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The Redruth Chiropractors of Westcountry Family Chiropractic

Chiropractor Maryellen Stephens,

Sometimes, pills are just too big to swallow……

I first came to chiropractic at the age of 18, after 5 years of debilitating migraines and loss of vision in my left eye. I missed a week of my life every month for 5 years with the headache and severe pain. I could not stand the light or any noise at all. It was awful, and could strike at

Chiropractor, Maryellen Stephens

Chiropractor, Maryellen Stephens

anytime. It was only getting worse, and I could no longer take the medicine that they were prescribing, too much to swallow, and very little use. A friend of the family suggested I see her chiropractor, and I have never looked back! After a few sessions and a lot of really good information, I was a new woman! Over the last 20 years I can count on one hand the beginnings of a headache and perhaps one serious migraine after a big emotional time. Nothing in between! My overall health improved and my energy levels rocketed. I had been considering medicine at the time, as I wanted to study pediatrics, but after my first degree, I knew that chiropractic was for me, a natural and holistic approach to health and healing. read more»

My Education

I first studied at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. This was my entry into biomechanical medicine. My absolute favorite class was our gross anatomy class, it was a real eye-opener to actually see all of our organs in place and how connected everything was, from the brain straight through to our toes. It was truly awesome. I studied chiropractic at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth. This was where I first spent time watching infants being adjusted, and then in my clinical year, adjusting them myself. It was an amazing time, meeting amazing people from all over the world, some with very strong philosophies of natural health through chiropractic. During my second year, I contracted whooping cough. I was adjusted twice per day and took high dose vitamin C, and within the week it was gone! No medicines, just pure chiropractic, good nutrition, fluids and rest. That was an incredible experience. Since then, I have also experienced the benefit and the power of chiropractic after car accidents, a disc herniation, two fabulous pregnancies and two amazing home births. I have experienced just a small portion of what chiropractic can do for us, just by removing the interference in our nervous system and allowing our bodies to function and to heal the way we were meant to heal. Some of my favourite moments since arriving in Cornwall, have been out on Stithians Lake or at Coverack windsurfing, amd out on the Helford gig rowing. When the sun is out and a lovely warm southwesterly is blowing, there is no place I would rather be! Life has changed a little since the arrival of Abby, and now Holly, but the sea still calls. As they grow, I hope they learn to love the great outdoors and the sea as much as I do. Our little family usually attends the chiropractor for a check up at least every two weeks, rarely longer, especially as kids are so active and crazy!! They may not always need an adjustment every time, but I like knowing that they are in top form. If in between I find that they are overtired, grumpy and generally not their usual gorgeous selves, it usually means time for an adjustment, as something isnt quite right (we call it an “attitude adjustment”). At home, our “medicine” cabinet is full of homeopathics, rescue remedy and cream, vitamins and herbal preparations. Ice in the freezer, hot water bottle in the cupboard. The best approach I use is to be calm, think about what is happening and how to approach it. Is wait and watch the best thing? Or if they have had a fall and cut, a good clean and patch job! I prefer to use the body’s natural healing ability, watch for any interference, adjust as needed and support with herbs or homeopathy as required. As a mother, I am into the whole food, loads of love and hugs, support and close family and friendships, and good healthy nervous systems idea! Chiropractic has changed my life the life of my children for the better in every way. It is a process of empowering you to become the best you possible: physically, mentally and emotionally. Armed and able to make better decisions and choices in your own life, you are a better parent, co-worker, friend and partner… member…..and it goes on. I look forward to meeting you in person and learning how we may be of service to you and your family.

Chiropractor Rachel Bowie BSc (Hons) Chiro, PGCert (Chiro), Dip Yoga

Redruth Chiropractor Rachel Bowie

Chiropractor Rachel Bowie

I was born in Cornwall and grew up in Falmouth. I spent a lot of my youth sailing with my dad and walking the Cornish coastline. After an introduction to Chiropractic at an early age, a passion grew and I left Cornwall to go to the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic (WIOC), UK. I graduated as a Chiropractor in 2004 and have since practiced in a wellness clinic in Essex and then in Sussex. This is where I met my husband and later gave birth to my three children, with two of whom I used Hypnobirthing. I am a certified BWY Yoga Teacher and a Hypnobirthing (hypnosis for birthing) Instructor. I am passionate and dedicated about raising consciousness and awareness related to health, healing, birthing and living. I am extremely grateful and contented to be back to my Cornish ‘roots’ and family. And it’s great to be working at Westcountry Family Chiropractic. I look forward to meeting you, and assisting you in your own personal growth in health and wellbeing.

Chiropractor Amy Pease, MChiro

Chiropractor Amy Pease

I’ve been lucky enough to grow up in Cornwall surrounded by natural healthcare, and all of my family members at some point have found themselves in front of a chiropractor. For my brother it was after being ‘bundled’ in the park; I remember watching him receive his first adjustment and the expression of relief on his face when he was able to move his neck freely again. For me it was a nasty fall at school which brought me to seeing Maryellen at Westcountry Family Chiropractic at the tender age of 13. I was overwhelmed by the valuable advice and reassurance provided, not to mention the gentle and specific adjustments to help my body heal. Quite remarkably after a few adjustments I was feeling better than before the fall and had a new awareness of my strength, balance and posture – that’s when I thought.. “Chiropractic is pretty cool!”. read more»

Needless to say I set my mind to becoming a chiropractor, and went on to qualify from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth obtaining my Master of Chiropractic with distinction in 2013. I enjoy caring for people of all ages and walks of life, and my mission is always to help others thrive and function more optimally in their day to day activities – whether they’re an Olympic god or a granddad! Taking the time to talk to my patients about their personal goals is also something that’s very important to me. I believe that we all have the right to a healthy spine and nervous system, and to be treated with kindness and understanding. When I’m not adjusting my patients, I love to practice yoga, hit the gym, or hang out with my fantastic family and friends – and of course take a stroll along my favourite Cornish beaches (whatever the weather!). If you’re interested in what chiropractic can do for you, I’d love to to have a chat about your options and answer any questions you may have.


If you think that you or a loved one is a good candidate for chiropractic care, contact Westcountry Family Chiropractic to arrange a thorough examination in our practice.