Prior to seeing Simon, I tried physiotherapy, exercise, all sorts of painkillers and even made a home made traction device at home. I would wear a soft collar most days because of the pain. I am a GP. A rather cynical one. I did not expect Simon’s manipulation to help as nothing worked so far but I did not want to under go a cervical nerve root anterior decompression and fusion of three vertebrae as had been suggested after seeing a neurosurgeon, at the tender age of 34.