Alison set up Ayr Chiropractic & Complementary Health Clinic in September 2002,
the first clinic of its kind in the area. Alison’s goal was to bring a multi
modality complementary health clinic to the people of Ayrshire and beyond to
assist patients working towards their health goals.
Alison trained as a chiropractor following her own chiropractic treatment.
She was impressed by the natural, holistic methods employed by chiropractic
and the focus on prevention of further health problems. Alison studied for
5 years at the Anglo European College of Chiropractic
in Bournemouth; she graduated with a BSc (Hons) and MSc chiropractic.
Alison also achieved the Holm Award for the female with the most holistic
approach to patient care.
Following her studies, she went on to work in Surrey and West Sussex in
natural health centres, to widen her knowledge of complementary medicine,
before returning to her Scottish homeland to start her own practice in Ayr.
Alison expanded her skill set studying a
a technique based
on muscle testing that considers structural, chemical and energy/emotional
imbalances in the body. Kinesiology allows other natural therapies to be
incorporated into chiropractic care. Having passed her clinical competence
examination, she trained in the Sunflower Method
, which focussed on working
with children with learning difficulties.
During her time in Surrey, Alison
was one of five practitioners involved in treating children who were patients on a
research project into the effectiveness of the Sunflower Method. She has also worked
with brain damaged and physically disabled children.
Since graduation, Alison became interested and trained in
finds this a very useful tool when working with all patient groups including pregnant
women, children and the elderly. She is an instructor for the
CranioSacral Therapy and has taught classes internationally.
Since 2002 Alison has also been training in Visceral Manipulation
through the Barral
Institute and uses this extensively with her patients. She finds this further increases
her scope of practice and means she can work with people with conditions that do not
usually resolve with chiropractic care. She is the UK instructor for Visceral
Manipulation for the Barral Institute and along with her husband Scott runs the
UK branch of the Barral Institute, bringing visceral manipulation to the UK.
Alison Harvey speaking at the British Fascial Symposium
Alison wrote a book A Pathway to Health
as a patients guide into the world of Visceral
Manipulation. The book can be purchased at the clinic or online here
When not at work Alison enjoys spending time with her husband and young son and playing
her clarinet and bass clarinet with Ayrshire Symphony Orchestra.