Merchiston was delighted to welcome back to School former pupil Michael Nicol (04-11) who kindly volunteered to talk to Merchiston and Firhill High School’s 5th and 6th Form pupils about his career and experiences in Chiropractic Medicine. Michael described how his interest and career choice stemmed from a Chiropractor successfully treating a sports back injury sustained at School. He explained, to the budding mix of future medical practitioners, how chiropractic is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine, in the belief that such a disorder affects holistic health via the nervous system. The main chiropractic treatment technique(of which there are many variations) involves manual therapy, especially manipulation of the spine, other joints, and soft tissues, but may also include exercises and health and lifestyle counselling. With a ratio of 30,000 patients to 1 registered chiropractic here in the UK (cf 3,000:1 in the US) there is growing recognition of the benefits of this alternative medical approach with rapid growth in the sector and job opportunities.