1.What do you most ENJOY about your profession as a Chiropractor?
Interaction with people on both a professional level as their Chiropractor and having conversation if they are open to a chat.
I do enjoy helping my patients optimise their health if they are up for that. Usually people present with low back pain, neck pain or other associated symptoms and I enjoy the problem solving and patient education side of clinical practice. Understanding someone’s immediate needs, whether that is simply getting out of pain, training harder or wiser, sleeping better or working in more comfort, I find it easy to turn up to work to assist with that.
2.Why did you become a Chiropractor ?
My family has been involved in the profession and I was exposed to it early enough to dedicate 5 years of study to it! I am truly fascinated by the cases that come through the door. I gravitated towards Chiropractic’s proactive and preventative philosophies and after almost 10 years of clinical practice, there is no doubt that prevention is better than the cure. Understanding someone’s injury mechanisms and other factors that lead to an injury and applying logical and evidence-based treatments is the way to move forward in my view. I also love working with people as whole people, not just injuries or single parts of anatomy. So learning a little bit about their personality is useful.
3.Ben, you have recently competed in Hiit training from one of the local providers, competed in a Triathlon and completed a half marathon, what is your health and fitness goal at the moment?
Currently, my fitness goals are training for another Triathlon, so plenty of running, swimming, cycling and weights!
4.What proactive health care philosophy do you put into practice and why?
– train consistently vs training hard for a few weeks, that is the winner everyday.
– do the basics well; boring warming ups and sub-maximal sets to nail the technical aspects of the movements you are training reduce your injury risk
– listen to your body, it’s ok to have a VERY short break or skip a session. Rest allows conditioning adaption to occur
– if you are injured or modifying or stiff/achey/tight through a movement…. grab a chiro appointment. One session with me is better than a block of treatment.
5. Give us an indication of the type of cases you are you seeing a lot of this time of year?
Neck pain from iPhone, tablet or laptop use. Using these technologies are here to stay but when their use is coupled with poor muscular endurance in postural stabilisers and/or poorly structured gym programs that focus on body sculpting the anterior chain… we have a neck pain from a modern day “tech neck” – posture distortion to deal with.
6. As a chiropractor, what case do you see over and over again?
Low Back Pain. Sedentary lifestyles, sitting at work and ploughing through work work and more work coupled with other factors like a lack of condition, family history, body weight and history or low back pain. You can see why it’s common and often repeats on people
7. Are you currently undertaking any further study?
Yes, My Official Sports Chiropractor Qualification. (ICSC) International Certificate Sports Chiropractor. Finishing it shortly!
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