The treatment of body pain with healing hands

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A Calderdale chiropractor visited Peru to use his skills on the some of the country’s poorest people.

Simon Gough, of Calderdale Chiropractic, on Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge, took part in the eight-day volunteer project in Lima and Cusco in Peru.

He was one of 12 chirporactors who treated more than 3,000 people on the trip.

“It was organised by people who work out there. We had a make-shift clinic set up in one of the slums in Lima.

“There’s ongoing treatment for children and adults there and the people who run the clinic get volunteers over to try and help more people and get more people care.

“We then went to Cusco, in the mountains, and spent a day at Machu Picchu.

“I was surprised at the level of poverty.

“We walked past some houses that had just straw on the floor and guinea pigs running around.

“And in another area, you’d see £1m apartments.

“There were real extremes of poverty and riches.

“Everyone was so friendly and welcoming and open. They were so grateful of anything you could do to help them.

“It really made me see how much help we can be to a lot of people, rather than just waiting for someone to come through the doors.

“I feel like I’ve been really blessed to be in my position, where I can help people.

“I have access to free health care here, but I wanted to give something to people and help others that are not so fortunate.

“I’d like to do something like this again.

“I’m looking at doing something on a national basis.

“There are a lot of people in the UK that are unable to afford private healthcare.”