The Practitioners at the Christchurch Chiropractic Centre
Rick is a graduate of the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth. He previously worked within the country's largest multi-disciplinary practice where he supervised the running of the rehabilitation suite. He also worked as part of a small sports based practice supervising the care and rehabilitation of young athletes. Rick has been involved with sports and fitness for over 20 years from competing at a high level of thriathlon and winter biathlon while serving with the British Army, to coaching teams and individual riders and drivers involved at the highest level of motor sport.
He has forged relationships with colleagues in the NHS including GP's, to ensure good communication for the benefit of patients and takes an interest in the way chiropractors can play an invaluable role in industry by helping people achieve a speedy return to work after injury or surgery. Rick also uses advanced muscle energy techniques, acupuncture and various rehabilitation protocols to complement chiropractic care.
Before training to be a chiropractor, Rick spent 11 years as a physical training instructor in the British Army; he also worked in Australia, Africa and the Canary Islands as a consultant in all aspects of health, fitness and rehabilitation from injury.
Gilbert M Méal
Senior consultant at the Centre has been a member of the British Chiropractic Association since graduating in 1970 from theAnglo-European College of Chiropractic. He was a full-time lecturer in chiropractic from 1972 to 1980 and started practising in Christchurch in 1974. He opened the Christchurch Chiropractic Centre in November 1977 where he has been in full-time practice since 1980.
He is a keen follower of post-graduate education and was regularly called upon to give lectures at the scientific meetings of the British Chiropractic Association, the Royal College of Chiropractors and others.
He has published numerous articles in the scientific and chiropractic journals. In 1987 he was appointed chairman of the European Board of Chiropractic Examiners for the candidates from the Institut Français de Chiropractie in Paris, a position he held until 1998. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractors and of the European Academy of Chiropractic. He has also been made a Fellow of the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (1997) and of the British Chiropractic Association (2007) for services rendered to the profession. He has been a guest lecturer at Southampton Medical School.
He is particularly interested in difficult back problems and recurrent sports injuries. He is actively involved in collecting research data on how chiropractic could help in functional digestive disturbances.
In September 1997, he was conferred the title of Fellow of the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic for the following achievements:
- 27 years of professional commitment to chiropractic.
- A significant contribution to the European context of Chiropractic.
- Distinction as a teacher at AECC.
- A commitment to chiropractic clinical education.
- 20 years as President of the Alumni Association of the AECC.