And learn how chiropractic care can help you feel your best!
We were pleased to be given the opportunity to interview Moss Street Healthcare’s two new chiropractors, Dr. Nick Milton and Dr. Jayne Bidgood who shared insights and knowledge about chiropractic that will answer some common questions.
Dr. Nick Milton DC, BSc, MChiro
Dr. Nick Milton is originally from London, England. He graduated from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic after studying a 5-year full-time master’s degree. After living in Victoria for several years, he is now very proud to call this beautiful island his home.
Dr. Milton is passionate about traveling and has spent extended time in Europe, Africa, and India. However, more recently, the diversity of British Columbia has been keeping him happily occupied!
These experiences keep him grounded and appreciative of every facet of life. This grounded energy is something that is of great importance to him when it comes to meeting and treating his patients.
Dr. Jayne Bidgood DC, BSc, MChiro
Dr. Jayne Bidgood, who is a Victoria native, and the daughter of Dr. John Bidgood DDS and Dr. Judith Monk-Bidgood DC, was lucky enough to have her first chiropractic appointment at the age of nine. She loved how it made her feel, and she looked forward to every appointment. These experiences inspired her to fulfill a long-term dream of becoming a chiropractor herself.
Like Dr. Milton, Dr. Jayne also graduated from the Anglo European College of Chiropractic.
The two doctors answered an assortment of questions from their own perspectives.
What was your primary reason for studying chiropractic in Britain?
Dr. Jayne: “There is only one English speaking chiropractic college in Canada, in Ontario, and I figured if I am leaving my hometown to go to University then I’d like to go far away and have a bit of an adventure. I was fortunate to be brought up in a family that values travel and exploring the world, so I had already been to England as a child and fell in love with it.
I was drawn to the people, the culture, the fashion, the history, and the food. Luckily, I was able to find my husband there, and lure him back to my beautiful hometown of Victoria!”
Dr. Milton: “I lived there!”
Is British chiropractic education different from Canadian? If so, how is it different?
Dr. Jayne and Dr. Milton: “We graduated from the Anglo European College of Chiropractic which is an accredited institution with a teaching clinic. The length of the training and the coursework is equally rigorous when compared to Canadian standards. We both graduated with Bachelors of Science and Masters of Chiropractic, which prepared us well for the Canadian Board Exams. Everyone who practices in Canada must successfully complete these exams to obtain their Doctor of Chiropractic designation.
There seem to be many different kinds of chiropractors. Why do they do have so many different methods?
Dr. Milton answered: “Essentially all chiropractors have one thing in common – they are making adjustments to your body to improve its overall efficiency. In our practice, we mainly want to improve communication between our patients’ brains and bodies.
Treatment involves removing interference in the human body’s master communication system, which is called the nervous system. The way in which a chiropractor makes these adjustments comes down to practitioner and patient preferences. Such preferences are determined by body sizes of the patient and practitioner and if they have learned a particular technique or system that works well.”
Dr. Jayne added: “All chiropractors practicing in BC adhere to strict regulations from our various associations, but you’ll find that many chiropractors have different techniques and special interests. One of the things we love about chiropractic is that it’s not a cookie cutter profession. It’s really about finding the right chiropractor for you.”
How do you help patients understand the way chiropractic treatments affect their bodies?
Dr. Milton: “I tend to explain things with the use of models, diagrams and physically showing them. Sometimes patients just being able to experience the positive effects of care is the best way for them to understand. We like to encourage questions and are open to re-explaining any aspect of care as needed – we all learn differently!”
What is the most common question you get from your patients?
Dr. Jayne: “How many visits will I need?”
How do you respond?
Dr. Jayne: “Our overall goal is to improve the communication between the brain and the body by removing interference to the nervous system. When there is more balance in this system, acute symptoms begin to dissipate – it can take more time for chronic symptoms. Studies show that it is the duration of chiropractic care in the long term that has the most benefits for people.”
As a comparison, if you had a goal of weight loss or to run a marathon, you wouldn’t go to a personal trainer once and expect them to magically attain your goal for you in one or a few sessions.
In the same way, it’s the consistent input into the nervous system over an extended period which enables people to benefit from the positive effects of chiropractic treatment.”
How does chiropractic help during pregnancy?
Dr. Jayne and Dr. Milton: “Studies have shown that Chiropractic during pregnancy can help reduce pain during both pregnancy and labour. Spinal and pelvic dysfunction is often multi-factorial. During pregnancy, with all the changes in posture, the center of gravity, changes in hormones (especially relaxin)[i], and changes in weight, it makes sense that these changes would affect your joints and nervous system.
Chiropractic allows your body to better adapt to such changes. Chiropractors provide safe, non-invasive, drug-free options for reducing pain, and, more importantly, improve function and range of motion during and after birth.
We use manual adjustments, instrument assisted adjustments, and we use a special Pregnancy Pillow which expectant mothers often find hugely relieving when they can finally lie face down! Chiropractic is also an excellent tool for a mother’s postnatal care – it can help manage quicker recovery and address post-natal biomechanical issues.”
Is there any particular issue you’ve been asked to help improve that gave you the most satisfaction?
Dr. Jayne: “Very early on, when I was an intern at the AECC in England, a new mother who was still in the hospital, brought her two-day-old baby in to see me. They were having trouble breastfeeding because the baby couldn’t turn her head correctly after a particularly difficult labour.
Chiropractic care is modified for infants and children because of their size and bone development. Babies are so quick to respond to chiropractic care – they don’t have all the years of accumulated stress that we do!
They went back to the hospital afterward and phoned me two hours later to tell me they were successfully breastfeeding! It was quite touching to see the profoundly positive impact this had on the new mother as well as the validation I felt being able to help a new little life to express herself more fully.”
Dr. Milton: “I get great satisfaction from identifying the cause or causes of radicular or radiating nerve symptoms for my patients, symptoms such as numbness, tingling, weakness and pain into the extremities and elsewhere are quite debilitating for those they affect.
It can take some time, but it’s clear to me that chiropractic adjustments are key in relieving interference to the affected nerves in conditions such as these.
I also enjoy assisting headache sufferers so that they can think clearly again. I know from personal experience as a patient that chiropractic is excellent at helping to relieve certain types of headaches.
I find it staggering the variety of problems I’ve seen improve with regular chiropractic care; the balance it helps people achieve physically filters into all aspects of their lives. I love seeing them being able to express themselves at a higher potential in whatever activity they value most, whether that be knitting or skydiving, mountain biking or getting comfortable while reading a book – it matters to that individual and is what makes them happy!
It’s fun to be able to help them reach these goals.”
It was a pleasure interviewing Dr. Jayne and Dr. Milton. Their knowledge of chiropractic, and their enthusiasm for and dedication to patient care is profound.
[i] Relaxin is a hormone produced by the ovary and the placenta with important effects in the female reproductive system and during pregnancy. In preparation for childbirth, it relaxes the ligaments in the pelvis and softens and widens the cervix.