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. 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

As a young girl I dreamt of becoming an Australian sports champion. I did not mind which sport I would excel in; I loved them all. Unfortunately, like many athletes, I was plagued with injuries that seemed to “tag team,” as soon as I would “recover,” the next one would be waiting in line. Like a never-ending cycle. After seeking help from various health care professionals, the words of the chiropractor were what changed my life direction.

People care deeply about the state and alignment of their teeth, but don’t consider the same for their spine. Yet a vital difference is that our spine houses our life line, the nervous system. If we look after our spine, we look after our life line.

After graduating with a Bachelor’s and Masters of Chiropractic Degrees in Melbourne I further specialised in NET, a chiropractic approach that helps people integrate how stress impacts one’s state of health.

From here, I travelled the world, living and working in Amsterdam since 2013. My passion on chiropractic lead me down several paths, from co-hosting a chiropractic podcast to volunteering on mission trips to India, Haiti and Africa. These days my life is kept busy chasing after my ever -curious young daughter.

 

I specialise in several different techniques including Sacro- Occipital Technique, Cranials, Applied Kinesiology, NET, and Webster Technique.

"We only get one spine, you might as well look after it!"

- Lauren Steinfort

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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1053 DT AMSTERDAM

info@thechiropractor.nl

020 789 29 32

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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

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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