What our patients say

Condition: Neck pain, dizziness and headaches

“One of the most impressive things I liked about Paul was that he is very thorough, listened to what I had to say, was very patient and gave me a lot of confidence.”

“I had suffered severe neck pain, dizziness and headaches on and off for approximately four years and had been diagnosed as having spondylitis, which was gradually getting worse. I found that it was affecting my life in such a way that I was tired all the time through lack of sleep and pain, I could do little housework and had to stop going to the gym and swimming.

Before I saw Paul I’d already had acupuncture treatment (which was an NHS experiment), which helped slightly. I also had physiotherapy, which was not helpful.

My first appointment with Paul was in February. He treated me with osteopathy and acupuncture. After the first 3 to 4 treatments I noticed a big improvement. At the end of May I felt great – back to leading a normal pain free life – even going back to the gym.

Paul also suggested I get a special chair and computer keyboard and my Employers were good enough to get in touch with someone from Health & Safety to measure me up for a chair for me. Paul even advised me the name of the Company where to order the chair and keyboard from.

One of the most impressive things I liked about Paul was that he is very thorough, listened to what I had to say, was very patient and gave me a lot of confidence. I now have treatment with Paul every 6 – 8 weeks to maintain wellness. I would like to thank Paul so much for giving me back my life!”

- DL

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Condition: Chronic Low Back Pain

CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN – “Alternative” treatments, such as osteopathy and acupuncture, worked for me where conventional remedies failed.

History

Over the last few years, I have suffered lower back pain, caused by an old injury to back muscles. This resulted in severe pain on occasions, which affected my ability to work, drive and my private life. The worst occasion resulted in me being unable to get out of bed, because my back muscles had gone into spasm. This was only relieved by my GP administering high dose intravenous ibuprofen and valium. I therefore decided that I had to do something about my back problem, since conventional advice seems to be “Yes, you’ve got a back problem, keep taking the pain-killers”.

Acupuncture/Osteopathy

At the suggestion of my G.P., I started a course of acupuncture and osteopathy. Having regular session of acupuncture and osteopathy had a profound effect, and the occurrences of back pain decreased in frequency and intensity. In discussions with my acupuncturist, and in reading about back problems, I realised that I also had to change my life style as an additional remedy.

Life style

One major change in my lifestyle that had coincided with increases in back pain was that I was less mobile. My partner and I had recently had a child, and this completely altered our way of life. Right up until the birth of our daughter, we had regularly gone walking, even managing a 3 mile walk in the ninth month of pregnancy. Reading about back pain, one common thread was that a sedentary life is the worst thing for backs. Fortunately, as our daughter has got older, we have been able to resume regular walks, this has increased my mobility, and helped free my back.

Pilates

One further thing that I decided to do was to do some sort of exercises to improve mobility. After asking various people who knew about back problems, I was recommended by Paul to try Pilates exercises, and I signed up to a Pilates evening class. The aim of Pilates is primarily to strengthen muscles, particularly in the stomach and back. Doing Pilates has improved my posture and mobility, and has been extremely beneficial.

In summary, I would suggest to anyone with back problems to look at what might be the cause, and to take a wider view of possible remedies. Moderate and regular exercise, such as walking, is beneficial and enjoyable, and the discipline of a regular class, such as Pilates, helps motivation. “Alternative” treatments, such as osteopathy and acupuncture, worked for me where conventional remedies failed. Above all, looking at a more holistic approach to the problem, rather than a set of symptoms, seems to work.

- Phil Palmer, Walsall,

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Condition: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

“My problem was diarrhea, not isolated attacks but several times a day. Without warning I would have severe gripping pains and have to dash to the loo immediately.”

“This year we booked a wonderful holiday in Florida, but as the departure date drew nearer I was afraid I should have to cancel it. I was wretched and disappointed; I really needed a good holiday. My problem was diarrhoea, not isolated attacks but several times a day. Without warning I would have severe gripping pains and have to dash to the loo immediately. This is bad enough when you are at home, but outside shopping or traveling it is a nightmare.

I’d been seeing my doctor about these symptoms for 2 or 3 years, but the various treatments and tablets prescribed had not helped and even made things worse.

A month before our departure date I knew I had no option but to cancel the holiday. Worrying about the long flight with the constant fear of not being able to reach a loo in time was making me ill. I was sleeping badly, even having panic attacks.

Then, in desperation, I turned to yellow pages phone book found Mr Clusker name and booked an appointment there and then. I had my first treatment and discovered that the needles were neither as large nor as painful as I’d imagined. I could hardly feel them and the experience was soothing and relaxing. I felt more hopeful generally. Mr Clusker asked if I would be willing to follow a special diet and I agreed straight away.

Within 5 days I noticed an improvement (only 2 treatments). I had less wind, less pain and was sleeping normally. The diet was difficult at first but as I became more used to it. It didn’t seem too bad. After one week my bowels were settling down to a normal pattern and my tummy was no longer distended with wind. In three weeks my body was under control, though I found I had to be careful and stick to the diet.

One month after my first treatment I was enjoying my Florida holiday.”

- Lorna P.

