It was June 1984 when I graduated as a fresh faced (see below!!) enthusiastic new Chiropractor. There were only 140 of us in the UK then, and we were considered very ‘fringe’ as a profession. Indeed many would question whether we were even a profession. I started working for Michael Copland-Griffiths in Trowbridge, and he was then at the forefront of formalising and modernising the profession. I remember the challenges and excitement of the campaign for the Chiropractors Act in the early 1990s, and following it’s enactment we had to build the institutions of a regulated profession; now we have an established regulator the GCC and a Royal College of Chiropractors. I have been fortunate to have been President of the British Chiropractic Association and the European Chiropractors’ Union, Chairman of the GCC for 10 years and am now President of The Royal College of Chiropractors, and reflect with a great deal of pride on the advancement that the profession has made in 30 years.
I opened our first practice in Bath in 1985, and our second in Devizes in 1987 and then one in Bradford on Avon in 2011. I have also worked at both The Bath Clinic and CircleBath reflecting the fact that a great deal has changed over the years with a much greater understanding of what Chiropractors can do, and therefore much more co-operation with the other medical disciplines most notably the local GPs. We have also expanded the services we offer to include Physiotherapy, Sports massage, Foot care, Counselling, Hypnotherapy and exercise classes. Our core business remains Back Pain but as we understand more about how the nervous system works so our understanding of how spinal function affects the whole body, and how it works, is improving too. Our mantra for the last 30 years has been: ‘Keep active, keep healthy’, and this is now getting increasing support and coverage across the health sector and media.
I know it is a cliché, but the last 30 years have flown by. I have been a bit distracted at times with political work, but with my son Josh now firmly part of the team, having joined us in 2013, and my focus very much back on Dixon Health I am confident that the next 30 years will be equally as fulfilling. I am very grateful for the support that we have had from all of our staff and patients over the years, and am really looking forward to the next chapter.
Peter Dixon DC FRCC FBCA FAECC
Then and now…. Spot the difference??