Meet your Chiropractor

Dr David McNaughton PhD

Director and Principal Chiropractor

Senior Lecturer at Central Queensland University

Chiropractic Academy of Research Leadership Fellow

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I’m a Chatswood-based Chiropractor, serving the Lower North Shore & Hills areas of Sydney since 2015.

I completed my undergraduate and clinical masters (dux) training at Macquarie University. In addition to my clinical studies, I hold a Masters of Research and PhD in Psychology from Macquarie University.

I My research investigates the link between the mind and body, with a specific interest in the role of thoughts and feelings in chronic pain. I continue to teach Chiropractic and Health Psychology at Macquarie University and Central Queensland University.

As a chiropractor, I have a special interest in chronic lower back, neck and shoulder complaints. Treatments are tailored to the individual. Whether that is through postural correction, strengthening muscles or improving co-ordination, these treatments restore confidence in your body and empower you towards a more active lifestyle.

I am a keen sports-person, especially golf and football, enjoy as much live music as I can get and love travelling the world.

My approach to wellness

Wellness is defined as a state good health, especially as an actively pursed goal. Pursuing wellness means having a good diet, exercising regularly, mediating and applying gratitude.

Many people report the addition of chiropractic care as a positive aspect in their pursuit of wellness. Chiropractic care reduces pain, relieves stress and tension and improves our bodies flexibility. This may lead to an improved physical and mental wellbeing.

For more information about how Chiropractic care may help achieve optimal wellness, get in touch with the clinic today.

What to Expect on Your First Visit

The purpose of the initial consultation is to determine whether you are in the right place. I will talk to you, examine you thoroughly, review any images or medical results, and give you an honest impression. 

what will happen on your first visit?

To ensure the best possible care, I need to understand you medical and health history. The initial consultation usually takes between 45 to 75 minutes, depending on the complexity of your case.

This includes a thorough history, appropriate physical examination, review of imaging results and and explanation of our findings. Whilst a physical examination is very important, your modesty will be preserved at all times and gowns are provided. 

do you need x-rays?

It is encouraged to bring all previous imaging results you have obtained over the course of your life. This can be valuable information. If appropriate, can refer out for further imaging. have trusted relationships with many radiology practices. 

The cost of plain film X-rays are largely covered by Medicare, with only a small out-of-pocket expense. MRI scans are not claimable under Medicare, however, most private radiology practices have very competitive rates and can generally accommodate our patients on short notice. 

do you need a referral?

While many patients present with a referral from their general practitioner, it is certainly not  necessary. I have trusted relationships with many general practitioners and other allied health practitioners, and I believe collaboration (where appropriate) ensures to best possible care. 

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McNaughton D, Hope R, Gray E, Xavier F, Beath A, Jones M. Methodological considerations for the force-matching task. Behavior Research Methods. 2022.

McNaughton, D., Beath, A., Hush, J., & Jones, M. (2022). Perceptual sensory attenuation in chronic pain subjects and healthy controls. Scientific Reports, 12(1), 8958. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-13175-4

McNaughton, D. T., Andreasson, A., Ljótsson, B., Beath, A. P., Hush, J. M., Ljunggren, G., … & Jones, M. P. (2021). Limited evidence of moderation of the association between gastrointestinal symptoms and prospective healthcare utilisation by quality of life. Alimentary pharmacology & therapeutics. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1111/apt.16651

McNaughton, D., Bacigalupo, C., Georghiades, A., Beath, A., Hush, J., & Jones, M. (2021, 2021/05/23). Design, Development and Functionality of a Haptic Force-Matching Device for Measuring Sensory Attenuation.  Behavior Research Methods https://doi.org/10.3758/s13428-021-01605-6 

Andreasson, A., McNaughton, D. , Beath, A., Lodin, K., Wicksell, R. K., Lekander, M., & Jones, M. P. (2020). Properties of the Sickness Questionnaire in an Australian sample with chronic medically unexplained symptoms. Brain, Behavior, & Immunity – Health , 100059.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbih.2020.100059

McNaughton, D. T., Andreasson, A., Ljótsson, B., Beath, A. P., Hush, J. M., Talley, N. J., Ljunggren, G., Schmidt, P. T., Agréus, L., & Jones, M. P. (2020). Effects of Psychology and Extragastrointestinal Symptoms on Health Care Use by Subjects With and Without Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 18(4), 847-854. e841. https://www.cghjournal.org/article/S1542-3565(19)30752-9/fulltext 

McNaughton, D. T., Hush, J. M., Beath, A. P., Gandy, M., Dear, B. F., & Jones, M. P. (2019). Whether chronic pain is medically explained or not does not moderate the response to cognitive-behavioural therapy.  Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 121, 29-36.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2019.03.182

McNaughton, D. T., Hush, J. M., Beath, A. P., Dear, B. F., & Jones, M. P. (2018). No moderating impact of a medically unexplained etiology on the relationship between psychological profile and chronic pain. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 115, 87-93. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2018.10.017

McNaughton D.T (2022). Psychological and Perceptual Processes in Persistent Physical Symptoms (PhD Thesis). School of Psychological Sciences, Macquarie University. Sydney. Australia

McNaughton, D. T. (2015).  The Prevalence and Co-Existence of Psychosocial Factors in Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders and other Functional Somatic Syndromes (Master’s Thesis). Department of Psychology. Macquarie University. Sydney, Australia.