AECC University College Alumnus Spotlight: Nic Langlois

At AECC University College, our School of Chiropractic courses are designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge required to improve the quality of their patients’ lives.

We spoke to former Master of Chiropractic student, Nic Langlois who now owns and runs a successful Chiropractic clinic based in Tuckton, Bournemouth. He discusses what he enjoys most about being a Chiropractor, the common complaints he sees in his clinic and how best to avoid them. He also provides helpful advice and guidance for ensuring positive musculoskeletal health.

Getting started

“I studied at AECC University College from 2004 to 2008. I was initially considering a career in physiotherapy. At the age of eighteen, I had decided not to take up my university offers to attend medical school as I wanted to be more holistic and patient-centred than my friends who worked in medicine said they were able to be. I instead completed a Sport and Dance Studies degree in Winchester and then started looking around for how to get back into medicine in a way that involved contact with real people, hence looking at physio.

“My parents bumped into representatives from AECC University College at a university recruitment event and picked up a flyer. When I looked at it, I realised that the MChiro degree combined both my passion for really seeing people’s problems at a deeper level, but also satisfied my desire to be a high-level primary contact practitioner.  

“Upon graduating, I spent a year working at the University College as a Primary Paediatrics Researcher. I then worked in a local chiropractic practice for a couple of years, before starting my own practice in Bournemouth, Up & About.”

A passion for Chiropractic

“I now have a very busy little practice that has a real reputation for being able to help those who have been struggling with pain for quite some time. I treat many types of low to high-level sports injuries, with a particular focus on runners, cyclists and swimmers. I work with those struggling with breastfeeding and baby sleep issues. I also see a significant number of general patients too – my oldest patient is 104-years-old (pictured).

“My intention is to work out what forces are acting on the body, often through our own habits, and to help people correct these so that the problem goes away and stays away. Symptoms are interesting but really only point to the cause. Understanding why something has happened is the fascinating and rewarding bit of the job. I really love seeing people come in struggling and walking out smiling, but on a deeper level, people walking in with despair and walking out with hope.”

Musculoskeletal health

I often see spinal complaints, though I probably see more patients struggling with their knees, hips and shoulders. Of the spinal injuries I see, low back issues are probably most prevalent, followed by neck problems. There are a number of simple tips that those reading this could try at home. My most used and prescribed bit of kit is a simple dog ball. It has to be a 70-80mm hard rubber size ball that sounds like it would go through the floor if you dropped it. You can lie on it, stand against the wall with it, roll it under your feet, to name a few uses for it.

“I also love exercise prescription. Over lockdown, I prepared a whole load of rehabilitation and self-help videos to help clients who I could not see. These include looking at the maintenance and rehab of lower back pain, upper shoulder and neck exercises, core rehab and pregnancy support.”

Creating good habits

“I think we all need to take back control of our bodies and take responsibility for how we use them. I believe we have almost become too reliant on pain medication and surgery as a way out of problems. Experience tells me that correctly understanding body mechanics and adjusting how we use our body can vastly reduce or negate the requirement of surgery and drugs. They have their place for sure, but I think we can do more in advance of getting there than we currently do on a personal level.

“Chiropractic is about understanding what the issues are in our bodies, what to do to reverse them and then being willing to put in the time to do the work to stop them happening again. It’s also about stopping the bad habits that are so often the reason for the pain. Good habits take a little time to reinforce but are easier on the body and, generally, promote an improved feeling of energy and a decrease in the likelihood of pain and dysfunction. It’s a win-win in my head.”

If you’ve been inspired by Nic’s story and would also like to study Chiropractic, you can find out more about the courses we offer, here.