Joy Gill: Joy of health



Joy Gill qualified as a Registered General Nurse in the NHS in 1985 but it was after a period of travel and working with different cultures that she gained an alternative perspective on what it means to be healthy. She decided to train as a massage therapist and an aromatherapist before starting her training to become a McTimoney Chiropractor in 1994. She now works from her Joy of Health Clinic in Ayr, helping people regain their health using natural methods.

“Whilst nursing, I travelled to Canada and Australia, working with the Indigenous people in the Australian Outback,” said Joy. “My nursing qualification brought me freedom to travel and it was a huge gift, as it was during my travelling that I saw beyond the West’s reliance on science and technology in the pursuit of health. I realised that other cultures have survived for a very long time without Western medicine and especially drugs. These people had a completely different view on what it meant to be healthy and when I returned to NHS practice, I wanted to bring some of what I’d learned into what I was doing.”

Despite her enthusiasm, Joy found that the NHS of the mid 1990s wasn’t particularly open to integrating complementary therapies into their clinical offering. She became disillusioned when she saw the same people return to hospital time after time, taking little responsibility for their own health. Joy hoped to integrate her complementary therapies into her nursing work but ended up leaving full time nursing in 2000 to pursue her interests independently.

“Many of today’s illnesses and diseases are caused by diet and lifestyle choices,” commented Joy. “Pain is the number one presenting symptom which people come to see me with so usually the treatment will be McTimoney Chiropractic, but as a fully qualified aromatherapist, I can also recommend oils for a range of situations, whether it’s to help a patient to meditate and relax or whether they need to be mentally alert for a work task or exams. I may recommend exercise regimes to help increase fitness or aid recovery, varying from gentle Pilates or yoga to more strenuous workouts with a Personal Trainer.”

The McTimoney Chiropractic method is recognised as being a precise, gentle, whole body approach to chiropractic care. Practitioners strive for optimal health by treating the entire person and not just the area that is causing pain. The McTimoney method is suitable for people of all ages, from babies through to the elderly, and it is beneficial for treating a range of ailments, including migraine, sports injuries, pain, back, shoulder and neck pain and pre/postnatal ailments.

McTimoney Chiropractors use only their hands to make adjustments to the bones of the body. The key to the success of the adjustments is in the speed, dexterity and accuracy with which they are performed. At the first treatment, a full case history of the patient’s health background is taken, giving Joy an idea as to what may be causing or contributing to the symptoms. There is then a thorough examination of all the joints in the body, literally from head to toe, and making the appropriate adjustments where necessary.

McTimoney Chiropractic is also a preventative therapy and when used in this way, greatly improves bodily health and well-being, avoiding long spells of discomfort. Regular check-ups are recommended to ensure that your body maintains a healthy balance in all aspects of its daily functioning.

Joy has treated numerous babies with “flathead syndrome” (plagiocephaly) and worked closely with the team in Glasgow who fit Starband TM helmets for these babies. She has also treated babies affected by birth trauma. “For some babies, the birth process can be traumatic, particularly if there has been intervention such as ventouse, forceps, or a Caesarean section. This can lead to poor sleeping patterns, excessive crying and feeding problems. Facial presentations can alter the position of the jaw, whilst breech births can affect the hips. An asymmetrical head can affect head rotation and this can impact on feeding.

Joy also treats adults with more common complaints such as sciatica, back and neck pain and headaches, including patients who have developed their symptoms following a road traffic accident, often years after the original event.

“The human body is a self healing organism, given the right conditions and circumstances,” said Joy. “Being a McTimoney Chiropractor allows me to do all the things that I wanted to do as a Nurse but couldn’t; namely, spending time getting to know my patients, explore why they have a problem that they have sought help for and give them advice and treatment. My nursing experience helps me enormously in my job, but I am more fulfilled being a McTimoney Chiropractor.”

Joy is also a proto-col Ambassador. Proto-col nutritional products are available to purchase in the clinic and she also shares the health and beauty business model with people looking for a flexible income model. It is of particular interest to mobile beauty therapists or personal trainers, as it gives them access to very high quality products without needing to invest heavily in stock.