. We will go through correct computer set ups, talk about the importance of posture and ask any questions you may have absolutely FREE!

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Whatsapp Compass Health Centre: 0716211924