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Before finding Steve, I had spent years and thousands of pounds having Chiropractic and Physiotherapy sessions for lower back problems. I was sometimes going up to 3 times a week. When it was suggested to me that I tried Osteopathy as an alternative treatment, I was nervous and a little apprehensive but Steve soon put me at ease. I was very impressed with Steve’s professional approach and the way in which he explained what was going on with my back and how he was going to treat it in a way that I could understand. During each session, with a series of adjustments (and a few satisfying clicks), I am able to comfortably stand up straight, move around and continue about my day. More often than not, I only need one session to get me back on track, which is such a difference from what I was experiencing when seeing a Chiropractor or Physiotherapist. I trust Steve so much and am so grateful for the sessions that I have with him that I have recommended him to so many of my friends. For me, a good Osteopath is like a good Mechanic, once you find one, you don’t need to go anywhere else!
Katy Wise

Steve has a very professional approach to his work and is very approachable too.  I tend to have very tight muscles and find the treatment definitely helpful.  He also helps you to understand the cause of pain. Highly recommended. 

Kate Whitfield

I’ve had 4 sessions so far, treating my various Chronic Illnesses. I have seen such a massive improvement in my general well-being already. Gary is a very affable man who makes you feel at ease and explains what he is doing. Highly recommend.


I Phoned Steve up after putting my neck out and was worried about having time off work but within half an hour of calling I was seen by Steve to start treatment. A very warm and welcome environment in a lovely practice. Steve has been very professional and helpful and would highly recommend anyone to go see him.


I had a problem with my right shoulder for over three months. My range of movement was severely limited as I couldn’t lift my arm above my head or reach out to put on a coat without feeling pain and every night I’d wake up in pain from sleeping on my shoulder. I went to see Steve who carried out an assessment , taking the time to explain to me exactly what was wrong with my shoulder. Steve then proceeded to painlessly manipulate my back , shoulders and neck. At the end of the treatment my range of motion was about 85% improved with very little pain remaining. Last night I slept through the night for the first time in months and this morning my shoulder feels even more improved. I’d highly recommend Steve to anyone in a similar situation.


The hospital said my condition could not be fixed but Gary proved them all wrong. The pain and symptoms that were so debilitating are no longer a problem. I am off the pain killers and drugs and very grateful to have this quality of life restored to me. Thank you Gary you are amazing.


I wanted to thank you for helping me with my Back. I had suffered 18 months with severe back pain unable to visit the Gym and take part in other physical events due to the pain. I had many medical tests done and no relief or diagnosis. My 6 visits to you meant I had my life back. Thank you so much for everything you have done for me. Thank you for your professionalism and expertise.


Gary is a brilliant acupuncturist. I first went to see him for long-term acne, which cleared up completely after a couple of treatments. Since then he has helped to resolve my son’s long-term bladder issue and treated my daughter for migraine – she has not had any migraines since. I can’t recommend him highly enough.


The hospital said my condition could not be fixed but Gary proved them all wrong. The pain and symptoms that were so debilitating are no longer a problem. I am off the pain killers and drugs and very grateful to have this quality of life restored to me. Thank you Gary you are amazing.


Gary is brilliant ! I went to see him after having struggled for 5 years with menopausal symptoms that were severely affecting my life and General well being and I can honestly say hand on heart after 2 sessions of Gary’s acupuncture I was completely symptom free!

Thank you so much Gary you’ve literally changed my life.


On my first visit to Gary I was very apprehensive as I had never had acupuncture before. Gary immediately put me at ease, the diagnosis and treatment were painless. Gary explained that symptoms should improve within a few days. After only three days there was a noticeable improvement and further improvement within the week. After my second visit I am virtually pain free. Thank you Gary.

A Pollard

I’ve had 4 sessions so far, treating my various Chronic Illnesses. I have seen such a massive improvement in my general well-being already. Gary is a very affable man who makes you feel at ease and explains what he is doing. Highly recommend.


