What has Chiropractic ever done for me?
I am Karen Philip a chiropractor at Lushington Chiropractic clinic in Eastbourne. I recently watched Monty Python’s Life of Brian again, and the scene where they talk about “What have the Romans ever done for us” makes me laugh out loud every time. This blog is my journey to end up working at our chiropractic clinic in Eastbourne.
What has chiropractic ever done for me …other than helping me with my chronic neck problem
From a young age, I suffered with neck pain. Looking back with the knowledge I have now, it is easy to understand why this happened. I was a complete bookworm as a child and would spend hours curled up in a poor posture, looking down at my book. I used to regularly read up to 5 books a week, from a very young age. These days the problem is the regular action of looking down at our mobile phones, but when I was young it was due to looking down at my book.
Also, I was very tall from young. We used to have to queue up outside our classroom in height order. I would always be at the back. It was not easy being so tall as it makes it hard to blend in. So, years of trying to be smaller did not help with my posture issues.
Then in my early 20’s I started to get regular neck pain. My neck would seize up so badly that I would physically have to move my head over when rolling over in bed. It would generally be bad for about a week and then go away for a while again. This continued throughout my 20’s until a friend suggested I saw his chiropractor. I did not really understand the concept of regular care at that stage, and only went for 1 treatment. However, since that day, that 1 adjustment, I have never had my neck seize up in the same way again. I have had chiropractic care more regularly since that day, but it was still the changing point for me. Now I still have occasional neck problems, but they are more manageable and never completely render me helpless.
So, what has chiropractic ever done for me? Well, it has stopped my severe seizing up of my neck which would put me out of action for days.
What has chiropractic ever done for me…. other than sorting out my lower back and leg pain
During my 30’s, when my daughter was 6, I suddenly developed extreme pain in my lower back, left hip and left leg. It was after a long-haul flight to South Africa. I was getting out a car one day and my back suddenly “went”. It really ruined my holiday, I was in so much pain. For a while I thought I had a hip problem. I tried to walk through the pain, but it started to make walking very difficult. It would be ok for a short distance, but then after a while, my leg would start to stiffen up and cause me extreme pain.
When I got back to the UK, I went for some chiropractic treatment. No one ever explained to me what was really happening. This was very frustrating as it causes me daily pain. It did improve slightly after some treatment, but it took one specific chiropractor to explain what was going on and eventually figure out where the problem was coming from. Turns out that spending years carrying my daughter on one hip was not the way forward. I had changed how my body was functioning and had been putting more weight through one side of my body for many years. Altered postures are the underlying cause of many spinal problems.
This issue eventually improved over time with the help of chiropractic and the help of further knowledge and the changes I made. This is still a problem area for me, but it does not worry me every day anymore, and these days I know what I do and have lovely colleagues who can help me out with my flare ups by giving me chiropractic care.
So, what has chiropractic ever done for me? Well, it gave me my quality of life back.
What has chiropractic ever done for me…. other than give me lifelong friends.
When my daughter started school, I felt like I needed a new direction in life. My chiropractor told me about a course in Oxfordshire where I could study to be a chiropractor. It sounded interesting, so I went to check it out. 1 month later I was enrolled at the McTimoney Chiropractic College of Chiropractic and on my way to earning my Master’s in chiropractic.
On this course, I met some great people who to this day I count as some of my best friends. One girl, a lovely Polish girl, befriended me on my first day of school, and was by my side for the next 5 years. We would stay with each other when we were at school and had a lot of laughs over many a bottle of bubbles. I was even privileged enough to be her maid of honour at her wedding last year.
So, what has chiropractic ever done for me. Well I thank chiropractic for one of my best friends.
What has chiropractic ever done for me…. other than give me my livelihood?
The help that chiropractic gave me, made me want to become a chiropractor. I saw how it changed my life and I wanted to be able to do that for other people. After qualifying as a chiropractor, I have been lucky enough to work at various clinics where I have received a lot of help and support from other chiropractors. I have ended up at Lushington chiropractic clinic in Eastbourne, where I received a lot of support from other colleagues. I love my job here in this Eastbourne chiropractic clinic. I get to meet wonderful people and offer help in some way. It gives great job satisfaction and I am one of the lucky people who loves their job.
Karen giving a chiropractic treatment, what has chiropractic ever done for me? Well, chiropractic gives me direction in life and job fulfillment.
So that is my journey and that is what chiropractic as done for me. It has given me quality of life, help in managing chronic pain, best friends and a great career.
What could chiropractic do for you? Why don’t you come and see us at Lushington, our chiropractic clinic in Eastbourne, and let’s see what we can do to help you. Click this link if you want to find out what chiropractic can do for you.
By Karen Philip
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