Growing up I was your average African girl child, I think some would even say I was a bit of a below average child. I played no sports, participated in no extracurricular activities, very shy and basically invisible. I managed to just exist through life till my teenage years where life decided to bring some spice. At the age of 16 I began to struggle with a “medical mystery”, I suffered from chest pain that could not be explained. After being told by my family doctor that I just had to endure with this condition, my family and I lived in the hope that one day this nightmare would soon disappear from our lives. Little did I know that this nightmare was going to be the best thing that could have happened to me.
During my first year of University I grew a curiosity for Chiropractic. I knew I wanted to work in the health field but there were so many things that just didn’t make sense to me and it was as though Chiropractic filled a gap and the puzzle of my health began to make sense. Upon following my curiosity, it became as clear as daylight that my career path had to change. I immediately applied to study Chiropractic at the prestigious New Zealand College of Chiropractic. I became a Chiropractic patient around the same time and the change was evident. After a few months of receiving regular Chiropractic Care my chest pain episodes were long forgotten and peace was restored to my family. What?!? Just like that? Indeed it happened just like that. 4 years of constant agony gone like the wind.
After this life changing experience I made it my life goal to bring Chiropractic to all masses especially my African community. You see, when I started getting my spine checked regularly, it was not just the chest pain that changed. I began to stand up straight (I had a hunched posture because I had nothing to look up to and self- esteem was running on empty but that is a story for another day), I suddenly had more energy, no more back pain,no more headaches, a lot more coordinated, I was more alert and you know what? I just became a more confident person, achieving things I never thought were possible. So it really got me thinking, how much more could this profession benefit my people? Who else is missing out?
Chiropractic acknowledges that the human body is controlled by the spine and the brain (also known as the nervous system). As a result, there are communication pathways between the body and the nervous system, known as nerves. Interference to these pathways can cause information to not flow as well thus causing the human body to not function to its full potential. Contrary to what many think, Chiropractors do not fix back pain, in fact we do not fix anything. Chiropractic’s role is to remove interferences in the nervous system and allow the body to self-heal and self-regulate like it was designed to. This explains why I experienced all those benefits I did once I started receiving Chiropractic care.
As a child growing up in middle class Zimbabwe I saw far too many people die and suffer due to lack of “proper health care resources”. With Chiropractic being a health care profession that only needs the Doctor and their hands, imagine the change that will come about if we trained a whole lot of Africans to be Chiropractors and bring about change themselves instead of waiting for foreign aid? Can you imagine that? Uh I get so excited at just the thought of it.
Dr Kudzai Zvenyika is an Auckland based Chiropractor who provides Mobile Chiropractic services. Life gets busy sometimes but I am here to bring Health & Wellness to your door step. There is absolutely no need for your busy lifestyle to come in the way of your health and wellness. Say bye-bye to seating in Auckland traffic while Anxious about whether or not you will make it to your appointment. Save yourself time and money, get a mobile Chiropractor.