I am 44 years old and have suffered from chronic sciaitica for about 14 years. I visited Darryl a year ago for a consultation, I was fed up of having to take constant medication for pain relief and it was getting to the point where I was avoiding movement at any opportunity. I was also concerned about a potential addicition to painkillers.
I saw many specialists over that time frame: chiropractors, orthopaedic surgeons, osteopaths and as a last resort an acupuncturist. But all to no avail. The orthopeadic surgeon recommended surgery, a lumbar laminectomy which I resisted for years. I didn't want to get an operation on my spine!
A friend of mine recommended Darryl as they had suffered low back pain for a while and they had success with his treatment. After a brief discussion on the phone with Darryl he seemed to advocate movement as a way to correct and restore natural function with the aim of reducing and alleviating pain through exercise and the mind. I was happy to take a look at his methods, it was something else to try anyway.
Darryl started with a physical and postural assessment, we also discussed my lifestyle, diet, my personal and my family's response to my pain. He hit home the fact that to reduce my discomfort I had to start moving again and to focus on function rather than structure. He also wrote me a dietary plan to support mobility. Which is something the other specialists had never dealt with. This was easier said then done of course and I was slightly skeptical of his approach to begin with (sorry Darryl) - a lot of movement caused pain and I wasn't sure how "food" could help. But he told me to persevere...
After a few weeks there was significant improvement, after a month or two I was taking less pain relief and I can happily say 12 months on I have totally alleviated my low back pain and I no longer take any pain relief medication - the first time in years! I now play sport, play with the kids and take on board activities I would never had attempted previously.
A real sincere thanks for all your work Darryl and helping me to thrive in movement again without pain!