Case Studies

Matt Wise

portrait of `Matt', who became pain free and experienced improved mood after working with Bath Uk based chiropractor Thomasina Craster

Leisure Director Matt Wise had suffered with severe back ache for half his life. The former Bristol Rugby Club player experienced many knocks during his rugby career which he believes caused problems later on.

His condition eventually left him struggling to get up from chairs and playing with his four-year-old son became increasingly difficult.

He said the pain was sometimes so excruciating it was like an ‘electric shock’. His constant agony also left him feeling depressed.

He tried a range of treatments, but found Dr Thomasina’s work finally left him pain free for the first time in years. He also credits it with having the knock-on effect of improving his mood and relationship with his son.

Matt Wise

1. Why did you decide you needed help?

I had suffered from chronic backache for around 20 years. I don’t know what caused it but I had played rugby to a high standard, to the point I almost turned professional, and I imagine the many knocks I experienced had an impact.
My mobility was limited, I was in constant pain and I felt depressed as a result.

2. How did your condition affect your everyday life?

It would take me two to three minutes to get out of a chair and it was difficult to run around and play with my son. Sometimes the pain was like an electric shock which would stop me in my tracks. The constant pain also left me feeling depressed.

3. Why did you decide to use Dr Thomasina?

I had tried many different treatments including a range of practitioners, including osteopathy, traditional chiropractor and massage therapy. They would each give me instant relief, but didn’t seem to get to the root of the problem. In the end, I felt desperate. I had spent a lot of time and money on regular treatments, but it didn’t seem to have a lasting effect. I then came across vouchers for Dr Thomasina and decided to give it a try.

4. How did you find the treatment?

The treatment is very relaxing and difficult to describe. It’s not like any traditional therapy I’ve had, which I think sometimes puts people off. In fact, I had three treatments and then walked away because I couldn’t get my head around how it worked. However, I soon realised the other treatments couldn’t get me past a certain point and so I went back and booked a block of 12 treatments – and I’m so glad I did.

Dr Thomasina would put her hand on my back and pinpoint areas of tension without me having to say anything. Dr Thomasina explained my condition may get worse before it got better, which it did.

It took several months before I healed, but my condition had been chronic. I had been suffering from back pain/weak back on and off for nearly 20 years and it had been particularly bad in the last 4 years. I am pragmatic and knew this was never going to be a quick fix, but rather it would take some time to correct the years of neglect and trauma.

Colleagues of mine with minor ailments have seen much quicker results, so it does depending on the length and severity of the condition.

5. How has the Dr Thomasina’s treatment benefited you?

Following several months of treatment I felt pain free for the first time in years. I now feel a million times better and am able to do much more. I’ve gone from feeling quite depressed to having a much more positive outlook on life. It’s improved my mobility in general and I can run round after my son more easily.

6. Would you recommend Dr Thomasina?

I would unreservedly recommend Dr Thomasina. I have recommended her to my colleagues, but I do stress the importance of having an open mind as the treatment will not be like anything they have experienced before.

7. Anything to add?

I imagine some people would have their reservations because it’s unlike other traditional treatments. All I can say is that it’s worked wonders for me.

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