Royal Marine Commando Afghanistan Sniper Video Testimonial

Nick Brown from New Zealand (previously Newcastle Upon Tyne)

Royal Marine Commando Afghanistan sniper video testimonial - Hands for Heroes Free Chiropractic Care for War Veterans.

Nick Brown is just one of many of the serving and retired Military from Afghanistan and Iraq who are getting major benefits in their performance and health from Free Chiropractic Care provided by the extremely generous chiropractors in the Hands for Heroes - Free Chiropractic Care for War Veterans scheme.

Nick's video and written testimonial follows:

Nick's Written Testimonial

Being really active over the years as a full time soldier and playing rugby was causing all sorts of problems with my overall health and performance.

When I came back from the Iraq War I had ringing in the ears from firing high calibre weapons. It was much worse when I came back from Afghanistan and I was having major trouble sleeping. I had been blown off my feet during a patrol and out of a sanger (trench) in Afghanistan during 2 different RPG attacks (rocket propelled grenade attacks). Playing rugby also took its toll as I got concussed a lot. I should have stopped really but, you know, I’m a Commando.

After returning from combat I found myself under a lot of emotional pressure. This made the sleep problems worse. I was waking up every couple of hours.

Exercise really helped so I started doing triathlons. Unfortunately, I was having a major struggle running on pavements over the last 2-3 years. I had to run on soft ground and both my calf muscles would go into spasm. I was having trouble with both my legs and my Achilles tendon.

A typical Booty, I didn’t really try anything before I came here. I just got on with it. I don’t like to take drugs like Ibobrufen® if I can avoid it. If its hurting, its hurting for a reason.

Then someone from the chiropractic team at LIFE chiropractic did a presentation at my unit about “Hands for Heroes” and I thought this might be able to help me. It made a lot of sense, as I’m not that old so I want to continue to do what I love for many years to come.

I’ve only been under care for a few weeks, so its still early days but I don’t get any calf problems at all any longer. The leg problems are much improved. Its huge, as I’ve lived with it for about 2 years and I’m now running on the pavements again.

One big thing I’ve noticed is my swimming has improved massively. I used to have to force my upper body and my head down for my legs to come up. It was a constant battle. Now, my body lies naturally in the water and swimming is tons easier. Now I cannot put these improvements down to anything else other than the chiropractic care.

My sleeping has also definitely improved. I do not wake up during the night constantly. I am a lot more relaxed and this has made a huge difference to the quality of my life. I’m so glad I came along and I have been recommending it to all the lads at the unit.

I think Hands for Heroes is a great service and it will definitely make a big difference to the serving and retired service personnel who take it up.

Nick Brown


Feb 2011

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