Richard is in his early 40s and lives in Verwood. Here, he describes how years of debilitating back pain has been relieved by the treatment received at Frameworks.
“I have always been very active. I spent more than ten years motor racing, I’ve played Rugby regularly in the Front Row Scrum position and I’m a keen master scuba diver.
This has helped me to keep up with the strenuous aspects of my work as an electrician. It was while I was lifting a large reel of cable for work in 2013 that my back gave way.
“Month on month I couldn’t work, I couldn’t play with my children. I could only lie down or stand up: sitting was too painful. I couldn’t exercise and I piled on weight. Meanwhile I tried to go through the frustrating process of doctors’ appointments, painkiller prescriptions and referrals to physiotherapy. I became disheartened, angry and more and more debilitated. It got to a point where I had to be helped out of bed and even with tying my shoe laces.
“One evening, in January 2014, a friend mentioned Frameworks. I can tell you, to begin with, I was sceptical. During the treatment, there was no pain, and it felt like hardly any contact was made with me at all. If, as I was told, my hip was out of alignment, how could that be fixed like this?
“After the first few treatments it felt almost like I needed to learn to walk again. The lightness and relief I felt was unbelievable. I continued with the defined programme and over the following weeks and months, my back became more and more stable. I could manage a day’s work again and my life progressively started to return to normal.
“After about a year my back was completely stable and I suddenly realised that I had become pain free. I could exercise again! I lost a stone in one month. I joined a gym and could cycle again and lost yet another stone.
“Now I’m going through a demanding fitness programme for a new physical career: something that I never thought I would be able to do. It’s going well so far!
“I only have to visit Frameworks for rare maintenance treatments now: I have never felt fitter. The treatment I have received has changed my life.”