A survey by the Consumers Association found that osteopathy had the highest satisfaction level for patients who were experiencing back pain and was the most effective form of complementary therapy for patients with back pain.
Another survey done by a Health Authority Trust in the South-west of England found that osteopathy was more effective and less expensive than either physiotherapy or chiropractic treatment for the management of low back pain.
Recent analysis of the best scientific studies (known as controlled randomised trials or RCTs) of osteopathy showed that it is an effective treatment for back pain.
According to medical writer and broadcaster, Dr Mike Smith, "Osteopathic treatment tends to be pleasant and relaxing and tailored to suit the needs of the individual concerned."
A recent major review of research on acupuncture effectiveness found that there was high quality scientific evidence that acupuncture has a positive effect on chronic low back pain.
A comparison of 20 treatments of sciatica showed that acupuncture outperformed opioid medication, manipulation, epidurals, disc surgery, exercise and radio-frequency denervation.
In August 2020, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued revised draft guidelines on chronic pain management. In these guidelines. NICE recommend a course of acupuncture for chronic pain sufferers.
Highest-level scientific research showed that acupuncture pain-relieving effects last for over 12 months and MRI research studies demonstrate that acupuncture re-wires the brain to feel less pain.
"Very happy with having my hip/low back pain much improved after only two sessions! I need to follow the advice given to prevent it flaring up again! My only regret is that I didn't go sooner! Thank you!"
"Alan Szmelskyj was very thorough and understanding of my back problems ,i am feeling so much better this morning and would contact him again should i have any further problems"
"First visited this practice in 2002 when Alan slighted out my back problem in just 2 visits.
Other visits in later years resulted in similar outcomes.
An outstanding and well mannered professional.
"I haven’t had to see Alan for 6 years but when I pulled my back this weekend he was the first person I thought of to help. Just got home after half an hour appointment and feels so much better already. I would highly recommend him to anyone!! Thank you."
"I was so impressed with the thorough and professional treatment I received today. It was far more in depth than I was expected and I was extremely impressed with Alan's honest approach. It's clear this is his calling rather than just a 'job' and his main aim is obviously to help people as apposed to just making money off them. I found my consultation both beneficial and educational and now feel I have the knowledge and tools to help prevent future back problems rather than just a quick fix! The receptionist was extremely friendly and welcoming and all the staff put me at total ease. I would highly recommend your practise to others. Thank you :-)"
"Hello, Today was my first visit to your Godmanchester clinic suffering from sciatica. I was very impressed that I could have a free 15 minute consultation later the same day and also receive some treatment from Stacy. Fantastic.
First impression then, great 5 star service and looking forward (after my next appointment ) to being able to type feedback pain free.
I love coming to see Philip. What a lovely interesting fella he is. Really knows his stuff. Knows all the physiology of the body.
I’ve been having awful back pain and sciatica, which is being relieved by the acupuncture.
We always have a laugh, I always come out with a smile on my face.
It’s a great pity he doesn’t come to Godmanchester more often.
I know a few other people who Philip has treated, they all say encouraging things about him and his treatment."
I absolutely LOVE every single session with Irina, she has so much passion and care for each of her patients, it really shines through! I have had numerous of chiropractors and physiotherapist treatments over the past 2.5/3 years and my body was in a really bad place. I needed urgent help and it was only by chance someone that in a YouTube vlogg mentioned acupuncture and after a lot of research I fell upon Irina. After a few sessions with Irina, it has been absolutely phenomenal how I am not in any pain anymore... 1000% recommend to anyone I come into contact with and the money is an investment in my eyes!!!
"My back feels loose again - excellent service, thank you !"
"Very good session. My back problem explained very thoroughly and in understandable way as never before! Alan has a very strong and warm hands. I am looking forward to follow up to session in 4 weeks. I would strongly recommend this clinic and osteopath."
"As always, Alan has done an excellent job and my back is feeling much looser, supple and is holding much less tension - very happy 😊"
"First visit back today after a couple of years, can't say thank you enough! Pain has eased dramatically and sciatic nerve has finally settled, muscles feel relaxed...looking forward to a restful nights sleep!
Thank you for your services and advice, very much appreciated."
"Thank you - My back is feeling so much better, I didn't think it could improve so quickly!"
"Very impressed by my treatment which has made my back so much more comfortable, but also very reassured by your thoughtful, considerate staff."
"My last appointment today because I am moving house, I just wish I could take this clinic with me. I can highly recommend Alan Szmelskyj he has kept me pain free and active with no need for drugs. Thank you so much."
"Excellent diagnosis and treatment of my back problems, Thoroughly recommended."