Team Member

DR JAMES MACFARLANE Director, Physio and Chiro

Dr James Macfarlane studied physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne graduating with a Diploma of Physiotherapy from the Physiotherapy School of Victoria in 1964.

After that he studied Chiropractic at the Chiropractic and Osteopathic College of Australasia (COCA), graduating as a Doctor of Chiropractic in 1968.He also holds a certificate in Advanced Dry Needling from the University of Melbourne.

After graduation, James worked for the Repatriation Department at Heidelberg Hospital, and was also consultant physiotherapist in amputee training to the Repatriation Artificial Limb & Appliance Centre (RALAC), after which he entered private practice. During this period, he studied mobilisation and manipulation with Mr Geoff Maitland, physiotherapy pioneer, with Dr James Cyriax, orthopaedic physician of St Thomas’s Hospital in London, and Mr Freddy Kaltenborn, physiotherapist and osteopath from Oslo.

In 1971, James travelled to the UK to work with Dr Cyriax. During this period, he worked at the Industrial Orthopaedic Society, London, the top workers compensation hospital in England. He was also head physiotherapist at Preston Hall Hospital, Maidstone UK, where he treated orthopaedic and thoracic patients under Mr Clifford Stossel FRCS.

He was chief physiotherapist of the Riviera Medical Facility in Italy for a period of 18 Months.

In 1978, James returned to Australia and recommenced in private practice at Boronia. At this time, he studied sports physiotherapy with the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), sports physiotherapy group. Studies were undertaken with Professor Mariano Roccobado in temporo-mandibular dysfunction and jaw pain.

In 1989, Dr Macfarlane travelled to the U.S.A and resided in New York State. During this period, he worked for Assoc. Prof. Barry Scheinfeld and Dr Hussein Omar in chronic pain management, as well as studying advanced massage and Chinese medicine (Shiatsu). After that he travelled to Hawaii and, whilst there, took the American Chiropractic National Boards, achieving honours in all subjects and becoming registered there in 1997. During this period, he studied Zen therapy and Dr Travell and Simons Trigger-point work, as well as Cranio-Sacral therapy with Dr John Upledger, in addition to teaching at the Maui school of massage.

In 1998, James returned to Australia and resumed private practice, as well as lecturing in physiological therapeutics to the Chiropractic and Osteopathic faculty at RMIT University, Bundoora.

More recently, he has furthered his studies in acupuncture and dry needling with Professor Ren of Beijing and the International College of Medical Acupuncture in 2004, and the University of Melbourne in 2007. Other important activities included workshop on neural mobilization with David Butler and seminars in Rome in 2003 and 2005 with well known international spinal specialists, Professors Nachemsen, Waddell, Bogduk, Melzak, Jull, Hodges, Kaltenborn, Mulligan, McConnell, Vincenzo and Roccobado.

James attended low back and pelvic pain conferences in Melbourne in 2004 and Barcelona 2007 under Prof Andry Vleeming. He regularly attends operating sessions with prominent orthopaedic and spinal surgeons. He has studied Rehabilitation and Prof Janda’s work with Dr Craig Liebenson DC of Los Angeles.

Dr Macfarlane has an interest in back, hip and lower extremity pain, sciatica and disc problems, as well as a background in all musculo-skeletal complaints and sports injuries, including headaches, migraine, jaw, neck and arm pain.

He is a member of Australian Assoc of Muscluloskeletal Medicine, COCA/CA and IAMMM (International Association of Manual/Musculoskeletal Medicine, and is a former member of the APA where he was also on the committee for acupuncture and dry needling. He is accredited with Hip Arthroscopy Australia for treatment of Anterior Hip pain. (FAI and Labrum Injuries)

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