Aarthritis, cellulitis, chronic blood clots, and other things

The person who introduced me to Gary was a good example as she had a kidney disease too advanced to cure but he prevented her from being on dialysis for a very long time until the side effects of newly prescribed tablets proved lethal.
He has been treating me for several years as I had so many things needing attention. How he managed to deal with this is extraordinary as there seemed to be some new ailment each time I went, making sustained treatment difficult. The essential thing about acupuncture is that it is holistic so it will be the first time he has heard that a chronic stiffness in my neck prevented me turning my head to one side and interfered with my sleep unless I strategically placed pillows. That is now a thing of the past. Eczema, which was the first thing I intended to have dealt with but somehow forgot to mention, has virtually disappeared.
One thing which even the NHS confirms is the success in treating pain, usually immediate,
Sometimes we expect too much from acupuncture, especially speed. Traditional medicine uses pills which often have immediate results whereas acupuncture can take its time to fix things especially those which have taken ages to develop. .
However, one has to be careful. Previously I have had two unsatisfactory and expensive encounters with persons claiming to be practitioners: one, who was indeed Chinese, trying to sell me quantities of pricey pills and the other actually leaving a needle in.
So, from my experience, I would recommend Gary in case of need. As an extra, although professional, the delightful atmosphere is of a family home, where small children and sometimes a friendly golden retriever, getting a bit stiff in the limbs, will pass through, . It has all made a lot of difference to my life.

Hilda Margery Clarke

Vertigo following concussion

After suffering with severe dizziness for 6 weeks which was like vertigo, and not being able to read or drive or general activities I was starting to feel like this would never end. After having a little acupuncture in the past I decided I would see if this would help in any way. I went to Gary at the Wimborne clinic and couldn’t believe it, that after 3 days the world had stopped spinning after 1 session of acupuncture. Thanks to Gary’s help I was able to return to work the following week and carried on with acupuncture for general health. I would highly recommend this type of treatment to anyone.

Laura Duffett

Voltage-Gated Potassium Channel-Complex Antibody-Associated Limbic Encephalitis

I am so glad to have learned about Acupuncture from Gary Hussey in Bournemouth. After becoming very ill suddenly in 2012 with an autoimmune encephalitis I was given a cocktail of several medications including intravenous steroids. Almost 2 years on and having been weaned off them gradually, the auto-antibody blood test I have every 6 months started rising and as I could possibly be heading for a similar event my neurologist wanted to start me on another course of high dosage steroids again. I had two treatments from Gary Hussey which made me realise there was a far more natural treatment and refused further steroids much to the surprise of my neurologist who held out little hope of the treatment working! After just less than a year and monthly acupuncture sessions and three blood tests along the way, the vital figure has reduced from almost 600, dramatically and quickly falling to under 200 (after one session!), then to 130, then being given the most recent one this week which is exactly what I needed to hear – NEGATIVE! The actual blood test in question is VGKC antibodies and when I was first ill it was in the thousands. Yes it did come down and eventually become negative with more that a year of steroids but they totally changed my health and weight and I didn’t want that experience again. Hence the reason I was so glad to have found Gary Hussey and his type of treatment. I will of course be keeping up a “maintenance” level of treatment to keep me with a negative blood result. I cannot praise his knowledge and the treatment I have received highly enough. He has an amazing alternative treatment to offer as I have proved. I will still be monitored 6 monthly by my neurologist for another couple of years.

Roger Knox

Plantar fasciitis

After 4 months of continual pain in my heel, suffering from Plantar Fasciitis, I had treatment from Gary, expecting to feel only a slight improvement. The day after, the condition had dramatically improved 90% and a week later, is barely noticeable. I can now walk without hobbling, & feel hardly any discomfort at all. I am totally re-energised.

Thank you Gary

Sally Wellman

Unusual pain around hips and upper thighs

I was lucky enough to be the recipient of one of Gary’s miracles. For 9 months I couldn’t stand for more than a couple of minutes without severe pain all around my body from my waist to below my hips. I was always dreading going anywhere or doing anything for the pain I knew was coming. Then I had one session with Gary, 2 needles and 20 minutes later and the pain is gone and hasn’t come back. And I have tested it! I’ve been going places and standing more than I thought I would ever be able to and the pain is still gone. A huge relief! Now I can’t wait to see what other miracles he will do on my future visits!



Having gone through nearly three years of menopausal symptoms I decided to try acupuncture to see if I could obtain any relief from the night sweats and hot flushes.
I have had acupuncture before for muscular symptoms and found it beneficial.

My first appointment with Gary was carried out in a friendly relaxed manner with plenty of information and answers to my questions.
After my first appointment I was amazed at the improvement to my symptoms.
Each appointment with Gary was always carried out in a highly professional manner.

After only three sessions I feel “normal” again and am delighted with the positive results.

I would not hesitate to recommend Gary to friends and family.


Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), and Tremor

After treatment with Gary, my life has changed for the better.

