Childress, 41, says he has dealt with back pain his entire adult life.
the time I was 18, I experienced back pain and muscle spasms,” he says, adding
that it was a genetic problem endured by his dad and his aunt as well. "I
underwent two spinal fusions as well as several smaller surgeries and even had
a spinal cord stimulator implanted to try to alleviate the pain, but these were
a profession in medical device sales, I do a lot of driving and stand all day. Back
problems make things much tougher.”
all changed when Childress scheduled an appointment to see his UC Health family
and community physician, Manoj Singh, MD.
that appointment I found out about integrative medicine services being offered
in West Chester, and specifically, I found out about Martyn’s acupuncture,” he
says. "It was my last hope at relief.”
Thomas is a licensed acupuncturist who sees patients at the UC Health
Physicians Office South in West Chester and the Barrett Center in Clifton.
says that in just one session with Thomas, he felt a tremendous difference.
focuses mostly on my legs, as I have a lot of pain in that area,” he says. "Before
the first session, I walked in hunched over and limping—my back was tight and
knotted. I walked out after that session upright and thanking Martyn for
says he began going for acupuncture every week, but treatments were so
effective that visits were reduced to every two weeks, and now he sees Martyn
once a month.
was a skeptic,” he admits, "but I was proven wrong. Acupuncture was the last
thing on my list, and I wish it had been the first. It was life-changing.”
Childress says he’s able to do things he wasn’t able to do before—exercise,
yard work and most importantly spending
active time with his family—without worrying about his back locking up.
advice for others who are experiencing back problems: Don’t wait as long as I
did,” he says. "It’s worth investigating. It’s important to find someone who
has expertise and knowledge in acupuncture like Martyn does. He knows what he’s
doing, and he’s good at what he does. He made a believer out of me.”