An Interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Victoria White: Part 1
July 3rd, 2018 11 post views
If you’ve been to Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne, you may have spotted a tall lady with brown hair and a large smile on her face. That’s Victoria!
Dr White joined Lushington Chiropractic 4 years ago after moving back to the UK from the Middle East. I thought it would be a good idea for everyone to get to know Victoria a little better.
Part 1 of this interview is getting to know why Dr Victoria became a chiropractor and her experiences with living and working in Eastbourne.
Good morning Vicky, thanks for meeting me today to talk about your experiences with chiropractic.
You’re very welcome!
I’d like to be able to find out why you became a chiropractor and what you find most interesting about chiropractic.
Ok sure I’d be delighted to share my story, where would you like me to start?
So, let’s start from the beginning. How did you find out about chiropractic?
I first encountered chiropractic when I was about 14 or 15 years old. I had had low back pain for a few months and it was mostly caused by sitting and studying hard at school… and probably poor posture as well.
I was a very tall teenager, which made me feel a little self-conscious so I don’t think my posture was the best whilst I was growing up. My mum took me to see a chiropractor in Torquay, where I lived growing up, and the experience I had was fantastic!
They performed a chiropractic consultation; diagnosed me with a musculoskeletal problem and then they started to begin treatment. I had a short course of care that sorted out my low back pain and allowed me to become interested in keeping my back healthy.
My chiropractor did give me exercises to do but I distinctly remember not doing them [which is very naughty!]. It is actually something that I tell patients off these days for, because I understand now how important they are!
Despite that, my back became much much better and I was able to walk with more confidence. I continued seeing many different chiropractors over the next few years. I also had trouble with neck pain and headaches which I think were also related to studying when I was a university doing my first degree.
So all through those teenage years and my early twenties, chiropractic has helped me manage several different issues with a lot of success. Most places that I have lived I have had a chiropractor that I could go to who was nearby.
That’s a really interesting story. So, what made you choose to change your career to become a chiropractor whilst you were living in the Middle East?
Well, I was doing financial admin work when I was living in Dubai and found it very dry and although it was a great job, I found that I missed the social interaction of dealing with people. I started considering alternative careers and I was talking with my mum about it on the phone one day and she mentioned that a couple of people at my school had gone on to re-train as chiropractors. Suddenly it hit me that that could be a great plan for my future. I then started applying for the course and travelled back and forth to do interviews. I managed to secure a place at the Anglo European College of Chiropractic (AECC). The college is now known as the AECC University College Bournemouth.
Over the next few years, I worked in both Dubai and Bahrain and saved enough money to help me fund the Masters degree. I then moved back to the UK to re-train with a postgraduate degree in chiropractic.
Once you had finished your Masters in chiropractic, why did you choose to work in Eastbourne?
I chose to become a chiropractor in Eastbourne because of the clinic here. Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne is a very ethically run clinic and so I felt comfortable with the high values that they placed on patient care and with the way that the clinic was run. I also immediately liked the team and thought that the support staff were amazing and the other clinicians excellent at what they do. I just knew that I wanted to be a part of that team. Also, I grew up in Torquay and really liked living on the coast!