Please may we make a point or two to help journalists and editors:
As the discussion of complementary therapies in the nation's healthcare provision
gains energy, there are increasing numbers of misleading headline and copy references:
- Many complementary therapies are NOT medicines - phrases such as 'alternative medicines'
are misleading and unhelpful to the quality of debate.
- Many complementary therapies would rather NOT be called 'alternative' at all - most
see themselves as 'complementary', helping with the orthodox approach rather than
combating it. It is true that some patients prefer complementary therapies and refuse
orthodox treatments for themselves (or owners refuse for their animals) - this is
their own decision which they have a right to, but this should not be recommended
by any properly trained, qualified and regulated therapist.
However, most people use
complementary therapies in addition to conventional health services.
- The chiropractic treatments used by Vav Simon are entirely proper and she has vets,
doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals as human patients and as animal
owners. For humans, chiropractic has been available from BUPA for many years, and
has recently become available through the NHS. However, many chiropractors prefer
to work freelance as it means they are not affected by the massive delays in the
NHS, it’s admin problems, or demands that cannot or should not be met.
Notes for Editors
Isle of Wight Natural Therapy Centre for Animals is the brain-child of Vav Simon,
a leading chiropractor qualified to work with both humans and animals.
Vav provides chiropractic, massage, homeopathy, herbs and more - gentle and holistic
natural therapies for horses, dogs and other animals, complementary to the skills
of veterinary medicine.
Vav offers a visiting service around Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Sussex, Berkshire,
Surrey and the Isle of Wight. Assessment and treatment usually on the same day.
She has been Chair of the Animal Chiropractic Group one of her professional associations,
Registrar of the College of Chiropractors Animal Faculty, and also the Director of
Academic Affairs for the College of Chiropractors Animal Faculty.
Vav Simon’s name is unusual – it IS spelled VAV – it is a contraction of her Scottish
Gaelic name MHAIRI (pronounced Vaarri).
Several digital images of Vav treating animals are available.
More background information, case examples & photos available at www.ntc-animals.co.uk/VavSimon.htm
Contact Vav or her husband Dave for further information on 01983 566009.