Gifted Hands Chiropractic Centre
Though Gifted Hands Chiropractic Centre is home to many of Jamaica’s athletes, we are still a family practice. Our doors are open to everyone, from persons injured in accidents to persons coping with disabilities. Sports Chiropractic simply allows us the opportunity to reach and support. Our mission is to build an awareness of what chiropractic is and offer workable solutions without bias. We are committed to patient education. Our services extend beyond Chiropractic to include: Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy and Functional Rehabilitation.
Meet Dr. Shane Bryan
Dr. Shane Bryan was educated in Jamaica up to the tertiary level. He left Jamaica to pursue a career in Chiropractic in 2000 at Life University in Marietta, Georgia. While there he was exposed to many of the techniques that exist in chiropractic today, each with different areas of specialization, strengths and weaknesses. It was that fact that brought about the idea that many different tools would be needed in order to reach and be effective to a large cross-section of people needing care. He returned to Jamaica in 2007 and soon thereafter started Gifted Hands Chiropractic Center, focusing on back and neck pain. As awareness grew so did the practice and other conditions were added to the scope of practice.
Dr. Bryan did both the basic and advanced certification training in Graston Technique, a world leading soft-tissue (muscles, ligaments and tendons) manipulation used extensively in the sports arena that achieves fast long-lasting results for soft-tissue injuries.
Post doctorate, Dr. Bryan received his C.C.E.P. (Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner). A course of study comprised of 7 modules and 105 hours of training designed to hone and complete skills taught while in chiropractic school. In addition, it opened the door to Sports Chiropractic as conditions relating to foot and gait, tempero-mandibular joint dysfunctions, extremity dysfunctions, global assessment and functional rehabilitation were discussed at length. To further complete treatment of the musculo-skeletal system, Dr. Bryan did both the basic and advanced certification training in Graston Technique, a world leading soft-tissue (muscles, ligaments and tendons) manipulation used extensively in the sports arena that achieves fast long-lasting results for soft-tissue injuries.
In 2011, Dr. Bryan received his certification from Options for Animals in Kansas and the I.V.C.A (International Veterinary Chiropractic Association) for Animal Chiropractic. This certification gives him the skills necessary to adjust any spine, whether biped or quadruped. His focus is currently on large animal (Equine) but also sees small animals as well. Animal adjusting is done at the animal’s location or through a Vet’s office.
Meet Dr. Karen Bryan
Dr. Karen Bryan achieved her diploma in physical therapy from The University Hospital School of Physical Therapy in 1997 and worked at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) from 1998-2005. At UHWI, she gained physiotherapy experience in various areas (orthopaedics, medicine, surgery, paediatrics, intensive care unit, and out patient department). She has been the physiotherapist for the Harbour View Football Club since October 1998 and has seen them through many titles, both locally and internationally. She ventured into private practice in 2005 and has continued to treat and rehabilitate clients with a variety of musculoskeletal and/ or respiratory disorders (whiplash injuries, work related injuries, sports injuries, overuse injuries, post surgical rehabilitation, neurological disorders, lower respiratory tract infections, etc.).
Dr. Bryan has worked with a number of national and international athletes. She has served as part of the medical team for various national teams since 2000 to various international events such as Commonwealth games, PANAM games, Olympics etc. She worked as physical therapist on tour with Cricket Ireland team for T-20 Cricket World Cup in 2010.
In 2009, Dr. Bryan completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and was inducted in their Alpha Eta Honor Society (promotes and recognizes significant scholarship, leadership, and contributions to the allied health professions) in May 2011. At NSU, she focused on improving her skills in manual therapy and sports medicine. She spent some time in the multidisciplinary Sports Medicine Clinic at NSU during her time of study and this cemented her appreciation for and belief in the team approach in caring for clients. Her treatment style is very hands on and coupled with modalities and functional rehabilitation to achieve maximum recovery as well as for prevention of injury.