New Appointment: Lena Olsen
In August, Lena Olsen will be joining the Milton Chiropractic team as a chiropractor. Find out how the former Norwegian Army Lieutenant came to Cambridge, and why she wishes there was a bit more snow on the ground in this interview.
Lena, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am originally from a place called Harstad in Norway. My background is slightly unusual in that I spent eight years in the Norwegian Army, climbing to the rank of Lieutenant. I came to Chiropractic as a career in order to help people with pain and injuries in order to improve their health and wellbeing. I also wanted to have a job that was both interesting and sociable, as I consider myself to be a people person.
I studied Chiropractic at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth, which is one of the largest training and teaching facilities in Europe.
What made you choose to apply for a role with Milton Chiropractic?
It seems to be a very good clinic with a fantastic reputation for excellence and patient care. There is an open and welcoming atmosphere to the clinic, which makes it a desirable place to work.
I very much agree with Head Chiropractor, Jasper Hulscher’s approach to running the clinic, and I can´t wait to start working with the wonderful people who are part of the Milton team.
What are you looking forward to most about working at the clinic?
Taking up a role at Milton Chiropractic represents an opportunity for me to gain essential chiropractic skills and build on my knowledge of the profession.
Much of working in complementary medicine is about supporting the patients’ needs and helping them to reach their goals. I’m told that the people of Cambridge are warm and friendly, so I can’t wait to meet them.
What do you enjoy most about your line of work?
I’m passionate about educating people about health and supporting their recovery. And having the opportunity to talk to so many people with different interests and perspectives makes a chiropractic clinic an exciting place to be.
I am really looking forward to meeting Milton Chiropractic’s patients and I hope to be a positive contributor to their health and wellbeing.
What would you say are the most common complaints you see day-to-day?
The most common complaints are typically musculoskeletal problems that occur due to bad posture, everyday stress and a poor work environment.
What are the most challenging injuries or complaints to treat?
Severely injured lower back discs are both the cause of great pain to patients and require a lot of care and attention to remedy. Improving lower discs requires attention to everything from posture correction to home exercises, psychosocial elements and muscle retraining.
The chiropractic-patient relationship is one built on teamwork. The best results are achieved when both work in unison.
If you have been in chiropractic for some time, would you say that the industry has changed or the perception of it has changed in recent years? If so, how?
I believe that patients have become more open-minded to the benefits of complementary medicine and are more discerning about their healthcare providers.
Thanks to good practitioners, chiropractic has also grown its reputation as a route to pain relief and greater wellbeing.
How would you describe your style of patient care and your manner?
I try my best to focus my patient care into establishing an individualised chiropractic-patient teamwork situation. I also believe that it is important to have in mind other aspects of care such as nutrition, exercise, work and family life as this can influence quite a lot of patients wellbeing.
I enjoy having a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere around my patients, and it makes my day when patients leave my treatment room with a smile.
What interests do you have away from work?
I am very interested in healthy cooking and bodyweight training. I enjoy being active outdoors, and most of all I enjoy nature and camping.
As with most Norwegians, I was pretty much born with cross country skies on my legs! But after 5 years in England I now know it’s a bit optimistic to hope for that much snow in Cambridge!
Lena will be taking bookings from the 1st August.