Patrick Bowie-Moore is “proactive” Chiropractor, usually working out of the St Davids Wellbeing Centre. Here he gives an insight into his specific style of chiropractic, some advice for anyone thinking of trying it and tells us how he’s coping with the change in lifestyle that we’ve all experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What is a proactive Chiropractor?
Most people develop pain because they have some sort of imbalance happening. Often physiotherapists, osteopaths, and some chiropractors just look at what’s causing the pain which is of course important. My approach as a “proactive” Chiropractor is to start with finding out what’s causing the pain and then also find out what the underlying imbalance was so we can deal with it.
A lot of my practice is people who come in regularly to keep their body performing at its best because they realise that how their body works affects everything. McTimoney Chiropractic offers a very gentle approach and as such can be used on babies, infants, and adults alike. Along with this, I have alternative styles that I can incorporate as required.
Why did you become a chiropractor?
It was an experience with my daughter that introduced me to chiropractic. My daughter was nearly 5 and had not slept through the night fully EVER. Having tried every kind of therapy it was through chiropractic assessment that we found she had an irrational fear of the dark. After her first adjustment, my daughter slept for 15 hours which was nothing short of miraculous. That experience inspired me to undertake a 5 year degree in Chiropractic from which I qualified in 2008.
What advice would you have for someone thinking of seeing a chiropractor for the first time?
My advice for anyone considering seeing a chiropractor would be to bear in mind a couple of points:
1. Chiropractic treatment usually involves the treatment of common conditions through manual therapy sessions consisting of Spinal and manual manipulation and mobilisation. Chiropractic is a drug-free approach to pain management and I firmly believe no-one has to live a life of pain. It is a very gentle approach. I was trained as a McTimoney Chiropractor which is the gentlest style but I also use other techniques as required or requested.
2. I offer a free 20-minute posture and gait analysis where you can get more information specific to your own concerns. There is no obligation to book an appointment after this free check.
How have you adjusted to our new circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Well, we are all a lot fitter. We have religiously done the Joe Wicks daily workout. I have enjoyed and appreciated the garden. It has been a very rewarding experience with plenty of time to reflect on the important things in life.
From a professional perspective, I have undertaken a good deal of my required Continued Professional Development (CPD) as is required by my professional body.