My Story

Ever had a back injury, neck injury or a bad fall, or a car crash or something else that knocked you out of place to the point that you couldn’t function normally anymore for days, weeks, months or years and just didn’t know where to go to get it fixed? Probably most of us have been there at some point in our lives. I certainly have. I was a bit of a maniac when I was a kid, often injuring myself in one way or another. The effects of most of these injuries would appear to get better over time and I’d forget about them. All those accumulated knocks and falls seem to take their toll as we get older. Maybe that’s what old is, just accumulated wear and tear. I remember getting hit on the forehead with a cricket ball at a range of about 12 feet thrown over arm when I was around 11 years old. The initial pain and bump went away in a few hours, but I later found out (a few decades later) the migraines I was getting every week were caused by that impact injury, the effect of which was stuck in my skull bone. I was hit by a car when I was 15 years old riding my bike coming up to a roundabout. That knocked my hips out of place and shifted my leg length balance and while the chiropractor, over around 6 sessions may have helped short term I don’t think it ever resolved the issue. One of the main problems, was that some of the pressure from the impact injury was stuck in the bones at the point of impact.

Over the years I sprained and strained numerous muscles and ligaments from martial arts, hard work and other activities. By the time I was 35 I had my first (so called) slipped disk. Whether slipped disks are really slipped disks or not is debatable. Many of us have worn disks or bulging disks or pressure on spinal nerves, all of which can cause pain and disfunction. The nerve pain I had was absolutely excruciating and nothing I did to relieve it did any good. First I went to the Doctor, and after raising my leg a few times on his table he prescribed pain killers, which helped relieve the pain a bit short term, but did nothing to resolve the problem and only masked the symptoms. I realized the doctor had no idea what to do with back injuries and back pain. I was sent for and MRI scan and was told nothing was wrong. I went to the local Osteopath, who cracked by back, charged me a fortune and sent me away feeling even worse than before seeing him. The doctor suggested I see the physiotherapist. The physiotherapist spent ages asking me questions and filling in forms then moved my leg up and down while I was laying on her couch. I stopped seeing the physiotherapist after two sessions when I realized she had absolutely no idea how to solve my back pain problem and also seemed to have no interest in finding a solution. None of the above health professionals had any sensible assessment tools for my problem. This injury, or wear and tear, or whatever it was, gradually got better on its own over a period of many months. Once I was better, I started to work on strengthening my body, with a variety of exercises with some success. Some things just didn’t seem to improve with exercise. No matter what I did I just couldn’t budge the stiffness in my lower back and hips and I could never quite balance my hips and always seemed to have one leg slightly longer than the other. It wasn’t long before I had another episode of lower back pain, this time to the point that I could not walk at all for a few days. I went through the same process of pharmaceutical drugs and pain killers for a few months until I got back to a functioning state.

I had a few more episodes of this cycle of injury, then pain killers and pharmaceuticals followed by slow recovery. Then I started to look around for alternative methods to solve my problem. There must be solutions out there and I just need to find them. So I started to look hard at what was available. I came across a man who had developed a technique for releasing blocked energy from the etheric and physical bodies. The technique is designed to work on energy stuck in bone from surprise impact injuries. This stuck energy, after a while begins to pull on the surrounding tissue causing contractions and distortions in symmetry. I had one session and felt completely different afterwards, not fixed and not totally pain free but I felt much lighter and as if where there was pain and restriction and stuckness inside my lower back, I now felt open space and much more relaxed movement. It was as if the stuckness inside my lower back had been removed. I had a few more of these sessions and felt completely different for months afterwards. I trained in this system back in 2010 and 2011 and still use it today as part of my own approach for injury release and for removing blocked or stuck energy.

The other main technique I like to use is called The Bowen Technique, also known as Bowen Therapy. Bowen Massage Therapy is another excellent technique. It’s a cross fibre technique applied to muscles and tendons that resets the muscular system into a balanced resting phase and once the muscles are balanced, they pull the skeleton into alignment which in turn allows for blood, nutrients and oxygen to get to places that don’t get them when the body is out of alignment. It is far more effective than massage of any sort and has much longer lasting results.

Really bad back pain is (in my view) usually caused by lack of body alignment and this if often caused by old injuries, bad posture or feeling emotionally out of alignment. When the body is out of alignment, the hips will usually be twisted, one leg longer than the other, the neck, shoulders, knees, ankles, jaw bones and skull will all be woncky. Nothing will be in alignment and balanced. When your body is woncky, joints will receive unbalanced pressures, which in turn will lead to more wear and tear in various places and in time the cartilage will wear out and you will be more prone to injury. Balance the body and the cartilage around the joints will regrow. Its that simple. With really severe back pain the effects of injuries need to be released and then the muscles of the body need to be balanced. This will relieve the pressure on the nerves and the pain will go away. Taking pain killers may give temporary pain relief but you’re not solving the problem, your masking the problem so the pain will come back later and it will probably be worse. I had terrible back pain. It could put me on my back for days at a time. Now I don’t have any.

If you are stuck with mobility issues of any sort, have old injuries, bad posture or feel out of alignment, I’m almost certainly going to be able to help. My Clinic is at 26b Grierson Close, Hahei, New Zealand.

For Appointments
TEXT or CALL: 0272 604 871

No Eftpos; preferred method of payment is cash.

Location = in Hahei – between Tairua and Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula.
19 Grange Road, Hahei.

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