Welcome to Shelly Family Chiropractic

Chiropractic Services Shelly Beach

Shelly Family Chiropractic is a family run practice established in 2021. We are a husband and wife chiropractic team with a passion for holistic care, lifestyle interventions and helping our clients live a fulfilled, active and pain free life. Having a husband and wife team in our practice gives us the edge to provide care for the whole family. Our diverse interests and skill sets allow us to provide specific care for the pregnant mama, your precious baby through to your teens as well as the athletes, desk jockeys and golden oldies of the family. We pride ourselves in providing care which is gentle, consistent and puts the patient first.

Meet our Chiropractor's

DR Matthew Dickens

Dr Matthew Dickens  developed an interest in chiropractic at a young age after sustaining a series of debilitating neck injuries while playing school boy rugby at Maritzburg College. Thanks to his chiropractor he was able to return to play and fulfilled his ambition of representing the 1st team in matric and was also selected for the provincial B team. He hung up his rugby boots after playing club rugby in Durban for his first two years of being a chiropractic student at Durban University of Technology (DUT). 

He graduated from DUT with a masters degree in Chiropractic. His dissertation focused on lower limb biomechanics and running, giving him an amazing foundation in how the human body moves. He has a passion for sports and spends a lot of his free time running, gymming, fishing, surfing and practicing martial arts. As a result he is always excited to assist with sports injury recovery, rehabilitation and performance optimization. His holistic approach has given him a  keen interest in nutrition and lifestyle modification to help manage lifestyle diseases which often contribute to musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. Dr Matthew Dickens is a gentle and easy going guy who will take any opportunity to educate you on the best way to reduce your pain and live a more fulfilled and active life. 

DR Frances Chapman

from a young age knew she wanted to help people improve their health in a holistic way. This interest was fostered during her formative years at the Roseway Waldorf School in Hillcrest KZN. After spending some years working and saving for her tertiary education in the yachting industry in France she returned and enrolled for chiropractic at Durban University of Technology (DUT). She graduated from DUT with a masters degree in chiropractic. Her master’s dissertation focused on communication as a tool to deliver effective patient education and its centrality to quality care. 

This has given her insight into treating chronic pain and addressing the multifactorial causes of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction.In her free time she can be found tending to her garden, playing guitar or enjoying the outdoors. She has a keen interest in women’s health, focusing on lifestyle solutions for hormonal issues and pain. She is a mother to a son with cerebral palsy, this has fostered her passion for providing support and care for the more vulnerable members of society including the disabled, elderly and infirm. She is kind and patient and always willing to assist someone in need.

What is a Chiropractor?

A chiropractor is a diagnostic practitioner who is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions. They are doctors who specialize in managing conditions of the joints, muscles and nerves, including the spine and extremities. They specialize in different manual therapy techniques to relieve pain and improve range of motion and function of the body. They can also send for imaging (x ray/ultrasound/MRI) and blood tests to more specifically diagnose your issue. Since chiropractors do not prescribe medication they place a large focus on natural and minimally invasive techniques to address conditions holistically. 


What do chiropractors treat?

Chiropractors treat neuromusculoskeletal conditions.This includes but, is not limited to: 

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Joint pain including shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle and foot
  • Muscle pain
  • Disc injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Foot pain
  • Elbow pain 
  • Wrist and hand pain
  • Nerve pain
  • “Pinched nerves”
  • Disc issues
  • “Sciatica” 
  • Jaw pain