Spinal Decompression Testimonials




Last year I was looking at anterior cervical fusion (involving 3 vertebrae), a major surgery, when a friend recommended Dr. Amy Friedman. On my first visit, DR. Amy took a series of x-rays and discussed with me my options that would NOT require surgery. AT the same time while seeing Dr. Amy, I was undergoing a number of doctor visits and pre-surgical evaluations preparing me for cervical fusion. My symptoms involved pain radiating down my left arm into my hand causing numbness. Within a few visits I noticed slight improvement; however, Dr. Amy suggested that I try spinal decompression. She provided me with literature and a DVS to view prior to making a decision. I chose to go forward with a number of sessions involving spinal decompression. Almost immediately I noticed improvement. By my last session I was feeling much improved and came to a decision that I would not have surgery. Two days prior to surgery I notified the surgeon that it was off. Within a very few weeks I was no longer having any pain or numbness in my left arm or hand. My husband, who was quite the skeptic, is now convinced that the treatment provided by Dr. Amy was responsible for my recovery, eliminating any need for surgery.


Cynthia M.




I have been a patient now for over 17 years. I have suffered (2) car accidents and have been flying as a flight attendant for over 16 years. Several times a week I push and pull 150lb. cars up and down the isles. I deal with bumpy rides as weather is not always in our favor. I suffered an injury April 2002, when I assisted in a medical emergency on the aircraft and had to resuscitate a large woman in her late 60’s as she stopped breathing. We had to take her down to the ground to take her vitals and support oxygen. I hurt my neck, (C2,3,4,5) and the pain traveled down my shoulder blades and into my lower back. I was off work for several months. Dr. Amy did a great job though therapy to get me back to work. I struggles with pain on and off as it depends on how much I fly, garden or just deal with everyday chores.
When Dr. Amy introduced me to the “Spinal Decompression Machine”, I have to admit I was a little hesitant. Although the office staff was very thorough in explaining how the machine works, my skepticism still haunted me. As I was a candidate for the procedure, I agreed to try it. I figured I had nothing to lose and all to gain.
I went in for treatments everyday for 1 full month and it was painless! In fact, I fell asleep a couple of times. I am here to tell you that since June 2006, I have NOT had any pain. I have full movement of my neck and back and I am back to working out 3-4 days a week. I only come in for adjustments now and then. This machine in MY EYES is a miracle to my everyday life.


Elizabeth D.





Having suffered from chronic lower back, neck and shoulder pain for the better part of the last 15 years, I have been extremely pleased with the results I am getting working with Dr. Amy and the staff at Health Connection of Tustin. As an active and relatively athletic person who has always been mindful of issues with my body, I was sure that these annoying aches and pains I was I was experiencing were unmistakable signs of the natural aging process and something one just learns to live with. What I am discovering with each visit is that with proper chiropractic care can provide significant relief from this daily suffering. I am no longer resigned to the idea that I must live in pain. With the help of Dr. Amy, I have become an active treatment I am getting at Health Connection of Tustin, I have been able to resume all the activities I enjoy and do so without the need for any of the pain-masking medications that had become an increasing part of my life.
As for the service at Health Connection of Tustin, it is excellent!! I can’t say enough about the doctors and the office staff. They are friendly, courteous, efficient and above all very professional. They go above and beyond in trying to make each visit a positive experience. They really listen to the needs of their patients, accommodating schedules and limiting long waits. I have come to trust and respect each member of the staff and am truly grateful for their efforts towards ensuring my needs are met.


Fay W.




I have been coming to Health Connection of Tustin for many years. Most of the time I come for ongoing relief from recurring neck and back pain primarily from fibromyalgia. It helps me stay active in my life. I was recently diagnosed with vertigo and given exercises by my medical doctor, with unfortunately little explanation. I tried to the exercises 2 times and then became very frustrated because they really aggravated my vertigo. I was under the impression that they were supposed to relieve my symptoms. My symptoms lasted many weeks and after I mentioned this to Dr. Amy, she explained to me that the exercises done repetitively would eventually make the vertigo go away. After 3 days I was cured!! I’m so thankful that Dr. Amy took the time to case and explain things to me. Now I am getting back to the things I love. That’s just one of the reasons I keep coming back.


Margaret S.




When I first met Dr. Amy I came in crying and ready for suicide. I told her that I had been in a wheelchair for 3 ½ years. Then I had a hip replacement surgery and I still couldn’t walk. Due to the severe back pain, suicide entered my mind again. Dr. Amy’s heart went out for me and she said that she would be able to help me! She started her treatments with back adjustments and decompressions. After 3-4 weeks I started to be able to walk from 30 min to 1 hour a day. After 2-3 months my walking increased to 2 hours a day. I couldn’t even believe it myself. I was so excited!! Dr. Amy is my hero now. I now have a life again. I went to the zoo and I was able to walk around for 3 hours. It was the most I had walked in 4 years. I love life now. I sit and walk straighter and I have more energy on a daily basis. I am 58 years old and I am out of the house every day. Thanks to Dr. Amy, I no longer feel like an 80-year-old woman who wanted to die because getting out of bed each day hurt so much. I have a 7-year-old grandson and I can enjoy my time with him now. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU DR AMY!!


Vickie R.



I have found that my chiropractic experience, compared to the medical experience, has been simply wonderful. I walk out of Health Connection of Tustin feeling great, feeling alive!
Dr. Amy has treated me with the utmost care and concern with my initial fear of chiropractors. She is compassionate with my needs, fun, always smiling, easy to talk to and just makes me feel good. The staff here is outstanding, caring and friendly, makes you feel like you are their only concern.
My ability to get through the day, without pain, has no comparison with what it was previously. I can actually get through the day “pain-free.” I get out of bed without the aches and pains. I feels as if I am walking more upright and straighter. I can take longer walks without my lower back hurting. I have not slept so restful in a very long time. I thought it was just me, but after my very first adjustment, I found I slept much better, more restful. This in turn helped me get through my day at work. Being more aware and feeling great.
In closure, all I can say to those who are visiting for the very first time, or not the first time, you could not be at a more caring and concerning facility than at Health Connection of Tustin. I had been so fearful of chiropractors for so many years, that when I finally was in so much discomfort, and so tired of taking medication that really didn’t work, I had to open my mind and just try it. So just relax, go for it, and let the wonderful Dr. Amy take your pain away and let you feel alive and great again!


Eva J.