JOY GILL DC MMCA RGNspinepic Joy trained as a McTimoney Chiropractor, qualifying in 1998, after 20 years in Nursing. Whilst nursing she travelled to Canada and Australia, working with the Indigenous people in the Outback. It was here that she first realised that other cultures have survived for a very long time without Western medicine and especially drugs, and had a completely different view on what it meant to be Healthy. On returning from Australia, she returned to nursing, but became disillusioned when she saw the same people return to hospital time after time, taking little responsibility for their own health. She set about looking to train in a complementary therapy, initially to integrate into nursing, but the NHS was not really open to the intergration in 1993, so after a long battle, she left full time nursing in 2000. She trained as a massage therapist and Aromatherapist in 1993, before starting her training to become a McTimoney Chiropractor at the beginning of 1994. "It is a step that I have never regretted. Being a McTimoney Chiropractor allows me to do all the things that I wanted to do as a Nurse but couldn’t, that is spend time getting to know my patients, explore why they have a problem that they have sought help for, and give them advice and treatment." she says. "My nursing experience helps me enormously in my job now, but I am more fulfilled being a McTimoney Chiropractor." Joy qualified in 1998 ( after taking a year out from her studies to have a baby), and worked in Wiltshire on qualifying. For 8 years she had a clininc in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, but in 2008 she relocated to Scotland. Since moving to Scotland she has set up and runs a clinic in Ayr, South Ayrshire. Joy works with expectant Mums, and works closely with Lesley McPherson at Classical Pilates in Troon. She has started to forge links with the local Midwifery services and the local NCT (National Childbirth Trust) network. She attended an NCT Roadshow in February 2008, where she gave advice and performed pelvic alignment checks. She is about to start her "Ante-Natal Teacher" training with them. She has treated a child with “flathead syndrome” (plagiocephaly), and worked closely with the team in Glasgow who fit Starband TM helmets for these babies. She has also treated adults with more common complaints, such as sciatica, back and neck pain and headaches, and many an adult who has developed symptoms following a road traffic accident, often years after the original event. Joy comments, " it never ceases to amaze me, the number of people that come in to me saying that they had a minor accident years ago, but they didn't damage themselves. When asked if there was damage done to the car they reply yes, and they all have the dents taken out of the vehicle, but few of them got themselves checked out. The same force that went into the car, has also gone into and through their body! This inevitably leads to misalignments in their spine, leading to aches and pains, most commonly headaches. When it is pointed out to them they then realise that their headaches started soon after their collision!" Joy will be at the "Ayrshire Hospice Winter Fair" in Nov, which is being held at the Racecourse. As well as doing alignment checks of the spine, she will be bringing along her stock of Himalayan Salt Lamps and products, so you can purchase a genuine Himalayan Salt Lamp for yourself.She has had a stand at the "Ayrshire Hospice Winter Fair" in November 2007, and at the Ayr Flower Show in Rozelle Park in August 2008. There she was available to give advice about caring for your back whilst gardening, and doing alignment checks of the spine. Joy is a Member of the McTimoney Chiropractic Association, and is Registered with the General Chiropractic Council, Reg No 01177 For more information, contact Joy then either ring or email.