BSc Hons(Physiotherapy), DC, Dip BioMech, FCC, FBCA
Anne Matthews is an Independent Practitioner/Chiropractor with 32 years clinical experience. Her professional background includes Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, Biomechanics, CranioSacral Technique, Counselling together with Neuro-developmental training and Pre and Peri-natal education. She set up the Belfast Chiropractic Clinic in 1986. Her patient base consists predominately that of children and pregnant women. Her passion is in working with children as a Pre & Perinatal Educator, which is highlighted by her understanding of the adverse effects of birth challenges as expressed by the baby/child with special and emotional needs. She also offers practical support and guidance to parents.
Anne’s interest in body biomechanics motivated her to complete a post-graduate diploma in Biomechanics at Stratclyde University in 1993. All of her chiropractic education together with the hundreds of hours of CPD she has undertaken over the past 32 years has been self-funded, and such is the long-term vision Anne has had to develop and fine-tune her palpatory skills and expertise in helping her patients/clients respond to her particular holistic chiropractic treatment and management style. Her compilation of skills includes the integration of basic chiropractic techniques; massage and fascial release techniques; CranioSacral technique; rehabilitation and neuro-developmental exercises; Pre and Peri-natal education; Baby Body Language – Therapy; and counselling. Anne is currently enrolled in further training with APPPAH - Association of Pre & Perinatal Psychology and Health - based in the USA.
In the 1990s Anne was instrumental in setting up and organising Chiropractic Post Graduate Education in N.Ireland prior to facilitating the set up of CPD events run through the Royal College of Chiropractic, UK. For over a decade Anne was an External Examiner at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic, Bournemouth and a Member of Council on the British Chiropractic Association for which she has received honorary Fellowships from both organisations, in recognition of her ongoing contribution and commitment to Chiropractic education.
On the home front, she was the co-founder of Cedar Integrated Primary School, Crossgar which opened in 1995 and she contributed actively to the schools’ Board of Governors 1995-2003.
But Anne’s greatest achievement of all, about which she is immensely proud, is being the mother of 3 children – Jacinta, Michael and Tim. As a full time working single mum over the past 12 years she has organised her personal and working life around their schooling and their extra-curricular activities whilst also both, supporting and facilitating them to progress to university and beyond.
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