I've been aware of chiropractic since childhood as it helped my grandmother manage her migraine headaches. I've now been a chiropractor now for almost 25 years, graduating in 1994.
I worked in Kent for a year. Then joined 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, sports injury rehab 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. My keen interest has helped many 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 Chiropractic is how it can instantly restore strength to functionally weak muscles. It's a very satisfying feeling when you can often make positive instant changes for patients. Especially if they are a little sceptical and see us as the last resort.
I am also interested in the use of specialist neurological tests and exercises to re-balance the activity of the nervous system following whiplash type injuries or mild traumatic brain injuries.
In my opinion chiropractic and targeted active rehabilitation should be the first port of call when you have back pain or joint and muscle pain. If you correct poor joint movement soon after injury it can help you stay active, flexible and healthier. Then you can stay fit and healthy for longer in your life.
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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. She has practised in Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Hampshire and 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. Movement and exercise is healthy for the body in numerous ways.
Taking the example of a fractured ankle in plaster. Obviously it restricts the ankle while the bone repairs plus 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 with neurological perspective and 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:
Sports Massage Therapist
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.
As someone who has always been passionate about sport and fitness, Lucy 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, still completing marathons each year. She is often seen out pushing her running buggy along Bournemouth seafront.
As a keen runner and triathlete, Lucy has experienced the benefits of massage first hand. She believes strongly in its potential to provide a remedy for musculoskeletal pain caused by sport or life’s everyday stresses. Massage relieves the symptoms of postural problems or chronic occupational fatigue. It also reduces stress, assists with emotions, improves self-awareness, flexibility and helps with relaxation.
For sports people, it can offer the added benefit of speeding up recovery. This allows you to have better quality training, shorter recovery times, as well as a higher quantity of training. It can also help prevent injury or help you spot early problems.