I used to live and believe in a medical paradigm : Believing that GP’s held the solution to every ailment and any ache, pain or illness could be eased with medication. Yet it seemed illogical that a painkiller, for example could be taken and target and help a pain wherever it was in the body. It occurred to me that it was in fact just affecting the way we perceive pain rather than addressing the underlying cause. I became interested in Chiropractic because of its philosophy and principles rather than through personal experience.
I was pain free and considered myself to be active and healthy when I had my first Chiropractic adjustments, because of this I didn’t notice any real differences in pain levels or range of movement and yet subtle changes were taking place! I stopped getting hayfever – which had plagued me as a child and consequently removed the need for prescription strength anti-histamines. I became less allergic to strong smells and cats and started to become uncomfortable sleeping on my front – which is very bad for the spine. It was obvious to me that these changes were down to the adjustments I was receiving and that pressure was being taken off my nervous system to enable it to function better.
I have now had the privilege of working with people towards similar health goals and continue to be amazed by the complex and varied array of symptoms that positively respond to a simple chiropractic adjustment.
I believe everyone would benefit from regular check-ups like this and care to maintain changes. Maintaining the health of our nervous system should be top priority and yet because it is unseen it’s often forgotten.
I hope one day our thinking will shift to see the benefit and significance of regular chiropractic care. Of course chiropractic effectiveness is completely at the mercy of the way we use our bodies and the fuel we use too, but nevertheless Chiropractic can help us function optimally within the lifestyle we have chosen and hopefully as time goes by people will begin to understand the power of their choices. Dr Martin became a chiropractor through studying at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic and has further enhanced her professional career by adding many different techniques to her portfolio.
Dr Helen Martin is currently practicing at Chiropractic Life, 88 Portland Road, Hove BN3 5DL Phone 01273 208188