Dr Andrew Clay BSC (Hons) Chiropractic DC Certified Acupuncturist
Doctor of Chiropractic
Clinic owner and resident Chiropractor at Hartland Chiropractic.
It was a serious neck injury sustained whilst playing rugby that first got me acquainted to Chiropractic. The injury caused such chronic discomfort and was eventually only helped when I consulted a Chiropractor, when many other treatments had failed. The treatment helped so much that it led to changing my career to study Chiropractic.
I studied for 5-6 years and qualified as a Chiropractor in 2005 and went on to study post-graduate with the British Medical School of Acupuncture in 2006 and have since concentrated post graduate studies in Chiropractic Biophysics for rehabilitation of chronic spinal dysfunction along with Chiropractic paediatrics and activator methods.
My personal interests include cycling, mountain biking, hiking along with regular gym attendance to keep me fit for all of the above. Despite all the old injuries from a badly broken arm wrist and hand from mountain biking to broken ribs arm and a fractured vertebra I find that Chiropractic keeps me doing the things I enjoy.
Chiropractic Assistant/Personal Trainer
I started visiting the chiropractor following a back pain I had for about 1 and a half years, this was causing me a lot of problems with my own training and my personal training career. After a few weeks of visits my pain had gone it was such an amazing relief being able to do my day to day activities again and without the pain.
Since then I have started working with Andy, this was an amazing opportunity for me to see the workings of a busy chiropractic clinic along with being part of something that helps so many people each day.
I have been lucky enough to have recently completed, with honors, my level 3 Personal training qualification which has also helped to give patients extra guidance on the rehabilitation side of care.
This gives me great satisfaction knowing that through chiropractic adjustments and training regimes catered to the individual needs of patients we are able to gain such improvements on initial injuries, health and fitness.
In my time at the Hartland Chiropractic I have learned interesting information of all the things chiropractic treatment can help with including headaches, back and musculoskeletal injury but also seeing the improvements in general well-being in patients with chiropractic care.
I really enjoy being part of such a caring team and clinic.
Chiropractic Assistant/Sports Massage Therapist
I came across chiropractic after suffering for months with a chronic neck problem that even with rest and reluctantly taking pain killers it kept on returning. I was getting nowhere with my regular GP visits so decided to take action and visit Andy for a chiropractic assessment and treatment.
I was a little nervous at first as I didn’t know very much about the diagnosis and treatment procedures but the nerves were short lived as I started to feel an improvement from my very first visit. I now have regular adjustments to maintain the long-term health of my spine and nervous system.
I have since been learning more about the profession, I have found its history and its effects on the body fascinating. So when the opportunity arose to join Andy at his clinic in Winscombe I was enthusiastic about the prospect of being part of his new venture and was delighted when I was offered the position of chiropractic assistant.
I have now taken my training further and qualified as a sports massage therapist. Massage and Chiropractic work very well together in the healing process of an injury and for general wellness.
For me, chiropractic is an investment in your health and well-being as a whole. The benefits go way beyond simply pain relief and it has the ability to ease many diseases that a lot of us suffer with unnecessarily.