ActiveBacks | What Our Patients Say
At ActiveBacks we love when patients share with us their feedback and comments after our care. Please read through some of our patient testimonials below to see what other people have achieved through their tailored treatment plans with us.
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So happy and excited that I now know I’m going to find relief from the tension and issues that I’ve been suffering from for years. I wish I had tried this sooner.
Having been in a chronic pattern of misalignment and having consulted with practitioners from multiple disciplines with no long term joy, it is like a ray of sunshine to be treated by Matthew Martin, and shown how challenged soft tissue is causing my problems. I no longer feel like a hypochondriac. I have hope. Hope, that I shall once again be able to move without pain. I feel like I will get my life back and I can’t begin to tell you how delicious that feeling is.
Very friendly, advice was better than any I had received from doctors and am hopeful that I can use this information to help my condition. Overall very pleased with my first experience and the staff were lovely can not give enough praise! It is so nice to finally know the real problem.
Thanks to Andrew, the pain is relieved very quickly…
I’m often out in all weathers, work long days, and am on my feet for hours on end. My posture has never been great and I get tweaks and pulls which previously would have laid me up for days at a time. But now thanks to Andrew, the pain is relieved very quickly and the exercises he gives me help to strengthen my weaknesses.
Not only does he have a comprehensive understanding of the human anatomy, but he has the ability to articulate any problems in an accessible way. In addition, Andrew’s courtesy and friendliness make his sessions not only productive but enjoyable.
Sir Tony Robinson
Television Presenter and Actor
I really appreciate the professional support…
… that Dr. Andrew Martin D.C. and his team have provided in keeping my oarsmen in the boat for race day and helping us to finish well.
Head Rowing Coach, Oxford Blue Boat, OUBC
“The most successful Boat Race coach in modern times”
It felt like Matthew was part of my team
I first visited Matthew Martin 6 months ago. I had a long term problem with my knee which was steadily getting more painful and I had just signed up to run my first marathon! This didn’t faze Matthew in the slightest, which, in itself told me I was in the right place.
My wife thought I needed a different kind of therapy… Over the course of the next 6 months I went on to complete my Marathon successfully and then go on to also complete my first Triathlon too!! I have no doubt that these two life goals wouldn’t have been as enjoyable or injury free without the help of Matthew.
Matthew provided the therapeutic and physical support I needed to heal my knee and to prevent me from incurring further injuries elsewhere from all the training, and especially in the sports that were new to me in Triathlon. It felt like Matthew was part of my team focused not just on fixing my knee but on helping me achieve my ambitions.
Hands down the best sports injury treatment I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a lot!
I was suffering and so was my game, but that’s all changed now.
I’ve been working with Dr. Andrew Martin D.C. and Matthew Martin BOst at ActiveBacks®.”
Welsh Rugby Union Player
Not only has he repaired the damage; he has helped me strengthen…
Hi my name’s Jathan Malik, I am an 18 year old aspiring tennis professional.
I have been seeing Andrew now for about two years and he has helped me recover from serious wrist injuries to more minor niggles. Not only has he repaired the damage; he has helped me strengthen the area of injury to prevent the injury from re occurring.
Andrew has not only helped me with injuries and injury prevention but also guided me in the direction of other aspects such as nutrition and positive thinking which has enabled me to feel more receptive in my daily routines and learn more from my experiences.
Andrew is a very important part of my programme and I hope we will be working closely together throughout my career.
Andrew’s treatment and advice have been as important as any length swam…
… mile run, or pedal turned for my development as a competitive Triathlete.
What sets Andrew apart for me is that he looks at injuries as problems which, with your partnership and his pro-active techniques, absolutely can (and will) be solved.
His enthusiasm for getting me on the start line in racing shape is always as unrelenting as mine… and that’s as much as I could ask of anyone!
Winner of the 1st Thames Turbo Triathlon Series 2013
I instantly felt with Mathew that I was in the hands of an extremely good professional and continue to enjoy our sessions together.
