"I was born with Ehler's Danlos Syndrome (EDS) but not officially diagnosed until 8th grade. It's a connective tissue disorder characterized by hyper-mobility. It feels like having my spine pulled in 20 different directions every single day. It weighed on my body in a way that affected my whole life. I couldn't sit still and could hardly sit at a desk. I was constantly shifting and stretching trying to get comfortable, but I couldn't. My muscles were in huge knots all the time. It affected my martial arts in that I couldn't build muscle as easily as most people and it was a more painful process for me as well. I had to try to find jobs where I wasn't required to stand or sit for long periods of time - it was very limiting. I tried a number of things in an attempt to get some relief. I tried chiropractic - that was the worst thing for me due to the nature of my condition. Massage helped, but because of the fragility of my tissues it took a long time to recover and ultimately was detrimental. I even tried using wine as a muscle relaxant. Doing acupuncture with Dr. Carling is the only thing that actually makes me feel better and fantastic for the first time in my life - and there's no down time. The nutritional supplements that Dr. Carling prescribed, particularly the Ligaplex II, have made a big difference. My body was missing something essential due to the EDS, and now I am able to build muscle so much easier.
Now, at 34 years old, I am the happiest and healthiest that I have ever been in my life. I didn't know that I could actually be comfortable in my own skin until I came to see Dr. Carling...that feels really good!" - Melanie