Dr. Laina Shulman
Healing from headaches and scoliosis pain
When I was in my early teens I was diagnosed with scoliosis. I vividly remember the doctor telling my mother that there was nothing he could do for me. I continued to suffer from spinal pain but just carried on.
I was completing the second year of my biology degree at Western and was on my way to medical school when I began to experience severe headaches. My headaches became so debilitating that I found it difficult to study. I knew that the stress of school was contributing to my symptoms.
I went to my family’s medical doctor for help. When I explained my situation he offered to give me medication for my headaches. “I don’t think that will work,” I said, “You see, I have many more years of schooling and therefore many more years of stress ahead of me. I don’t want to have to keep taking more and more drugs. What else can you do for me?? What is causing them?”
His answer was a turning point in my life…. “It’s stress and there is nothing else I can do for you.”
I left his office confused about my own decision to become a medical doctor and due to the referral of friend made an appointment with a chiropractor. The chiropractor did an exam and explained that my headaches were coming from the nerves in my neck. I had always had shoulder tension but assumed it was my scoliosis. I began to get adjusted and to my amazement my headaches disappeared, along with other symptoms I thought I was going to have to live with forever.
That experience changed my career path. I applied to Chiropractic College, not Medical School… and the rest is history. I had been worried that my life would be limited due to my scoliosis. I am now an advanced pilates practitioner and have given birth to two healthy babies at home.
I am certainly grateful to have had the experience of my headaches, as they opened me up to our ability to heal. I can’t imagine how different my life would be now if I had just taken those drugs for my headaches.
Dr. Laina Shulman believes that we are an expression of how we feel, move, eat and think. As co-founder of Pure-Health and the Director of Shulman Weightloss London she helps people reach their highest potential in each of these areas.
As a chiropractor for over 25 years Dr. Shulman knows the importance of spinal health and the significant impact it has on our lives. In practice she views symptoms as the body’s way of communicating with us what needs our attention. Her emphasis is on identifying and correcting the underlying cause of health issues while providing tools to allow patients to continue to feel their very best.
As the director of Southwestern Ontario’s Shulman Weight Loss Clinic she provides her clients with hormonally balanced weight loss programs for all ages. Dr. Shulman is extremely proud to work with a team of amazing nutritionists who are dedicated to ensuring their clients lose weight in a healthy and sustainable way. She created the powerful “The Willpower Solution” program and “The Shift” seminars to help people make quantum leaps in areas they feel stuck. As an advanced pilates practitioner and hot yoga enthusiast, Dr. Shulman understands the importance of a healthy lifestyle and incorporates stretching, strengthening exercises and other lifestyle recommendations as part of her regular patient protocol.
Dr. Shulman makes frequent radio and television appearances including Rogers television, Living Well, CFRB, and Sirius Radio. She is also a contributor to several publications including Alive Magazine, and Canadian Living. As a keynote speaker she has been retained by several large companies such as St Joseph’s medical center, Canusa, and London Health Sciences Cente.
Dr. Shulman chrishes the time she spends with her husband and 2 children, and is a lover of nature. While balancing her own family, professional and athletic demands, Dr. Shulman feels blessed to be able to work with so many inspiring people who are dedicated to reaching new levels of health and fulfillment.
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