Visiting NZ group continues free spinal checks

Tuesday July 03, 2018 Written by Published in Health
Chiropractor student Bridget Hawthorne works on a patient at Te Atukura on Monday. 18070221 Chiropractor student Bridget Hawthorne works on a patient at Te Atukura on Monday. 18070221

A group of visiting chiropractors is once again conducting free spinal checks for the general public.

After checking out 1300 patients last week, the third year students are continuing their free clinics at the Te Atukura grounds (Office of the Prime Minister) and the Titikaveka CICC church hall.

On Monday, New Zealand College of Chiropractor president Dr Phil McMaster said patient numbers were down to start the second week, but put that down to people perhaps thinking the group had gone home.

“In previous years, we have only stayed one week but this time we made the decision to stay for a second week, just to give our students more of an experience and to also reach more of the community.”

McMaster said the group had seen a variety of conditions in their first week, but their focus was on the spine.

“It is all about the emphasis on the spine and nerves, making sure the vital information from the brain is reaching the parts of the body that it needs.

“A lot of the time people think that where the source of their pain is, is where they need to seek treatment. But sometimes it is as simple as fixing the back, to get the body back to working to its full potential.”

McMaster said watching the students carry out their first “hands-on” training was an emotional experience.

“Seeing them having these one-on-one sessions with a variety of people, with a variety of conditions is invaluable for their training”.

The group will leave Rarotonga on Saturday afternoon.

Programme: Titikavkea CICC Church Hall and Te Atukura Grounds (PM office) – Tomorrow 9am to 1pm and 3pm to 5pm, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. No clinic on Friday due to Ariki Day.

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