Dr. Laina Shulman
Healing from headaches and scoliosis pain
When I was in my early teens I found out I had scoliosis. I’d been complaining of pain and my Mom noticed that I looked a bit crooked. She took me to various specialists but the bottom line was that it wasn’t quite severe enough for surgery so I should learn to live with the pain.
Years later I was at Western on my way to medical school when I began to experience severe headaches that made it difficult to function, and almost impossible to study. Between my scoliosis and my headaches I was scared that I’d end up with a life limited by pain.
My MD wanted to give me pain killers for my headaches. I wanted to know what caused the headaches so I could get rid of them, not cover them up. He said they were stress related and there was nothing else he could do for me.
I left his office confused and due to a friend (and desperation) made an appointment with a chiropractor. The chiropractor found that my headaches were coming from irritated nerves in my neck. I’d always had shoulder/neck 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. I was blown away.
That experience changed my career path. I applied to Chiropractic College, not Medical School… and the rest is history. I’d been worried that my life would be limited due to pain but instead, I have been able to enjoy the activities I love, and have even become an advanced pilates practitioner along the way.
I often reflect on how different my life would be if I’d just taken those drugs for my headaches. Instead I have the privilege of sharing the power of natural healing with my patients every day. To me it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
A few facts about Dr. Shulman:
Practicing chiropractor for over 25 years
Leading Posture Expert
Expert at providing relief from symptoms due to scoliosis (she has scoliosis as well)
Director of Southwestern Ontario’s Shulman Weight Loss Clinic
Creator of “The Willpower Solution” program
Advanced pilates practitioner and hot yoga enthusiast
Makes radio and television appearances including: Rogers television, CFRB, and Sirius Radio
A regular contributor to publications including Alive Magazine, and Canadian Living
A keynote speaker for companies such as St Joseph’s, Canusa, and LHSC
She has been called on to adjust The Wiggles, Motley Crue and Olympic athletes and shared a stage with Deepak Chopra
“When I first started seeing Dr. Shulman, I was suffering from chronic back and neck pain. I remember the relief I got a few hours after the very first session. It was like the tension that was making my neck and back hurt so much was unknotted and I could breathe without feeling pain.
Her holistic approach is guaranteed to make these adjustments make you feel better on a mind-body-spirit level. She treats her clients as humans and that’s rare to find.”
“In my youth I was an athlete, demanding a lot from my body and I developed chronic injuries. Eventually, I thought the pain and discomfort in my back and hips I felt daily were a normal part of the aging process.
Years later I was referred to Pure-Health. I owe Dr. Shulman a debt of gratitude. She has been instrumental in my karate success. Not only has she supported me through my physical improvements but has been an emotional support which encouraged me to just keep reaching for the stars.”