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Condition: Pins & Needles in left hand, leg & foot

“I have had 7 sessions so far and feel more positive and I can now walk and sit down normally and do not need to take pain medication.”

“I was suffering from pins and needles in my left hand, leg and foot together with back problems and had had these symptoms from approximately October 2003.  It got so bad that I really could not do anything without very high dosages of medication.

Before I made an appointment to see Paul Clusker I had been to my GP who suggested I saw a physiotherapist, which I did – to no effect.  I then had an appointment to see a Consultant – in fact I ended up seeing FIVE and not one of them could find or treat the problem.

Paul gave me acupuncture treatment which has proved very helpful.  After the second session I noticed my hand had improved and at the fourth session my back and leg were much improved.  I have had 7 sessions so far and feel more positive and I can now walk and sit down normally and do not need to take pain medication.

At present we are awaiting a report from Hospital with regard to the results of a nerve conduction test which I underwent at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.”

- JB.

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Condition: Diagnosed "Totally Wheelchair Dependent"

After being diagnosed as totally wheelchair dependent and that there was no known treatment available I decided to try acupuncture and after a few session can now leave the house on crutches and am moving around the house unaided.

“Returning home I reached into the back of the car for the steering lock and felt severe pain in the lower back. After going into the house I lost the use of my left leg and couldn’t walk or stand. I was admitted to hospital where I stayed for TEN weeks. After numerous tests I was diagnosed “totally wheelchair dependent” and without any diagnosis or reason why. I was re-admitted to hospital where a further biopsy was done which showed an unidentified disease in the thigh muscles and I was told it “may or may not recover” and that there was no known treatment available.

I decided to try acupuncture and after a few sessions can now leave the house on crutches and am moving around the house unaided. The improvement is vast and I intend to continue with this treatment.”

- Anonymous

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Condition: Low Back Pain & Stiffness

“I made an appointment with Paul Clusker in July and after two sessions noticed an improvement. After the third appointment I really did feel fine – no pain and back to a healthy 84 year old. It is now September and I am still feeling very well.”

“For about 6 – 8 weeks I had been in severe pain and found that I could not bend, get out of bed in the morning and was at my wits end at 84 years old, that I was unable to be independent!   I had been to my GP who advised me I had probably got a trapped nerve and prescribed pain killers.  These didn’t seem to help.

I made an appointment with Paul Clusker in July and after two sessions noticed an improvement.  After the third appointment I really did feel fine – no pain and back to a healthy 84 year old.  It is now September and I am still feeling very well.

Thank you so much Paul.”

- 84 year old female

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Condition: Osteoporosis & Arthritis of the Spine

“I had 5 treatments in total and now I feel as though I have got my life back. I would recommend anyone who is suffering pain to give him a try as I found Mr. Clusker very, very good.”

“I am now 69 years old and have suffered from arthritis of the spine and osteoporosis for about 5 years. During this time it was impossible for me to do normal every day things like shopping, ironing and housework. It was a nightmare because the pain was unbearable.

I was desperate and thought I would give acupuncture a try and went to see Mr Paul Clusker – with not much hope, but anyway, I had nothing to lose.

After the very first visit the difference was amazing!  I could sit up straight for the first time in years and the pain just disappeared. I had 5 treatments in total and now I feel as though I have got my life back.

I would recommend anyone who is suffering pain to give him a try as I found Mr. Clusker very, very good; he puts you at ease and is very understanding and patient. I can’t thank him enough.”

- 69 year old female

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Condition: Post-natal Depression

“Paul treated me with acupuncture and after the third or fourth session I began to feel in control of my life again, more relaxed and able to cope with everything with confidence. I no longer need any further treatment, but I would not hesitate to see Paul again should I need to.”

“I first came to see Paul in January this year suffering with postnatal depression for seven months. I had been to my GP and he prescribed anti-depressants, which did in fact make me feel a lot better.

However, I was worried that I was relying on them too much and decided to come off them. I started to feel really bad again. I felt run down, tired, pretty useless and lost my self-esteem. Everything was just too much to cope with. So this is when I decided to make an appointment to see Paul Clusker.

Paul treated me with acupuncture and after the third or fourth session I began to feel in control of my life again, more relaxed and able to cope with everything with confidence. I no longer need any further treatment, but I would not hesitate to see Paul again should I need to.

I found Paul easy to approach, very calm which in turn helped me and he listened to me.

Thank you very much Paul.”

- Anonymous

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Condition: Restriction of Shoulder & Arm Movement

“After 4 treatments I noticed things had started to improve and now have 95% movement and no pain – just sore when touched.”

“After I had a fall down the stairs I had difficulty in moving my shoulder and arm. I went to see my GP who prescribed quite strong pain medication.  I also went to see a sports physiotherapist who gave me some ultra-sound treatment.  This made a slight difference but did not clear the problem.

When I first saw Paul Clusker I had been suffering for about 4 to 5 months. Everyday tasks like washing and dressing were unbearable.  I could not play sport and even lost some time from work. To be quite frank I had had enough and was desperate to try anything to help me.

Paul treated me with Osteopathy and acupuncture and accurately pinpointed the location of the problem. After 4 treatments I noticed things had started to improve and now have 95% movement and no pain – just sore when touched.

