Meet Dr. Aine Sweeney
I first learned about chiropractic when I was attending community college. The chiropractic philosophy attracted me—healing without drugs or surgery. This made sense to me and I wanted to learn more.
But it took some time and the right circumstances before I took the leap. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity and good fortune to work with hundreds of patients using the skills, knowledge and experience gained throughout my career.
You’ll find my story below.
— Dr. Aine Sweeney
Before pursuing chiropractic as a career, I travelled many paths and yet chiropractic work seemed to always appear and be always on the horizon.
My initial goal was to be a social worker, so, my undergraduate degree is in Social Work. I worked briefly in this field before being offered a position in campus ministry. I needed more education in that area so I pursued a Masters in Ministry.
I worked with teenagers when I was in ministry and it was during this time that I hurt my back. A great deal of medication was prescribed for me but did nothing for my pain. Instead, it completely wiped me out for several days at a time. During this bout, I recalled my interest in chiropractic and started checking into studying that.
At the time I didn’t know much about chiropractic—I thought it was a six-month education process and I could study it while I continued working full time. Great idea. WAS I EVER WRONG! In spite of all my formal education, I still needed to go back and complete courses in chemistry, physics, biology and anatomy before I could be accepted into chiropractic school.
Unlike the 6-month education I expected, formal chiropractic training was a four-year, year-round course commitment. After the first quarter, I realized I had to give up my full-time job if I wanted to complete my chiropractic education. Of course, I chose chiropractic and completed training. During those four years, I worked part-time in a health food store. It was the perfect job where I received a wealth of information that was a perfect compliment to my chiropractic training.
Gentle is better!
After chiropractic college, I went on to study neurology and attained a Diplomate in Chiropractic Neurology. During that course of study, it became clear to me that whatever was done to the center of the body (especially the spine) summates (stimulates strongly a portion of the brain). Over stimulating the nervous system can be harmful—especially when it’s most vulnerable—especially when it’s in pain, has numbness or tingling, or experiencing other neurological symptoms. Therefore a gentle technique that works with the body’s nervous system is most useful, I found “gentle is better!”
Through my ongoing education around healing I stumbled upon the Directional Non-Force Technique©.
I was working in another chiropractor’s office and since she used D.N.F.T. in her office, she wanted me to know this technique. I went to a seminar and learned some basics. When she went on vacation I saw several of her patients and treated them with the little D.N.F.T that I had at the time. These patients had incredible results in spite of my limited knowledge of this new technique. In fact, the D.N.F.T. results were superior when compared to my patients who were receiving the traditional chiropractic technique.
That experience completely changed my chiropractic path. Since then, I’ve studied D.N.F.T. in depth over the years and use it exclusively in my practice. The best part, my patients continue to get great results.
Professionally and personally, I am honored to be a part of the healing process and glad to treat my patients with this gentle and successful technique. I hope you’ll think of me when you need treatment for pain, discomfort or any other health issues. I would like to help you.