There was one total frustration throughout my chiropractic training and some years that followed. I hated my posture. I was ashamed to be a practicing Chiropractor with forward head posture.Dr Paula Moore | Posture Doctor
I grew up about 30 km outside of Toronto, on a most magical tree-lined crescent. If I wasn’t climbing a marvelous Maple, I was picking up acorns from the sky-scrapping Oaks.
Half the homes on our street backed onto a beautiful ravine that looked out over a river that runs 90 km and empties in Lake Ontario. It wasn’t unusual to see Deer, Pheasant, Porcupine, Skunk, Raccoon, Owl, Snapping Turtle or Fox, walking down our street from the ravine.
I spent my summers river-rafting, fishing and collecting golf balls that landed in the river from the two private golf clubs that bordered its banks. I sold the golf balls back to the private club members – That was my first experience running my own business. Even then, my business involved being physically active.
I was blessed growing up surrounded by wilderness and it isn’t surprising that the outdoors has always been my sanctuary, and that is how and where my passion for health and well-being was born.
For the love of numbers
I was fortunate to have great parents – not perfect parents but great parents. My father thought I’d be the next Olympian and/or mathematician. My mother has always been consistent, fun and supportive. I suppose I get my self belief from my father – who made me believe that I could do anything – and my creativity and sense of adventure from my mother.
I didn’t always know what I wanted to be when I grew up. I first studied math because it was the one subject – other than music and gym – that I was really good at.
Wikipedia defines mathematics as the study of numbers, structure and change and says that mathematicians seek out patterns. I think its that introduction to structure, that had me fall in love with spinal mechanics and posture.
I had chronic headaches
In my mid 20s, I was suffering daily headaches and I decided to visit a Chiropractor, to see if their approach could help me. Chiropractic treatment quickly resolved my headaches and I was so amazed and fascinated by this art and science, that I decided to return to University – this time in England – to study Chiropractic.
I graduated from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic, five years later, with a Masters in Chiropractic and went on to complete a Fellowship in the Bio-Physics of Posture. I came to realize that it was my forward head posture that had been the cause of my chronic headaches.
My first posture video
I opened my own clinic in England and many years later began blogging and made my first posture video. The first video I made – on a Nokia phone showed people how to exercise a bunion.
I have a bunion on my right big toe – yuck! However, I know that having had a whole host of musculo-skeletal issues – chronic headaches, chronic low back pain, a bunion, anatomical short leg and a lumbar scoliosis – has enabled me to have empathy for my patients and students.
Never did I imagine my videos on posture would create such an online buzz with millions of view to date. I’ve been helping people correct their posture now for almost 20 years.
The biggest mistake I see many health professionals make when addressing posture, is that they use a functional approach to correct a structural problem.
A functional approach focuses mainly on pain and symptoms, but when the treatment ends, the symptoms usually return, because the underlying cause hasn’t been addressed – the structural alignment of the body and spine.
That’s the reason I left a successful private practice. I was frustrated by this quick-fix approach to posture and health. I realized I could help more people, more effectively online.
I hope to get to know many of you. Please contact me when you need support and please share your story. You are not alone.
Thank you for watching my videos!
- BA Mathematics (University of Western Ontario, Canada)
- BSc Human Sciences (Anglo-European College of Chiropractic)
- Masters Chiropractic (Anglo-European College of Chiropractic)
- Fellowship CBP (Chiropractic Bio-Physics)