This is a rather long story, but it’s worthwhile if you’re searching for an expert back cracker!
When I first moved to England from California, I searched for a chiropractor to continue my care. I was really confused because the term “osteopath” was widely used, and I was unaccustomed to hearing the terminology. Turns out that osteopaths major in both bone manipulation and physiotherapy; it results in a more concise treatment, I think.
At the time, I had sciatica thanks to my slanted hips, resulting in pinched nerves and displacement of weight because one leg was slightly shorter than the other. A product of falling awfully during a snowboarding trip, I’m sure. Once I settled in Colchester, I searched for a chiropractor or osteopath that could help normalise my life.
I ended up going to 4 different chiropractors and osteopaths in Colchester. To say many of these clinics were inefficient is a sore understatement. Each one refused to manipulate, and insisted on a light massage. Their form of treatment of course ended up being a complete waste. I’ve had more restorative massages than the “physiotherapy,” that was doled out. I was paying for a service that was not giving results and seeing practitioners who refused to listen. One practitioner offered me a wedge to slip inside my shoe. I was incredibly appalled. Was all of Colchester like this? It couldn’t be possible that everyone was a quack!
My most unsatisfactory experience was at Bacon & Associates. I am actually calling them out because of mediocre treatment I experienced. I was seen at both the Wivenhoe and Colchester clinics on separate occasions. The first was out-of-pocket before I was pregnant. The second was through an NHS referral, post-partum. To be honest, I returned because I didn’t realise I had seen them before. It wasn’t until I recognised the same practitioner that I realised my sessions would be a complete waste of time.
I was seen over 5 times. I received one mild adjustment which I could have done by myself at home by simply stretching. Every other visit was just a mediocre massage, dubbed as “physiotherapy.” As an NHS patient, I received a truly stingy attitude during treatment and couldn’t wait for my last appointment to be finished. I ended my sessions feeling the same as I had before – rather worse for wear.
I was aggravated, in pain, and feeling quite hopeless about finding an efficient osteopath in Colchester that could help return quality to my life. Then a local Mum-friend suffering the same pain posted on Facebook about her search for referrals. Her friends suggested quite a few places for her to visit. One of the recommendations was for an Osteopath at The Point Clinic. I knew I had to take a chance so I called and booked an appointment.
My first appointment was amazingly thorough. Not only did this osteopath really know his stuff, he specialized in working with women post-partum. He explained to me what my bone structure was doing, and how we were going to fix it. Here’s the most important part – HE FIXED ME!
My osteopath worked to release the tense muscles in my body before adjustment, adjusted my wonky bones, and gave me excellent tips for dealing with pain, swelling, and even special stretching techniques to help get stronger. It’s almost a year later, and though I’m still a work in progress, I’m far more improved than when I first walked in. My posture is better, my hips are more balanced, and I have learned more effective ways to manage my pain through stretching and exercising techniques and icing.
I return every 6-8 weeks for a manipulation, but this is literally the reason I am able to get up and go every morning. I went from debilitating pain that made every day quite unbearable, to up and about without much of a problem. The difference this has made in my quality of life is amazing. I am so thankful I read that Facebook post and found The Point Clinic. My life would not have as much quality were it not for them.