Patient success stories

Pain relief

James

Knee Pain From Skiing Injury

I went to see Caitlin after I hurt my knees skiing. I had pain all over my legs and was limping around with a lot of difficulty before my session. With a combination of acupuncture, moxa and heat treatment to my legs I immediately felt there was life, energy and blood moving in them again. The next day there was a big improvement and with two the pain was completely gone – absolutely amazing!

Barbara

Sciatica

I contacted Caitlin when my chiropractor suggested acupuncture may help with pain relief. I had been suffering for nearly 6 months with sciatica and had chronic pain in my hip and right leg as a result. This made sleeping difficult and I was unable to stand, sit or lay down for any length of time.

I must admit I was skeptical at first but would have tried anything as pain killers were upsetting my digestion, and I worried about taking too many.

Caitlin was very caring and attentive. She made sure I was relaxed and I felt safe and at ease. After three sessions I felt a definite improvement, and now four weeks on I am sleeping through and getting on with my life. This week I am actually starting to take gentle exercise again which is wonderful. I would certainly recommend giving acupuncture a try for pain relief, and Caitlin is the perfect tonic. You couldn’t find a nicer welcome and more genuine concern.

Jill

Osteo-arthritis

I was diagnosed with osteo-arthritis in my knees and told I would need both replaced but, at the present time, my age excluded me from surgery. Any weightbearing exercise, including simply walking, was painful and my core balance affected. A friend had read that acupuncture could be effective and although I wasn’t convinced I was prepared to give anything a try.

I made an appointment and met Caitlin. She immediately put me at my ease by her warm and welcoming personality and at the initial consultation explained everything in a professional way but in terms that were easy for a layperson to understand. We agreed on four sessions initially with the understanding that we would review the success of the treatment as we went along.

I was amazed after the first session how much better I felt. Caitlin, by her initial questioning had diagnosed not only my arthritis but other conditions which she treated to complement the knee problems. The inserting of needles was not painful and the whole experience was actually quite restful. Cailtin’s knowledge of Chinese medicine is extensive and her advice on diet complimented the acupuncture so I was able to adjust the foods I ate to improve my condition. Over the weeks I found my balance improved and the pain much less. Acupuncture cannot cure arthritis but with Caitlin’s care and sympathetic, expert treatment I am much more mobile, feel less pain, my core stability is stronger and, from being a little skeptical at the start would now recommend acupuncture to everyone.

Nick

General Pain

I had been suffering on a regular basis from a ruptured disc in between the shoulder blades. When an attack occurred the pain was excruciating and very debilitating. I was unable to concentrate on any day to day tasks in life since the pain ran through the shoulder to the chest and down my left arm, culminating in severe tenderness in the left hand and a pins and needles effect. It would take about five days to build up this pain then last for up to ten weeks. No amount of strong prescribed pain killers would take the pain away and I was told that an operation could lead to paralysis from the neck down. The end result was that I would try anything to relieve the agony.

The last attack led me to try acupuncture to relieve the pain. I was astonished that after only three sessions the pain not only receded but cleared completely. I must add that this was done in conjunction with an equivalent number of sessions in physiotherapy to manipulate the area. However, I had already been trying physio but with no immediate benefits on previous attacks.

I can only say that I am eternally grateful to Caitlin for this relief in such quick time. My life has returned to normal with no side effects. I am expecting the problem to return, but now know I need only to book in for the same treatment. I also don’t need to rely on any prescribed drugs, which had been contributing to digestive problems.

Thank you, Caitlin, for your help.

Anna

Headaches

Having had bad headaches for about three weeks, three sessions with Caitlin seemed to clear the headaches up. She is very reassuring and takes a full investigation into your whole health before treatment started. I feel not only headache-less but have more energy. The treatment is not painful — despite initial thoughts about needles — and it is surprisingly relaxing.

I would recommend Caitlin as an excellent practitioner who certainly helped eradicate the headaches. She is very kind and puts you immediately at ease too.