Staff Spotlight on Dr Gareth
This month, we're placing the spotlight on Dr Gareth who is the head of the well being team. We've lined up a few questions to learn more about him!
Stay tuned for the following months as we'll be asking the rest of our team to tell us a little about themselves as well.
1. Dr Gareth, what drew you to chiropractic?
When I was 13 year old I was thrown in Judo and broke my collar bone. However that wasn’t the thing that hurt the most! My mid-back had a pinching pain and it was difficult to breath without pain. I was taken down to the chiropractor and immediately after treatment I could breathe better. Since then I have had a number of other fantastic results with chiropractic. The basic concept of chiropractic just made sense, so I wanted to know more!
2. Why did you set up Hilton Chiropractic?
For people of the community to have a place that they can trust will provide good advice and service in an environment that cares about getting the best result for that person.
3. What are you currently working towards?
Building Hilton Chiropractic firmly in the community.
4. So you're a musician - playing the drums. Does that have an influence on your chiropractic service?
Yes. Percussion/drumming is a repetitive task so I have a reasonable appreciation for repetitive strain injuries. There are some easy ways to prevent repetitive strain injuries (RSI), with certain exercises, stretches and the appropriate treatment. If RSI has already affected someone there are also some good ways to manage it.
Also, poor posture is really problematic for a lot of drummers as they sit at a stool potentially in quite slumped positions for long periods. There are some easy ways to help mitigate the low back pain and neck pain (and headaches) that arise from this.
Lastly, being around other musicians you can get an appreciation for other postures assumed by musicians and how they can cause problems. Also what solutions are possible.
5. What are your big dreams for the future?
Being part of a multidisciplinary practice where the goal is to help optimise patient function/ performance. Where people can come to help them function as well as they can.
6. And lastly, a few fun questions. What are your 3 favourite things to do?
Playing music in a band, surfing or playing hockey and spending time with my fiancée.
7. Where is your favourite place to be?
In the elements – in/on the water, in the bush, out and about! With friends!