Welcome to the team at the Gower Chiropractic Centre, Swansea. We provide quality chiropractic care, sports massage therapy and acupuncture. Here’s where you can find out a bit more about us and why we are passionate about what we do. Hope to meet you soon.
Matthew Burden BSc (Hons)
Doctor of Chiropractic
Ever since I can remember I was taught about the principles that create a healthy lifestyle. My dad trained in London as an Osteopath and Naturopath in 1970 and so it was inevitable that I was to be influenced by both my parents.
My original passion was football so was involved playing at local level for Murton Rovers and Swansea in my teenage years. This led me to take a keen interest in Biological Sciences and Physical Education.
After studying A levels including psychology,biology and PE, I decided to pursue studying at University level and chose Sports Science and Biology at the University of Glamorgan. By coincidence a Chiropractic degree was being set up and I transferred on to the course and never looked back.
Having qualified in 2002 I have worked in various parts of the UK including Crawley, Banbury and Burton on Trent as part of my associateship. I did however miss the Gower and came back to set up my own practice firstly at the Swansea Clinic of Natural Medicine working alongside my father. I then set up the Gower Chiropractic Centre in 2010. Helping people feel good and achieve a better state of health is a great thrill and an absolute honour.
Techniques which I have learnt and have been continuing to learn include:
- Dry Needling/Acupuncture
- Naturopathic/Ayurvedic Nutrition
- Trigger Point and Myofascial Soft Tissue Therapy
- Chiropractic Neurology
- Chiropractic Biophysics of Posture
- Functional Training Prescription
- Sound/Tibetan Bowl Healing
- Yoga and Meditation
My personal hobbies now include playing music (guitar especially) and surfing the lovely Gower coast.
Rebecca Stopp MCHIRO with Distinction
Doctor of Chiropractic
I was brought up in a small village in rural Lincolnshire by parents who are avid gardeners so I was lucky to have an outdoor childhood and a good vegetable based diet. My mother has always favoured natural remedies over pharmaceuticals so I naturally learnt to look into alternative health care.
I knew in my early twenties that I wanted to work with my hands and help other people lead a natural, stress free lifestyle so I began to train as a holistic therapist. I worked treating people with a variety of therapies including Reflexology, Swedish Massage, Indian Head Massage and Acupressure Massage. I enjoyed my work as a therapist especially the positive relaxation effects I witnessed in my patents. However my thirst for knowledge about the human body was still strong and after observing a Chiropractor and Osteopath working I took the plunge and signed up for a five year Masters in Chiropractic. I studied at the Anglo European College of Chiropractic (AECC) in Bournemouth and recently graduated in July 2014 with a distinction.
I am excited to be living in Gower with my partner and family close by. I have recently taken up surfing and I enjoy spending time outdoors and in the water which is why Gower is such a great place to live.
I believe the human body is capable of great self-healing however sometimes it needs a helping hand. Through my studying I feel I am able to help people unlock their healing potential. Chiropractic is a wonderful tool enabling the body to move and function optimally. During my final year of study I treated a variety of patients from babies as young as 3 weeks old to adults aged 80 plus and was privileged to witness the positive effects that chiropractic can have on people’s lives.
During my training I carried out additional courses in the following techniques/areas:
- Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT)
- Neuro Impulse Protocol (NIP)
- Upper Cervical Masterclass
- Functional Training
- Functional Neurology
- Yoga and Meditation
Studying additional techniques on top of my Chiropractic degree inspires and enables me to keep up to date with emerging theories on how Chiropractic can affect the body.
I look forward to meeting you.
Sports and Massage Therapist
I first became interested in massage at the age of fifteen. After my GCSEs I went to Swansea College (Tycoch) to study Sports & Exercise Science for two years in order to have a taster for sports massage and sports injuries.
When I completed the course I decided to go to Afan campus in Port Talbot to study Swedish massage along with Sports and Fitness Therapy and Sports massage. I qualified in Sports massage at level 4. During my time there I worked with Swansea City Ladies and the Ospreys. When I qualified I started working with Swansea City AFC and this will be my fourth season with them.
I love helping people and making them feel better. I don’t class my work as a job, it’s a passion.
Kate Hawarth BSc (Hons)
I am a fully qualified medical herbalist and member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH). I studied Herbal Medicine for four years and graduated in 2012 from the University of Lincoln. My interest in herbs developed whilst walking around the Gower and the Isle of Man. I have always been curious about the nature of things and our human connection with the world so studying Herbal Medicine was a natural progression for me.
My studies covered an in-depth study of medicinal plants both native and foreign coupled with detailed insight into the main aspects of orthodox medicine including anatomy and physiology, pathology, differential diagnosis, physical examination and nutrition. They brought the art and science behind the practice of herbal medicine together in a truly holistic fashion.
I am committed to providing quality treatments and herbal prescriptions tailored to meet an individual’s needs.
Alongside my clinical practice I run a variety of herbal workshops, plant studies and lead herb walks in the local area; helping people to familiarise themselves with plants and their medicinal benefits. I am also a first aider and work alongside fellow herbalists to provide herbal first aid in festivals throughout the summer months.
For more information about herbal medicine visit Kate’s website
I have always been interested in health, well being and healing. I suffered with chronic fatigue syndrome from an early age. At the time there was no conventional treatment so my Doctor suggested alternative therapies. I tried many over the years which helped to varying degrees. My illness would effect me in cycles of varying intensity and I struggled to break the cycle. In my early 20’s I tried Acupuncture. I was fascinated by the treatment and it made a huge improvement to my health. After a course of treatments I was able to climb Ben Nevis (the biggest mountain in the UK), something I never thought would be possible.
My own healing journey gave me a great passion for Acupuncture and in 2008 I was fortunate to be offered a place at the University of Lincoln to study Traditional Chinese Acupuncture under Dr Fenyi Meng and Dr Huijun Shen from Beijing University. I graduated in 2011 with a first class honours degree in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture.
Since graduating I have worked for 4 years on luxury cruise ships providing Acupuncture treatments for people from all over the world. I loved my time at sea and have been to some of the most beautiful places in the world; from Antarctic to the Artic, South America, Green Land, Iceland and Norway and many more. This lifestyle has also given me the opportunity to take long study breaks to Thailand and India to study healing, yoga and meditation.
I am so excited to be joining the team here in the Gower. I thought it would be difficult to settle down but the Gower has made it easy as its one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.
From my personal experience with illness and healing and through my years as a therapist, I am constantly reminded of what remarkable beings we are. We are capable of great self-healing and that is the basis of complementary therapy; support the body, mind and spirit to heal itself.
Some of the techniques I use include:
- Tuina Massage
To find out more about acupuncture, please click here to be directed to Eve’s website http://eveharlowacupuncture.weebly.com/