I first visited Clifford at the beginning of 2015 hoping that he could sort out my bad back, not really hoping for much as I had been to see so many other people over the years. I was in for quite a surprise, as Clifford wanted to know my whole history and said he may be able to help with many of my other health problems that I had given up hope of ever sorting out.
I had struggled with my stomach for as long as I can remember. My parents took me to a number of doctors and were given strong painkillers, which only masked the problem. I had been palmed off from one specialist to another until I was seriously ill with acute pancreatitis aged 22. I then had a recurrence aged 23 and it was much worse, it took a very long time to get over. Then my gall bladder was removed as it was on the point of rupturing. I still struggled with pain and keeping my bowels under control. The doctor told me it was IBS and they couldn’t do any more for me; I just had to live with it. There were so many things I couldn’t eat as they would upset my stomach. I would have multiple ‘accidents’ each week and spent a long time despairing that if I was like this in my twenties and early thirties how was I going to cope, as I got older?
I had also managed to hurt my back a number of times over the years. I fell rock climbing, hurt myself sledging, hurt myself skiing and fell off horses. It had got to the point I couldn’t remember the last time my back hadn’t hurt.
I did not have high hopes as I went into my first appointment with Clifford, as I had been disappointed so many times in the past. This feeling quickly changed as for once someone was actually listening to what I was saying! Listening and taking me seriously! I had my first treatment and immediately felt a change. I went home to my husband and cried because I felt I had finally found someone who could make a difference.
That was the start of my recovery. Since then I have had regular appointments and everything is so much better. After the first month my tummy stopped blowing up like a balloon and there was a huge improvement with my digestion. I slept better than I had in years, the horrible exhaustion that I had put up with for years had finally gone. Allergies have completely disappeared – food intolerances, skin conditions and allergy to my horses. After a couple of months I was trying cheese and chocolate again – and it was good! My back no longer hurts and I honestly feel like a different person.
I cannot believe the difference that Clifford and SAT has made to my health. I started running and have entered into my first race. I ride my horses and my back is not complaining. I swim and feel like I did when I was fourteen again. It has taken me a while to write this because I have found it difficult to put into words just how much better I feel. I am so grateful that I have been given my health and life back. The improvements in my health following SAT have allowed me to make huge leaps forward in terms of fitness to the degree that I am now in the midst of marathon training. I run the London Marathon in just nine weeks!
Sally, Kendal – 2016 (updated 2019)