“I have suffered from lower back pain for some 20 years largely as a consequence of a congenital deformity of the 4th lumbar vertebrae which appears to predispose back strains. Over the years I have utilised physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic and applied kinesiology to seek relief. Non manipulative forms of osteopathy, together with applied kinesiology were the most successful, but did not remove “morning pain” or restore movement flexibility.
Acupuncture, together with the deep massage techniques practised by Patrick Guo appear to have stabilised my condition, removed 90% of the pain, and restored movement flexibility. Acupuncture as utilised by Patrick is largely painless and is used to assist the body’s natural healing processes. Coupled with deep massage which aims to replace painful muscle scar tissue, this treatment has been most successful in my case.
Patrick also practices reflexology, an intensive foot massage claimed to promote general health, resistance to colds etc. Although I have only anecdotal evidence, reflexology appears to have reduced my tendency to “cold feet and hands” in our Christchurch winter, and at this point, I have also avoided two winter colds which affected my other family members. Maybe coincidence, but I normally go down with the family cold!
Either way, I am sufficiently convinced to undergo an occasional maintenance program with Patrick Guo, to manage my lower back condition, which I am now reinforcing with swimming exercise.”