If you attend the clinic here in Eastbourne, you may have noticed a smart looking Chiropractor walking about wearing a tie and a big smile on his face. That man is James Revell, a Doctor of Chiropractic and Clinical Director of Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne. The thing that strikes me when talking to James, is his passion about Chiropractic and how happy he is to talk about. This made him the obvious choice of person for me to interview and to see what he has to say about Chiropractic care. In fact, James, can talk so much, we had to divide this blog into two parts!!
Hi James, thanks for agreeing to be interviewed. You’re here with your children today. Have any of them had chiropractic treatment?
Yes. My youngest had some gentle cranial chiropractic treatment when she was younger. Her brother has had check-ups on and off for most of his life. In fact, my wife had chiropractic care throughout both pregnancies. She found it helped with some of the backaches associated with pregnancy. I have seen and treated many children throughout my career as a chiropractor. I find it particularly rewarding to help pregnant mothers and babies or children of any age.
Do you personally treat many children here at Lushington chiropractic clinic?
I don’t see many children anymore because my clinical hours are less than they used to be.
Having benefited from chiropractic as a child myself, I enjoy helping other young people who are suffering with aches and pains. I have seen a lot of children and young people with a wide range of conditions: from headaches to back pain. Personally I find that children respond particularly well to chiropractic treatment. I remember myself that it only took a couple of visits before I started to feel better. I now realise as a chiropractor that kind of fast response to chiropractic treatment is fairly typical for children.
It’s great when a child or teenager wants to help themselves and I’ve made some leaflets and handouts for them to give them some advice and guidance on how to improve their posture, eating habits, etc.
That’s great James, have you seen much change in the reasons children with back pain who present to the clinic over the past few years?
The biggest change I’ve seen in the last few years has been the massive use of social media with children and teenagers stooped over their phone; not only during the day, but sometimes evenings and late at night. Poor posture caused by sitting in the same position constantly can be associated with added tension within the musculoskeletal system. We are seeing more and more children coming in with headaches as a result.
Great. Taking it from the beginning, how did your chiropractic journey begin?
I was first inspired by chiropractic when I was a teenager and saw a chiropractor for my headaches and back pain. I was very impressed with the chiropractor’s manner. He could work out what was causing my headaches and back pain and more importantly to do something about it. I was impressed by the chiropractor’s qualifications and the practical approach to treating aches and pains.
However, I did not see chiropractic listed in any university prospectuses so I decided to take biological sciences as a degree at university. Whilst there I injured my back and neck which resulted in me trying physiotherapy and chiropractic treatment again. The physiotherapist was a lovely lady, but clearly fed up with her job and strongly recommended I consider something other than physiotherapy as a way of helping people. Then I asked my chiropractor about studying to be a chiropractor myself. He was overwhelmingly positive.
I applied and was accepted to study chiropractic sciences at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic. I decided to finish my Biology degree first before embarking on my chiropractic studies and career.
Where did you see your first chiropractor?
I grew up on the Sussex coast, just outside of Brighton, which is where my chiropractor worked. I did not realise at the time that he was a specialist paediatric chiropractor. My sister saw him first for her headaches and my Mum eventually plucked up the courage to also see him for her bad shoulder. Which subsequently got better.
To be continued….
Look out for the second part of this interview.
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