Dr. Milton is a Chiropractor and is featured in our Spotlight this month! He grew up just outside of London and graduated from the Anglo-European Chiropractic College in the south of England. Dr. Milton made the big move to Canada almost a decade ago and absolutely loves it here. He is passionate about health, life, and how chiropractic can be a key part of your overall vitality.
1) What brought you to chiropractic?
My mother was a nurse in an intensive care unit in England. To help patients who were in a coma she trained in massage to help relieve their involuntary muscle spasms. She would use me to practice on, so from around 12 years old I was starting to pick up techniques and understand anatomy a little. I started practicing on friends and family, and that was where I found that I had a natural and intuitive ability to work with my hands on the human body, and I loved doing it. My mother saw this developing affinity for working with people at an early age and asked if I wanted to come see her get adjusted by her chiropractor. Though my parents were regular chiropractic patients, I didn’t even know what she was talking about at the time! Once I met the chiropractor and saw first hand the way he had such a thorough understanding of anatomy and neurology, I was completely fascinated by it. At around 15 I had already decided this was the profession for me. I had no idea of the journey I had put myself on and just how much more to learn there was!
2) What has it been like for you working at Moss Healthcare?
It’s easily the nicest clinic I have worked in or ever visited as a patient. We have with a large team of highly skilled professionals who I have complete faith in. A major plus is that it is in the beautiful neighbourhood of Fairfield, a couple of blocks from the beach and ocean, what’s not to like?!
3) You are currently shifting the way you practice. Could you tell us a little bit about that?
After 10 years in practice, I have seen countless transformations as a result of chiropractic adjustments. The most amazing changes are the long-term improvements which happen cumulatively. They affect the overall health of the individuals who come for regular adjustments and who see the high value of being proactive about keeping their spine healthy.
After all, the spine is the hard casing for our nervous system; this system consists of our brain, spinal cord and the nerves. This boney casing protects this system, but not just that, it is also vital in providing our brains with proprioception (information about where our various body parts are in space and how other systems, such as the organs,) are functioning. Because the nervous system is the system which controls all the other systems, it is of great importance we make sure it can move through all its ranges of motion freely.
The spine can become unhealthy for many reasons. We commonly include poor posture, arthritic deformities, stress, and injuries as just a few examples. When the spine stops moving properly, it is unable to provide good information to our brains about our environment. We cannot adapt to our environment effectively or thrive in this state. This is why I see so many people with back problems who are also having a myriad of other health concerns. Often people will seek help from a chiropractor when they are already at this stage, almost as a last resort and often unrealistically expecting us to solve or fix a problem which has been brewing for years or decades. Although chiropractic is proven to help with improving this, it’s important to be patient especially if we are inactive, have excessive and chronic stress, or are older.
It’s a given that we are complex biological organisms belonging to the animal kingdom. For a minute though, I’d like you to imagine that we function like a complex robot. The robot has its control system for everything inside its head, its master processor. Down its spine among the complex mechanics there are
electrical circuits with other mini processors. For the robot to stand up properly and carry out its tasks, all the parts need to be mechanically aligned and balanced, and also the electrical circuits need to be free from any interference so the master processor gets accurate information and can react appropriately. If the robot is not aligned or moving freely or its electrics failed somewhere, its various parts will begin to malfunction. Until the problem is identified and addressed, there will be more wear and tear on the system and a cascade of dysfunction will unfold.
The real key is to stay on top of spinal health, and not stop getting adjustments when you ‘feel okay’ or just have less pain. We only get one spine and we can’t replace it, it’s far too complicated for that! When our spines move through their full ranges of motion, the information about our environment travelling through our nervous system flows uninterrupted to the brain. Our brain can react and respond quickly; we therefore function at our optimum potential; in fact, we thrive!
Simply put, my shift in practice is in getting the message across that chiropractic is not here to passively ‘fix’ a problem; it is here to help your spine, brain and body function better and help you to thrive in your environment. I now use specific neurological tests designed to detect how well this communication system is working and objectively record progress as we work together.
4) Where is your most favourite place you’ve traveled?
East Africa, more specifically Zanzibar a little island to north called Pemba. Out of this world scuba diving, stunning beaches and a relaxed vibe in general.
5) How do you like to spend your time outside of Moss Healthcare?
These days much of my time is spent being a dad to my daughter who just turned 6 months old. It’s a wonderfully crazy fun time and I love every moment. Our little family of three goes for long walks in nature with our dog, we have beach days and we explore the surrounding areas. When I can, I play disc golf, compete on a darts team, and work on various hobbies and projects I have on the go.
6) What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned for yourself as a chiropractor?
That to help others along their health journey I must also look after my own health. I do this with regular adjustments, eating well, exercising and various strategies to help my mental health, such as learning new things, socialising, travelling, being in nature, resting, and doing my best to avoid too much screen time.