I feel that the acupuncture has made a great difference and now feel confident to play squash and golf again. My shoulder and arm are now o.k. I am off to New Zealand for three weeks’ holiday next week and I know that without treatment from Paul I would have had second thoughts about going.”

- Anonymous

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Condition: Stress and Anxiety

“I found Paul very pleasant to see and very understanding and approachable. He took time to listen to me.”

“My first appointment with Paul was in January 2005 I desperately needed help – I thought I was going crazy I was very emotional, stressed out, also having palpitations and panic attacks and suffering from lack of sleep and loss of appetite. I was very depressed and low in self esteem.

I did not go to my GP as I did not want to go down the path of taking anti-depressants in case I could not do without them. A relative suggested I saw Paul.

Paul treated me with acupuncture and I noticed how much calmer I was after only the first treatment. The second time was even better I felt very calm and was sleeping well, also I felt as though a heavy burden had been lifted from my shoulders.

Things started to improve rapidly and after the third session I was able to finish the treatment. I’ve not looked back since my treatment and am maintaining my wellbeing.

I found Paul very pleasant to see and very understanding and approachable. He took time to listen to me. Thank you Paul.”

- Anonymous

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Condition: Osteoporosis & Athritis of the Spine

Paul was excellent and I wish I had visited him for treatment much sooner than I did.

“I’d been suffering severe pain in my back due to osteoporosis and arthritis of the spine for over 12 months and couldn’t take any more pain relief pills as they were upsetting my stomach. I couldn’t go shopping, do any housework and needed help. I became too dependent on my daughter, which was upsetting to me as she has her job to do and a family to look after.

I made an appointment to see Paul Clusker. He treated me with acupuncture only (no manipulation) which proved to be helpful after the first treatment. Things started to improve and after the fourth treatment I didn’t need to come again – I felt fine.

I can now shop, iron, do housework, walk and am now fully independent – much to the relief of everyone!

Paul was excellent and I wish I had visited him for treatment much sooner than I did.”

- Anonymous

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Condition: Anxiety

I finally decided to try acupuncture it was painless and the cost was reasonable. After 4 treatments within a 3 week period my anxiety was back to normal levels and all of my physical symptoms that I had experienced within the last 3 years had gone. I only wish I had tried Acupuncture sooner.

“3 years ago, due to personal problems, I started suffering from anxiety.

At first I didn’t understand what was happening to me. My first physical symptom was severe jaw ache. My Dentist diagnosed grinding of my teeth whilst asleep and he suggested that I wear a plastic gum shield at night. I took his advice and purchased a made-to-measure gum shield.

Other symptoms I felt was my heart pounding and my chest felt as if it was seizing up, I was constantly tired and my eyes always looked bloodshot.

My Doctor confirmed I was suffering from anxiety and prescribed anti-depressants to control it. I started taking the tablets, but did not feel any different. I could not concentrate and my thoughts were rapid, my body ached all over and I could not sleep – I was waking up all the time. My hair started to fall out and then my nose blocked up (this was later diagnosed as a dairy allergy) I lost all my confidence and worst of all I was constantly hyperventilating.

Each time I tried to cut down on my tablets I felt worse, crying for hours, depression was setting in. The anxiety started to dominate my life, each day was a struggle and I was snapping at everyone and couldn’t handle day to day problems.

I started to make drastic changes to my lifestyle, as I was now searching for a release; I started a “self help” programme of my own:

  • Joined a gym & started general fitness training
  • Stopped drinking alcohol
  • Changed my diet (to healthy eating)
  • Took vitamin supplements
  • Listened to relaxation music
  • Had regular body massages
  • Reiki
  • Regular holidays 2 and 3 weeks doing nothing

Even though I had made the drastic changes to my lifestyle, none of the above worked – I still felt depressed and anxious.

I finally decided to try acupuncture it was painless and the cost was reasonable. After 4 treatments within a 3 week period my anxiety was back to normal levels and all of my physical symptoms that I had experienced within the last 3 years had gone. I only wish I had tried Acupuncture sooner.”

- Anonymous

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Condition: Burning & Severe Pain in Neck & Shoulders

Earlier this year, I read an article on Acupuncture and out of desperation decided to give it a try. I went to see Paul Clusker and after a combination of acupuncture, manipulation and changing my diet, I feel better than I have done for years.

“My symptoms first started about six years ago when I began to experience severe pain and burning in my neck and shoulders. I went to my GP who prescribed painkillers. After several weeks the pain had got no better, so I was referred to a Specialist at Stoke on Trent.

I was given a brain scan and was told I had severe muscle damage which he thought was due to an accident, but I had not had any kind of accident. He said that the only thing he could try was ultra sound. After several visits to Stafford hospital I still found no relief.

During the next few years I tried treatment from a Chiropractor and a Physiotherapist, neither of which really helped. Last year my GP sent me for an X-ray at Cannock Hospital which showed I had Spondylitis and was sent yet again for Physiotherapy.

I was shown some exercises to do and told that apart from this there was nothing more which could be done.

And for this, I am truly grateful to Paul.

- Anonymous

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Condition: Numbness in Fingers

After eight treatments you seem to have cleared the problem completely and I am now able to enjoy a good night’s sleep.