Emmy award-winning makeup artist, senior sculptor for Madame Tussauds
Dr Andrew Martin D.C. is the best find ever
He was recommended by someone standing next to me in a Pilates class! That someone and I have since become good friends and spend part of our Pilates classes jointly singing Andrew’s praises.
Andrew’s care and attention and the results his treatment offers is unrivalled in my opinion. I had been in a lot of pain with my knees (after surgery about 5 years previous). The pain wasn’t going away. I’d tried everything including physiotherapy. When I came to see Andrew, I could hardly walk and I’d been told I’d have to have more surgery which I was instinctively very reluctant to do.
Andrew was kind, so kind. Call me old fashioned but it matters. I felt I wasn’t being “rushed through” as another appointment and statistic. He did a thorough examination and told me I didn’t need surgery and he could help. I was so relieved I could have hugged him there and then but I refrained! I noticed an immediate difference and relief from my intense pain after my first session with his Active Release Technique.
It was a miracle. I could walk to the bus stop without being in agony. Over the following month to six weeks, with exercises he gave me and encouraged me to do, my knee pain virtually disappeared. Within 8 weeks I was pain free. I understand my problem was to do with scar tissue. I now see Andrew every 6 weeks for maintenance to ensure I’m in top shape. I recommend him highly.”
Author of ‘The Innovative Communicator’ and award-winning communication specialist
Quite simply should be labelled Dr Andrew “Magic-hands” Martin D.C.
Firstly this is long overdue, but just a quick note to say how thankful I am for everything you have done for me, and quite simply how good you are at what you do.
When I first came to see you, I was on the brink of having surgery on the lower part of both of my quadriceps tendons. I could not walk down the stairs straight, and each step had to be taken at a 45 degree angle one by one. The knee cap was overridden with scar tissue. In hindsight I think I was also in mild depression as it was not possible for me to undertake my passion, and main stress release activity being exercising and triathlon. I also feared never being able to play football with my kids or chase them around the garden in years to come.
After the first session, I was fascinated with what ART could do, and quite simply amazed with the exceptional skill to which you apply this rare technique. You cannot imagine how grateful I was for two reasons – firstly that I found you (it came from a strong recommendation Richard Todd –another of your clients) and secondly that you exist on this planet! Then for a period of two to three months I then travelled from the North-east of England to see you twice a week. After many years of seeing numerous different practitioners, nobody has come close to the skillset that you have and what you are able to do.
The journey was slow and gradual due to the severity of the injuries, but after a few months great progress was being made. Later that year I was then able to get running again, and could start training again, this time in a more controlled manner to prevent overuse injuries occurring to the same extent! The following year I managed to compete at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships, so was fully back on track. In hindsight your treatment has saved my physical and mental wellbeing, and I am very much in debt to you for that.
More recently my goals have changed to longer distance events, and I have recently suffered chronic plantar fasciitis, after trying to avoid it for 6 months. When looking at the severity of the injury, the consultant was suggesting surgery as after three months of physio and other treatment, nothing was making any progress into the bundle of scar tissue in the foot. At the last minute, prior to booking the operation, I contacted you fully expecting that the damage had gone too far, and therefore I would need to go ahead with the operation. You kindly returned the call well after working hours, and then also managed to see me within 48 hours. This was really interesting insofar that you suggested another technique to resolve this due to different type of scar tissue. You also helped to direct me to a practitioner in Yorkshire who practices this technique. I am now three sessions into this technique, and I am hopeful that it is making progress and can avoid surgery again.
You deserve every success in what you do. You are a very talented, knowledgeable and quite simply should be labelled :
Dr Andrew “Magic-hands” Martin D.C.
Wanted to share the good news that my crew and I won our event at Henley Women’s Regatta this weekend! It is the premier UK rowing regatta for women with crews travelling from as far afield as Canada and the USA to compete.
