Wessex is a historical name referring to the counties of
South West England. It includes Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire,
Devon, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Dorset. Based in Basingstoke, the
description 'Wessex' describes the area our practice covers.
Sally Mathews is a doctor of chiropractic and our
principal chiropractor. She is registered as a chiropractor with the
General Chiropractic Council and is a member of the College of
Chiropractors. She is also a
member of the International
Assocation of Animal Therapists and, as such, is able to provide
care which is covered by many pet insurance companies. She is fully
A lifelong animal lover, Sally worked as an IT project
manager in London before retraining as a chiropractor. She went back to
university and completed a four year Master of Chiropractic degree,
graduating from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic with
distinction and achieving the top academic student award two years
running. She then went on to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in
Professional Development (Chiropractic) with distinction.
Sally has a particular interest in the treatment of
pregnant women and babies and to this end has completed a number of
post-graduate courses which focus specifically on this group.
She has also trained with the International Academy of
Veterinary Chiropractic (IAVC) to learn how to apply chiropractic
techniques to animals. This course is only open to qualified vets and
chiropractors and there are fewer than 50 graduates working in the UK
today. Most importantly, veterinary chiropractic training with the IAVC
covers both small and large animal chiropractic
techniques. Sally now helps to teach veterinary chiropractic with the
IAVC in the UK and Germany.
Sally formerly treated patients at the Basingstoke
Chiropractic Centre and is now working from her own premises.
The term 'chiropractor' is protected under law - it is actually a
criminal offence for people to call themselves a chiropractor if they
are not registered with the General Chiropractic Council in the UK.
Chiropractic treatment of animals is not regulated by law, therefore
the title 'animal chiropractor' is seen by some to be misleading. As a
result, many chiropractors who treat animals will refer to their
treatment as 'animal manipulative therapy' to avoid confusion.
As the title 'animal chiropractor' is not
protected under law you should try to find out more about the training
your animal therapist has undertaken.