Not Just Any Chiropractor for John!

by Chiropractors Brighton on July 30, 2009

John ParkinsI first started having problems with my back about twenty five years ago. Two or three times a year my back would go into spasm and this would last for a couple of weeks. It was both painful and debilitating.

I went to see my GP and he referred me to an Osteopath. The Osteopath made me raised my working surface by six inches; which made it too high for everybody else. He said I should get rid of my beloved MGB roadster. He also said I should avoid settees and “comfy” chairs – just sitting on dining chairs. I assume now that I must have upset him in some way because none of this did my back any good at all! In fact, I don’t think he ever worked out what was wrong with my back. Neither did the second Osteopath I tried nor the Acupuncturist I visited. This was all proving to be an expensive waste of time. So I left my back to get on with it for a while……..

On hearing that I had a bad back an acquaintance recommended I visit a chiropractor. The Chiropractor I visited had some success treating my back more than anyone else had, but he did not stop it from going into spasm, just less frequently. However, I found the philosophy he espoused and the pseudo-science he quoted very off-putting and stopped my appointments. I continued putting up with the spasms for about two years.

I was watching athletics on the TV. A female athlete fell and had obviously injured her lower back. In the studio Michael Johnson was asked if she would be all right for the next round. He said “She’ll visit her chiropractor and she will be fine” The matter of fact way that Johnson spoke of chiropractic treatment lead me to reconsider seeing a Chiropractor.

This time I happened to see Richard. He was the first practitioner in twenty years to take X-rays of my back! He asked whether I was having headaches, I hadn’t mentioned it but I was! He said he could do something about the headaches today and with a course of treatments he could make my back a lot better although he could not cure it. I appreciated his honest assessment and went ahead with the course of treatments. The headaches went and I had not had a back spasm in eight years.

The moral of this story is that it is not just picking a Chiropractor that’s important but choosing an M and S Chiropractor.

Richard I thank you.

John Parkins

(PS – as in the advert “Not just food, but M and S food!!)

Dr Richard McMinn Chiropractor Hove

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