After the disappointment of 4 years of pain with a slipped disk and after numerous appointments, prescriptions and hospital physio sessions, I was referred to Paul Boxcer through a car accident.
Paul has made me truly believe that you can help yourself if you listen to your body. He has taught me how to adapt my life around my complaint, and I can have a good quality of life if I make a few changes, one of them being disciplined to exercise regularly to strengthen your core. I have joined the gym and go regularly 3 times a week.
Thanks to Paul I haven't needed to take any of my pain killers for some time now. I am so pleased, as I considered the cortisone epidural injection and even the discectomy operation which I didn't need to go through!
I would like to say a massive thank you to Paul who treated me for my neck pain when i had a car accident in September. I would definitely recommend Paul to anyone that has problems and feels that physio would help. Paul is very friendly and approachable and will help you the best he can. I now have no pain in my neck thank you once again Paul.
"I had never suffered with low back pain or sciatica before August 2008. I got up one morning and my back 'went'. At this stage, the pain was just in my lower back, but I was bent in two and having problems standing up and walking. I saw my GP and was told I had a 'slipped disc' and then given a course of steroids as well as painkillers. As a result of this, the pain seemed to ease from my back, but it just developed into Sciatica with a tingling sensation down my leg! Standing up was a problem and at the same time laying down and moving in bed was painful.
After 8 days of injections I then looked at the steroids packet and it said on them to not take them for longer than 3 days! I was not happy with my GP anyway and bearing in mind he was now on holiday for 1 month, I thought I would go it alone and see if I could work something out (he had only suggested surgery anyway!)
The steroids caused plenty of other problems, as I am recovering from an eating disorder and the steroids were significantly increasing my weight, which in turn was triggering my eating disorder (injections made me put on 16 pounds and two sizes...in 8 days!). I was beginning to enter a viscous cycle and was feeling really down! My pain was so bad that even when I could begin to walk, I had to use a cane to do so.
At this stage, I was being told many things to do, but did not know whether any of them were any good. One thing I was told was to go swimming, as this is supposed to be good for your back. However, if my pain was 2/10 before entering the pool, it would shoot up to 8/10 after 30 minutes of swimming... this couldn't be doing my back any good I thought.
Another one was replacing my bed, I was advised to so this, as my bed is quite old... but I could not afford a new one & also it felt as if I was lying in a good position.
Finally, I was also told to lose weight (a difficult comment to take on board when you are an ex anorexic & bulimic) however, my problem was that I was in far too much pain to exercise in order to lose weight... I felt trapped.
The things I found worse to do were walking & cooking (two things I cannot avoid in my daily routine) and I did not know where to turn to get myself better. I decided to look on the internet to see if there was any help on there.
Fortunately I came across Paul Boxcer's website and his book Low Back Pain & Sciatica – A Personalised Treatment Approach.
I read through it and decided to put into action all of his recommendations. So much of it made sense, in particular the section on Old Wives Tales and Do Not Replace Your Bed. It was reassuring to know I was already doing some correct things, as his book confirmed that I should not be swimming at this stage & also that there was no need to replace my bed (by adopting the positions he suggested, especially placing pillows in the correct positions helped, along with being careful with regards to what I was doing of an evening). My sleeping improved dramatically as I could move in bed and sleeping was no longer a problem.
I had been given a diagnosis of a slipped disc by my GP and yet Paul's book was telling me the likelihood was it was not a slipped disc which was giving me my pain. At first, I was not sure Paul's exercises would help by themselves but I believed that if something 'slipped', it could go back into position by itself just strengthening the muscles around it.
I felt I had to email Paul to ask a few questions... I did so, and following an email or two back & forth Paul had reassured me to stick with the book and what it was recommending. As soon as I started performing the exercises, I could feel my pain begin to get better, a few exercises helped particularly, some gave immediate relief.
My confidence was growing by the day, with my pain getting better and better and the tingling virtually gone. I was now able to do more and more.... this was doing wonders for my mind as well (although I must confess to not always doing the exercises as regular as Paul suggests, which I would always feel guilty about as they are so easy to do and take so little time). One of my main problems now was muscle stiffness as opposed to pain, I just needed to keep up with the stretches I had prescribed myself from Paul's book!
Paul's book also reassured me that although weight can be an issue with regards to low back pain & sciatica, it is not necessarily the cause of all pain if you are overweight. This made me feel a little less anxious with regards to my weight, though I did still want to lose some, something I had wanted since before my eating disorder.