Sounds like a dramatic statement, but for me, its true.

I have some form of systemic inflammatory condition.
At times, living with this and knowing that the doctors couldn’t really explain what was happening, or why, or tell me exactly what was wrong was really very stressful and scary.

After months of blood tests, the my GP referred me to a specialist.
At that time, I didn’t sleep, all major joints were swollen (bilateral) and most days, I could barley walk down stairs without holding on to the banisters and taking it really slowly.
I felt like I had a fever constantly and every day was a battle. When my day would finally end, I’d get into bed and my joints would feel like they were “buzzing” and radiating heat.
If I did fall asleep, I’d soon wake up with pain in whichever joint had decided to “stick”.

I was diagnosed with Non Serological Inflammatory Arthritis 3 years ago and in that time, I had steroid shots (they even injected me with the wrong drug once), I was on Methotrexate, (which may have given me renal cholic), and I was on a daily cocktail of painkillers and anti inflammatory drugs. – I felt like a zombie with acid indigestion every day and the mobility was actually not 100%. I was still having flare ups and had zero control of what was happening. At that time, when the drugs hadn’t proved to be a magic bullet, they even diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia and tried to introduce new drugs into my treatment plan.

Eventually, when I thought I had nothing to lose, I put my scientist brain (yep, I went against everything I learned at Uni and apply to my job every day) to one side, and I looked into “alternative therapies”) and I found and contacted Gary.

Treatment was initiated almost immediately and now, nearly after one year of monthly treatments, I sleep, and perhaps more importantly, i have no joint pain. I don’t take any medication and much to the dismay of the doctors and to my delight, we are discussing my being discharged from the care of the medical consultant and his team. – The doctors can’t explain the changes in my blood work either.

I used to worry about my condition, and my life was really limited. After under a year, I finally have back an active life that every 30 something should have.

I cannot Thank Gary enough for the change this treatment has made to me.


Neck Pain

After 3 years of suffering severe neck pain my GP advised me to change my job as he believed that my pain was being caused by the vast amount of travelling in the car that I was undertaking and being hunched over a laptop computer for long periods of time. I had already tried chiropractic treatment and regular postural exercises, which hadn’t made any difference. As I didn’t want to move jobs I decided on my friend’s advice to try Acupuncture despite being convinced that it wouldn’t make any difference. How wrong I was. From the very 1st treatment that I had with Gary there was a noticeable improvement and my neck then continued to get better and better each time I went back. After 6 treatments my neck pain has now completely gone and I never had to change job at all. AMAZING! Thank you so much.


Frozen Shoulder or adhesive capsulitis

I had chronic pain and no movement in my shoulder. I was told by my doctor that, due to its severity, it was going to be months, if not years before it would get better. After only two sessions with Gary the pain had almost gone and majority of the movement had returned. By the time I had the third session, only 4 weeks after it starting I was back to business as usual, amazing!’

Thanks a lot


Infertility (and needle phobia)

I wanted to take this opportunity to write and thank you for the support, kindness and exceptional care you have given me over the last year. I have finally received the wonderful ‘positive result’ that my husband and I have been dreaming of for the last six years and I am certain that the acupuncture with which you have been treating me has been instrumental in making it happen.

I first came to your clinic a year ago with a sceptical attitude towards acupuncture and a terror of needles. Despite the screeching during my first visit and the horror (for both of us) when I nearly kicked you in the face for trying to insert a needle, you have remained positive about the chances of success and helped allay my fears and disappointment when each month I returned with a negative result.

Your sessions have been professional and supportive and through them I have learnt to overcome (well nearly) my terror of needles, regularly having blood tests at the hospital with a minimum of fuss now. This alone is a huge achievement since my phobia has been intense for the last thirty years of my life.

My tests results for ovulation have stabilized and I have regained a regular and pain free menstrual cycle for the first time in a decade. This in turn has meant that we were able to concieve with drug free IUI instead of the painful and invasive treatment of IVF. We have ‘beaten the odds’ successfully conceiving a baby with this procedure when we were repeatedly warned by doctors that it only had a 12% chance of success nationally. I am certain that this is due to the strong systems that gary was developed in my body through our monthly acupuncture sessions.

I hope that you can use this letter to show people in similar positions that acupuncture can work. I will be unreservedly recommending Gary to all my friends and family.

Thank you once again.

Verity Marlow

Bournemouth Clinic for Osteopathy and Acupuncture

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