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69 Year Old
CONDITION: OSTEOPOROSIS & ARTHRITIS OF THE SPINE
“I had 5 treatments in total and now I feel as though I have got my life back. I would recommend anyone who is suffering pain to give him a try as I found Mr. Clusker very, very good.” “I am now 69 years old and have suffered from arthritis of the spine and osteoporosis for about 5 years. During this time it was impossible for me to do normal every day things like shopping, ironing and housework. It was a nightmare because the pain was unbearable. I was desperate and thought I would give acupuncture a try and went to see Mr Paul Clusker – with not much hope, but anyway, I had nothing to lose. After the very first visit the difference was amazing! I could sit up straight for the first time in years and the pain just disappeared. I had 5 treatments in total and now I feel as though I have got my life back. I would recommend anyone who is suffering pain to give him a try as I found Mr. Clusker very, very good; he puts you at ease and is very understanding and patient. I can’t thank him enough.”
84 Year Old Female
CONDITION: LOW BACK PAIN & STIFFNESS
“I made an appointment with Paul Clusker in July and after two sessions noticed an improvement. After the third appointment I really did feel fine – no pain and back to a healthy 84 year old. It is now September and I am still feeling very well.” “For about 6 – 8 weeks I had been in severe pain and found that I could not bend, get out of bed in the morning and was at my wits end at 84 years old, that I was unable to be independent! I had been to my GP who advised me I had probably got a trapped nerve and prescribed pain killers. These didn’t seem to help. I made an appointment with Paul Clusker in July and after two sessions noticed an improvement. After the third appointment I really did feel fine – no pain and back to a healthy 84 year old. It is now September and I am still feeling very well. Thank you so much Paul.”
CONDITION: DIAGNOSED "TOTALLY WHEELCHAIR DEPENDENT"
After being diagnosed as totally wheelchair dependent and that there was no known treatment available I decided to try acupuncture and after a few session can now leave the house on crutches and am moving around the house unaided. “Returning home I reached into the back of the car for the steering lock and felt severe pain in the lower back. After going into the house I lost the use of my left leg and couldn’t walk or stand. I was admitted to hospital where I stayed for TEN weeks. After numerous tests I was diagnosed “totally wheelchair dependent” and without any diagnosis or reason why. I was re-admitted to hospital where a further biopsy was done which showed an unidentified disease in the thigh muscles and I was told it “may or may not recover” and that there was no known treatment available. I decided to try acupuncture and after a few sessions can now leave the house on crutches and am moving around the house unaided. The improvement is vast and I intend to continue with this treatment.”
CONDITION: PINS & NEEDLES IN LEFT HAND, LEG & FOOT
“I have had 7 sessions so far and feel more positive and I can now walk and sit down normally and do not need to take pain medication.” “I was suffering from pins and needles in my left hand, leg and foot together with back problems and had had these symptoms from approximately October 2003. It got so bad that I really could not do anything without very high dosages of medication. Before I made an appointment to see Paul Clusker I had been to my GP who suggested I saw a physiotherapist, which I did – to no effect. I then had an appointment to see a Consultant – in fact I ended up seeing FIVE and not one of them could find or treat the problem. Paul gave me acupuncture treatment which has proved very helpful. After the second session I noticed my hand had improved and at the fourth session my back and leg were much improved. I have had 7 sessions so far and feel more positive and I can now walk and sit down normally and do not need to take pain medication. At present we are awaiting a report from Hospital with regard to the results of a nerve conduction test which I underwent at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.”
