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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 insured.

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.



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