I did my training at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic, qualifying in 2002 and was a practicing chiropractor for seven years. Now I practice as a Spinal Therapist.
I first became interested in back care after seeking help from a McTimoney Chiropractor for low back pain which came about after the birth of my first child.
What became apparent to me was that the kind of things we do in everyday life can be the very cause of our problems and that what we need to do is to take responsibility for our bodies. For me this meant regular maintenance back care and core stability work in the form of Yoga and Pilates, which I practice every week. I use my knowledge and experience of these modalities to give practical advice to my patients, helping them to help themselves, which I believe to be the key to long lasting good back health.
I have also taken qualifications in Swedish massage which I use at the end of my Spinal treatments and more recently in Hot Stone Therapy, which I practice separately, both of which I have found enhance the Spinal Therapy by reducing muscle tension.
Q “Is my pain muscular or in the joints?”
A “The muscles and bones work together, so if a muscle is tight it can affect the joint, or if the joint is ‘buckling’ it can cause the muscle to be tight. So the pain could be caused by either or both. Re-aligning the joints can directly ease pain, but can also improve the muscle tension”.
Q “Will it hurt”?
A “Spinal Therapy is a particularly gentle form of manipulation and so, easy to receive, it can be used equally well on anyone from a small baby to an elderly person. However, when the body is in pain, it feels sensitive and vulnerable and so naturally some of the adjustments may feel slightly uncomfortable”.
“Initially I was sceptical about the benefit of such a gentle manipulative treatment, and during the first session I still doubted that it could help. However whilst walking to my car, I noticed that the ball of pain that I had had in my lower back for over ten years had disappeared”.
“I found Sue’s Hot Stone Massage a blissfully, relaxing experience. I went in stressed and feeling rushed and came out feeling beautifully calm and relaxed, my aches and pains seemed to disappear and I felt refreshed. I would thoroughly recommend this wonderful experience”.
QUALIFICATIONS & TRAINING
Diploma in McTimoney Chiropractic
HHBTA Hot Stone Therapy
First Aid in the Workplace
Swedish Body Massage