I’ve been aware of Chiropractic from an early age when I saw how it helped my grandmother manage her migraine headaches. I’ve been a Chiropractor now for over 23 years, graduating in 1994.
I worked in Kent for a year before joining Graham Heale in Hertfordshire where I built on my training for the next 5 years. In 1999 I moved to Poole.
I like to keep updated with developments in Chiropractic and also general medicine as well. All health professions are constantly evolving and developing and Chiropractic is one of them. There have been many changes in approach over my career and I have developed into a better physician by adapting my practice to reflect this.
I firmly believe that Chiropractic’s potential for Sports performance is under developed and have a keen interest in helping athletes perform at their true potential. Being an amateur Triathlete has helped my knowledge of sports training immensely (read my triathlon story here).
The thing that I like most about it is how it can instantly restore strength to functionally weak muscles. It’s great fun demonstrating the instantaneous response to patients. Especially if they are a little sceptical and see us as the last resort. I am also developing a growing enthusiasm for the use of specialist neurological tests to help balance the activity of the brain following whiplash type injuries.
In my opinion Chiropractic and targeted active rehabilitation should be the first port of call when you have symptoms. Everyone has some joints that aren’t working well, catch it early soon after injury and we can help you stay active, flexible and healthier. Then you can stay fit and healthy for longer in your life. You don’t want to be the average person who lives to 81 but has 18 years of poor health.
You want to be the one who lives to 95 and has only 1 or 2 years of bad health. We can help you as part of that lifestyle choice to be healthier. You’ve got one life, you really need to live it well.
Karen graduated from the AECC in 2006 with distinction after her biology degree at the University of Newcastle -upon Tyne. She followed this up with a postgraduate certificate in Chiropractic practice.
She is currently going from partner at Blandford Chiropractic Clinic to its owner. In addition to that Karen has successfully joined the practice here at Back In Form since 2015.
Karen has always aimed to be at the top of her game in all things she does. She too is interested in functional neurology, has skills in dealing with sports injuries, dizzyness, nutrition and children’s issues.
In her spare time Karen is a very competitive Dinghy sailor and is often seen studying the weather reports to see if its windy enough for her RS200 racing or if it’s really blowing, kite-surfing.
In 2016 she won the RS500 Nationals and placed well in the endeavour trophy for the national champions. She was also in the first all girl boat in the RS200 Nationals in Mounts Bay. This year she won the Nacra match racing nationals too.
In the winter it’s the snow reports for powder that take up her attention, after her patients have been fixed of course! If you need a pre-season skiing programme, she’s your girl. In addition to this she likes to get on “Sparky” her mountain bike to wind down from playing netball! So she knows how to keep you active and well.
Susan has been in practice as a chiropractor for nearly 30 years and has always enjoyed the variety of what working as a chiropractor brings, whether it has been in Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Hampshire or Dorset.
“I see a broad range of conditions presented by all sorts of people of all ages. I believe it is important to really listen to my patients and find out how their condition affects them and what their hopes and expectations are in order to tailor a treatment and rehabilitation plan to suit.
Since qualifying as a chiropractor I have furthered my studies following my interest in neurology. Although this can mean that I see patients with specific neurological disorders, it is far from excluding ‘everyday’ conditions.
Chiropractic has always been based around a neuro-musculo-skeletal model and the neurological perspective takes this to another level. That movement and exercise is healthy for the body in numerous ways is common knowledge.
Taking the example of a fractured ankle in plaster; obviously it restricts the ankle while the bone repairs, and our general mobility, but we also need to consider the effects on the nervous system right up to the brain due to the loss of nerve input.
Equally we can look at it the other way around and consider whether an ankle that sprained too easily might be due to misfortune, weak muscles or maybe lack of an appropriately working nervous system. Either way, chiropractic and neurological perspective with rehabilitation can help.
I perform a detailed history and examination in order to assess the function of your muscles, tendons, joints, circulation, nervous system and their integration as part of your overall health.
Professionalism with an approachable and understanding attitude is assured.”
Qualifications & Associations
1988 Doctor of Chiropractic Anglo-European College of Chiropractic, Bournemouth, UK
1996 Diplomate of American Chiropractic Neurology Board
(The ACNB is fully accredited with NOCA the National Organization for Competancy Assurance in the USA)
1992-98 Chairman of Wessex Postgraduate Group (chiropractic)
1993-99 AECC Academic Board Member
Member of the British Chiropractic Association
Member of the American Chiropractic Neurology Association
Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractors
Registered with the General Chiropractic Council
Registered with BUPA and AXA/PPP insurance companies
Lucy is a fully qualified Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist and a member of the Institute of Sport and Remedial Massage (ISRM). She trained at the London School of Sports Massage to the highest level within the sports massage field.
Lucy has always been passionate about sport and fitness, and has become an experienced marathon runner and iron distance triathlete over the past ten years. Since becoming a mum she has continued to race at a decent level, albeit less frequently, still completing multiple marathons per year and often to be seen out pushing her running buggy along Bournemouth seafront.
As a keen runner and triathlete, Lucy has experienced the benefits of massage first hand, and believes strongly in its potential to provide a remedy for musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction caused by sport or life’s everyday stresses. Massage can relieve the symptoms of postural problems or chronic occupational fatigue, reduce stress, assist with emotions, improve self-awareness, flexibility and help with relaxation.
For sports people, it can offer the added benefit of speeding up recovery and therefore allowing better quality training, improved fine tuning and training methods, shorter recovery times, as well as a higher quantity of training. It can also help prevent injury or enable earlier identification of any problems.
Sam has been working alongside us at Back In Form for 9 years as an independent beauty therapist providing treatments for her established and loyal client base.
Karen is our receptionist at Back In Form Chiropractic clinic .Karen has many years experience of helping patients and understanding their needs. She has moved down from Uxbridge where she worked at a Chiropractic clinic for several years and also for a few years at a GP surgery. Karen also trained and worked as a massage therapist while at the Chiropractic Clinic. In her spare time she loves Ceroc dancing and used to be a keen particpant in Amateur Dramatics. She is looking forward to exploring the area with her dog “Coco”.