Having had lower back problems for a number of years, I first made an appointment with Kieran when the issue began to present in both hips. Over the years I had x-rays, scans and physiotherapy in attempt to relieve my back problems but results were clear and physiotherapy would only help to a certain point. It was a muscular problem that I just couldn’t seem to get to the bottom of. I first noticed the problem with my hips when walking home from work, after about 10 minutes walking at not a very fast pace, one hip became very sore and stiff like. When the same thing happened a number of times in both/either hip after a few weeks, I visited the local GP. X-rays were taken and came back clear. Unsure of what to do or who next to see, I made an appointment with Kieran for a deep muscle massage to see if that would help.At the first appointment I explained to Kieran the issues I was having with my hips and the issues I had been having with my back over the last number of years. Kieran gave me a full examination and followed with a deep massage on my back, hips and legs. Although I had never had quite as painful massage before, I could instantly tell that it was going to help. Kieran found that there was an imbalance of the muscles in both my back and in my legs. All down the left of my spine was like one big knot, my right quad was like solid block, my muscles were in pretty bad shape at this stage and as he said luckily for me age was on my side. He told me about the SLM massage and how it treats the whole body rather than specific areas. Instantly this sounded ideal to me because I did often wonder if there was connection between all the muscular injuries over the years that never seemed to recover properly – right knee and right shoulder in addition to the back and hips.At this point, any kind of physical activity would leave me crippled like an elderly woman for days, I was only 28 at the time. Even a 10 minute journey on the bus in the morning would be enough to cause problems if I didn’t get a seat. Needless to say, when Kieran suggested the SLM Yoga, I was a bit hesitant knowing that it was going to be tough but I went ahead and got it anyway. After only a few weeks of SLM massage and yoga I could feel the difference. The SLM yoga was so easy to do and felt like I was hardly even doing exercise, although I would feel it the next day! I would see Kieran at the weekend for massage and during the week I would do the yoga a few evenings and alternate evenings I would do the self-massage therapy as taught in the SLM program I took note of the food I was eating as suggested, ensuring I was getting enough protein for my muscles to recover from the treatment. Some evenings I would just go for literally a walk in the swimming pool. I wasn’t able to swim but knowing the benefits of the pool I would just walk from one end to the other to try and strengthen the muscles. Between seeing Kieran and persisting with the SLM program my muscles felt much more balanced and pain free and the tension on the left side of my spine had reduced, and I was able to walk much more freely and with no hip pain.4 months ago I left Australia to return to Ireland and unfortunately there are no SLM therapists here. Been honest, I have been a bit slack with the self-treatment since I left but I can still notice the change in me since I first seen Kieran and I know that once I start back into it properly again and I’m sure I will physically feel better for it.I would and have done so in the past, highly recommend not only the Kieran Finnegan as a therapist but the SLM home program. Kieran is very professional and very interested in what he is doing and no doubt will have a very successful career going forward! I am forever grateful to him for getting me to where I am today!
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