CONDITION: IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
“My problem was diarrhea, not isolated attacks but several times a day. Without warning I would have severe gripping pains and have to dash to the loo immediately.” “This year we booked a wonderful holiday in Florida, but as the departure date drew nearer I was afraid I should have to cancel it. I was wretched and disappointed; I really needed a good holiday. My problem was diarrhoea, not isolated attacks but several times a day. Without warning I would have severe gripping pains and have to dash to the loo immediately. This is bad enough when you are at home, but outside shopping or traveling it is a nightmare. I’d been seeing my doctor about these symptoms for 2 or 3 years, but the various treatments and tablets prescribed had not helped and even made things worse. A month before our departure date I knew I had no option but to cancel the holiday. Worrying about the long flight with the constant fear of not being able to reach a loo in time was making me ill. I was sleeping badly, even having panic attacks. Then, in desperation, I turned to yellow pages phone book found Mr Clusker name and booked an appointment there and then. I had my first treatment and discovered that the needles were neither as large nor as painful as I’d imagined. I could hardly feel them and the experience was soothing and relaxing. I felt more hopeful generally. Mr Clusker asked if I would be willing to follow a special diet and I agreed straight away. Within 5 days I noticed an improvement (only 2 treatments). I had less wind, less pain and was sleeping normally. The diet was difficult at first but as I became more used to it. It didn’t seem too bad. After one week my bowels were settling down to a normal pattern and my tummy was no longer distended with wind. In three weeks my body was under control, though I found I had to be careful and stick to the diet. One month after my first treatment I was enjoying my Florida holiday.”
CONDITION: CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN
“Alternative” treatments, such as osteopathy and acupuncture, worked for me where conventional remedies failed. Over the last few years, I have suffered lower back pain, caused by an old injury to back muscles. This resulted in severe pain on occasions, which affected my ability to work, drive and my private life. The worst occasion resulted in me being unable to get out of bed, because my back muscles had gone into spasm. This was only relieved by my GP administering high dose intravenous ibuprofen and valium. I therefore decided that I had to do something about my back problem, since conventional advice seems to be “Yes, you’ve got a back problem, keep taking the pain-killers”. Acupuncture/Osteopathy At the suggestion of my G.P., I started a course of acupuncture and osteopathy. Having regular session of acupuncture and osteopathy had a profound effect, and the occurrences of back pain decreased in frequency and intensity. In discussions with my acupuncturist, and in reading about back problems, I realised that I also had to change my life style as an additional remedy. Life style One major change in my lifestyle that had coincided with increases in back pain was that I was less mobile. My partner and I had recently had a child, and this completely altered our way of life. Right up until the birth of our daughter, we had regularly gone walking, even managing a 3 mile walk in the ninth month of pregnancy. Reading about back pain, one common thread was that a sedentary life is the worst thing for backs. Fortunately, as our daughter has got older, we have been able to resume regular walks, this has increased my mobility, and helped free my back. Pilates One further thing that I decided to do was to do some sort of exercises to improve mobility. After asking various people who knew about back problems, I was recommended by Paul to try Pilates exercises, and I signed up to a Pilates evening class. The aim of Pilates is primarily to strengthen muscles, particularly in the stomach and back. Doing Pilates has improved my posture and mobility, and has been extremely beneficial. In summary, I would suggest to anyone with back problems to look at what might be the cause, and to take a wider view of possible remedies. Moderate and regular exercise, such as walking, is beneficial and enjoyable, and the discipline of a regular class, such as Pilates, helps motivation. “Alternative” treatments, such as osteopathy and acupuncture, worked for me where conventional remedies failed. Above all, looking at a more holistic approach to the problem, rather than a set of symptoms, seems to work.
CONDITION: NECK PAIN, DIZZINESS AND HEADACHES
“One of the most impressive things I liked about Paul was that he is very thorough, listened to what I had to say, was very patient and gave me a lot of confidence.” “I had suffered severe neck pain, dizziness and headaches on and off for approximately four years and had been diagnosed as having spondylitis, which was gradually getting worse. I found that it was affecting my life in such a way that I was tired all the time through lack of sleep and pain, I could do little housework and had to stop going to the gym and swimming. Before I saw Paul I’d already had acupuncture treatment (which was an NHS experiment), which helped slightly. I also had physiotherapy, which was not helpful. My first appointment with Paul was in February. He treated me with osteopathy and acupuncture. After the first 3 to 4 treatments I noticed a big improvement. At the end of May I felt great – back to leading a normal pain free life – even going back to the gym. Paul also suggested I get a special chair and computer keyboard and my Employers were good enough to get in touch with someone from Health & Safety to measure me up for a chair for me. Paul even advised me the name of the Company where to order the chair and keyboard from. One of the most impressive things I liked about Paul was that he is very thorough, listened to what I had to say, was very patient and gave me a lot of confidence. I now have treatment with Paul every 6 – 8 weeks to maintain wellness. I would like to thank Paul so much for giving me back my life!”