A woman who once struggled to cuddle her newborn baby because of a severe back condition has a new lease of life thanks to a pioneering treatment.
Kara Handford was once active and full of energy, but this changed when she began to suffer from constant, excruciating pain.
She later discovered the symptoms were caused by the extremely severe back condition, scoliosis, which causes the spine to curve excessively sideways.
And after being told her only option was a major - and risky - operation Kara began to search for any alternative treatment she could find.
Hundreds of pounds later, Kara, who lives in Southowram, was still in pain and despite the joy of discovering she was expecting her first child, worried about the strain her baby would have on her body.
After giving birth, Kara’s pain grew so severe she struggled to hold her baby daughter and in a desperate attempt to stop the pain she considered having major spinal fusion surgery.
But, by chance she discovered Scoliosis SOS, the only clinic to offer a range of non-surgical treatments, and has never looked back.
“My therapist was so enthusiastic and caring. It also helped meeting other people suffering from scoliosis, as I felt for the first time that I wasn’t alone,” Kara, 30, said.
“I am now no longer distracted by agonizing back pain and I am able to focus my attentions on my gorgeous little girl.”
Founded and run by Erika Maude, who has scoliosis herself, the clinic opened nine years ago and has brought relief to hundreds of sufferers.
Kara underwent a four week course of treatment at the London clinic and says she is able to enjoy precious time with her daughter - pain free.
She addded: “Being pain free has given me a new lease of life. I am now able to be the mother I have always wanted to be.” For more information, visit www.scoliosissos.com