By Julie-Ann Spence
The Ulster Grand Prix Paddock at Dundrod may seem like an unlikely place to visit if you are suffering from chronic pain, but a new clinic has been set up there for that very reason.
Dr Shane Murnaghan, who has a thriving practice in Dublin, as well as offices in London and Chester, was so overwhelmed by the number of people travelling down from Northern Ireland for treatments that he decided to set up a pain clinic one day a week.
Using his innovative ‘Gravity’ system to relieve pain by taking stress and strain off the body, Dr Murnaghan has seen amazing results and has been working with members of the Ulster Grand Prix team, making the paddock on the Hannahstown Road the ideal place for his first Northern Irish clinic.
Dr Murnaghan, a qualified practitioner of Chinese medicine, invented the Gravity system after he broke his back.
With few answers or treatments being presented by his consultants, he decided he had to find his own way of healing his body.
“After I broke my back in 2008, I couldn’t get any truth out of a surgeon or doctor,” explained Dr Murnaghan.
“I was sceptical about anything they told me. I went for a dozen MRIs and talked to five different surgeons.
“My fifth lumbar vertebrae was broken and wouldn’t heal. I couldn’t even walk my dog and my body was shutting down.”
When Dr Murnaghan was told there was a 50% chance that an operation would leave him in a wheelchair, he decided to take matters into his own hands.
That was when he created ‘Gravity’, a simple, biomechanical device that is literally changing people’s lives all over the world.
“We have over 90% success rate,” continued Dr Murnaghan. “It is an appalling fact that people feel trapped in pain and are just left to deal with it. When I got better by using ‘Gravity’ I started using it on other patients and there was a dramatic change.
“It is profound but its simple.”
‘Gravity’ involves a neck cradle and a sacral cradle, both with raised areas, of varying heights, which stimulate the nerve endings in the neck and at the base of the spine, encouraging the body to rest, relax, and realign itself naturally,
“Gravity is a biomechanical device that accelerates recovery from muscular pain and spinal imbalance and in the last three years since we began to offer the treatment, the results have been incredible,” explained Dr Murnaghan.
“It is a life jacket that keeps you floating above the stress. You don’t have to do anything. There’s no mindfulness or meditation, no breathing techniques; all you do is relax.
“It is an educational system to get your body to remember how to relax.
“If you keep your body in shock and stress, it doesn’t heal. You need to listen to what your body is telling you.
“It is about helping the body to help itself. People don’t know how to move beyond stress. You need a device for getting back to normal.
“Unfortunately prescriptions are all too often seen as the only solution to pain. I want to help as many people as possible to realise that it’s not the only answer.
“The body is capable of incredible natural recovery. There’s new hope and I’m proud to be a part of seeing people happier and out of pain.”
Although Dr Murnaghan has been working closely with the Ulster Grand Prix team and other race car drivers, the Gravity system has been used to treat patients from a wide range of backgrounds, including soldiers, athletes, ballet dancers, police officers, parents, pensioners, and every one in between.
“I have a patient who was a Marine and severely injured, with little movement down one side of his body, Six weeks after starting with Gravity, he has been out running on the Moors,” continued Dr Murnaghan.
“Another lady, who is in her 80s, has even started playing tennis again.
“Unfortunately prescriptions are all too often seen as the only solution to pain. I want to help as many people as possible to realise that it’s not the only answer. We focus on getting results and not just identifying causes.”
The beauty of the Gravity system is that it is portable, easy to use and you can buy it online to use it at home every day, or as often as you feel you need it. You don’t have to keep travelling to a clinic. It puts your healing into your own hands.
“It’s not just for back injuries, Gravity can also increase balanced walking ability, reduce migraine headaches and restlessness, and aid faster recovery from exhaustion.
“There’s a great deal of science, mechanics, and reality built into what we are doing,
“Maybe it sounds too good to be true, but try it for yourself before making your mind up. It’s been a bit of a gamechanger for the vast majority of people I’ve treated.”
To find out more about Gravity log onto www.gravitylife.co.uk. To book an appointment with Dr Murnaghan at the Dundrod clinic, visit www.themurnaghanclinic.com/contact or telephone 00353 834384977.