“I am writing to thank you for your help following an accident in the garden a few months ago when I broke my wrist.

My wrist was in plaster for four weeks and then bandaged for a further four weeks before being discharged from hospital.

After a few days I found that my fingers were going numb resulting in severe pain and loss of sleep.  My Doctor prescribed painkillers, which had no effect, and the numbness spread into my shoulder.

I then decided to visit your Clinic in Walsall and felt quite a relief after the first treatment.  After eight treatments you seem to have cleared the problem completely and I am now able to enjoy a good night’s sleep.

Thank you for your help, I am very grateful”.

- Anonymous

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Condition: Constant Pain

Raynaud’s Syndrome I can honestly say that the pains have almost completely disappeared as a result of your ACUPUNCTURE treatment. The improvement has been quite remarkable.

“My medical problems began approximately 30 years ago. Shortly after my wedding I began to lose weight. After having lost 3 stone in about 6 months I visited my GP as I was experiencing constant trouble with my nerves. A blood test revealed that I had an overactive thyroid. I was prescribed Thyroxin capsules and although the problem kept recurring from time to time, I am pleased to say that it is now stable.

Shortly after I had moved to my present home, some 17 years ago, I began to experience serious problems again. My arms, legs and fingers felt heavy and I was unable to move them without constant pain. I again visited my GP, who referred me to 3 Specialists over a period of 4 years. I had a number of blood tests and X-rays which revealed that the problem lay with my blood. I was prescribed several different drugs to deal with the circulation problems, but none provided much relief.

The consultation with the third Specialist was based on a belief that my problem was either rheumatism or arthritis, but revealed that I had suffered from Raynaud’s Syndrome. He prescribed Praxaline, which helped me in some ways but did not rid me of the nagging pains.

After a further ten years of suffering, I consulted my GP again (a new Doctor this time as my old GP had retired). He again referred me to one of the Specialists I had previously seen, but without any success. As you can imagine, all these consultations with Specialists had cost me a considerable amount of money over the years.

When I came to see you for the first time recently, I had been getting very little sleep because the pain was unbearable much of the time. The only way I was able to get any sleep at all was to place a pillow between my knees and ankles to prevent them touching and causing stabbing pains.

Although I still feel the cold, I can honestly say that the pains have almost completely disappeared as a result of your Acupuncture treatment. The improvement has been quite remarkable.

Once again, thank you very much for all your help.”

- Anonymous

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Condition: Low Back Pain

“Before I attended the clinic I was in constant pain (lumbar spondylosis)… After my first treatment the pain was lessened.”

Before I attended the clinic I was in constant pain (lumbar spondylosis).

After my first treatment the pain was lessened. I was more erect when walking and could move around better. After each treatment I have felt the benefit – I do have pain now and again, but overall acupuncture does give me relief from pain, and I also feel better in myself.

Mr Clusker and his staff are very professional and put patients at their ease. Paul explains what is being done, and what you can expect to happen and how the treatment works.

Many thanks, Acupuncture is helping me.

- JK

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Condition: Post Fracture - Numbness & Sever Pain

“After eight treatments you seem to have cleared the problem and I am now able to enjoy a food night sleep.”

“I am writing to thank you for your help following an accident in the garden in September when I broke by wrist.

It was in plaster for four weeks and then in bandage for a further four weeks before being discharged from hospital.

After a few days I found that my fingers were going numb resulting in severe pain and loss of sleep. Mr Doctor prescribed painkillers, which had no effect, and the numbness spread into my arm and shoulder.

I then decided to visit your clinic in Walsall and felt quite a relief after the first treatment and after eight treatments you seem to have cleared the problem and I am now able to enjoy a food night sleep.

Thank you for your help I am most grateful”.

- Mrs. L. Aged 64

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Condition: Painful Joints

“I am very fortunate that the treatment worked for me on my neck, lower back and knees, and now I can truly say that I have been relieved of some painful days and nights.”

“My treatment at your acupuncture clinic was much more than satisfactory. I feel I have had the very best of treatment and have received every possible consideration throughout my five weeks.

I am very fortunate that the treatment worked for me on my neck, lower back and knees, and now I can truly say that I have been relieved of some painful days and nights.

Mr Clusker was a very caring and considerate man and put me at ease straight away.
The receptionist was very pleasant on each visit.

Thank you once again for an experience I will recommend to anyone I know who complains about back or neck ache to me”.

- Nellie L

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Condition: Osgood Schlatters Disease

“I have now had acupuncture 7 or 8 times and I am playing football with confidence and I hardly suffer pain.”

“My name is Luke P and I am nearly 13 years old. About 18 months ago, I noticed a lump had suddenly appeared on my left knee. As I am a keen sportsman, representing my school in rugby, cross-country, athletics and also playing Sunday League football, it was upsetting when after sport, the lump was very painful. I found difficulty in running, twisting and I suffered greater pain when pressure was applied.

After ignoring the lump until it became too painful I went to the casualty department of my local hospital, the doctor there, after an X-ray, put my leg in plaster. One week later a specialist removed the plaster and said I would “grow out” of the problem, which he said was ‘Osgood Schlatters Disease’.

