From the Clash to a chiropractor ... Top complementary therapist tells why he changed his tune

I may have played drums with The Clash, Billy Idol and Black Sabbath, but I was never exactly your archetypal rock star. Granted, I loved all the music and the partying, but I was vegetarian, didn't smoke or take drugs and I stopped drinking altogether when I was 26.

Despite the temptations going on around me, I was far more interested in keeping healthy. So it came as little surprise to my bandmates when, in 1989, I told them I was quitting the music industry to become a chiropractor. Some people think my interest in chiropractic - a complementary therapy that treats disorders of the musculo-skeletal system and the effects of those disorders on the body - came from having back pain myself.

Most drummers tend to develop it from years of being hunched over a drum kit. I've never suffered from back problems - not because I sat up straight on the stool but more likely because, although I loved performing live and recording, I hated rehearsing because I found it so monotonous. Far from spending hours perfecting my technique, I would do a quick 30 minutes if I really had to, and then disappear.

As a teenager, I used to think rock bands were the highest form of life and taught myself to play the drums. I thought being in a band would be useful for getting the girls. I considered going to medical school when I was 17 and even went for an interview at the London Hospital in Whitechapel. But I found all those men in suits rather off-putting - it felt more like an interview for the Army. may have played drums with The Clash, Billy Idol and Black Sabbath, but I was never exactly your archetypal rock star.

Granted, I loved all the music and the partying, but I was vegetarian, didn't smoke or take drugs and I stopped drinking altogether when I was 26. Despite the temptations going on around me, I was far more interested in keeping healthy.

So it came as little surprise to my bandmates when, in 1989, I told them I was quitting the music industry to become a chiropractor.

Source - Daily Mail

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