PRACTICE

PHILOSOPHY

I was born in Singapore from Indian heritage and moved to Melbourne, Australia with my family at the age of 10. From an early age, I had plans to become a medical doctor and was getting ready to enter university when I chose to do work experience in a hospital. It was during this time I realised that this environment was not for me. The smell of the place, the sterile environment just didn’t feel right and didn’t make me want to go there at all. In hindsight, I realised that hospitals were for sick people, for people that wanted something to take that sick feeling away, but still remained sick. Often, these people also had limited choices left. Health is not merely an absence of sickness, but an optimal functioning of your body, mind and spirit.

The first time that I found out about Chiropractic was at a University open day and the  philosophy of Chiropractic resonated with me. I was more inspired to help people retain their health throughout their life. Studying Chiropractic in Australia is a full-time five-year degree consisting of a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. After graduation, I worked in Australia and Indonesia before moving to the Netherlands in 2010 to work in a family practice in Castricum. I have had my own private practice since November 2013.

 

There are many techniques in Chiropractic and I have specialised in Sacro-Occipital technique (SOT), which concentrates on the special relationship between the skull and pelvis. Currently, I am doing a Masters in Functional Neurology with the Carrick Institute in order to become more knowledgeable about the human brain and how to best protect and optimise its function.  

"People that have their health in order have their lives in order."

- Sunitha Athisdam

 

PRACTICE PHILOSOPHY

I was born in Singapore from Indian heritage and moved to Melbourne, Australia with my family at the age of 10. From an early age, I had plans to become a medical doctor and was getting ready to enter university when I chose to do work experience in a hospital. It was during this time I realised that this environment was not for me. The smell of the place, the sterile environment just didn’t feel right and didn’t make me want to go there at all. In hindsight, I realised that hospitals were for sick people, for people that wanted something to take that sick feeling away, but still remained sick. Often, these people also had limited choices left. Health is not merely an absence of sickness, but an optimal functioning of your body, mind and spirit.

The first time that I found out about Chiropractic was at a University open day and the  philosophy of Chiropractic resonated with me. I was more inspired to help people retain their health throughout their life. Studying Chiropractic in Australia is a full-time five-year degree consisting of a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. After graduation, I worked in Australia and Indonesia before moving to the Netherlands in 2010 to work in a family practice in Castricum. I have had my own private practice since November 2013.

 

There are many techniques in Chiropractic and I have specialised in Sacro-Occipital technique (SOT), which concentrates on the special relationship between the skull and pelvis. In 2019, I attained my Diplomate in Functional Neurology through the Carrick Institute. I strive to become more knowledgeable about the human brain and how to best protect and optimise its function.  

"People that have their health in order have their lives in order."

- Sunitha Athisdam

I was born in and grew up from the land down under – Australia. 

I was obese and depressed for most of my life and at 18 decided to turn my life around, I have learnt many valuable lessons about what being well truly is. This ignited my passion for fitness and whole health. 

My journey led me to gain further knowledge in university for 5 years in Melbourne, Australia, achieving a Masters degree of Clinical Chiropractic. I had the unique opportunity to volunteer as a chiropractor in remote villages in India. I then went on to practice for 5 years in a rural town of Victoria, Australia, where I developed and further refined my skills. 

I prefer to use a combination of techniques depending on specific individual needs, primarily manual adjustments and/or gentle work with Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT), with some experience in Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET), Sports Chiropractic and Functional Neurology. 

 

I made an exciting life choice to move to the Netherlands in 2019. I wanted to explore more of the world whilst developing my career further and by helping my community through chiropractic. 

I prefer to take a personal approach in helping each person cope best with their specific stressors in life and to achieve the best possible state of health. 

 

Due to the demanding nature of the work, I enjoy working on my conditioning with regular CrossFit and yoga. To stay grounded I focus inward with daily meditation, mindfulness practices, playing various instruments and spending time in nature. 

“The root of all health is in the brain. The trunk of it is in emotion. The branches and leaves are the body. The flower of health blooms when all parts work together.” Kurdish Saying

- Gavin Tran

CHIROPRACTIC

Chiropractic is the third largest health care profession in the world and primarily focuses on your Central Nervous System (CNS) and its control of the body. Your brain and spinal cord are the most important organ. It has to coordinate every other system in the body every second of your life. The brains main purpose is to receive a stimulus from your environment, to interpret it and then respond as quickly as possible. There are many stressors on the CNS that can be divided into three main categories. Firstly, our biggest physical stressor is gravity.  Other physical stressors can be too much activity without proper alignment, sitting for long periods, falls and accidents. Secondly, chemical stressors like over the counter medicines, food intolerances and other chemical pollution can also affect your immune system and metabolism. Thirdly, emotional and chronic stress can have a strong impact on the optimal functioning of the CNS. 

Most people think that they have to wait to feel something before they seek help. But in fact, only 10% of your nervous system feels pain and by the time you feel something, you have too much tissuex damage for your body to self-repair. Often there are other asymptomatic signs that Chiropractors are trained to find in order to help your body heal as quickly as possible so that you can function optimally every day.

Health always comes form the inside out.

 
FUNCTIONAL NEUROLOGY
 

Healthcare is continuing to evolve and Functional Neurology serves to bridge the gap between Allopathic medicine and complementary medicine. As chiropractic deals mainly in changes to the Central Nervous System, we can start to provide more precise and accurate care for people.

 

We know about the strong connection between brain and body.  The brain initiates and co-ordinates movements in the body and the body has to re-lay information of its environment back to the brain. It is a continuous, multi-sensory ongoing loop that can be easily distorted.

 

The limitations in the scope of conventional medicine are such that unless a patient needs surgery or ongoing medications for symptom relief, choices are limited.  Functional Neurology aims to increase the functional pathways and the connections within the brain so that we can restore our adaptive capabilities. We do this by analysing and comparing the visual, vestibular and cerebellar pathways that fire down into the spinal cord and vice versa.

 

Sunitha has undertaken the Neurology Masters Program through the Carrick Institute.  They are the most prestigious and well-renowned in the profession. The Carrick Institute and its scholars pride themselves on keeping up to date with the latest developments in Neuroscience and by doing so aim to help people to the best of their ability.  

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Kinkerstraat 12C-HS

1053 DT AMSTERDAM

info@thechiropractor.nl

020 789 29 32

Opening hours

Monday  08:30 - 20:00

Tuesday  08:30 - 15:30

Wednesday  08:30 - 20:00

Thursday  12:00 - 20:00

Friday  08:00 - 13:00

Saturday  08:30 - 13.00

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COSTS

Initial consultation adults €90,- 

Initial consultation children (<16 y.o) €85,-

Follow up chiropractic appointment €60,-

Follow up functional neurology consultation €90,-

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