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Diane Defillippo

In February of 2001 I was at the end of my rope. For about 1 year, I was experiencing excruciating pain in my right shoulder blade that traveled down my arm and my leg. I went from an active lifestyle playing tennis twice a week, to one in which I could barely function. I couldn’t sleep, and would even wake up in the middle of the night to take a shower to try to relieve my pain. I went to a rheumatologist, a chiropractor, an orthopedist, and a physical therapist. No one was able to diagnose my condition. I was told it could be fibromyalgia, and I had to learn to live with it or take pain medication, and there was nothing that could be done for me.

Then a friend told me about Dr. Perez and Active Release Techniques®. I put off calling because I had already been to a chiropractor with no relief. I had lost all hope of ever being pain free and was very skeptical. I finally called, and when I spoke to Donna, she encouraged me to come in as soon as possible. I laughed when she said that I would probably get some relief after the first visit. She listened to my concerns and took the time to answer my questions. I decided to give it a try. Am I glad I did!

I couldn’t believe it when I had some relief on the very first visit and was actually able to lift my arm. I had been in pain for so long, but the road to recovery was sure and steady. Dr. Perez was so encouraging and upbeat. Her positive attitude and total belief in ART helped me see it through. Dr. Perez was patient, caring, competent and very thorough. We had a great rapport. She explained to me that I didn’t get this condition overnight, so I needed to be patient and consistent with my treatment. Three months later I had a new lease on life! I was finally sleeping at night and my life returned to normal, which I thought would never happen. I’m even playing tennis again – twice a week! I’m so thankful to Dr. Perez and ART. They gave me my life back.

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