Greg MacNeillie MChiro LRCC MMCA
I don’t remember very much about my first chiropractic adjustment. I was about 16 years old, doing a lot of horse riding, and was experiencing lower back pain that eventually reached the point where it was uncomfortable to sit in the saddle for any reasonable length of time. I had been assessed by my family GP and my Mum persuaded me to visit a chiropractor when the usual raft of pain medication failed to do the trick and I was miserable not being able to do what I loved, being in the saddle. I remember 3 things about the session, first, that the chiropractor probably only said about 3 words to me in the whole 10 minutes that I spent in his office, second that there were a few almighty cracks which scared the life out of me and third, that I felt almost instantly better. I had recurrent niggles in my lower back over the next few years, but nothing ever enough to keep me from riding.
Since then I have been to Chiropractor pretty much throughout my life for various issues from lower back to neck pain. It was only when I arrived in England and experienced McTimoney Chiropractic for the first time, that I had a light bulb moment. My chiropractor spent almost an hour taking a medical history and questioning me about the kind of work that I did, and my hobbies and interests. My lightbulb moment was when my chiropractor explained to me what chiropractic was and how it worked and most importantly how it fitted into all the other bits of my life. The McTimoney treatment itself was amazing, light and gentle, yet somehow powerful at the same time, the changes were subtle but very definite. What was most amazing for me was how I started to feel when I began to change my diet and exercise more. I moved better I had more energy, my posture changed, and so did my attitude and I realised how many little things impacted on how effectively my body and mind functioned! Two years later I ran the Berlin marathon and had signed up with the McTimoney College of Chiropractic to study a Masters.
For me, Chiropractic is a piece of the jigsaw, together with a balanced approach to diet, exercise, and a positive mental attitude. I believe that health is different for each one of us. A marathon runner may consider himself healthy being able to run 100 miles in a week, a retired widower may consider herself healthy being able to maintain her own garden without help. You decide what health is for you, and if back, neck and shoulder pain, sciatica, headaches and migraines, or minor sports injuries are preventing you achieving your ideal health, chiropractic may be the missing piece of the jigsaw.
“I have always been passionate about people and helping them realise their potential. It is one of the most rewarding jobs you can do, which is why I love McTimoney. We believe that overall health and well being play such an important role in how your body responds to the stress that life places on it. One of my personal philosophies is that life is all about balance. Emotional, physical and mental well being is equally important and McTimoney recognises the importance of dealing with all aspects of health. We work really well with other health care professionals and will refer to other therapies too. So many of my patients have benefited from yoga, massage, acupuncture, coaching and counselling, and I’m always telling my patients to keep moving and stretching!! My experience working as a Lifestyle Coach in Stoke on Trent has complemented my Chiropractic work. Exercise and a balanced diet are so important in improving the wonderful ability your body has to heal and repair itself.”
I have been working in health since completing a degree in Social Science in South Africa in 1995, and also hold an Integrated Masters in Chiropractic from the McTimoney College of Chiropractic, UK.
I am available on a Saturday morning and early afternoon.
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