In Feb. 2013 I sneezed and collapsed to the floor in agony. I had never felt pain like it. I couldn't stand upright for days and couldn't sit at all. After several weeks of never ending pain I sought help from elsewhere and was told that I had a bulging disc in my back. After several treatments, I reached the point where I felt that I wasn't making further progress and was still in pain. My husband had come across an advert for The Shield Clinic on Groupon and I decided give the clinic a go in the hope that the diagnostic tests and a different method of treatment may help to ease my pain.
I was nervous about my first appointment but was immediately put at ease. The clinic is immaculate and all the staff are very professional, friendly and so very supportive. Initially I saw Alan three times a week then as things improved twice, then once a week. I have done the spinefit exercises recommended by John every day and they really help. I took advice from Alan and changed my pillow, which has made a big difference.
A year after starting treatment I am pain free most of the time and have recently been promoted to a 'maintenance' program, visiting for an adjustment just once a month. I have had setbacks along the way - I fell off a quad bike at Easter and really hurt my left shoulder and elbow and I am plagued by neck problems which Alan discovered for himself - but both John (a great physio) and Alan have treated and I have made great progress.
When Alan left the practice to move to Australia I was apprehensive, however Nyah has taken his place and she is brilliant - she has a lovely, professional bedside manner and is very thorough. Even after 2 treatments with her, pain that I had has greatly reduced. I am back to cycling and am living a pain free life again."