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Dr Sarah Somerville is a registered chiropractor practicing at The Rivonia Practice, a multi-disciplinary practice in the heart of Rivonia. Common conditions that a chiropractor treats include: back and neck pain, joint pain, headaches, aches and pains associated with pregnancy, colic in babies and sports injuries. To book an appointment please contact us or alternatively book online.




Dr. Sarah SomervilleM.Tech: Chiropractic
Dr. Sarah Somerville is a registered chiropractor located in the heart of Rivonia. She qualified with a BSc: Human Physiology degree from the University of Pretoria and an M.Tech: Chiropractic Master’s degree from the University of Johannesburg.


The World federation of Chiropractic defines Chiropractic as: “A health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal adjustment and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation.”

Among other conditions, a chiropractor commonly treats the following:


Can I learn to adjust myself?2018-04-16T09:00:47+02:00

It is virtually impossible to adjust yourself correctly and accurately. Adjusting yourself will often result in the wrong joint being adjusted.
Your chiropractor is trained to adjust you in a very specific location and direction – best leave it to the professionals!

Are chiropractors ‘real’ doctors?2018-04-16T09:00:36+02:00

Absolutely! Chiropractors are trained in a similar way to medical doctors and are required to become licensed to practise chiropractic care.

Will I be required to remove my clothing during my appointment?2018-04-16T09:00:23+02:00

Certain procedures may require you to remove some pieces of clothing, however most do not. In these cases, a medical gown will be provided to ensure the minimum amount of exposure. If you have any questions or concerns, bring them up immediately with your chiropractor.

Why does my body make a ‘popping’ sound during an adjustment?2018-04-16T09:00:10+02:00

Those ‘popping’ sounds are tiny pockets of air being released from in between your joints. This is not a sound to be concerned about – it’s often a good thing!

What can I do after my appointment to aid the healing process?2018-04-16T08:59:57+02:00

Generally, drink plenty of water, use an ice/heat pack, and do some light stretching. Your chiropractor may also give you some exercises to do at home that are appropriate for your specific treatment.

Will a chiropractic adjustment completely remove my back pain?2018-04-16T08:59:42+02:00

Depending on the cause of pain, a chiropractor can ease, significantly reduce or eliminate back pain.
Back pain, in particular, can become chronic if left untreated.

Can I see a chiropractor if I am pregnant?2018-04-16T08:59:32+02:00

Yes! Many pregnant women have found that their chiropractor improved their pregnancy experience. Chiropractic care can help to alleviate nausea, back and pelvic pain and result in an easier labour.

Will I be adjusted the same way as another patient?2018-04-16T08:59:05+02:00

Each patient’s care is unique and therefore customised to meet their specific condition and needs. Your chiropractor will modify adjustments based on your size, weight, age and health condition.

Will an adjustment hurt?2018-04-16T08:58:54+02:00

If an adjustment is performed by a trained and licensed chiropractor, it is likely to provide relief rather than pain. Some patients have reported discomfort, similar to the stiffness caused by starting a new exercise programme. If you are experiencing unexpected and severe pain after a chiropractic treatment, call your chiropractor!

Are adjustments safe?2018-04-16T08:57:01+02:00

As long as they are administered by a trained and licensed chiropractor, chiropractic adjustments are extremely safe. In fact, they are widely recognised as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of back and neck problems.

What is a chiropractic adjustment?2018-04-16T08:56:41+02:00

During a chiropractic adjustment, a chiropractor applies controlled pressure, in a precise direction, to a ‘locked up’ joint in order to restore optimal movement. The purpose of this procedure is to correct structural alignment, improving nervous system function, increasing blood circulation and decreasing muscle spasm. This results in improved spinal function, reduction in pain, and an overall improvement in health and wellness.

What types of pain do chiropractors treat?2018-04-16T08:55:50+02:00

Chiropractors specialise in treating back pain, neck pain and headaches. They also treat sports injuries and other disorders involving muscles, ligaments and joints. Some chiropractors, like Dr Sarah Somerville, have an interest in chiropractic care specialised for pregnant women and babies.

What does chiropractic care mean?2018-04-16T08:52:03+02:00

Chiropractic care is a discipline of the healthcare profession administered by a chiropractor. The primary method of treatment, used by chiropractors, is the adjustment of restricted joints. Chiropractors focus on aiding the body’s natural healing process without surgery or drugs. Instead, they focus on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the body’s natural healing process.

A chiropractor may advocate for working in partnership with healthcare practitioners from a different discipline when it is in the best interest of the patient.

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