After this it was still very painful so I returned to the doctor and he gave me some anti-inflammatory tablets, which I took 4 times a day. The tablets didn’t work and this is when we turned to acupuncture. After having it 4 or 5 times I could really feel the difference.

I have now had acupuncture 7 or 8 times and I am playing football with confidence and I hardly suffer pain. In my opinion acupuncture so far has improved my injury by 70%”.

- Luke P. Aged 13

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Condition: Trapped Nerve in Shoulder

“…But following my first session of acupuncture the pain became more bearable and I felt much calmer, so much so that following a few more treatments I am now virtually pain free.”

“I would line to take this opportunity of thanking you most sincerely for your kindness and help in giving me so much relief from pain, following a trapped nerve in my left shoulder.

When I first came to you for treatment the pain was unbearable and I was very agitated as I am sure you will remember. But following my first session of acupuncture the pain became more bearable and I felt much calmer, so much so that following a few more treatments I am now virtually pain free.

Thank you once again, I shall be only too pleased to recommend you to fellow sufferers.

Yours sincerely

- Mrs Sheila W.

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Condition: Smoking

Seven months have gone by, and I haven’t touched a cigarette.

“I would like to thank you most sincerely for a wonderful success in curing me of smoking.

At the age of fifty-seven I had resigned myself to smoking forever, as I had smoked since the age of fifteen.

In the past I had tried hypnosis, chewing gum and even just will power, all of which did not help me, until I came to see you at the Walsall clinic at Easter time.

I was a bit apprehensive as to whether it would work, but after you gave me acupuncture I have never looked back – no craving or wanting to smoke again.

Seven months have gone by, and I haven’t touched a cigarette.

Many thanks Paul; I will recommend you to all smokers who wish to kick the habit.”

- Mr. G.R.P.

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Condition: Stop Smoking

Stop Smoking – A collection of testimonials from various patients.

Mrs. C – I am very happy, the Acupuncture made it much easier to stop smoking. I felt very relaxed afterwards. It’s brilliant.

Mr. M – Acupuncture helped a lot. I don’t smoke at all now. I am thrilled with the results.

Mr. P – I have not smoked since I had the Acupuncture treatment. I felt very calm and it was easy to stop,

Mrs. J – I have not wanted to smoke at all since I came for treatment.

Mr. S – I was surprised how much easier it was to stop. I had tried all sorts of things before and this is the only thing that has worked for me. I am not saying I would not like a cigarette now, but I know that I have done so well and would not ever have another one.

Mr. N – I was very pleased with the treatment. I have the occasional cigar now but no cigarettes for 6 months.

Miss. G – Acupuncture made it much easier to stop smoking. I did not get any of the withdrawal symptoms. I have not smoked now for 12 months.

Miss. A – I found it very difficult in the past to give up longer than a day! My friend came to you for Acupuncture and so I thought I would try it. I have not smoked since.

Mr. P – I felt very calm and relaxed and this continued for about three days. The pin in my ear made all the cravings ‘go away’. With the willpower to stop myself lighting up out of habit, I have now been a non-smoker for three months.

- Various

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Condition: Migraine

“The first week I had two attacks, the next week I had one. But at the start of week three I had no migraines. I have had treatment twice a month for about eighteen months and have been largely migraine free. If I do have a migraine it is much less severe and shorter in duration than those before I tried acupuncture”.

How acupuncture helped me conquer migraines

Migraine affects up to 15% of the UK population – around two thirds of sufferers are women. Over a billion people worldwide at some point experience migraine.

The symptoms of migraines often include a headache which can last up to three days. Sufferers may also experience double vision, nausea and vomiting. Headaches are usually one sided and often pain occurs in the temple area. Migraines are often thought to be caused by emotional strain, stress, hormonal imbalances, and lack of food and/or sleep or by a reaction to some foods or medications.

I have suffered with migraines for around ten years, since I was fifteen years old. Since this time I have quickly learnt that many things can trigger a migraine attack. Certain smells, a lack of sleep, and stress often resulted in an attack.

In any given month I could have between one and six attacks. Some weeks were so bad that I would get one horrendous attack and what I can only describe as aftershocks over the next few days. In the worst attacks I was so debilitated that the pain was unbearable and I had to retire to a darkened room. My migraines were severely painful for an average eight hours, but a dull pain would last for several days.

Over the years I have tried every sort of pain relief, from over-the-counter headache tablets – which only worked sometimes in the very early stages – to targeted migraine drugs, which worked on some of the attacks but left me feeling nauseous. After my migraines reached an intolerable level and I found myself spending three weeks a month suffering with them. My doctor recommended Imigran Recovery (sumatriptan), which has recently been made an over-the counter drug. As with other drugs, they only worked on some of the attacks.

In desperation, I decided to explore acupuncture in the hope of alleviating my migraine. I visited the Backcare and Acupuncture Clinic in Sutton Coldfield. There is also a clinic in Walsall.

Sessions at the clinic took around an hour. They consisted of taking my medical history and lifestyle, some osteopathic assessment of my neck and upper back, and finally the strategically placed acupuncture needles. The first week I had two attacks, the next week I had one. But at the start of week three I had no migraines.

