In 2002 Russell opened Parade Chiropractic in Ocean Grove, and 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, bodywork and manual therapy 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. Russell has completed the prestigious CRAFTA (Craniofacial Therapy Academy), foundations course in Washington DC. CRAFTA is a highly regarded European organisation of manual therapists specialising in craniofacial pain diagnosis and treatment.
His treatment approach draws from traditions and training in orthodox Chiropractic, Myofascial therapy, trigger point dry needling (a type of western acupuncture), exercise rehabilitation, low level laser 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 20 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 Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA). 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.