My Story October 21, 2017 – Posted in: Uncategorized
I am often asked why I became a chiropractor. So for those who are interested, here is my story.
I started dancing aged 3 or 4. I loved it from the very beginning. Everything; from the music, to the movements, to the costumes I loved. But aged 8 I fell from a climbing frame and hurt my back. I remember my mum taking me to a practitioner who helped with back and it eased it but didn’t solve the problem completely. At 10 I danced the role of Clara with the London City Ballet, it was during this performance I think that decided that I didn’t actually want to be a dancer myself, instead I wanted to work with the injuries I was seeing first hand. I carried on dancing and although I was often in low level pain I thought this was normal, especially in ballet, if it was too painful I’d take pain killers but as J.K Rowling said in one of her books “numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it”. Despite my ability to dance I was clumsy, at age 14 I twisted my knee skiing and at 15 fell over dancing in pantomime, twice; once twisting my ankle down the stairs, and once I literally caught my foot in my trousers and keeled over onstage (highly embarrassing). I didn’t bounce back from these injuries quite so easily so my mum and dad took me to a chiropractor that had been recommended to my father many years previously. At once I knew I was in good hands, I received this very gentle treatment and immediately felt better. I returned for treatment about every 6 months; which was about the time it took me to fall over or pick up another injury, in my early 20s I added to the injury risk by joining the Territorial Army and playing rugby too.
I know at age 15 I wanted to be a chiropractor, but the handout from the school said I had to be at least 5ft 2 and I was essentially told by the careers advisor that I wasn’t clever enough. I applied to university to be a Nurse instead (which I still maintain I would have loved) but at the last minute changed to a brand new course in Sports Therapy and Sports Science which took me an entirely different path, and eventually took me into teaching at Kingston College and University and at Sparsholt College whilst working as the Sports Therapist for a couple of local rugby teams. I have a lifelong love of learning and learning how I (and others) learned best was liberating for me. As much as I loved teaching I loved working with injuries more. I found a way to study to be a chiropractor and still teach alongside and was hugely supported by Sparsholt College the whole time. And finally got to live my dream.
After I graduated I was offered a position at the clinic I attended aged 15, with the chiropractor who changed the course of my future. And I worked in the very room where I was first treated and after I had my first son I started an associate position at the Cowes Chiropractic Clinic with a team that was very focussed on pregnancy and paediatrics (as well as other things) this was an area I really wanted to know more about so that I could treat children too. I am now a licentiate of the Royal College of Chiropractors Pregnancy and Paediatrics faculty, have wonderful networks of midwives, doulas, massage therapists, acupuncturists and councillors (amongst others) that support me both at my clinic in Alverstoke and at the Cowes Chiropractic Clinic and throughly love what I do. I regularly draw on my experience as a Sports Therapist, as a teacher, and if I’m honest, as a mum to support patients. My background in sports therapy and sports science means I have also been lucky enough to work with many patients who are in or who have been in the forces, or who complete in various sports. I have no regrets about the path I chose, even if it meant it took longer to get where I wanted to be and I am so grateful for all those who supported me (too many to name, but you know who you are) and for the fact that I never gave up.
Thank you for asking and for reading. I’m always here for my patients so please any questions you may have please message me, you never know, it may turn into another blog.