Former House of Lords Member Duncan: Top Sheffield physio has 'given me my body back'
After spending over half a century in a state of chronic physical discomfort, the life of a West Sussex-based former hereditary member of the House of Lords has been turned around by a top Sheffield physiotherapist.
Lord Duncan McNair, 68, from East Grinstead, suffered from debilitating physical discomfort since having a series of accidents as a child, the first at age four and a half when he was winded while out playing in the countryside.
Following the accident, Duncan had no choice but to make the long walk back home while doubled over and not knowing when his next breath would come.
And in a cruel turn of fate, the amount of time Duncan spent bent over, in spasm and struggling to breath became the root of a body problem which has hindered him ever since - but 63 years on, he feels he's finally found a solution.
Duncan, who has three children and six grandchildren, served as a Peer in the House of Lords between 1990 and 1999, and is now a political PR consultant and campaigner for natural health.
Until recently, he struggled to find a solution to the trouble, which was aggravated by hard physical work at a country crafts business in rural Gloucestershire during the 70s, 80s and 90s.
But a lifeline came last year in the form of Michael Lee, of Sheffield Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy, who was recommended by a friend with similar problems.
Michael, who specialises in helping injured athletes back to peak performance, began treating Duncan with simple massages and exercises before starting to work to relieve tension in the back and neck. Duncan has since reaped the rewards.
"Michael hasn't just given me my body back - he's given me my life back.
"Before I met him I would never feel really comfortable walking or even breathing but through the work Michael has done, I have come to realise that all the pain I have had in my body and legs stems from the original injury so long ago.
"For example, when he works the muscles in the back of my skull, I feel the relief flowing through my body and into my legs.
"The work I've done with Michael has contributed to transforming every aspect of my life. I now know that all the issues I've had with pain, both psychological and physical, are mechanical - they're the result of the muscles being tense or not working so other muscles have to take over which has hindered me for 63 years.
"I now have exactly what I want from my working life and I owe a lot of that to Michael.
"He has an incredible depth of skill and knowledge of how different muscle groups work - I can't speak highly enough of him."
Dr Lee, who is a consultant sports physiotherapist and sports scientist, said: "The effect of the physiotherapy work I've done with Duncan cannot be underestimated.
"The pain that Duncan has suffered for most of his life often has a knock-on effect to other aspects such as mental health and wellbeing, and it can all be relieved through physio.
"I'm delighted to have been able to get him to where he is today. It's immensely fulfilling being able to help people feel better in themselves."