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I came to David from a friends recommendation. I wasn't sure what to expect but I am so happy I went and wish I had found David years before. I have been in chronic 24/7 pain in both my knees for approx. 5yrs. I have a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, joint hypermobility, mild early onset osteoarthritis in my L knee and moderate osteoarthritis in my R knee. Over the last 5yrs I have been to homeopathic hospital tried homeopathic medication, homeopathic injections into my knees, knee lotions and potions, splints, supports, painkillers, physio, tens machine for 3hrs every night on high intensity and pain clinic. Nothing helped, physio and pain clinics discharged me as they didn't know what to do with my complex conditions. I was on 33 high painkillers on a daily basis and on double crutches to enable me to get out and about, the pain woke me at night, I struggled with stairs, I couldn't walk far without being in pain and missed out on things with my 6 yr old niece and 2 yr old nephew. My last hope was a referral to orthopaedics at the local hospital but sadly they told me to lose weight and gave me a knee brace to wear that didn't help at all. I was resigned to being 45 and in daily pain for the rest of my life. I then thought about trying acupuncture as I was willing to try anything at this stage. A friend gave me David's details. I found him easily online. I had a quick look at his website and made my 1st apt. From the 1st consult David was professional, knowledgeable on my conditions, listened to all my health problems, what I was looking for and didn't just put everything down to my weight which had been brought up many times before. He was very professional, explained everything to me, he felt acupuncture wouldn't help me long term so offered laser treatment. I was so grateful to at last have someone listen to me and offer something to help rather than being told we don't know how to treat you. I didn't know what the laser treatment was and David explained it all in lay mans terms so I understood. I have had 5 treatments so far and even after my 1st treatment of only an hr I left feeling positive, hopeful and in less pain than I had went in. David has given me a new lease of life in a very short time. I cant believe the difference in my pain levels in such a short time. I have now reduced my med medication, I'm reducing , usage and reliance on my crutches and try walking without them, I haven't needed to use my tens machines, I am managing stairs much better and are able to do things with the kids now. I still have some pain but its drastically reduced and I no longer wake during the night in pain. David has suggested I have 1 more weekly treatment then go to fortnightly and then to monthly and take from there. I am now looking forward to getting back to enjoying things I used to be able to do and have a near enough pain free life and its all thanks to David. I cant believe the difference in my pain and I cant thank him enough. People can be sceptical to trying alternative therapies but I have been there and bought the shop on trying different techniques and aids to help. I would advise anyone who is suffering and feels like there is no light at the end of the tunnel like me to get in touch with David and I'm sure he will be able to help elevate some of your suffering like he has for me. I have already recommended him to my sister and a colleague. I would highly recommend David to everyone. He has also recommended a fellow specialist to help with my feet problem which is fab.
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 Neck Pain

Neck Pain, Whiplash

The neck supports your head (which weighs about 6 kilos) and allows your head its great range of movement. The vertebra, discs and muscles of the neck allow all these movements to take place. Also, the neck muscles support the head in all sorts positions, often for sustained periods of time.


It's unsurprising that neck pain is a frequent complaint. Fortunately, the majority of neck pain can often be helped with Osteopathy and Acupuncture.


There are a large variety of causes for Neck Pain:


Neck Muscle Spasms:


This is where the muscles that support the neck play up, and cause stiffness, neck pain and possibly a headache. The discomfort can spread to the shoulder, arm and upper back. While this neck pain will often settle down on its own in a day or two, if it lasts longer it's often a good idea to have it treated.


Facet Joint Syndrome:Facet-Joint-Syndrome Neck Pain


The facet joints are small joints at the back of a vertebra. When a facet joint in the neck is moved beyond its normal range of movement, the ligaments supporting this joint are overstretched and, in turn, the muscles that support the neck go into a protective spasm.

This will cause neck pain and stiffness. When this happens the pain may also be felt in the head, shoulder, the arm.


This condition can be very painful, but will usually respond quickly to osteopathic manipulation.


Whiplash Injuries:


Whiplash is commonly associated with Car Accidents, where a car is hit either from the side or from behind, although these injuries can be sustained in many other ways, including falls on ice and during sport.


These injuries are complex, and the onset of symptoms can be delayed by a day or two, so everyone involved in a Car Crash should be examined by a Doctor and have an x-ray to rule out serious injury.



Whiplash can best be described as "A sudden acceleration or deceleration applied to a human body which is not prepared for such an event."


The idea of lack of preparedness is significant, as the bodies protective mechanisms are just not ready to cope with the instantaneous impact of collision.


The muscles, ligaments, vertebra and discs in the neck are all potential tissues that can be damaged. It is not unusual for the lower back and pelvis to be involved, as all the spinal tissues are trying to support the head and neck during the whiplash episode.


Osteopathy, Acupuncture and Cranio-Sacral Osteopathy can frequently help with the various issues that occur after a Whiplash Injury.


Neck Wear & Tear, also known as Spondylosis:cervical-spine-spondylosis


Spondylosis is usually associated with elderly people, and people who have had experienced injuries to their necks. The ageing process should not be painful, and it's a cop-out for medics to say things like "This Pain - It's because of your age". Many people have spondylosis and are pain-free. The neck pain that's attributed to wear & tear is often muscular and should respond well to osteopathic treatment.


Torticollis or Wry Neck:
Headache, Neck Pain


Torticollis from the Latin, tortus = twisted, column = neck. There are a variety of reasons for torticollis. The condition usually involves the sternocleidomastoid muscle, which runs from the sternum to the mastoid process, the bony area just behind the ear. This condition can be present from birth or can develop later in life. This condition can sometimes be helped with osteopathy, but the severity of the condition can limit the prognosis.

Prolapsed Discs in the neck:



This can be a very painful condition as the nerves that run from the neck to the shoulder and arm are often affected. There may be pain, numbness, pins & needles and even weakness in the arm and hand. It can be very difficult finding a position to relieve the symptoms.


This condition can be very difficult to treat, and in the acute stage certain pain-relieving can be helpful. A neck collar that lifts the head up from the shoulder can add traction to the neck and relieve compression to the affected nerve. Sleeping on your back with something to lift the shoulder up can relieve traction to the affected nerve. It is worth seeing an experienced osteopath for advice, but it's unlikely they will be able to treat a genuine cervical disc prolapse.


Headaches from the Neck.


Tissues in the neck, such as the facet joints, intervertebral discs, nerves and muscles can cause a variety of headaches. The facet joints, discs and nerves in the upper half of the neck will often cause headaches, while lower down in the neck they can cause issues around the shoulder and arm.


There are a number of muscles at the front, side and back of the neck. Each of these muscles has a predictable pain pattern. These muscles can cause pain to be experienced in the face, the jaw, around the eye, top of the head, temples and back of the head.


Muscles at the front of the neck:Headache, Facial Pain, Neck Pain


The muscles at the front of the neck can cause pain around the face and jaw, and can easily be overlooked in cases such as TMJ syndrome, one sided tinnitus, or the feeling of something stuck in your throat (globus) and facial pain.
The muscle that forms the floor of the mouth, the Digastric muscle, can also cause issues around the front of the neck and with swallowing. These muscles can be treated using acupuncture.

The Scalene Muscles, which run from the front of the neck to the upper ribs, can cause pain and numbness in the shoulder, arm and hand. This muscle is often involved in people who are hunched over, in a bad posture, at a computer.

Scalenes Neck Pain Shoulder Pain, Arm Pain

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