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Meet Dr. Emily McManus

Dr. Emily is currently on Maternity Leave

An Introduction to Chiropractic

Chiropractor Port Moody, Dr. Emily McManusAs a child, Dr. Emily had a friend whose mom was a chiropractor. “I was always curious about and intrigued by chiropractic.” When she was 11, Dr. Emily hurt her shoulder playing soccer. “I went to the doctor and was prescribed a strong painkiller. At the time it didn’t make sense to me – and the drugs made me so sick.” She thought, “This is making me feel terrible, and it’s not fixing my shoulder!”

It Just Clicked

Dr. Emily convinced her parents to let her see the chiropractor. “The way she explained how the nervous system controls everything and that the body is self-healing totally clicked for me and I thought, ‘Why isn’t everybody doing this? This is awesome!'” She began to see the chiropractor on a regular basis until she finished high school.

Taking a Detour

When Dr. Emily went away to University, she didn’t see a chiropractor routinely but came back to it anytime she had a health challenge. “At the end of my undergraduate studies, I knew I wanted to work in health care but had missed the deadline to apply to chiropractic college.” Wanting to go to graduate school right away, she pursued a Masters of Hospital Administration.

Dr. Emily worked for big academic health centres for about four years, and though the money was good, she was dissatisfied. “It felt at odds with where I wanted to contribute along the health continuum. I wanted to be preventative and more natural.” So she enrolled at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto to earn her Doctor of Chiropractic degree.

A Passion for Prenatal and Pediatric Chiropractic

In her first practice where she filled in for a chiropractor on maternity leave, Dr. Emily got to see pregnant women and some children. To further her knowledge, she initially took a few courses through the International Pediatric Chiropractic Association (ICPA) and ended up finishing all the courses in the program. In particular, Dr. Emily has had great success using the Webster Technique to help women and with optimal positioning babies.

“I’ve also had the honor of adjusting a few women while they were in labor and helping their labor along.” She’s had training in Torque Release Technique, and took a Bellies™ Inc. course that was geared towards in-depth assessment for women before, during and following pregnancy. Neurology is another major area of interest for her.

Finding Fulfillment Through Helping Others

Dr. Emily is passionate about helping patients enjoy life a little bit more and see them switch their mentality around health. “I want them to begin to understand that they can take some responsibility for their health and that it can get better.”

Outside the Practice

When she’s not helping patients, Dr. Emily and her partner Kevin enjoy spending time with their son Kai. They love to get outside and be in the woods or near the water. She likes to go to Sasamat Lake and loves hitting the trails at Rocky Point. She also enjoys walking along the water at Osprey Village and the dykes in Port Coquitlam.

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