Ray Mc Keown- November 2013

I have had a history of lower back pain, probably as a result of sporting activities way back in my youth. Subsequently, as the years went by, sitting in front of a computer screen either at an office desk or in an airport lounge didn’t help. Things came to a head in October 2009 when I went to lift the family dog and I ended up in severe pain. I lay in bed for 2 weeks doped with painkillers before painfully attending the Ulster Clinic for an MRI scan. Lower back damage was confirmed (L5/S1 degradation) and an injection into the spine was recommended. Whilst this gave me some relief, the consultant was ambivalent about the future. He felt an operation would not be of much benefit and that the way forward may be further injections depending on my pain threshold and/or my bank balance.

I soldiered on for the next few months on a daily diet of codeine, diclofenac and paracetamol. In early 2010, a .friend suggested I see a chiropractor and recommended Ted Tuira. With all of the expensive medical advice and treatment I had previously, I was highly sceptical. However, I decided to give it a go, and suitably doped on paracetamol, I went to my first appointment. Ted listened to my story, reviewed my MRI images, checked my posture and did some digital scanning of my spine. He gave me a pragmatic assessment of my condition, confirming the damage but indicating that that my spine was being stressed in all sorts of ways which along with painkillers was simply compounding the problem. He provided me with the analogy of a car with a twisted chassis being driven resulting in all sorts of wear on tyres and suspension units. As an engineer by profession and light aircraft pilot this appealed to my sense of logic. Ted outlined a programme of adjustments with intervening homework (exercises) and reduction in painkilling drugs. Over the next 3 months, starting with 2 or 3 visits per week and then gradually reducing to weekly visits the results were impressive. I was virtually pain free and therefore had no need for painkilling drugs. I still needed to be careful in terms of certain activities such as heavy lifting but this was a huge improvement for me in day to day activities. My wife now found that she was living with a human being again rather than a grizzly bear!

Since then I attend Ted regularly. I now believe regular chiropractic treatment helps avoid any build-up of unnecessary stresses in my back and also Ted’s recommendations promotes the discipline of sticking with appropriate exercises.

Ted Tuira’s chiropractic care has been a game changer in terms of the quality of my life. I have no hesitation in recommending Ted as an excellent chiropractor.