All that training paid off. We beat 26 other crews to win the Lester Trophy for the Intermediate Club Coxed Fours category.
Prizes presented by Olympic gold medallist Katherine Grainger!
The support of friends and family has been incredible and helped me get here, thanks so much!
. . .be there when you most need them
I have first approached ActiveBacks (formerly known as Chiswick Park Chiropractic) in Autumn 2012 with severe neck and upper back pains, and already after several treatments I started feeling better. The treatment programme is built in a way to reduce the discomfort as quickly and as much as possible and then focus on building strength to make sure the problem does not return.
I can highly recommend the practitioners of this clinic as highly professional, friendly and compassionate. They really take care of the patients and try their best to be there when you most need them, even if it is an urgent and unexpected matter.
For me this is the best outcome possible
I had spent a year off from rowing after the London 2012 Olympics and my body went into shock once I started rowing again and had developed a rib injury. I tried everything to make my rib injury better and it was progressively getting worse. That’s when my coach said to come and see Andrew here at ActiveBacks.
The first thing that really struck out to me was his professional way of dealing with injuries. Andrew also took a really holistic view of my injuries and the techniques he’s used have been cutting edge. Over a period of six weeks I’ve gone from not being able to row at all, to being able to not only get back to full time rowing but actually in a better condition than I had been in a very long time because of looking at the holistic view of the body. For me this is the best outcome possible. Thanks ActiveBacks.
Storm went on to be part of the winning crew in the Oxford Blue boat during the Oxford and Cambridge 2014 Boat Race.
Two time Olympian
2009 World Rowing Champion
2012 Olympics Bronze Medal Winner
Boat Race Champion 2014
Oxford Blue Boat Bow Seat
…they are as much a part of my success as the long hours of training
Before coming to Oxford in September I had spent the summer training with a group of athletes all hoping to break into the British national rowing squad. In hindsight this obviously had placed a heavy demand on my body and, in conjunction with the lack of a break from the sport, caused me a repetitive strain injury, which prevented me from rowing.
It was recommended I seek a consultation from Dr Andrew Martin D.C. by our Head coach Sean Bowden. Having seen some other professionals who had been unable to adequately identify and treat the problem I was initially sceptical. However after the first consultation Andrew had put together a clear plan involving some treatment at the practice but also a variety of stretches, strengthening exercises and home treatment, which he felt, would alleviate the symptoms and begin to treat the underlying issues. My recovery has borne out that his opinion was correct. After 2 weeks I was no longer aggravating symptoms in my general life and after 4 weeks began rowing again with limited repercussions. I continued to receive treatment, although more intermittently as Andrew thought my symptoms required less, and after about 2 months of treatment no longer required Andrew’s intervention.
I went on to have a very successful season, winning the 2013 boat race, which was an incredibly elating experience that I will remember fondly for the rest of my life. I am sure this would of been impossible without Andrew and the team at Activebacks and they are as much a part of my success as the long hours of training.
Boat Race Champion 2013
Oxford Blue Boat
…ART has made me feel like my former young active self again
ART has made me feel like my former young active self again. I am 61 years old and came to Matthew Martin in January 2013 with nerve impingement in my shoulder and a 10 year chronic hamstring condition from my many years of running.
I was generally feeling that my mobility was compromised and I did not feel well which was preventing me from enjoying an active lifestyle. Prior to visiting ActiveBacks, I was suggested to have cortisone injections in the shoulder as the last resort and that my hamstring pain was chronic and probably permanent. After a series of ART treatments by Matthew Martin, progressive strength training and gradual increased activity I am doing all the activities that I want to do. The days of limited mobility and nights of nerve impingement are gone.
Every time I reach back to put my car seat belt on pain free, play 18 holes of golf pain free or teach a yoga class, I thank Matthew Martin, the ART therapy and ActiveBacks for giving me my active life back.