I have had treatment twice a month for about eighteen months and have been largely migraine free. If I do have a migraine it is much less severe and shorter in duration than those before I tried acupuncture. These migraines often coincide with breaks in treatment due to holidays. I am therefore glad to get back for an acupuncture treatment.

Research supports my own experience of acupuncture and has shown that it can be very beneficial in the treatment of migraines as it tends to lessen the frequency and severity of attacks.

Migraine sufferers often have lower levels of endorphins (natural pain killers) and acupuncture can work to return levels of these hormones to normal. Increased levels of these substances are associated with headache improvement. When released, endorphins will act to inhibit the perception of pain. They also help control the action of the nervous system to affect both the blood circulation to the head and other symptoms such as nausea.

Traditional Chinese philosophy states that our health is dependent on the body’s motivating energy, known as qi, moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels beneath the skin.

It also states that pain is caused by stagnation, and may be relieved by needling points that clear the appropriate channels and restore free flow through the area concerned.

In Chinese terms headaches are more closely associated with disturbance to liver qi (or energy). Stress and emotional upset impact strongly on the liver which, if it becomes too agitated, vents the excess energy upwards into the head. By inserting fine needles into the channels of qi energy an acupuncturist can stimulate the body’s own healing response and help restore its natural equilibrium and alleviate the pain.

The choice of points to treat depends on several factors including the exact location of the pain, the nature of the headache and the overall condition of the patient. Acupuncture will provide a personalised treatment designed for the individual.

Acupuncture can help by:

  • reducing the frequency and intensity of headaches in many patients
  • reducing the use of medication
  • reducing the number of sick days taken
  • showing a success rate of 50-80% comparable to the results of medication but without the side effects
  • offering an effective preventative treatment for migraine

Vickers et al (2004) conducted a large trial (400 patients) into acupuncture as a treatment for the UK, score: 34% improvement in the acupuncture group versus 16% for standard medical treatment (significant difference). After receiving acupuncture patients had 22 fewer days of headache per year, made 25% fewer visits to the GP, and used 15% less medication.

For more information contact:

Catherine Harris on 07515167877 or
Paul Clusker at the Backcare and Acupuncture Clinic on 07973908933

- Catherine Harris

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Condition: Severe Joint Pain & Swelling in my Ankles, Knees & Feet

Before I came to see Paul I’d already had these symptoms for more than 5 years. I felt very restricted in my life. I could not stand very long, could not walk without pain. Paul gave me some “magic treatment” with his acupuncture needles. I can now go 3-4 weeks between sessions for another “magic boost”.

I had very severe joint pain and swelling in my ankles, knees and feet.  Betore I came to see Paul I’d already had these symptoms for more than 5 years.

I felt very restricted in my life. I could not stand very long, could not walk without pain. Eventually had to give up my job which involved lots of standing.

Before I saw Paul I’d been to see my GP who treated me with painkillers, which helped. I saw a Consultant who recommended surgery, which I didn’t want.

Paul gave me some “magic treatment” with his acupuncture needles. At first I needed treatment twice a week, but it did give me some relief. Not straight away, but after a couple of months it really helped a lot.

I can now go 3-4 weeks between sessions for another “magic boost” I ca do a lot more and am walking more – just generally doing a lot more and feeling much better for it. Previously, I just did not want to do anything on a bad day.

Paul is helpful and understanding. The treatment gives me complete relaxation for at least 45 minutes and does me such a lot of good I would certainly recommend it. Try it yourself!

- E.W.

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Condition: Shoulder Pain

The best things I notice that I can do now is I am able to put washing on the line and stretch up into cupboards, change gear and sit and eat a meal without pain.

“I first came to see Paul Clusker in December 2004 because I was suffering pain in my shoulders with more severity on the left hand side.  The pain was a constant, low level aching  with shooting pains if I moved in a certain way.  I’d had these symptoms for about three years.

Having these symptoms meant that I could not reach to change gear in the car so it stopped me driving, I was in constant pain when sitting eating a meal and generally felt ill all the time – in sheer desperation I came to see Paul.

Before coming to see Paul, I had seen my GP who told me that he could do nothing and just to keep taking my Arthritis tablets – which I had been taking for 20 years!  So no help at all.

Things started to improve after just 3 treatments with Paul, the pain began to dissipate and now after further treatment the pain has gone – just get residual ache.

The best things I notice that I can do now is I am able to put washing on the line and stretch up into cupboards, change gear and sit and eat a meal without  pain

I would like to add that when I first met Paul, telling me that he could help made me feel better.  Also, being told that it would take time was helpful.   Paul hit the spot the very first session. Then I knew I was right, it had been a muscular problem – not Arthritis.

Thank You.”

- B.H.,

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Condition: Low Back Pain

“I feel great now – thanks to Paul and yes I was even able to jet ski on my holidays this year. See Paul – He’ll get you sorted

“I first came to see Paul 12 months ago with agonising pain in my lower back; I had suffered this for six months before my first appointment.

I realised I had to do something urgently as I had no relief from pain killers from my GP and life was ‘murder’ – no sleep, couldn’t sit down comfortably and worse still couldn’t play my beloved golf which made me a really grumpy person!

