PhotoRussell established Glenferrie Chiropractic in Hawthorn, Melbourne in 1987 after graduating from RMIT School of Chiropractic in 1983 and working for several years in his native Western Australia.

In 2002 Russell established Parade Chiropractic in Ocean Grove, Geelong, as part of a longer term “sea-change” plan. In 2008 he moved his Melbourne practice to Hartwell Chiropractic in Camberwell and now spreads is time working between these two practices.

Professional and personal development over the years has seen Russell’s therapeutic approach diversify to encompass the healing possibilities found within a broad variety of Chiropractic and Bodywork techniques.

In addition to treating the full range of ailments traditionally associated with Chiropractors, Russell works and lectures throughout Australia in the field of jaw (TMJ), and head (Craniofacial) pain. His need for a comprehensive approach has seen him acquire further qualification as a Orofacial Myologist, which uses an exercise based model to correct tongue, and jaw posture, mouth breathing, immature swallowing patterns, and sleep breathing issues in children and adults.

He draws from traditions and training in orthodox Chiropractic, Massage and Myofascial therapy, trigger point dry needling (a type of western acupuncture), exercise rehabilitation and craniopathy. His particular interest in Jaw and head pain developed in the early 1990’s when he developed a bilateral facial palsy as part of a condition known as Guillian- Barre Syndrome. This condition was very much helped with cranial therapy and this led him on to the study of craniopathy and Chirodontics ( a fusion of Chiropractic and dental management for jaw, head and face pain and dysfunction developed by American Chiropractor Dr Robert Walker). He has for many years worked in collaboration with orthopedically minded dentists treating patients using a co-treatment model sometimes involving the use of splints, functional jaw orthopaedics, and orthodontics, if necessary.

 

He has contributed to an internationally published text book on this subject titled “Headache, Orofacial Pain and Bruxism” by Elsevier Press. Over the last 15 years he has been lecturing in the undergraduate program at RMIT and in professional seminars to Chiropractors and Dentists throughout Australia.

Russell is a member of the Chiropractors Association of Australia (CAA). He has met the requirements and been admitted to membership of the Australasian College Of Chiropractors (ACC) and the Australian Chapter of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain ( AACFP) in recognition of his long association and expertise in the treatment of jaw and head pain.

He is married to Angela and has four sons. He is currently in the grip of a mid-life surfing obsession.