Simon King B.App.Sc.(Chiro)
Practitioner, Writer and Speaker.
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“My right hip had started to cause me a great deal of pain. While I was still mobile, I was constantly aware of this aching that never left me, and it felt like it was gradually getting worse. The first chiropractor I went to see told me that it was the onset of arthritis which instantly horrified me. I was scared that I was going to eventually need a hip replacement.
I went to see Simon at Naturality for a second opinion and when he said the pain was linked to my neck… to my earrings, I was amazed. I had been wearing pierced earrings since my early teens. Simon explained how metal can react with sensitive nerve endings. I took my earrings out at that first session with Simon and the pain just went and it didn’t return. I left all my jewellery off for a while, but have gradually phased in lighter pieces which my body seems able to tolerate. The story sounds weird but it worked, and they say the proof of the pudding is in the tasting!”
“As an exercise professional, keeping myself active and in shape are crucial to my work. Two and a half years ago I was suddenly plagued with acute shoulder pain that limited my arm movement and caused a constant deep ache across my upper mid back. Simon instantly diagnosed this as coming from a root filling and crown that had been done some time ago, but my slight scepticism and cautiousness about the cost involved in replacing this caused me to delay taking his advice.
Over the next year the pain persisted making it difficult for me to work a full day and needing to rest and recover in between sessions. It was the exhaustion and weakness in ndertaking any physical exertion that was so apparent. Trips to the supermarket, gardening and even hanging up washing become a huge effort. As a single parent and self employed I was very dependent on my energy and physical fitness. I was on the verge of thinking I may have to change my career and lifestyle.
Almost a year after my first consultation with Simon, on a two week dancing holiday my body virtually collapsed from the build-up of weakness in my muscles. I was ready to spend anything and try whatever might be necessary. Within hours of having the root filling cleaned out my body started to respond and it was as if a knife had been pulled out of my back. The improvement was gradual, but 18 months down the line I am now back to full fitness having recently returned from a 200km trek in the Himalayas.”
“As an ex-rugby player, I had always put the pain in my lower back down to my sporting history. I had been for lots of treatments over the years, but nothing had resolved the issue. I never for one moment drew a correlation between me having two crowns fitted approximately ten to fifteen years ago the same time as the aches and had started. Yet, after conducting extensive muscle testing, that’s what Simon thought was causing the problems.
Simon explained how proprioception works, I was willing to concede that it was possible the crowns were to blame and that metals could have a negative impact on the body. So I went for it and found a dentist who was willing to remove my two amalgam crowns. To my surprise and relief the pain was removed instantly! Now I am nearly as energetic as I was back in my rugby playing years and have embraced yoga as a means of keeping my body supple.
“13 years ago, I had a car accident where I apparently suffered whiplash. As a result, I suffered acute back problems, culminating in me slipping two discs when I fell down the stairs. I spent thousands of pounds on reflexology, Chinese homeopathy… I just wanted to find something that worked! My local chiropractor thought it might be linked to my crown (the same year as my accident, I’d had a metal crown put in) and put me in touch with Simon.
I can remember my husband saying at the time what have you been told now! So we both went and visited Simon in Berkhamsted, and Simon asked me to do the dumbbell test, where he asked me to lift a dumbbell with my left and then my right hand. My right hand just wouldn’t move until he told me to cover my crown, and then yes, I could move it! On Simon’s advice, I had the crown removed and replaced with a non-metal version. I can honestly say that my back has improved ten-fold, instantly my strength came back… I’m no longer on tablets every day and I’m not crying every day.