What our patients say about us
In the hope of helping you to decide whether we are the right osteopaths for you, or indeed to help you to discover whether your symptom could be helped with osteopathy we have included some real patient case history examples as well as a few testimonials, a little insight into what our clients say about us.
Repetetive strain injury
Jacqui came to me with the worst RSI I had seen in all my practice years. For 4 years she had struggled with acute pain in her left (dominant) elbow. She’d had cortisone injections from her GP and a course of NHS physiotherapy, none of which were breaking the cycle of symptoms and pain. In all honesty I don’t hold out much hope but we gave it a try!
When Jacqui first presented to me she was struggling with activities of daily living, brushing teeth etc, she wasn’t even able to lift her elbow to her mouth to eat so she had been bending from the waist to bring her mouth to her food. The arm was locked at 90 degrees and she was developing a stiff shoulder, neck and left wrist as everything else tried to compensate.
Jacqui was a small lady (just about 5ft), she owned a haulage company and regularly drove articulated lorries. The breakthrough moment came during the history taking and subsequent discussions during treatment. Jacqui explained how tense she was when driving the lorry, literally gripping the wheel for fear of it running away from her. Once we established that, her symptoms quickly resolved with simple treatment and advice. Here’s her version of what we did.
“Rachel started with some really gentle exercises and acupuncture. The exercises were for me to do at home on a daily basis, they were gentle, simple and very effective. Within a couple of visits I was able to straighten my arm (the was something I had given up ever doing). Over the following couple of months Rachel continued to work on my left arm and neck. I have now regained full movement in my left arm and gradually built the muscle tone back up to equal that in my right arm. I can’t thank her enough for her time and help.” Jackie Foster
“Rachel has been my osteopath for several years, mostly correcting general back and posture issues caused by long periods of desk / computer work and driving. This has involved lower back, neck and shoulder issues which Rachel has been able to quickly diagnose and correct. Most recently she has corrected an instability in my hip that was being stressed by some martial arts and yoga techniques. This involved direct manipulation and a series of home exercises between visits. One of the things I like about Rachel’s style is that she doesn’t faff about and knows when to give it some welly. It’s important because I am 6ft 2″ and 17 stone and messing about just doesn’t work for me. This means I need fewer visits which means ewer disruptions to my working week. I would not hesitate to recommend Rachel, who is a knowledgeable and effective osteopath”. Simon Chambers
“I find Rachel friendly, pleasant and approachable. She has been treating me on and off for several years now.
She has got to the root of the problem to enable my conditions to improve so that I have not needed to call on her for a whole year.
I am grateful to have found someone who is able to fix me… I highly recommend her”. Sheila Dixon
“I came to Rachel with long term neck and back strain which was causing me considerable pain and discomfort. Her treatment has been fantastic, and has significantly improved my condition and daily comfort (especially working in a desk-based environment). Not only has her treatment been great but she has given me excellent advice (for example on ways to improve my mobility and exercise) which have enabled me to manage my own condition better. I would definitely recommend her to anybody and I am hugely grateful for the help she has given me”. Sophie Melton Bradley