Passion meets pain as Chiropractic students volunteer

Published:19 June 2018

1. Back Row - Kenneth Lorme (Faculty), Luke Hansen, Darren Comer, Tammie Markham, Nicole Urmston, Alecia Chan, Allison Kaczmarczyk, Sophia Lawton. Front row - Dawn Dane (Faculty), Leteesha Wild, Linda Reader and Luke Attkins. 2. Alecia Chan provides a soft-tissue treatment. 3. Linda Reader volunteers. 4. The massage tent was popular on the day.

Alecia Chan and Linda Reader were among 10 enthusiastic Chiropractic Science students who volunteered at the recent MS Queensland Brissie to Bay Bike Ride.

Alecia once worked in IT but gained her passion for Chiropractic Science when it was able to bolster the health and well-being of her young son.

“Now as a yoga instructor, I see many people with back pain and I’m keen to promote Chiropractic as a solution,” she says.

“At the Brissie to Bay Bike Ride, it was a great opportunity to be part of such a meaningful campaign and I even had the chance to do soft tissue work on a lady suffering from multiple sclerosis.”

Meanwhile, Linda Reader started a jewellery apprenticeship before working in banking and retail.

“It was when I started as a receptionist for a Chiropractor that my eyes were opened to the wonders of Chiropractic Science,” Linda says.

“The Brissie to Bay Bike Ride gave us a chance to experience having strangers put their trust in us, whereas previously we have mainly worked on each other.

“Nothing beats helping someone feel better if they are in pain.”

Chiropractic Science lecturer Dawn Dane said a total of 120 cyclists were treated on the day under the supervision of the Chiropractic Science faculty.

“Around 5000 cyclists rode a range of distances from 10-100 km on a cold and windy day and were very happy to see our enthusiastic students for some musculoskeletal attention afterwards,” Ms Dane says.

“Our students offered a mix of soft tissue massage, stretching, taping and gentle mobilisation techniques.

“It was a great opportunity for our students to build their hands-on skills as well as learning about the management of sore and tired athletes immediately following sporting events.”

Chiropractic Science students are available to treat the general public from Monday to Friday at the CQUniversity Brisbane Health Clinic in Indooroopilly by phoning: (07) 3023 4177.