It was only about 10 days after buying the book & I was now out cycling and jogging with my dog. The running side of things made me laugh, because I was always being told & reading everywhere not to run, yet it felt so good to do so, the day after a long run I'd walk like I had never had back problems. I was just doing what Paul's book always recommends and that is "listen to your body". It was due to me taking that approach that I hadn't returned to swimming yet. I did eventually go back to swimming, I just didn't feel confident to do it earlier, probably because it had increased my pain so much before!
Within a month of having purchased the book, I was now training for a 5K run! I was still getting the occasional little bit of pain, but absolutely nothing like I was suffering less than 4 weeks beforehand, more a 'feeling' than real pain. Very different to when I could not even walk without a cane and was being recommended surgery.
I felt so good, I even dared book up my usual hiking holiday in the mountains for the following spring, something that at some stages I thought I would never be able to do again (and was even told I would never be able to do again unless I had surgery!) as it involves walking for the majority of the day.
I was still getting the occasional niggle if I overdid things, but just by performing a few of the exercises in Paul's book would soon see them gone.
From here things just got better & better, I have now been away on holiday, put up a regular eating and training schedule and got into high impact activities like cross-fit, power lifting and cross country running... actually I am considering doing a triathlon. Why, because I can, because my back is not a problem anymore... it is back to normal, how things used to be and actually way better!
I have also lost 50lbs (from 210lbs to 160lbs) and just feel GREAT! I definitely have never been in such a good shape)
I could never have done it without Paul's book and the most important thing I have learnt from his book, is that ultimately it is me who healed my pain, not someone else, pain killers or steroids (from which I think the most I got were nasty side effects).
Taking charge of my own health is very empowering, I have never felt so good or been so fit!"
I first met Paul and was a little unsure of how my treatment was going to proceed, but after talking to Paul about my back issues I was put at ease.
He gave me some starter exercises and after my first session within 48 hours there was a big difference how my back felt.
I purchased a copy of Paul’s book to read and I gained more of an understanding about the lower back and my condition than I had from the medical consultants.
After further sessions with Paul I now have an exercise routine which has helped me greatly to strengthen my back and make me feel better about myself.
I owe Paul a great deal. Thank You for your help and understanding.
After years of listening to people whinge about sciatica and telling them to 'man up' I finally succumbed to the wretched infliction myself, just before Christmas last year.
Practically overnight I was transformed from a flexible 30 something to hunched and stumbling wreck.
I immediately booked an appointment with yourself at Spinal Physiotherapy.
Your approach is fantastic, you carefully listened to my complaining and found the root of the problem almost straight away, your instructions and advice were easy to follow and you genuinely care about your clients which I found really refreshing.
I am now back to 100% fitness and I can't thank you enough for your help.
I have recommended several friends to you and they have all been so impressed with your approach.
Thank you so much!
Katrina Bell Erasing Ink
Thank you for the recent work place assessment that you conducted at the Lucky 6 Marketing office in Leyland. Already both Terri and I are feeling the benefits of your expert advice on positioning and set-up of our office equipment.
Throughout the assessment you were most humble about your advice being common sense but I must reassure you that to us it was a great insight. Working on PCs all day often leads to bad habits and poor posture both of which were highlighted to us by your practical advice.
We are very keen to develop a healthy work place and look after our staff as they are our most important assets. You have helped us take a most significant step towards achieving this goal.
I highly recommend your professional work place assessment to other businesses as an essential service to designing a good office environment and looking after the health of staff.
Thank you from both Terri and I and future Lucky 6 Marketing employees.
Lee Giacopazzi Managing Director Lucky 6 Marketing Limited
I have suffered from low back pain and sciatica for some time, which flared again in July 2011. I had a course of Physiotherapy, which helped but only to about an 80% level, which I just learned to live with. In the December of 2011 the pain flared up again though, this time I thought I would see a Chiropractor to see if they could help more. Once again this helped, but only to about the 80% level, and I continued to live with this.
In April 2012 I was playing bowls and my low back pain and sciatica flared yet again. I made an appointment with my GP, who sent me for an X-ray which diagnosed "wear and tear". My concern now was that it was something I was definitely going to have to live with and with it seeming to get progressively worse, I thought I would also have to give up my bowls.
