Dr Kirsten Cloete (M.Chiro)

What I believe

"To me, health is about so much more than simply the absence of pain or disease. It is multi-faceted, involving the body, mind and soul, and being free to live life to our true potential.



Chiropractic is simply part of this healthy, proactive lifestyle. Tending to the molehills before they become mountains. Being grateful for the health we have, and taking positive action to preserve, improve and maximise it- in tandem with eating well, moving well, and thinking well.  Realising that, even though it’s a cliche, our health, truly is our greatest wealth."


Why Chiropractic?

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Amplifies body wellness

Many people report better sleep, improved concentration, higher energy levels and better digestion with regular chiropractic adjustments.

Safe and natural choice

Chiropractic is a safe and gentle way of optimising the body's function and innate ability to heal, no matter what your age.

Pain relief

Studies show that chiropractic adjustments are more effective at reducing back and neck pain than most medications, including opiate drugs.

Addresses the cause, not the symptom

Chiropractic does not treat named symptoms. Part of the aim of chiropractic is to locate and correct the underlying cause of symptoms, to ensure they don't reoccur.

Better posture

When the little bones in your spine (vertebrae) are moving freely, you will find your posture naturally improves.

Improved athletic performance

Athletes the world-over incorporate chiropractic care into their health programme, to help optimise performance, and prevent injury.



What exactly is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is the third largest primary healthcare profession in the world after Medicine and Dentistry. Over 120 years old, the word 'chiropractic' comes from the Greek words 'cheir' and 'praxis', and literally means 'done by hand'. Education for chiropractors in the UK involves five years of full-time study, and is regulated by the General Chiropractic Council. Chiropractors are required to fulfil CPD learning each year, and are always looking to improve their knowledge and skills. So, you really are in safe hands.

How does Chiropractic work?

All the cells in the body, whether they are part of a muscle or a sensory organ like our eyes, are constantly giving and receiving communication signals via the nervous system. The nerves supplying all these trillions of cells, have all at some point branched off from our spinal cord, which has extended down from the brain itself. Another way to think of our brain is that it's similar to a central computer, constantly giving and receiving messages to and from from the body. It regulates everything. Therefore, it makes sense then, that this vital and delicate nerve tissue is well-protected by the cranium, or skull bones, and the vertebrae protect the spinal cord and it's nerve outlets. If a facet joint (joint between two neighbouring vertebra) becomes misaligned or restricted, it can interfere with the complex communication between the brain and body via the nervous system. A bit like static on your television or radio. Chiropractors call this interference a 'subluxation'. A chiropractor will then deliver a gentle, yet specific corrective force, also known as an 'adjustment' to the specific misaligned / restricted joint to permit normal nerve transmission, and allow the body to restore itself.

Where do subluxations come from?

We all experience stress in life that can be divided into basic 3 categories: Physical, Chemical and Emotional. Physical stressors include falls and accidents, as well as the less obvious stressors such as sitting at a desk all day. Chemical stress includes things like smoking, alcohol and processed food, and emotional stress relates to the stress which we feel when we are 'stressed out', feeling under ongoing pressure of dealing with a crisis. These 3 types of stress can all affect the body, particular our spine, in a similiar way, and contribute to subluxations. Chiropractic care always focuses on finding the root cause, correcting imbalances and preventing reoccurences.

How do adjustments help?

By restoring the spinal movement to these misaligned segments, chiropractic adjustments can help with all sorts of aches and pains from acute injuries to chronic, long-standing issues. Regular adjustments will also reduce the chance of these niggles re-ocurring, and keep you feeling healthy and strong. Since it's conception, Chiropractic has evolved into many different techniques, which all have a common goal: restoring motion to the spine to allow the body to repair efficiently, by allowing good communication between the brain and body. Often, when this happens, symptoms such as pain / muscle tension / tingling and numbness will naturally disappear, simply because the body is working better.

Why do we use Sacro-Occipital Technique?

The techniques used at KC-Chiropractic are gentle yet effective. For this reason, we have a wide range of patients from corporate offices and professional sportspersons, to octogenarians, pregnant mums and newborn babies. Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT) is our passion, as it's a comprehensive way of addressing the body gently while delivering incredible results. SOT focuses largely on the relationship between the pelvis and the cranium, but also incorporates the visceral (organ system) work, extremity adjusting (joints of the arms and legs), and cranial work. SOT recognises that we cannot compartmentalise anything in the body - as it's one incredible, moving system. Therefore, we need to peel back the layers where our bodies have compensated over time to restore proper function. We then add in a mix of muscle and facial release work, dry-needling when appropriate, gentle joint manipulation, and sound lifestyle or ergonomic advice.

Is SOT safe for babies?

When working with newborns and babies, the technique is very gentle and specific, with no more pressure applied than you could tolerate on your own eyeball. Cranial work is a large component of this approach, which babies have even been known sleep through!


What others say...

"I've attended several practices in the US and UK and this is the best. Kirsten identifies the problems and treats them with individually-tailored solutions while explaining her approach with clarity and sensitivity. She has reassuring expertise and an ability to communicate that is - in my experience - very rare."


— Dr Bridget Jackson 

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Dr Kirsten Cloete

Kirsten graduated in 2007 with a Masters Degree in Chiropractic, from the Durban University of Technology in her home country of South Africa.

After moving over to the UK in 2008, Kirsten continued her studies in various chiropractic techniques, eventually specialising with an extremely gentle yet comprehensive technique called Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT).​

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