Testimonials and Success Stories
Bettie, a 34-year old teacher, came to our office with a severe limp. Clearly frustrated with the lack of relief after visiting many doctors and specialists, she handed me a file overflowing with MRI imaging, X-rays and medical reports. She said, “I don’t know what to do. I’m having more and more difficulty walking and I’ve missed so many days of work and school, I’m afraid I could lose my job. I don’t have many options left, and I’m not even sure if I’m in the right place now.”
I explained to Bettie how we do things differently in our office, beginning with a full-body evaluation. I gave her some words of encouragement and said she had nothing to lose, but much to gain if the treatment worked. She struggled onto the examining table, grimacing from the pain.
During the course of my initial examination, I noticed a severe pelvic misalignment. “What does it mean?,” she asked. On a spinal model, I showed her how her pelvis was misaligned and assured her that her condition was correctable. “I’ve seen so many doctors and therapists before, and no one has ever explained to me exactly what’s wrong,” she exclaimed.
Thirty minutes later, Bettie got off the table with much less difficulty. Her limp was considerably diminished, and she was happy to report that her pain level was reduced by 75%! She couldn’t believe how well she felt.
I treated her three times a week for the next two weeks. By then, Bettie managed to get back to work and resume her normal activities – things she hadn’t been able to do for over a year.
Tina, a sports enthusiast, can usually be found playing tennis if she’s not playing golf. She works out at least four times a week at her gym and follows a very regimented exercise program.
The day she came to my office, she couldn’t move her right shoulder. The pain and spasms were so severe that she’d been to see an orthopedic surgeon, but an MRI showed no visible tears or fractures. All he could offer her were muscle relaxants and/or pain medication. When she asked him what more could she do, he replied, “Not much. Lots of rest, a heating pad and medication.”A week later, the pain had subsided somewhat, but she still couldn’t move her shoulder.
A friend suggested she come to Hands-On Physical Therapy to try physical therapy. “If a doctor can’t fix it, what can physical therapy do?” she asked. Reluctant and frustrated, Tina added that “the doctor couldn’t figure out what was wrong with my shoulder. I wish he had found something, so he could operate on it, and fix it. I can’t wait to get back to playing golf and tennis. I’m gaining weight every day and don’t see any hope for improvement.”
I performed a full-body evaluation and discovered that her lower back was very sore around her sacrum. In addition, her pelvis on the right dominant side was dropped. A few manual tests showed a connection between her frozen shoulder and her back pain. As soon as the dysfunction in her pelvis and sacrum were corrected, Tina regained 90% of the range of motion in her shoulder! During the same visit, I ordered additional appointments for her with our neuromuscular massage therapist and acupuncturist. Her range of motion improved even more and her pain subsided as well.
Four days later, Tina was competing in a doubles tennis match, pain free.
Sean was referred to me by his family physician.
Sean is a 74-year old retired accountant who was diagnosed with fibromyalgia several years ago. He was experiencing constant joint and back pain throughout his body and had also suffered from severe food allergies and constipation for most of his adult life. At the time, he was unable to sit or walk for more than ten minutes at a time due to his back pain.
During my initial examination, I found that Sean’s stomach was distended and very sensitive, his small intestine bloated and liver enlarged. He was in such bad shape that the physical exam caused him excruciating agonies. I ordered three acupuncture sessions and used some reflexology techniques on him. Then I treated his digestive system with manual therapy, and the nutritionist gave him a strict diet to follow.
Three months of therapy – including physical therapy, massage, acupuncture and nutritional counseling – along with a strict exercise regimen made a remarkable difference. Both his digestive and physical problems improved significantly. Sean happily reports, “I feel as good today as I felt when I was twenty-years old before being diagnosed with fibromyalgia.”