On my first appointment Paul gave me acupuncture and osteopathy treatment and after the second appointment I noticed a slight improvement.   After the fourth treatment I was free of pain and Paul suggested that I should just ‘phone him when and if I needed his help again’.  What I do now is to have treatment every few months; just a ‘top up’ to maintain my well-being.

I feel great now – thanks to Paul and yes I was even able to jet ski on my holidays this year.

See Paul – He’ll get you sorted!

- Anonymous

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Condition: Arthritic Pain

Now after a number of sessions I can honestly say I am virtually free from arthritic pain and feeling on top of the world.

“Following a very traumatic accident in which a number of bones were broken, it was revealed by X-rays and scans that my back was very badly arthritic.  This was something I had no previous knowledge of because I had never suffered any back pains.

However, in the following months I really knew what pain was in my back, neck, arms and especially my left hand.  Arthritis had really been stirred up in my body.  After months of hard work by a wonderful physiotherapist my limbs were gradually made to work again but the pain persisted and was only controlled by painkillers taken day and night.

Out of the blue my wife announced that she had made an appointment for me to attend the acupuncture clinic of Paul Clusker.  Though I was very sceptic of the idea I attended the clinic regularly and gradually the pain subsided.  I was able to lead a more active life.

Now after a number of sessions I can honestly say I am virtually free from arthritic pain and feeling on top of the world.

My grateful thanks to my wife and Mr Paul Clusker.”

- John G. (71 years)

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Condition: Cervical Spondylitis (Oseteo-Arthritic changes in the nape of the neck)

“I am fully mobile in the shoulders and neck for the first time in twelve months, and generally I feel much better in myself”.

“Initially I was a little bit apprehensive about this treatment. I have in the past tried almost everything available and I have found Acupuncture to be by far the best treatment for me.

I have found relief from pain after the first session and this relief has continued. I am fully mobile in the shoulders and neck for the first time in twelve months, and generally I feel much better in myself “.

- TC

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Condition: Pain - Severe Arthritis of the Hip

Without your help and support and treatment I would not have been able to have sustained the pain I have suffered with waiting to have a hip replacement.

“I would like to give my appreciation at the treatment of acupuncture, I have received in the last 10 months. Without your help and support and treatment I would not have been able to have sustained the pain I have suffered with waiting to have a hip replacement. My operation is now in the pipeline.

Also I would like to express that the treatment of acupuncture I have received helped me enormously to drive my car further distances, where before I could only drive locally without its help I would not have got around as well as I have.

Acupuncture worked for me thankfully.”

- JB

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Condition: Sciatica

“I was referred to the clinic by my GP, suffering from sciatica and lower back pain.”

“I was referred to the clinic by my GP, suffering from sciatica and lower back pain.

After only five acupuncture treatments my pain is almost non-existent and I have a general feeling of well being.”

- Mrs. Q.I.

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Condition: Serious Violent Assault

I was left with pain from my neck to my lower back, with loss of feeling in both hands. In particular, I had pains shooting down both sides of my neck (like ‘electricity’) and stiffness in my neck and across both shoulders.

I first saw Paul Clusker in May 2006. At the time I was suffering from pain from my neck to my lower back, with loss of feeling in both hands. In particular, I had pains shooting down both sides of my neck (like ‘electricity’) and stiffness in my neck and across both shoulders. I had suffered with these symptoms since I had suffered a very serious assault in 2001.

I was finding it very difficult with day to day tasks which invariably caused pain, numbness or pins and needles in my arms and hands.

Before I saw Paul I had already seen my GP who arranged for me to see various Specialists at the Hospital. I also had Physiotherapy and had been prescribed a variety of different medications recommended by various Specialists. Unfortunately, none of the treatments or medication seemed to help.

Paul treated me with a combination of Osteopathy and Acupuncture and after the second treatment I felt a lot easier and relaxed. After the fourth treatment things really started to improve until after the seventh treatment I was really feeling the best I had done in over five years.

I now have the odd ache in my back which goes away quickly and I don’t suffer with the pins and needles or numbness anymore.

It’s been 12 months since my first consultation with Paul and when he discharged me his advice to me was ‘come and see me about once every three months – just like an MOT – to make sure you stay well’ I have followed his advice and am really pleased at just how well I feel.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Paul Clusker and would like to say ‘Thank You’.

- Adam C.

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Condition: Lower Body Pain

So far I’ve had five sessions of acupuncture and very gentle osteopathy and I’ve lost the pain in my left buttock and calf. My back pain has reduced to the point where I can honestly say I’m 90% better than I was. If I never got any better, I’d be delighted with this.

In August 2004 I had a serious accident when I fell off a ladder at work and injured my back. Initially I went to hospital and having been reassured I’d not broken anything I was sent to my GP who prescribed painkillers and anti-inflammatories. The drugs didn’t seem to be much help and I was referred to a physiotherapist. Unfortunately this also didn’t help me very much either.

My job is physical and skilled. When it was suggested to me that I should change my work I knew I couldn’t afford to do that, so I decided to just keep on going to work and put up with the pain.

Over the years the pan just got worse. It was always worse in the morning when my lower back felt very stiff and heavy and I had severe aching in my left thigh and calf. My symptoms were made worse by bending and carrying particularly at work.

