Friday, January 30, 2015
For over a year and a half, pain from sciatica had been bothering me by lodging in a spot near my knees and lower back. This made sitting all day at my computer desk almost unbearable. At home, the pain would wake me up in the middle of the night or keep me from falling asleep. Getting comfortable was seemingly impossible.
I went to my primary care physician who prescribed high doses of ibuprofen, which really didn't touch the pain. I visited my chiropractor who did his usual spinal manipulations which helped for a very short while. I sought relief at my acupuncturist whose treatment lasted the longest at keeping my discomfort at bay. But, despite their good intentions, the pain and discomfort returned.
Over the years, I'd heard of the McKenzie method of physical therapy but was unsure of how it was different from other forms of physical therapy, not having had any personal experience of either form. However, I had read some testimonials from people who had received treatment with the McKenzie Method and found it helped them.
Consequently, my interest was piqued when an article appeared in a local health magazine highlighting the Maccio Physical Therapy group, who specialize in the McKenzie Method. I quickly made an appointment and now I am very happy that I did so!
From the very first appointment, I was assured that I was in good hands. My therapist was soon able to pinpoint the problem area after a series of diagnostic movements. The exercises she prescribed were immediately helpful in reducing the pain. As the sessions progressed, the pain nearly disappeared completely, much to my delight. I'm sleeping much better and not waking up to the pain, allowing me to enjoy my days with freedom of movement. I've even joined the YMCA with the expectation of participating in all of the exercises which had previously seemed a distant dream!
I am very appreciative of the caring and friendly atmosphere of the office and am very grateful for the expertise of my therapist whose dedication guided me to a pain-free life. Thank you! - Lynn, Jan 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
Wow...Elizabeth's story says it all. We are so moved at how much of an impact we were able to have in her life, for both her physical and mental well-being. We can't express enough how much we appreciate this type of feedback, it's a wonderful feeling knowing that through the McKenzie Method, we gave new hope to someone who had just about given up!
I knew there was something wonderfully different about the Maccio Physical Therapy clinic from my first appointment. I’d been suffering from intense, persistent pain throughout my head, neck, back and arm for over a year. An injury had caused severe nerve impingement and dislodged discs in my upper cervical spine, leading to stenosis and associated nerve damage. I sought treatment from several different types of doctors - chiropractors, neurologists, surgeons, pain management specialists, acupuncturists - and found that no one could offer me real answers or relief. The pain had become so intense and constant that I was barely able to function in everyday life. I became depressed and hopeless, being told that the only option was pain management through injections or possibly a surgery with limited success. The injections only lasted a few weeks, after which the pain, numbness, headaches, vertigo and muscle spasms would come back with a vengeance. There seemed to be no help for me, and I was accepting that I may somehow have to learn to deal with it for my entire life.
A coworker of mine knew of the Maccio Physical Therapy clinic and encouraged me to try it out. I am eternally grateful that I did! At my first appointment, Joe Jr. took the time to truly listen and understand my symptoms. He then did a thorough exam, but it was unlike any that I had previously experienced. Through dynamic movements and spinal manipulation, he was able to exasperate or relieve my symptoms instantly. Based on my response, he was able to identify and explain the problem more clearly than any other doctor I had seen. It seemed to me that he understood the spine and associated mechanics better than any of the ‘experts’ I’d previously visited. I was cautiously hopeful as he told me with confidence that the problem could be fixed with regular, simple dynamic exercises – the McKenzie Method.
I diligently did the exercises, which were quick and easy to fit into my busy schedule. The routine was but a minor inconvenience – far less inconvenient than the horrific pain I had been experiencing. I saw tremendous progress very quickly, within weeks I had extended periods without pain – something I hadn’t experienced in months. Joe Jr. adjusted my routine as my symptoms changed and my pain localized, and I increasingly believed I’d found true healing through the McKenzie Method.
Within three months, I was rarely in pain and when I was, I could quickly and effectively reduce symptoms with the exercises. I feel like I have my life back! I am so very grateful to Maccio Physical Therapy for giving me the tools to heal my own body. I tell everyone I know with any sort of joint problems of the wonders of this quick and effective approach. It amazes me that this isn’t the first treatment I tried to address spine problems, because it is truly the most phenomenal treatment I’ve ever encountered. I would turn to the McKenzie Method to address any issue that arose with pain or body mechanics, and Maccio Physical Therapy would be my first stop! I cannot say enough good things about my experience there. The staff is warm, welcoming and prompt. The care is thorough, professional and incredibly effective. The appointments were always on time and never felt rushed. Their goal is to equip you with the tools to heal yourself – something truly rare in a system designed to keep you dependant as a patient.
I strongly encourage anyone with back, neck, or head pain to try this approach, even if it seems like nothing will be able to help. Perhaps this is the one treatment that will give you back a full and pain free life – it certainly was for me.
-Elizabeth, January 2015
-Elizabeth, January 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015
After hurting his neck in a car accident, Don's pain interfered with how he lived his life. It kept him from doing things he enjoyed or taking on new challenges. However, after being treated here at Maccio PT, our therapists used the McKenzie Method to teach Don the right exercises to turn off his pain! We're so happy to share another successful outcome!
Before I began my therapy, my neck pain was unbearable. I was in a car accident that really affected my life. I was unable to sleep at night because I would wake up in pain; going to the movie theater was a struggle because looking up at the screen would irritate my neck; and I was unable to play with my nephew for an extended amount of time. Thanks to Maccio Physical Therapy, I was able to manage my pain and turn it off with the exercises I was shown. They narrowed down what was causing my pain and then it was time to attack it! I now accept challenges I was shying away from since my accident. My experience was very successful, I would recommend this facility to anyone. - Don, 12/2014