In Light of it being Spinal Health Week I sat down with my Chiropractor Dr Callum Worsfold to find out exactly what a chiropractor does…
Dr. Callum Worsfold (B.Chiro)
Tell us a little about your journey, what sparked your passion to become a chiropractor?
After finishing high school I completed a 4-year Primary School teaching degree in New Zealand. Towards the end of this degree I realised that I didn’t want to be a teacher for the rest of my life. I had the travel bug once I finished my teaching degree so lived in Ireland for 1 year and England for 2. It was when I was living in England that I was introduced to Chiropractic and the philosophy of it. From that point I knew that’s what I was going to do.
You are originally from NZ what made you decide to move to Australia?
I studied at The New Zealand College of Chiropractic and towards the end of my study I began looking at several associate opportunities in Australia. I love Australia, particularly the lifestyle, and can’t ever see myself living back in New Zealand. I came across an amazing position in Adelaide which is where I was for about 20months. I am now in the process of moving to Queensland, more specifically the Sunshine Coast.
How many Years of Schooling does it take to become a Chiropractor?
In New Zealand and Australia it is a 5-year degree. The first year was study in basic sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry etc) with the next 4 specific Chiropractic education.
For the readers that aren’t all that familiar with Chiropractors can you explain a little on how Chiropractic care works?
Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between your nervous system and your spine.
Your nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves) controls every single function of your body.
The spines job is to protect the spinal cord and the communication pathway between brain and body.
If the spine becomes twisted, bent or degenerates, this will negatively impact the spinal cord and nervous system, which is the communication pathway from the brain to the body.
Chiropractors find where the spine is twisted or bent out of alignment. They perform a specific chiropractic adjustment to restore alignment, which allows the body to communicate and heal itself more effectively.
Tell us something not many people know or understand about Chiropractors?
Chiropractors do not fix you. We help you be your best by removing any interference to your nervous system so that your body can heal itself. Your body is super intelligent and is designed to be extraordinary. Give your body what it needs and it will return the favour.
How Can Chiropractic care help with pregnancy and labour?
From a structural point of view, chiropractic care helps ensure that the mother’s pelvis remains well positioned and mobile so that the baby can grow and develop without any unnecessary physical stress. Chiropractic care also ensures the nervous system is functioning effectively so that both baby and mother are thriving. Recent studies suggest that chiropractic care can help to reduce labour times, decrease the need for analgesics during labour and reduce low back pain during the labour process.
What are some steps you encourage your patients to take in order to start living a healthy life?
I first set some goals with the individual and work through from there. Everyone is different but in a broader sense it doesn’t come easier than;
Move your body at least 1 hour per day by running/swimming/pushing heavy things/lifting heavy things etc. Stop sitting down all day.
Eat clean and cut out the toxins in your diet that are doing you harm. Decrease or eliminate processed foods (anything that comes packaged or in a packet) and drink lots of water.
Have purpose and a clear vision for your life. Surround yourself with people who make you better and get the stress in your life under control.
What is your health and wellness Philosophy?
I think of health and wellness as a process. Every time you do something to enhance your health you are practicing wellness. But it is like riding a bike. If you’re riding a bike and stop peddling, eventually you’ll fall off.
Do you follow a particular way of eating/diet i.e. Paleo, Gluten Free?
I follow the ‘Callum’ way of eating as it works best for me! I basically just try to give my body the requirements I know it needs. Lots of healthy fats, good quality protein, loads of water, good quality carbohydrates from vegetables and minimal to no refined carbohydrates such as pasta, bread and cereals. You could probably say it’s Paleo I guess.
What are some of your go to snacks?
Homemade bliss balls, raw nuts like almonds and cashews, Blue Dinosaur bars (The new Lamington flavour is my favourite) and some occasional chocolate (dark of course).
What are your non- negotiables when it comes to your health/lifestyle?
Allowing myself access to daily exercise, nourishing my body with good clean nutrients, weekly chiropractic check-ups to ensure my nervous system is functioning optimally and taking regular breaks from work to re-charge (1 week every 3 months is best practice).
Finally, what is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Nothing worthwhile comes easily.