Knee pain and wanted to be able to wear heels to upcoming wedding.

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Donna was able to wear heels on a her wedding day without suffering knee pain.

I was recommended to see Karen as I had been suffering with knee pain for some time and I was due to get married in a years time.

I wanted to wear heels to my wedding as my fiancee is quite a bit taller than I am! As you can see from the picture I had a fantastic day and was able to wear my shoes all day! I just had to take them off for dancing in the evening-only because they were quite high and not suitable for dancing in!

I now have regular maintenance sessions to make sure the good work remains.

Thanks for everything Karen, you do a fantastic job

Donna Williams
Addlestone, Surrey

Restricted movement in shoulder due to mastectomy & reconstructive surgery

Over 10 years ago I had extensive reconstructive surgery following mastectomy and treatment for breast cancer, but this resulted in the ligaments and muscles in my shoulder becoming tight and restricting the movement. To be honest I thought it was a small price to pay and something that I would have to live with.

But I was wrong, since visiting Karen, in just a few sessions she has managed to restore some of this movement. So now I can actually relax my shoulder, something I haven’t been able to do since my operation TEN years ago! I’m hopeful that after more treatments I’ll improve further.

I’m amazed that after this length of time this was even possible and I wish that I’d known about the treatment at Balance-Rite Osteopathy Clinic, when i’d initially had my surgery.

Kind regards

Sue McNulty,
Ashford, Middlesex
Feb 2013

Shoulder Injury

I would like to thank Mark for his help on my shoulder injury.

Throughout the treatment I found him very professional, considerate and helpful. He took time to explain about the injury and how muscle groups work, and how the shoulder was responding to treatment. I was given certain exercises to follow.

At a time when I had just changed jobs and was on a probationary period, I knew that I would receive no sick pay and would lose my job. Throughout this period I was able to continue to work, lifting heavy boxes. I even managed a holiday in Cornwall with no ill affects.

My appointments were conveniently arranged for my day off, so I lost no time off work. I looked forward to the treatments and found them very beneficial.
Gary Meads

Pain in Back, both Hips and Shoulders

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Karin is now able to cycle and swim without pain.

I have had treatment with Karen over the last six months and when I first started I had pain in both hips, my back and shoulders.

I was very surprised that bit by bit the pain moved to different parts of my body and then disappeared. I feel so different now, whereas before I was often in pain during the day and now it has all gone.

In the past I have had many different therapies but I have found Karen’s treatment to be the most successful and am able to do the things I love again, cycling and swimming.

Addlestone, Surrey

Neck, Shoulder and Upper Back Pain after a Road Traffic Accident Seven Months Previously.

I first visited Balance-Rite Osteopathy in January 2014 after having been in a road traffic accident in June 2013. I suffered neck, shoulder and upper back pain and had difficulty in turning my head to the left. The thing that affected me most was being unable to lift and carry my two year old daughter because of the pain.

I was sent to a physiotherapist who gave me six sessions of treatment and on the last treatment cracked my neck- this was very painful at the time and gave me no relief from my neck pain.

When I saw Karen, she explained to me very clearly that the muscles and soft tissues had not been prepared sufficiently to accept a neck manipulation. I was amazed at how differently she worked, compared to the physio. Continue reading

18 months Sufferer of Back and Lower Abdomen Pain

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Ana, after 18 months of suffering, was ecstatic after having treatment at Balance-Rite Osteopathy clinic and then travelling in a car for 25 hours. She had no pain when she got there and couldn’t believe it!

Karen Brewer has helped me with osteopathy since I was suffering from constant and often really strong pain in my lower abdomen for a year and a half. No medication could help me and often I wasn’t able to get out of the bed and lead a normal life. I am from Serbia and as we do not have osteopaths in our country, I did not know that it would help me.

In the past two years I experienced surgery after an ectopic pregnancy, a stillbirth at 38 weeks of pregnancy and a miscarriage, so I presumed that pain was a consequence of these conditions. Actually, many doctors told me that the pain is caused by the scar tissue that has developed after removal of the fallopian tube and that nothing can be done, except taking paracetamol.

Thanks to Karen’s experience and capability to give a correct diagnosis, after only 2 treatments from her, Continue reading

Low Back Pain & Muscle Spasm

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Only two weeks after an acute episode of low back pain, here is Charlotte enjoying her big day, pain free!

