Posted by Joy McCaffrey on Apr 14, 2019
Our Guest Speaker, Graham Taylor, gave us an insight into his trip to Edinburgh where he gave a lecture about Children’s’ Behavioural Problems and the method he has instigated to assist in controlling these problems.
He travelled, via Barcelona in Spain across to Islands of Balearic and Minorca, then along Coast of Spain, then to England and then to Edinburgh in Scotland where he delivered his lecture.
Graham was introduced by Dr Colin Rose.
Father Peter Tinney with Graham Taylor
In June last year I and my wife Annika travelled to Edinburgh to a conference of health professionals. I had been invited there to present a case studies paper I had written. The paper was about observations I had made in practice as a chiropractor in Taree. The observations were that severely traumatized children I had treated using a gentle cranial therapy previously used to improve childhood learning and behaviour had helped these children greatly. This was new information.
I had spoken with colleagues who use the same processes and it seemed these findings were indeed new and worthy of writing and presenting. Soon after submitting my paper I was offered a speaking slot in Edinburgh. In presenting the paper, my aim was to bring the exciting results to the attention of other practitioners using this technique around the world. In this way, perhaps more children could be offered a drug-free and non-invasive approach.
I thought also, it would be one small step towards increasing awareness within the medical world, as I knew medical practitioners would be present. It is easier for patients when their choices are supported by all members of their team care and studies have shown high quality team care gets best health outcomes.
Annika and I started our trip in Barcelona where we met her mother for some sailing, then Annika and I made our way via London to Bournemouth, England where Annika had studied to become a chiropractor some 25 years ago. It was great to meet her colleagues and see where she had toiled hard to graduate as a chiropractor. The Anglo European College of Chiropractic is well set up for ensuring a positive education experience and is also innovative in its embrace of technology. In particular, the college has an upright multi-positional MRI machine in which the patient can sit or be in other positions.
We made our way north, stopping in the scenic Cotswolds Ranges. Via Salisbury and the famous cathedral, we then travelled to the Welsh coast and took in a very different way of seaside lifestyle, discovered a stone circle and marvelled at the speed of the Welsh drivers!!
Our next stop was Chester. Here, we stayed at the Golden Eagle hotel and I was lucky enough to have a jam session on the guitar with our host. It is the people one meets that makes travelling all the more special.
Then, we hit the road again headed for the Lakes District, the land of the Beatrix Potter stories. The story goes that Beatrix saved the Lakes District by buying large tracts of land slated for development – in order to preserve the environmental and social values. And yes, here we found yet another stone circle, in Castlerigg.
Now, it was time to get to Edinburgh and to be honest, I was getting nervous about my talk. It would be the largest group I had spoken with being over one hundred. To make matters more difficult, I had come down with a bout of Ross River Fever that was just excruciating. Probably just as well I did not know what it was at the time until it was later diagnosed.
The Edinburgh talk went really well. Delegates seemed very interested to hear the four case studies and there were lots of enquiries after the talk, which made me feel it was worth all the effort and worry!
Now, almost twelve months on and having survived Ross River Fever – as well as continuing the work I do with learning affected children and traumatized children - I am again inspired to look further into that work. I have connected with another chiropractor from Canada who works in a similar way with trauma. Also, I have begun very early stages of a pilot study with a local optometrist that may show some measurable changes. If so, these changes could explain why we observe for example that children typically make improvements in reading, writing, copying from the board, sporting activities and music after this treatment that I have been using now for about twelve years. And so another interesting and exciting year is under way! Thank you to all of the Rotary members who made me feel so welcome presenting on Monday night. Especially to Neil for the invitation, to Dr Colin Rose for his generous introduction and to David for moving the slides. To Murray and Dianne for organizing my lovely meal. I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone and I hope I have another chance to meet the Taree Rotarians.
Rotarian Peter Tinney gave the vote of thanks on behalf of our Club.