I then discovered Paul at Spinal Physiotherapy, and with him specialising in low back pain and sciatica I thought I would make an appointment to see if he could help. Paul's technique identified the major problem with my back and then taught me how to exercise to not only ease the pain, but also get to the cause of the problem. Since undertaking treatment with Paul, my pain steadily improved, even past the 80% level which was previously a barrier I could not get past.
I am now at the stage where I am 100% better and have had no pain at all for the last 3 weeks. I have also recently returned to playing bowls (something I did not think I would be able to do). Equally important though is that I feel so much more in control of the situation. Prior to 3 weeks ago I was still feeling much better, but I did have an episode where I overdid it a bit and tweaked my back. Fortunately, using the knowledge provided by Paul and his book I knew exactly what to do, and the pain stabilised much quicker and my daily life was not disrupted as much. Prior to learning about my back with Paul, I would not have known what to do and would probably have suffered in pain for a good few weeks.
I would recommend a visit to Paul if you suffer from back pain or sciatica, even if you have tried other physios/chiropractors in the past. My back has improved completely since he has treated it, and I now have the confidence to do things that I would never have attempted before.
Many thanks Paul."
Paul was recommended to me by a number of people after suffering a pretty debilitating injury to my lower back. I hobbled, with a walking stick, to my initial consultation never imagining that, within 24 hours I would be able to ditch the stick.
Paul spent considerable time during that first session getting to the root of the problem, explaining why I was in pain when I stood or sat a certain way. We went through some exercises with Paul constantly checking with how my poor beleaguered back was coping so that he could custom tailor his exercise plan for me. Four weeks on, and I can move freely again.
Never again will I underestimate the power of a first class physiotherapist!
I was recommended by a friend to go to Paul when I was struggling to walk with sciatica. I could barely walk at all the pain was very intense and of course affected my whole life. The strong painkillers were not working and making me feel ill.
Paul recommended correct sitting, standing and sleeping positions. He also did a thorough assessment each time I visited tailoring the exercises each visit depending on my progress.
The sessions were very relaxed and not rushed, Paul was also on the end of a phone and helped me in between my visits to him. After a time I was able to do the exercises and Paul had educated me what I needed to do, he was very fair and honest, by this time I was off the painkillers and walking without pain, something I never thought I would be able to do again. I had my life back, it was amazing but I also knew I only had lift the phone and Paul would help me, I carried on with the exercises as i knew what to do and my walking improved back to normal.
I would strongly recommend Paul if you have back pain, he has given me back my life, I have just returned from a short break in Lisbon a city built on hills, I could not have even thought of going six months ago let alone walking up the cobbled streets.
Thank you Paul."
Having been a long term sufferer of sciatica and more or less being told I had to learn to live with it I was intrigued to come across Paul's approach of teaching you how to help your body heal itself.
The exercises he has given me have been extremely beneficial and his book is very clear and easy to follow.
I now feel much more in control and have the confidence to help myself should the problem reoccur. I've got my life back and can carry on gardening, walking and seeing as much of the world as possible. My horizons have suddenly expanded again and I can't wait to go!
I was recommended to Paul by my employer as my sciatica was very painful and showed no signs of abating. After just a couple of his sessions and exercises he gave me to do in-between, I was very quickly on the road to a speedy recovery. In 5 weeks I was off painkillers and back to normal. He’s a nice chap too.
Thanks again Paul.
I have been troubled by a weakness in my lower back since being a teenager. It seems to be very easy to injure my back, and the resulting pain renders me at times unable to stand or walk, with recovery taking weeks.
I have tried both osteopathy and chiropractic which both provided short term relief when the problem was acute. I contacted Paul in March 2013, on the recommendation of a friend. He taught me that when I injure my back there are certain things I can do to aid my recovery, and showed me a sequence of exercises I could routinely do to strengthen my back and reduce the risk of future injury.
I have found his advice invaluable. My back is much improved and I feel much less vulnerable to re-occurrences of the problem. I found Paul enthusiastic, most thorough and very knowledgeable, and I can highly recommend his services.
I felt I must thank you for being the person who has finally helped rid me of daily chronic back pain.
Whilst beneficial in the short term, my previous experiences of treatment were in effect quick fixes. Your approach and the techniques you have taught me are for long term relief and improvement. Your knowledge has helped me realise not only what causes my back pain, but also what changes i can make personally to manage it effectively with positive results.
Thank you for all your help and support.
The best move I made when I was struck down with sciatica was to attend Paul’s consulting rooms.
Paul gave me a though examination and proceeded to demonstrate what exercises he recommended for my problem. He then supervised me to ensure that I could do the exercises myself.
Paul also kept in touch by phone between appointments until I was 100% better, to ensure I was happy with progress and could perform the exercises correctly. His book also gives clear and easy to follow explanations for all exercises for lower back & sciatic treatments needed
If you need relief from your lower back problems, look no further than Paul Boxcer. After many years of pain and discomfort I have at last found a remedy by following his easy to do exercise programme.
Thank you, Paul.
As a regular back pain sufferer and osteopath visitor I was keen to understand what made your approach to back pain different to those who also claim to magically mend backs. Having been unimpressed by physiotherapists I had seen in the past, it was with some scepticism that I arranged our session.
Your approach was completely different to that adopted by anyone I’ve seen before, seeking the underlying cause of the problem rather than subjecting me to the usual human origami routine that I was used to.
After much discussion and stretching, a diagnosis was reached and I have been following your recommended stretching exercises since, with a full understanding of why I was doing them and exactly what they are meant to achieve.
I am a little disappointed that the various ‘experts’ I have used for the last fifteen years have all been happy to take my money but never really identified the issue. I now not only understand what causes the pain but exactly what I have to do to stop it returning.
I can’t speak highly enough of your knowledge and professionalism and I will certainly be recommending Spinal Physiotherapy to my family, friends and customers in future.
Thank you once again.
Thank you for your help with my stiff & sore lower back.
I was impressed with the care and attention you gave me when I visited your clinic last week. You listened carefully to me and asked about recent and distant past injuries and incidents. This made me feel heard as well as giving me confidence that you would get the treatment right.
Your specialism in low back & sciatica was highly evident in the depth of knowledge you displayed. But what was really helpful was the time you spent demonstrating the exercises and making sure I was doing them correctly.
It was very thorough and useful session which I will happily recommend to others.
I found Paul to be very professional and knowledgeable in his field. He made me feel comfortable and addressed my back problem with confidence. I am now looking forward to a pain free future with the work Paul has done with me.
I thought it would be remiss of me if I did not let you know my appreciation for your help and assistance over the last few months.
I found your sympathetic approach allied with your clear knowledge of dealing with Sciatica a great help.
I think that the most important aspect was your patience and listening skills that genuinely made me believe in the treatment you were advocating especially as with vertigo there were other issues involved.
I am pleased to say that I am much improved and I will retain your book for reference purposes in the future.
Needless to say I will be happy to recommend you to anyone suffering from lower back pain and will report back to Dr Ahmad at the Croston Village Surgery when I go for my next appointment.
Many Thanks again
Your book gave me back my life. When I bought your book, I was living in constant pain, I wasn't able to do my normal life, not even a small walk. A few days after I started reading it, and started the exercises, I was able to walk, sit, sleep, etc. a little bit better and couple weeks later I started to regain my normal mobility. Right now, about 4 months later, I do my normal life thanks to the knowledge I acquired reading and putting into practice your book.
Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge and giving me a life without sciatic pain.
God bless you and I will be forever grateful to you"
"Your eBook has helped me get through my pain. I am able to sleep better and adapt in my everyday life. My pain was after sitting and sleeping, I couldn't walk. It taught me to stretch my muscles before bed and after doing so I had a better sleep and less pain in the mornings. I tested it and it really worked. I thank you for making a book that really works.
"A great book. What drew me to it is the author's interest in why some people respond to particular treatments while other's don't. The result is a real collaborative effort between the reader and the (very knowledgable) author to help you figure out what causes your pain and what can be done about it. Essential.
"I wholeheartedly recommend Paul Boxcer and his excellent resources. Since having a bad dose of sciatica over 2 months ago, I have been following the exercises Paul recommends in his e-book and have been very happy with the results. I still have improvement to come but really believe, as Paul says, that my lower back is going to become strong so that I no longer have ongoing problems.
Paul's material is very easy to follow with excellent explanations of all the exercises and very helpful information on the whole exercising process.
Not only does Paul provide this material but he is very available to answer questions and give helpful feedback. I have been amazed at the time he has put into answering my many questions and really appreciate his willingness to follow up in this way.
Thanks, Paul, for such amazing and helpful information and for the wonderful service you provide.
I'd like to thank Paul for helping me deal with the low back pain I had been experiencing for over a year. The advice from Paul and the exercises were an enormous help. I didn't need to see Paul every week, but he was always available to talk things through with over the phone if I was experiencing any problems.
I would definitely recommend him to anyone with similar problems.
"Your tips on stretching and sleeping positions did me a great deal of help. I have been getting better by stretching, putting my wallet in my front pocket, using a lumbar pillow when I have to sit, avoiding aggravating activities, and using an exercise ball to strengthen my involuntary back muscles, and I have been working on my posture, I am bothered much less by the pain now. Thank you"
and the following day...
"Paul your course, site, knowledge, and willingness to help brought me relief from a very painful and life-slowing problem. Most are willing to take your money, but don't care about help. Thanks again"
One of the best things you say is that you CAN get better! When I went to Hospital physiotherapists, I left there without any confidence that I would resolve this problem. It was all about a one for all exercise program with no thought for anything else. But your book gives a person hope & belief that by thinking through what's gone wrong and avoiding making it worse you can heal it. You explain what TYPE of back pain you have and therefore what things you should or shouldn't do to improve/stop worsening it. I enjoyed the Old Wives Tale section where you answer some of the more wackier views on low back pain but there are plenty of other chapters that really make you think about your problem in ways you never previously thought of.
All in all, your book includes discussion of ideas that you won't find in other books which sets it apart, so thanks very much for the help you've given and best of luck,
A quick note from me (Paul): The following client I saw on home visits when travelling 'Down South' to visit friends and family. Liz contacted me after purchasing my book and requested an appointment. Obviously not living in the area was going to make it difficult, but it was just fortunate that it was not too far out of my way on my travels south. A wonderful client to work with, as she did everything I asked of her and these are just a few extracts from the email's she would send to keep me updated...
1 day after initial consultation:
Hi Paul, I just wanted to put down in words my gratitude for your help and enabling me to feel so much more empowered and positive that there is going to be light at the end of what has been a very dark 6 month tunnel. I do understand that it is going to be a slow process but equally, thanks to you, the fact that I have control over how bright that light gets to shine, really does help me enormously. It is so good to know that I can actually be doing something constructive on a daily basis myself as opposed to "living in a state of limbo" between "manipulation" appointments, courtesy of other so called professionals, which clearly were not achieving anything!
Paul, huge thanks once again,
17 days after initial consultation:
Hi Paul, just a quick update. I have great news as I have actually enjoyed just over 2 weeks of solid uninterrupted sleep, which has not only been a miracle but I am sure is helping enormously with my recovery!
Thanks as always,
48 days after initial consultation:
Paul, THANK YOU so much for everything and for helping me to get my life back!
Had I taken the advice of my Neuro Consultant and not embarked on any further physio/exercise, I would have been a name in the latter's theatre diary round about now! Fortunately I did not and I am now 100% pain free thanks to your help, advice and exercise programme.
It’s a worrying thought, as clearly I am only one person among tens of thousands with similar back issues – some of whom I am sure will end up under the surgeon’s knife!
With very warm regards and a great deal of appreciation,
"My name is Luis Miguel and I am 18 years old and a professional ballet dancer. I have suffered with back/buttock pain since I was 14 years old, the result of trying to kick the ball too hard while playing soccer. Straight away I felt something 'go' in my buttock area, as if it was too tight. However, I was just a young boy and was not worried about it.
Four years later and I did not know what to do. The pain was getting worse and it was impacting upon my professional career as a ballet dancer. I had done everything I could and everything the professionals asked me to do... sometimes it would help a bit, but only for a little while. Nothing ever helped 100%.
My pain was now primarily in my buttock area, although I did also feel it in the hip as well. Being a ballet dancer, stretching and strengthening was a very important part of my routine, unfortunately though, I was finding it too difficult to practice much and perform my routines due to the pain I was in. Warming up would help my pain a little, but not completely... I was getting desperate.
I had been told many different things as to why I was feeling the pain I was and why it wasn't getting better, including that I had one leg longer than the other... but nothing was helping.
My next step was to research myself, as it seemed the medical profession could offer me no more help.
After going through many websites I found Paul Boxcer's and his book Low Back Pain and Sciatica 'A Personalised Treatment Approach'. I had read some of Paul's articles on the internet, but was still not too sure whether to buy the book, so I subscribed to his 5 Day Course first, to see if I thought his approach would work for me. The course was fantastic and I learnt a lot from it and already began to see my pain ease. I just had to buy the book and was so glad I did... I am now pain free for the first time in 4 years!
The book was so easy to read and I was guided through an assessment and treatment procedure as if Paul was there with me. It allowed me to work out why I was suffering with pain, what was causing it and more importantly how to get rid of it. For me, my Gluteal muscles were too weak, and my Piriformis and Hamstring Muscles were too tight (if that sounds as if I know what I am talking about, I do not know that much really, only what I have learnt from Paul's book). I then carried out the correct exercises for this problem and it was not long before I was dancing pain free again, for the first time in four years.
Thank you so much Paul."
I suffered with low back pain for many years on and off; my job consisted of heavy manual handing which did not help and as a result, my back 'went'. It took me about an hour to get out of bed every morning, as when I moved the agonising pain in my lower back was unbearable. I was unable to dress myself properly, bend to put my socks on and I could not get in and out of the bath, the pain was all too much. All of this caused me to take time off work which I could not afford.
Suffering with the low back pain, I decided to go to my doctors who prescribed me diazepam to relax the muscles. I was also told to take pain killers and sent to see a physiotherapist. I received treatment from the physiotherapist and was given exercises to do at home. The treatment that I was receiving went very well. I would say when I started there my back was about 20%, that being really painful on moving, but with treatment my low back pain improved somewhat up to about 70%.
However the treatment stopped, there were no more exercises or advice that could be given and the rest was up to me. I carried on doing the exercises, only every now and again, and I started doing things that were aggravating my back (not that I realised at the time). I finally gave up on the exercises. Consequently my back started to get really painful again. I also had to give up work, which I really could not afford to do but I had no other choice. Once again I went back to my doctor, who sent me to see a consultant. The consultant sent me on a program of back to fitness, which was 3 gym sessions, 3 hydro sessions and more physio, the pain slowly started to subside again.
I then saw one of the doctors from the consultant's team who gave me some exercises which really aggravated my back. I told him that they were painful, he then told me that they would be but I was to do 10 a day increasing to a 100 a day for the rest of my life. Of course when I came away I thought I had better give it a go, which I did and my back got worse so I gave them up. In fact when I went to the phyiso I explained what the exercises were and that they were painful to do, she said 'she would not given them to someone with a good back, let alone someone with a bad back'. My physiotherapy finished again and my back was still painful. All the physio sessions now seemed a waste of time, as I was now about 50% and yet my back had got up to 70% with the first physiotherapy treatment.
Realising my back had been much better at the first physiotherapist department, I had to do something, but what could I do? I decided to do some of the exercises that I could remember and I also decided to search the web for lower back pain and came across Spinal Health Care. There were many sites but this one caught my eye.
I do not like giving credit card details on the internet, but the site seemed very professional with good testimonials, so I thought I could trust it. At first I subscribed to the 5 day low back pain course, and I am very glad I did.
I started to read the 5 day low back pain course, and do some of the exercises, which started to improve my back. If I encountered any problems on the way there was Paul's e-mail support which was very helpful. Any questions I asked were answered and explained, so I decided to buy his eBook.
I still had to see the consultant, but I had now been reading Paul's book, and worked out that my problems were mechanical, yes! The consultant also told me this. He said that I was nice and slim, not over weight and therefore I was not putting any undue pressure on my back. He also said that for my age it was wear and tear and I would suffer some pain. He also said that I would have to grin and bear it, this made me more determined to do the exercises on a more regular basis because I knew I could do it and I knew the exercises were working.
Paul's book has been brilliant to have and it has now resolved my back problem. It has explained a lot, it provided me with encouragement and to think positive, it made me realise I was doing everything wrong.
I now know that when I got to 70% at the physiotherapist department that there was nothing more that they could have done, it was up to me to carry on doing the exercises that I was taught.
Paul's book has explained and described everything well and with the illustrations it is so easy to follow and understand, it has helped me and I wouldn't be without it. It made me start to listen to what my body was telling me. It was down to me to keep up the exercises, and make the changes to strengthen my muscles; I have gained so much from Paul's book.
Fitting in exercises was hard to start off with, but I set aside time. With Paul's expert advice, and with all the hard work I put in, my back is now better which is brilliant. It worked for me, if at any time I get a slight pain I go back to the book and do some exercises, not that I have had to do that in the past year.
I could not have done this without Paul's book. All what he says is so true, things like listen to your body and you'll know what to and what not to do, and much, much, more. I can't thank him enough. I am so grateful I came across his web site, as reading and doing the exercises from his book gave me back my freedom, enabled me to do the normal everyday things, come off the tablets and go back to work.
Thank you Paul
I wanted to say thanks for your concern about my progress. After using your e-book, my lower back pain has been eliminated. The book is very good to explain why I am having pain and also identifies the necessary exercises to remove it."
In April of 2014 I had the occasion to speak to Paul on recommendation from a friend.
Whilst completing the simple task of jet washing the flags at home I felt like I had been shot in the back, the pain was that bad.
For three days I was in excruciating pain. Hardly able to move I picked up the phone to Paul, following his simple instructions I had gained some movement within 24 hrs. Paul rang me the following day (a Sunday!) giving further instructions and to check on my wellbeing.
I then arranged to visit Paul at his clinic and there is no doubt that he went above and beyond the call of duty and I would highly recommend Paul and his method of treatment (detailed in his book "Low Back Pain & Sciatica - A Personalised Treatment Approach".
Not only is my back better, it is much better and stronger than it has ever been.
Thank you Paul,
"Many years ago I was diagnosed with sciatic pain down my right leg and into my calf muscle & toes. The pain was very intense and I was only able to get through the day on prescription pain killers. I decided to visit a physiotherapist and was given al lot of treatment, but I never really gained any relief from the pain. Back to the doctor I went.
The doctor said I would probably need surgery based on x-rays and he gave me only a 50 - 50 chance of being able to walk properly afterwards, let alone run. Before committing me to surgery though, he wanted to try cortisone injections first. I spent a night in hospital and received three cortisone injections over about 36 hours. It was one of the most painful experiences of my life. I then had a week or so off work to recover. Luckily it appeared to work and I only suffered a little pain from then on, typically when I was tired. I used to manage this pain quite easily with mild pain tablets, or when I was younger, a jog around the block. This may sound very dramatic, but is true.
Things continued like this for about 10 years or so, until June 2008, when I began feeling sciatic pain down my left leg and into my toes. I went to the doctor and he said straight away, based on what I had told him, that I had S1 Sciatic pain. He prescribed some pain killers and anti-inflammatory tablets and gave me a referral for physiotherapy. I didn't want to go through the same ordeal as previously so I looked up Sciatic pain on the internet, just to work out for myself how my pain may have started and to also see if I could treat it another way. I wanted to avoid surgery and cortisone injections at all costs.
It was by searching the internet that I came across Paul's website spinal-health-care.com and his book Low Back Pain & Sciatica – A Personalised Treatment Approach. I had a good look through his website, as well as many others on the net, but I came back to Paul's. I decided to subscribe to his free 5 Day Course. I thought it was well written and I found it easy to understand with a good combination of non technical words and easy to follow diagrams.
I am not big on sending my credit card details on the internet but decided that Paul's book was worth a try. The cost was far less than physio and hospital. I thought I would give it a go as I had nothing to lose. I subscribed and immediately received the eBook via e-mail. I was surprised that Paul actually sent me a personal thanks for subscribing and then offered to answer any questions I may have.
I read the eBook from start to finish and then worked out my diagnosis and what exercises were needed for that diagnosis. Over the next few weeks I sent many e-mail questions to Paul and he responded timely and professionally to them, offering advice to assist me with my pain.
There were occasions when I hit a bit of a plateau, and I then began to wonder whether the pain would ever go completely, but Paul offered me support and guidance. I admit I actually went to see a physio at one point, but he just said that I was already doing the right exercises and it was a pleasure to see someone doing the right thing for their back... that visit cost 4 times the amount of Paul's book, I never went back again.
I was very conscientious with regards to my exercises, performing them at least twice per day, but usually three times. Without doubt they worked and I could feel the relief after having done them. It was not just that though, I also took into account the little things I needed to modify with regards to my daily activities... as sometimes it is the little things which can make a big difference.
I have never been that flexible, but the stretches helped me overcome that problem. They were difficult sometimes, especially the Piriformis stretch, but I could feel they were helping and therefore continued with them. I could also really tell the difference when comparing the stretches on one side to the other. As the pain eased and I was confident with the stretches, I then moved on to the core strengthening exercises to provide my lower back with stability.
Slowly but surely my pain eased away. It was definitely not a quick fix, which I had with the cortisone injections, but then it was also nowhere near as painful either. Paul's approach aims to integrate itself with your own body's healing process and it therefore take the view that if you are aggravating your pain in any way, you are interfering with that same healing process. Consequently, you need to modify something. With this knowledge, I had the comfort of knowing it was me & my own body's healing process which had not only healed me of my pain, but also addressed and removed the cause of my pain as well.
This is opposed to the cortisone injections I had years before. These did not resolve my pain 100% and were ultimately just addressing the signs & symptoms of the problem, not the cause. OK, so I received about 10 years of being nearly pain free, but the underlying problem was just waiting there to rear its ugly head again.
My pain went from being excruciating to painful to a niggle and ultimately pain free! I was unable to walk pain free let alone run. I was also concerned at the prospect of further cortisone injections or even surgery. I can now walk for 8 hours plus each day and running is no problem thanks to Paul, his book and his support.
I am a Police Officer, so walking and running is a big part of my daily routine. I am not super fit by any means, however the advice and exercises recommended to me from Paul's book, along with his personal guidance, I am now pain free each and every day.
I still use the exercises in Paul's book and have had no return of the sciatic pain what so ever.
Thanks very much Paul."
"Your book is very beneficial for my case and I find it very interesting especially where you explain why we feel the pain and how the body works. All the exercises are very well explained and it is really good. Now I understand my back pain and I am exercising every day. I still feel some small pain in certain movements but this is nothing.
Everybody should have this book at home.
Thanks very much for your help,
and then three days later...
"The pain is disappearing slowly. I feel it only if I make some strange move.
Since I am exercising every day following your book I feel like a bird.
Thanks once more,
"As someone who has experienced a few months of severe pain in my back, hips, knees and legs, I would like to thank Paul's Book for the advice and exercises.
I credit the exercises with virtually curing my pain. It is not a "quick fix". There is none of the "magic" often offered on similar sites.
Low Back Pain & Sciatica - A Personalised Treatment Approach is the place to go if you are willing to be responsible for the health of your back and are willing to do a relatively small amount of work daily to get and stay healthy.
Although I said that it is not a "quick fix", I had more mobility and less pain within a few days of starting the program on the site.
I now have much greater mobility and only occasional pain.
I have purchased the full book and am confident that as I continue to work with the process, I will be pain free and flexible again.
Paul has been extremely supportive. But more than that, he has been very professional and has advised me to consult a physician before commenting on some of my problems.
Probably the most important thing I have learned through Paul is that it is my back and I can choose to keep it healthy. If I want to be pain free, it is up to me, but Paul will support me all the way.
"Thank you so much Paul for this excellent course. I had been really struggling to get to the route of what was causing pain in my hip and down my right leg, with tight feelings in my knees and behind my thigh. Your simple to follow and very practical course helped me to understand better what was causing my discomfort and how I could help my body with the healing process. Thank you too for the personal contact and interest. It is very rare to have that.
May your business grow from strength to strength as you continue to help so many.
I still have a high degree of mobility in my old age (75) and despite a slight increase in the intensity of Rheumatoid Arthritis in my extremities and in my lower back, I can lead a normal life. I attribute this in no small way to the exercises outlined in your program but also in my determination not to succumb to the disease and become a pill-swallowing paraplegic.
Over the years, I have come to realize that, a) the disease is incurable, b) chronic, variable in intensity but gradually worsening with age, c) can only be held in check by constant activity and carefully programmed exercises.
The prolonged ingestion of pain-killing pills can lead to all sorts of undesirable side-effects and should be reserved for only the most acute types of pain – toothache etc.
I am an active member of a hill/mountain walkers' club and take all my holidays in Crete and the Canary Islands where I can enjoy both scenic and therapeutic walks. I am a keen radio Amateur and can still handle a soldering iron and tools to construct my own test equipment etc. Together with the normal gardening tasks associated with a large garden I can claim to lead a normal middle-aged, active life.
My early-morning back pain is still with me but is very largely attenuated, to negligible perception, by the exercises in your program. I am truly indebted to you for introducing me to the value of exercise in the fight against rheumatoid arthritis. I wish you great success with your book as I am very sure that it will help anyone who is fortunate enough to read it and practice its recommendations.
"Hi Thank you so much what you have done for me and my family.
My English is not very good and I have found that some books are very difficult for me to read and comprehend, this did not apply your book (Low back pain & Sciatica- Personalised Treatment Approach)
It has been written so good for people like me (English is the second language to me)
There are fantastic explanations of the function of the lower back, why I got pain and the different nature of inflammatory and mechanical pain.
And unbelievably proper exercises helped me to go back to work without an operation.
I KNOW HOW TO LET MY BODY HEAL ITSELF.
Many, many thanks.