I called Balance-Rite Clinic as I needed an appointment as soon as I could get one, as my back had gone into spasm at the gym a couple of days previously and I could hardly walk because of the pain. I was very worried because my wedding day was only 2 weeks away and I didn’t want to be hobbling down the aisle.

I have suffered with back pain since a fall on to my coccyx when I was 12 years old and I had physiotherapy for around one year after the accident. After suffering for years (I’m 24 now!) with relapses on and off, I recently saw a chiropractor over a period of seven months, but I stopped this because I didn’t feel it was being beneficial for my back, as it felt no different.

At Balance-Rite I couldn’t believe how quickly I was out of pain, I felt a big improvement after the very first session and by the third session I could touch my toes, with a little discomfort, but by the fourth session the pain was gone. The treatment was completely different from the chiropractor who just lay me on my front and cracked my spine. Continue reading

15 years of Suffering with Low Back Pain

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Andrea, no longer worries about a slight forward-bending movement immobilising her for weeks and her back no longer aches when she wakes in the morning!

I Have suffered with lower back problems repeatedly over the last 15 years since having an epidural and forceps delivery when I had my son. I was having episodes about twice a year where I would make a simple movement, like bending to dry my legs after a shower and my back would ‘go’. I was unable to move, would have to take strong painkillers (diazepam and niproxin) and would be out of work for at least two weeks. My last episode like this was July 2013. Having had x-rays that found a slight scoliosis in the lumbar spine and early degenerative changes, the doctor only offered pain relief again, not treatment for the problem.

I made the decision to see Karen after she was highly recommended by a friend. During my initial consultation with Karen she recommended weekly half hour treatment sessions to work on correcting the problem and set exercises for me to do every day.

Eight months on and I no longer have the worry of a slight forward movement immobilising me for weeks and my back isn’t sore when I get out of bed in the morning! Continue reading

Pain in whole spine, top to bottom

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Caroline had tried several other osteopaths and initially put off coming to BRO as she didn’t think we would be any different from the many others she had seen. She has not looked back since and her cat, Tabitha, is over the moon with Caroline’s new found energy to chase her!

I have had back problems on and off for the past 25 years and having hit the big 5-0 last year, realised that if I didn’t sort it out now, by the time I reached 60 I may not be able to walk. My back problems have affected all aspects of my life, and I frequently took pain killers to try and deal with the ongoing pain. My problems started with lower back pain and over the years, moved up my back, so that I ended up with pain along the whole of my spine from neck to bottom. I have seen a number of osteopaths over the years who have provided very short term relief, but none that seemed to be able to make any improvements longer term.

Karen was recommended to me and, I have to admit, it was with some trepidation that I went to see her for the first time, after all what could she do that other osteopaths couldn’t? However, it was quite clear from that first session that Karen’s approach was completely different. She commented that my spine was completely “dysfunctional” but reassured me that she would certainly be able to improve things. The techniques Karen has used on me have been quite gentle and encompass the whole spine rather than just cracking one particular area. In fact, very little cracking is involved! After just the first few sessions, I was experiencing a major improvement in mobility and reduced pain. Continue reading

Acute Back Pain and Inability to Move

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Lisa was in such acute back pain, her husband had to lift her in and out of the car to get to our clinic for treatment.

When I went to visit Karen for the first time, I couldn’t actually move. My husband had to lift me in and out of the car. I saw Karen every day for a week just to try and get me moving and reduce the pain I was in.

I had been run over when I was 15 and had shattered my pelvis, damaged my coccyx and also 2 vertebrae. I have since had numerous falls and accidents (down stairs and on ice) all damaging various parts of my body.

By the time I went to see Karen, aged 48yrs, my entire spine had just about given up on me. She told me that the reason I was unable to move was that when an area of the body is in trouble, the body compensates by adjusting the tissues in that area, which in turn causes the rest of the body to adjust. It got to the point where my body had run out ways to adjust, so it just locked up!

I see Karen every week now and have not been so mobile in years, a lot of the problems I just used to put up with, don’t bother me anymore and even the most deep seated injury (over 30 years old) is so much better. Continue reading