Back Pain Success Stories

The majority of these Testimonials were provided by a cross-section of patients attending the South Downs Acupuncture clinics in 2013, who were happy to tell their stories for others to see, when this new website was first published. They have supplied their names, addresses and signature on their original letters, and have given their full approval for publication.

10 thoughts on “Back Pain Success Stories

  1. Rebecca Carr

    I had suffered from spasmodic lower back pain for couple of years, which I managed through regular massage, but I then developed sciatic pain down my left side. Initially, it was just shooting pains every now and again, but over a course of six months, it developed into pain whenever I sat down for any length of time, and pain when I was just standing. It then got to the point where I was unable to lie on my left side, and the pain would prevent me from sleeping and would wake me every two hours.

    After the first treatment with Philip, I would say I was immediately 80% better! I was able to sleep on my left side, the pain no longer woke me in the night. Sitting was possible again, although the pains would shoot down my left leg every now and again. The next two treatments gave me some improvement, but not as drastic as the first. After the fourth treatment, all pain was gone! No more shooting pains, no more problems standing or sitting. What a major relief!

    I now go for preventative treatment with acupuncture every three months. More for my own peace of mind, as I’ve never had a problem since! Clearly, I highly recommend Philip for treatment of ailments such as mine …
    Rebecca Carr

  2. Miss C Upstill

    All of my life, I have had a curved and twisted spine. Over the years, wear and tear on it has led to osteoarthritis of the vertebra and inflamed and bulging discs. This was causing constant pain in my back and down my right leg. I have had manipulative treatment all my adult life, in an attempt to manage the problem, but after four months of pain, including resting it in conjunction with the manipulative treatment, it had not worked and I was still in pain.

    In desperation, I went to see Philip, on a personal recommendation from my hairdresser. After an intensive course of acupuncture treatment, the pain finally went! I now have regular, three-monthly top up treatments, to keep the pain at bay and lead a normal life, being able to do all I want, with a few extreme exceptions!
    Miss C. Upstill

  3. Stuart Mintram

    13 years ago while I was still in school, I pulled the muscles in my lower back and was struggling to even walk due to the pain. My mum and her partner had been going to Mr. Holmes for their ailments and recommended me to go to him.

    After the first treatment, the back pain had lessened considerably and I could walk with some ease. Philip was very genuine and I felt he knew what he was doing. I had to go back for one more treatment, just to make sure my back was okay. I haven’t had a back problem since!

    Since my first course of treatment all those years ago, I recently had another muscle related problem, this time with my shoulder. As I had faith in acupuncture, I got back in touch with Philip and again, he successfully treated the problem. I am very grateful to have met Philip and will continue to go to him for any future ailments.
    Stuart Mintram

  4. Mrs L G Landsdowne

    I have suffered with back pain on and off for quite a few years. I had only ever been given medication by the doctor and sent on my way. A friend recommended I try acupuncture and referred me to Philip Holmes. I must admit I was a little sceptical at first, but was willing to try anything. Philip did an initial consultation and suggested a course of treatment over a four-week period at his clinic.

    After the first treatment, I felt less pain and a lot more relaxed. (My muscles had been tense with pain). I actually ‘walked’ out of the clinic, instead of ‘shuffling’. I was surprised at the difference that I felt with only one treatment. Over the course of the four treatments, my back pain improved considerably, and so did other symptoms which I had been experiencing, such as headaches, constipation and trouble sleeping.

    In an ideal world, I would have a treatment every month, as it gives you a wonderful sense of well-being and improves your overall health. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you Philip, for your professionalism and your skill and knowledge in your profession.
    Mrs L.G. Lansdowne

  5. Barbara Cook

    If at this time last year, anyone had said I would be preparing to have my third session of acupuncture, I would have just dismissed it! After suffering many months of excruciating back and arm pain, I suddenly recalled that a member of my family had been advised to have acupuncture, after suffering a back injury.

    Soon after, I passed the little clinic (South Downs Acupuncture Clinic), where I saw a poster saying I could receive acupuncture there! I went in and now I am so pleased I did! The pain has diminished greatly and I feel much better. No more making sure I have my painkillers with me wherever I go!

    My father used to say ‘very clever people the Chinese’ I do agree!!
    Barbara Cook

  6. Brenda Canning

    Having received acupuncture at a clinic in Suffolk for arthritis and degeneration of lower back discs, I was fortunate enough to meet Philip in 1998, and continue my treatment with him in Bexhill on Sea. I realise I cannot be cured, but Philip has maintain my mobility in this respect, and has helped me with various other ailments. I have benefited from my three-monthly appointments during this time. He has always treat me with great respect
    Brenda Canning

  7. Leonard Vine

    I had my first acupuncture treatment from Mr Philip Holmes in 1999, and he has given me regular treatments since, as I have found the treatments to be so very beneficial. I suffer with a spinal problem, C5 cervical myelopathy. Over the years, this has caused various problems, some of a serious nature such as the loss of normal function of my left leg, and some which cause a great deal of pain.

    Over the last 12 years, I am pleased to say that the acupuncture treatment which Philip has given me has helped to alleviate my problems, especially with walking and the severe cramping pain in my leg muscles. All in all, acupuncture has given me a much improved lifestyle for which I am very grateful.
    Leonard Vine

  8. Elizabeth Brown

    Philip has been treating my Osteoporosis and Arthritis of the spine, for the last eight years. As a result, the intense pain has been considerably controlled, and I am very pleased to say that I am able to lead a relatively normal life. I have also suffered from Gout, an exceedingly painful complaint, and Philip has treated me for it with complete success.
    Elizabeth Brown

  9. Wyn Daly

    Over eight years ago, I decided to look for an alternative treatment for the severe pain I was suffering from my back. The painkiller I was on, which was the highest dose the doctor could give me apart from morphine, was no longer working. After contacting the various acupuncturists in my area, I chose Philip Holmes, and I have to say, that it was the best decision I have ever made. Apart from a little stiffness (which considering I’m 76 years of age is not bad), I have no pain.

    On top of the back problem, I developed lung problems, and with Philip’s treatment, it has helped me considerably. I attend Philip’s clinic on a regular basis and hopefully for some time to come.
    Wyn Daly

  10. Stephen Sadler

    Spinal stenosis has caused me to suffer bad backache and sciatica. It makes it difficult for me to stand for more than a few minutes, and I could only walk approximately 150 yards. In July 2017, I had an operation on my spine to free trapped nerves at the level of Lumbar 4/5, which did improve things for a while, but the pain returned. By June 2018, I was finding it difficult to get about. I could not stand for very long, or walk very far, and shopping was a real ordeal.

    In September 2018, I decided to try acupuncture, and found Philip Holmes. After a few sessions with Philip, I started to improve and continued to have treatments. I can now stand for some time easily, walk about a mile, and do normal things like shopping, or getting a bus into town.

    Philip, you have helped me get my life back, and with your continuing treatment and skill, I hope it will keep me there. With grateful thanks.
    Stephen Sadler

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