I became a chiropractor out of a desire to help people live happier, healthier lives. Working in the busy, modern cities of Amsterdam and Delft, I listen to so many people describe their frustrations and challenges; symptoms they can’t make sense of and results they aren’t reaching in spite of their best efforts. It continues to surprise me that so many people are woefully undereducated about the importance of a holistic mentality, brain and spinal function, and how these things impact overall health.
My chiropractic journey began in my teens, when I was an elite-level basketball player in Australia. On several occasions, I would be running down the court and my knee would just collapse under my body. It didn't hurt but it was affecting my performance. After months of seeing an array of sports physiotherapists and health practitioners, a team-mate suggested that I visit a chiropractor. What initially surprised me was that my chiropractor didn't even touch my knee. He focused his attention on my spine and very quickly I was back performing at my best, on and off the court. Chiropractic was not treating my symptoms; it was helping my body heal itself better. This was my lightbulb moment.
Growing up, I wanted to become a veterinarian to help animals. However, after I shadowed a large-animal vet for a couple of weeks I realised that a lot of his day involved putting animals to sleep. I wanted to work with life. This eventually led me to enrol in the prestigious chiropractic course at RMIT University in Melbourne.
Today, as I work with those looking to improve their health, it still hasn’t ceased to amaze me what potential life has — when the nervous system is in harmonious balance and the brain is communicating well with the body. I know in my heart that, if you’re the owner of a spine, chiropractic can help improve your health and vitality.
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