Today we have a guest post from Elise McMinn about her journey towards becoming a chiropractor. Enjoy!
From the day I was born (at home) I have received chiropractic care (along with my 4 brothers before me) mostly from my dad Richard, but also other Chiropractors during my lifetime.
I have many memories of visiting dad’s clinic to get adjusted, always with my brothers. Due to our extraordinary upbringing, people have made many comments over the years. I remember very clearly when at the age of 8, everyone at primary school was getting vaccinated (I have never even been to a doctor!). When some of my classmates saw that I wasn’t, they told me I would die. A pretty bold statement coming from another 8 year old!
Very luckily for me I had been taught to believe in the power of the nervous system, (which controls every cell, organ and tissue in the body.) and its ability to adapt to and deal appropriately with whatever is thrown at it. I did not get sick nor did I ‘die’ and I give testament to the fact that Chiropractic has given me a nervous system free of interference and I can live my life fully and freely.
It was not until I started working at Chiropractic Life that I began to understand Chiropractic in its power and simplicity. Previous to this I had just received adjustments for my health. I began to understand Chiropractic at a more scientific level, from my dad, research and attending dad’s health talks. (which I still attend!)
Chiropractic is a SCIENCE, ART and PHILOSOPHY, that requires skill and passion. I feel so thankful every time I come into the clinic and it fills me with an innumerable amount of joy and bliss when I see others receiving these same benefits.
It was at a Chiropractic conference in 2006 that I heard Dr Brian Kelly, the president of the New Zealand College of Chiropractic speak (himself a Chiropractor.) My life changed that day, and I decided with a strong purpose to become a Chiropractor and help adjust people to a higher quality of life.
I am currently completing my Anthropology with Cultural Studies degree, finishing in May 2009, and then will be moving to New Zealand to study at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic.