Hi, I’m Stuart Soffe a Doctor of Chiropractic based in Hayle. I’ve written this piece to to share my motivation and influences in my journey of being a chiropractor.
I was inspired through my own positive experience of chiropractic treatment. The treatment was transformational. It was quick, effective and I appreciated that the chiropractor was actually “doing something” rather than just recommending more painkillers. These treatments motivated me to change career and returned to full-time studies as a mature student.
In 2010, I enrolled and studied at the prestigious Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth. Before completing the four-year full-time Masters degree programme in 2014.
Once graduated, I continued with academic study and completed my PgCert in Professional Development for Chiropractic from Bournemouth University. This led me to become a member of the Royal College of Chiropractors.
Shortly after qualifying, I started practicing as a chiropractor at Hastings Chiropractic Clinic. I loved it. During this time, I also worked at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne. Although challenging at times, I found being a chiropractor a real privilege. It’s incredibly rewarding to make a difference and help people.
However, I always had a soft spot for Cornwall and knew this was the place I wanted to live. In 2018 I moved back down to Cornwall and started working at Penzance Chiropractic Clinic before joining the team at the Copperhouse Clinic in Hayle.
It’s exciting for myself to join the team and work within multidisciplinary clinic. To ensure first-class patient care is delivered.
Specialist in the prevention, treatment & rehabilitation of sports injuries
Through my own interests in sports such as surfing and muay thai. I developed a passion for the treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of sporting injuries. This has driven me to further my learning, through regularly reading the latest research and attending seminars from world leaders in the field of sports medicine and sports chiropractic.
This has included attending seminars with the medical team for the World Surf League (WSL) in Portugal. I am the only clinician in the UK with the Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation Exercise for Surfers Level 2 qualification. As well as numerous courses on manual therapy, rehab, gait analysis and gait retraining for running injuries
Alongside the physical aspects contributing to an individual’s pain experience. I am also interested in the mind-body connection. Particularly, how elevated stress levels, negative emotions and behaviours can have a profound impact on our physiology, physical health and pain threshold. This has led me to do additional training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Clinical Hypnosis. Enabling me to provide a more holistic approach to patient care.
MChiro (Master Of Chiropractic) - Anglo-European College of Chiropractic.
Mike Gillingham graduated from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic with a Masters of Chiropractic degree after 5 years of study. He is a member of the British Chiropractic Association and registered with the General Chiropractic Council.
Mike is available at the Kernow Chiropractic Clinic in Truro on Tuesday and Friday, and at The Copperhouse Clinic in Hayle on Monday and Thursday.
Through manual techniques Mike will focus on correcting biomechanical dysfunction in the spine and extremity joints, but not only to help with acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. Coming from a professional sporting background Mike also have an interest in prevention of injury and improving performance in those people who enjoy being physically active.
He has a keen interest in postural related conditions and biomechanics and believes that techniques to alter and improve posture can have a significantly positive effect on reducing and preventing musculoskeletal pain in the back and neck.
Mike regularly attends continuing professional development seminars and is continuously learning new techniques to implement into his treatment sessions. He uses a very holistic approach to chiropractic, treating the body as a whole and not just the area that an individual may be perceiving pain.
Why did you become a Chiropractor?
Outside of Chiropractic he has a passion for sport, especially football, and was previously a youth team player at Exeter City FC and semi professionally at Team Bath FC. Injury hindered his football career and after experiencing many physiotherapy sessions realised he had an interest in becoming a healthcare professional, specifically within the field of Chiropractic.
How do you spend your spare time?
Mike has a young family, and enjoys spending his time away from the clinic with his partner Julija and two sons Zach and Xavier. They enjoy living by the coast and the lifestyle that goes with living in Cornwall.