Matt Ceriani spent 6 years in back pain resulting from a sports injury. After treatment by other practitioners, including shoulder surgery that was unsuccessful in relieving the pain, in June 2013 he met Dr. William T. O’Connor.
After just one session of going through The O’Connor Technique™, he was instantly taken out of pain, his range of motion was restored and he has remained out of pain to this day.
After suffering for many years with re-occurring spasms in my lower back, I sought treatment for a extreme episode of pain in early 2003. Instead of just prescribing muscle relaxers + rest, Dr. O'Connor explained what I was experiencing and what to avoid doing on a daily basis. Because he was able to allow me to visualize my problem and provide his book with illustrations, I have been spasm free. In fact, I am now able to use the information in the book along with a fitted back brace to essentially maintain my own back health. I have avoided at least three spasms on my own. Dr. O'Connor's "method " is a GODSEND.
My wife and I received your book, “Making Your Bad Back Better” a few days ago and we wanted to tell you that both of our back problems are gone since we applied your maneuvers. My wife had been to her chiropractor for spine adjustments with no real improvement but was feeling great after completing one maneuver from your book. I have a chronic problem with my middle-upper back and am very pleased that I can now quickly and easily adjust my spine so that it is in proper alignment and I feel great. Thanks for the valuable information!
I must tell you that this material is the very best I have ever read concerning techniques for aiding back pain sufferers, really good stuff. My wife has several prolapsed discs and has already terrific pain relief with your information. I am a retired anesthesiologist here in Sarasota, my wife has had MRIs, cat scans etc. showing her pathology but what amazes me is the indifference to her pain shown by both general orthopedists and those trained in spinal techniques. Also the physical therapists did more to hurt her than to help her and if the surgeons don't offer a surgical solution they offer nothing else, except epidural steroids, which sometimes help and pain meds. I am sure many people are out there just living with this severe pain despite the magnitude of the defect. Your book is terrific and beautifully written.
I just signed up for a membership on your website yesterday, and I'm enjoying all I've learned so far. I've had some pain-free moments already, and they've brought a tear to my eyes. Thank you.
Your book has made a huge difference in my back pain. I am making great strides in taking care of my pain. The biggest help I get from your book is that your explanations and drawings have enabled me to understand what is wrong in my back. I feel that I am able to deal with it. This is the first hope I have had for the two years of pain I've suffered. I thank God I found your site and ordered your book. It is well worth the money.
I personally presented Dr. O'Connor with a patient who reported three months of unremitting back pain so severe that he was caused to walk slowly, carefully, and hunched forward while taking every opportunity to support his weight by holding on to furniture. Within twenty minutes, without being touched, and simply having his movements directed by Dr. O'Connor, the patient was standing painlessly upright and repeatedly swivelling his hips like a hula dancer, describing himself as a "happy camper." As a physician trained in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with additional fellowship training in spinal cord injury, I consider myself knowledgeable of the state-of-the-art in back pain management and was literally amazed by what I witnessed. I was so convinced that The O'Connor Technique (tm) constitutes a valuable contribution to medicine that I instantly bought an autographed copy of his book.
I just wanted to pass along my sincere thanks for the invaluable help you rendered for my lower back pain and a very painful left leg. I had injured my back in April 2002, at the age of 48, while removing heavy luggage from the trunk of my car, and things got worse over the following month as my leg developed pain and my foot went numb. I visited a doctor, 2 chiropractors and a physiotherapist many times over the next few months, without accurate diagnosis or improvement to my condition, but a much lighter pocketbook. It wasn't until I found your website in the fall that things began to improve. I obtained an MRI at my own expense, which showed conclusively that I had a herniated L5-S1 disc, then I subscribed to your website, read the web-book and tried the hip-hang maneuver. The second attempt resulted immediately in the loss of foot numbness and half of the leg pain. At this point I booked an appointment at your clinic to coincide with a business trip to San Francisco. The outcome of my visit was more than I could have hoped for -- you directed me through a series of maneuvers over an hour's time, without even laying a finger on me. When I was finally back on my feet, I was without any leg pain at all and most of the pain was gone from my lower back. You suggested that there might be some residual nerve damage from the length of time that it was under compression, and so far there is little or no indication of that being the case. The remaining lower back pain has gradually diminished to be almost unnoticeable over the 6 months since my visit. What I'm most thankful for is that I've been able to resume my physical activities (with a little extra care!). I've been skiing 15 times, beginning 2 weeks after my appointment, and I'm now hiking and bicycling again, all with no problems whatsoever. I'm sure there are countless others with my condition that could benefit in a similar way, and to them I say, don't wait! The sooner a disc herniation is dealt with, the easier it will be to correct it and the sooner you will be able to enjoy life again.
Thanks so much for your innovative solution to this problem. This is the first time I have had a serious problem, and unfortunately didn't find your book until after it got quite bad, and I had to call the ambulance to bring me to the hospital. I am so thankful that I found your method, and now not only can I "fix" and manage the pain, but the emotional help was equally as valuable. It is, as you know, incredibly scary not knowing what is happening, and the doctor here was very vague. My instinct was to not go back to a doctor, and try and find out what was happening on my own. And the idea of a chiropractor manipulating my spine literally made me sick to my stomach. Now that I have such an improved knowledge of the anatomy and situation, my stress level has been reduced drastically. I'm sure you have heard many times over how successful this has been and how generous you have been in sharing your experience, but I wanted to express it once again. I appreciate being able to take control of my own recovery and you have made that possible. Thanks again.
Dear Dr. O'Connor, Its been 6 months now since I came to visit your office and I am glad to say things have changed dramatically. After reading your book and visiting you in person, your techniques have given me new freedoms after suffering with back pain for over 3 years! My visit to you (from Texas) was very productive as you were able to get my disk back in. Things progressed as I was able to return to serious cycling, a life long passion of mine. I was able to go and watch the Tour de France this past July and ride Hors Category mountains (hardest climbs in Europe) with no major problems. I had an unforgettable trip. But being the competitive person I am, I pushed it a little too hard and pushed the disk out while I was there. Upon returning home, I began using your maneuvers and was able to get my disk back into place and felt the best I felt if over 3 years. Having the knowledge and confidence to be able to "work" my disk back into place, has change my life. Thank you for your techniques, maneuvers, knowledge, and willingness to educate others on how they can deal with disk problems. Best of luck with your continued work.