As a teenager I suffered regularly from debilitating migraines. Often weekly, these migraines meant many sick days from school and missing out on the normal activities of a teenager. My parents tried everything! I saw a physiotherapist, osteopath and even an optometrist. I tried medication and was even recommended by my G.P to wear a neck brace consistently for a week….nothing worked! There was no chiropractor in Te Awamutu at the time, and my parents knew nothing about chiropractors, thus I never saw one.

I was resigned to living life between migraines and popping the pills when one hit in the hope of stopping it in its tracks!

I was first exposed to chiropractic at university at age 18. A friend in the halls of residence was studying chiropractic, and the model spine in his room fascinated me. I was still getting regular migraines and after much discussion with him, the New Zealand Chiropractic College and other independent chiropractors, I decided this was the profession for me. I had my very first adjustment as a student of chiropractic.

Having regular adjustments meant that 6 months later I was all but free of my weekly migraines. Now when I do get one (which may be once/twice a year) I am not incapacitated for days, in fact, I can still come to work and function.

Chiropractic not only gave me my life back, it also enabled me to become part of a profession that focuses on maintaining health. As a mum, i’m passionate about the health of our babies and children. I wonder if I had chiropractic care as a youngster, would I still have suffered from those horrendous migraines?

A nervous system, that is able to do what it is designed to do, free of interruption, is vital for our health……and that to me reflects life.

I wholeheartedly love what I do.

Yours in Chiropractic,
Dr Louise Farrelly