Acute Muscle Spasm following ‘quick fix’ HVT manipulative treatment

I called Balance-Rite Osteopathy Clinic in desperation after I had experienced a sharp pain across my low back, with pain shooting into my legs and I was left in agony. I had done nothing to cause this pain other than walk up a few steps but it stopped me in my tracks. I had seen a different osteopath in Chertsey a few weeks previously for neck and low back pain, but was unable to get hold of them and was very concerned, as I had never experienced pain like this before.

Even though I am only 31 years old, I have suffered with low back pain, pain between my shoulders and neck pain for many years with frequent episodes of pain. During such an episode, I have been to see many osteopaths over the years and they would treat me with a combination of massage, manipulation and ultrasound, directing treatment to the area of my painful symptoms. This was the treatment I had received two weeks earlier.

However, on this occasion, Karen took a photograph of my back showing me where my back had gone into a protective muscle spasm and what this had done to my pelvis and spine. She explained that after many years of repeated manipulations, mechanically my back was no longer able to adjust for this ‘quick-fix’ method of manipulation to the symptomatic areas of my body, hence the sudden severe pain with no causative factor. The photograph clearly showed how my problems were far greater than just the two areas where I was feeling pain, and what Karen explained made perfect sense.

In all the years I have seen other osteopaths, I have never been shown these problems in my back, or has it been explained to me to why I keep suffering these episodes of pain.

Karen explained to me that in order to get me out of the acute pain I was in, I would need intensive treatment over a one to two week period. I saw Karen daily for three days, feeling easier after each treatment and then had a gap of 3 days, during which time Karen said I should continue each day to feel easier, which I did. By the time I saw her again for the fourth treatment, only 6 days after the acute episode occurred, I was very much better and back to where I had been three weeks previously when I saw the other osteopath.

What I found remarkable, was that Karen’s treatment was so different from any osteopathic treatment I have received in the past and that her whole treatment approach was very gentle. It didn’t hurt and because of this, I didn’t dread going to see her each time. I was already suffering extreme pain and I didn’t want to be worked on in such a way that it caused me any more pain than I was already in!

At the fourth treatment Karen took another photograph and it was amazing to see how in less than a week, you could see the difference that had been made. I am also very pleased at the speed in which Karen has got me out of pain and would recommend her approach to anyone suffering with pain.

Paul Frith, Chertsey, 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

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

Pelvic problems following child-birth

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Joanne has fortnightly treatment as a preventative measure, to keep her body mobile enough to carry out her work and hobbies.

I started seeing Karen after the birth of my daughter 4 years ago in 2011.

I was suffering with headaches and lower back pain following a complicated delivery, Karen discovered that my pelvis was very twisted, probably from having had my legs placed in stirrups during the birthing process.

With gentle manipulation, my pelvis has returned to normal and I was able to continue my hobby of belly-dancing. As I am a complementary and beauty therapist as well as a mother, my hands, shoulders and back take a lot of punishment, from the continual bending and massaging of others.

I now see Karen on a fortnightly basis to keep me healthy and mobile as a preventative measure. With Karen’s help I am able to live an active life and have relatively little pain.

Joanne Sherwood
Chertsey, Surrey