I met Ivan last summer at a health fair. I was talking to my friend about the shoulder problem I was having, pain and stiffness, and how I really needed to see a medical therapist to see if I could find some relief. Ivan overheard our discussion and asked me if I’d ever consider acupuncture. I said no, but at this point I’d consider anything. He asked me if he could perform a very minor procedure using very few needles to see if I would see any relief from the pain and stiffness. Ivan used only three needles… and I instantly felt relief from both the pain and stiffness. I was amazed as was my friend. The pain had not gone away completely, but instead of a sharp and throbbing pain, it was now very minor and not at all bothersome. The stiffness…it was completely gone! I could wrap my arm around my neck and touch my upper back….a move I was unable to do before. Prior to Ivan’s treatment, I had difficulty removing my shirt. The simple act of pulling my shirt over my head was excruciating, after the treatment I was able to put my shirt back on with no pain or stiffness whatsoever. Over the next few weeks, I went in weekly for full acupuncture treatments. I would go in for a treatment with soreness and stiffness – never as bad as the week before, but still present – and come out completely free of pain and any stiffness. The soreness and stiffness would come back, but never to the level of the previous week. It would take days for the pain and stiffness to return rather than hours. Soon I was able to go for weeks at a time with no pain or restricted movement of any kind. Once in a while I will feel a twinge, a slight ache…but nothing remotely close to what I had been living with for years before Ivan’s acupuncture treatments. The stiffness has gone completely. I enjoy full, unrestricted movement. Ivan’s acupuncture treatments worked for me, they even worked for my daughter with a hip problem. Acupuncture is a very real therapy capable of bringing relief from pain and suffering to a lot of people if given the chance. I highly recommend it…and Ivan as a practitioner.