I first came to see Paul Clusker in October 2007. The reason I came in was because my brother kept nagging me that I had nothing to lose, and he’d had treatment with Paul and got rid of his continuous lower back pain and sciatica, which was still there after two operations that were meant to cure it!

By the time I came in to the clinic I could just about make it through the day at work but had given up on sports altogether. My pain level was at a level of 8 – 9 out of ten by the end of most days.

So far I’ve had five sessions of acupuncture and very gentle osteopathy and I’ve lost the pain in my left buttock and calf. My back pain has reduced to the point where I can honestly say I’m 90% better than I was. If I never got any better, I’d be delighted with this.

I can now work without pain. Actually, I don’t even think about my back any more. Before, I used to wake up some days and wonder how I’d get through the day. All in all I’m dead chuffed that I took my brother’s advice and came in to see Paul.

- Chris S. 30yr old plumber. Pelsall, West Midlands.

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Condition: Severe Stress

For some three to four months I had been feeling very low. I couldn’t “wake up” in the morning, I felt so tired all the time. I had panic attacks whilst driving, broke down in tears easily at the slightest thing. My chest felt tight and I thought I just can’t cope with anything anymore.

For some three to four months I had been feeling very low. I couldn’t  “wake up” in the morning, I felt so tired all the time. I had panic attacks whilst driving, broke down in tears easily at the slightest thing. My chest felt tight and I thought I just can’t cope with anything anymore.

It worried me even more as I was a 40 year old man – was I having a mid-life crisis or what? I just could not understand why I was feeling like this.

My Mother suggested to me that I made an appointment to see Paul Clusker as she had been treated by Paul a couple of years prior and found the Acupuncture treatment very successful. I took her advice and made an appointment to see Paul.

On my first visit, I felt really at ease as soon as I walked into the Clinic. I found Paul easy to talk to and he understood where I was coming from. After a thorough but friendly discussion Paul treated me with Acupuncture. I must admit I fell asleep during the treatment I was so relaxed.

After the second visit I felt less stressful, went home after treatment and slept for three hours. Each night I was sleeping very well.

After the third treatment I knew I was heading in the right direction. i.e. sleeping better, feeling better in myself, got some perspective on things.

Paul discharged me after the fourth visit as I had done so well and we both knew that I could get on with my life feeling much happier and confident with myself and I certainly felt “so much better” I am now enjoying life as I should be – thank you Paul.

- Phillip W. 40 years old

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Condition: Neck Pain & Stiffness

I had a sudden onset of neck pain and stiffness about one month ago. As a result I found that I wasn’t able to sleep and gradually became tired and irritable due to the constant pain. After the third treatment I was free of pain and am now fully recovered and able to lead a normal life again.

I had a sudden onset of neck pain and stiffness about one month ago. As a result I found that I wasn’t able to sleep and gradually became tired and irritable due to the constant pain. I had experienced a similar problem in spring 2006 and had no treatment other than tablets from the GP. Although the symptoms went eventually I wanted to try something different this time.

A friend had suggested getting some osteopathic or acupuncture help and recommended Paul Clusker and I made the decision to book an appointment to see him.

After the first treatment (which was acupuncture only) I felt very, very tired and went to bed; but the following day I felt so much better.

After the second treatment I felt wiped out again and took a day or two to recover, but now there was even more pain relief and I began to feel much better in myself.

After the third treatment I was free of pain and am now fully recovered and able to lead a normal life again. I am so grateful that a friend recommended Paul Clusker to me.

I would have no hesitation in recommending anyone who has similar symptoms to give it a go and try acupuncture.

I found Paul to be professional yet friendly. He listened to what I had to say and I felt very much at ease throughout all my three treatments. Thanks for your help, Paul.

- Adelle W.

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Condition: Severe Headaches before my Period

I had been having these headaches since the birth of my daughter, they were so severe that I was unable to look after her; bending down made me so dizzy that I was unable to hold her. I was really tired all the time; all I was able to do was lie down in a dark room taking all the pain medication I could find until it eased.

I came to see Paul Clusker at the start of July after experiencing severe headaches at the time of my period.

I had been having these headaches since the birth of my daughter, they were so severe that I was unable to look after her; bending down made me so dizzy that I was unable to hold her. I was really tired all the time; all I was able to do was lie down in a dark room taking all the pain medication I could find until it eased.

Before going to see Paul I had visited my GP who had assured me that it was just hormone imbalance and that within time it would settle. However, 10 months down the line I was still in the same state every month and my family were having to take time out of their busy schedules and work to help me for a couple of days every month. As you can imagine, this was not just difficult for all but very embarrassing for me.

Paul gave me Acupuncture treatment which had proven so successful for me before (with previous complaints). After just one session I started to feel more like myself – the fog began to clear and I started to get more energy.

Three sessions later I now get a slight headache at this time of month, but nothing that can’t be controlled by one dose of pain relief tablets. I now carry on as normal and get to spend that quality time with my family without any problems.

I would recommend Acupuncture to anyone; it is relaxing and achieves amazing results in little time without having to keep remembering to take those tablets.

- Lorna S.

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