Success Stories

Merril B.

I was having lower back problems and sore knees while walking or standing. It started about ten years ago and seemed to get worse as time passed. I originally hurt my back while picking up some heavy boxes.  It began affecting my work and more importantly my golf. I was not previously treated by any other physicians or chiropractors. My wife started coming here at least two years before and highly recommended that I come. When I started to combine the treatment for my back with adjustments, I started to use the turbo once to twice a week. My whole body started to feel better. It’s helped me to increase muscle mass and to get me in better physical shape. My back feels better and so do my legs and knees.

Anonymous

I first came to the office in January of 2005. I smoked for thirty years and wanted to quit so I tried acupuncture after seeing the sign outside.  I was “smoke-free” after three sessions! No more wheezing and I saved lots of money. And now I smell pretty! I have a better sense of taste and smell. I haven’t wanted a cigarette since the acupuncture. I can’t believe how much I used to smell of smoke. Ugh! Thank you so much Dr. Raya!

Betsy R.

I started coming to the office in February of 1997. I have had lower back pain off and on for years, but this time pain was more severe and wouldn’t go away with rest, heat, and pain pills as it usually did. I had not been treated by any other chiropractors in the past; my husband referred me to the Raya Clinic and I am glad he did because the staff is very friendly and caring. After receiving treatment, my back has not felt better since I was a teenager.

Arlene L.

I first came to the office in August of 1996. I was referred by my daughter Ann Gravel.  My knee was swollen and very painful, had it for quite a few years. I knelt down on tile, my knee went half on and half off of it. It started with tendonitis and got worse. I had seen other doctors before and they said there was nothing they could do, just take aspirin and Tylenol when needed. My results after visiting the Raya Clinic have been excellent. My knee does not hurt when I walk upstairs or down, get in and out of cars or walking and polka dancing. It is great!

Robert J.

I first came into the office in December of 1992. I was seeking information about spinal canal stenosis. After 2 ½ years and thousands of dollars spent I was getting hopeless. After many test and quite a few doctors later I was told there was nothing that could be done. I was just in so much pain to the point that I could not walk without severe pain in my hips and lower back region. I knew that I couldn’t just settle for that so I sought treatment at the Raya Clinic and I was beyond impressed with the results I received there. I now can walk with the aid of a cane and with minimum pain! I also can do most of my everyday activities without pain with the exception of stairs. I finally feel great again and I know it’s because of the doctors. Thanks!

Marco P.

I first came to the office September 23rd, 2002 after being referred by another patient who had brought in her two children. I had a hump forming on my neck and scoliosis in my lower back which caused lower back pains. I was also in three car accidents which left me with stiffness and pain throughout my back. My physician was giving me painkillers that made it difficult to function with daily tasks and upset my stomach. After being treated, my pain is gone. The hump has disappeared. Some other side effects: I am no longer taking allergy medication and my immunity has improved.

Peg A.

I first came in June of 1996 but did not start treatment until September because I was away for the summer. I was experiencing pretty severe neck pain, and I’d had it for a long time. I also had lower back pain, not as bad as my neck, but also for years. I had seen a neurologist, another chiropractor, and an orthodontist. The neurologist wanted only to prescribe me drugs, to which I had adverse results. The orthodontist put braces on my teeth which I didn’t need and the other chiro scared the heck out of me. After receiving treatment, my neck pain has gotten considerably better and the lower back pain is almost non-existent. Indeed, I am a believer. They now treat my three children.

Jeff B.

I first came to the office July 8th, 1994. In October of 1993 I was in a car accident and injured my neck and low back. I had painkillers and physical therapy but nothing worked. I was in some pretty serious pain. I had previously been treated by physicians, neurologists, orthopedists, and physical therapists and nothing relieved my pain. My fiancée referred me to the Raya Clinic, she would come with me to my appointments. After receiving treatments I am back to full duty work and feeling great. I thought for the longest time I would be unable to work ever again. Thanks to Dr. Stacy I can live a normal life again. Thank you.

Linda A.

I first came to the office several years ago, 1997. I lived up the street and kept seeing the sign but never came in until I got a call offering a free exam.  Migraine headaches were my original complaint. I then started to have hot flashes due to early menopause. The migraines were so severe that I would go without sleep for several days and this happened once a month! I had these headaches for eight years before getting treatment here. I was previously treated by my medical doctor who referred me to a neurologist. I had countless tests including a CAT scan and an MRI. The doctors couldn’t find anything wrong but prescribed me numerous medications that didn’t help the pain and made it difficult to function normally. I am so excited that I have not had a migraine in a long time. The hot flashes have also subsided and this is due to the acupuncture treatments, which I love. I am so grateful to Dr. Raya. It is wonderful to feel good and to be able to function. Thank you Advanced Back Center!

Linda I.

I first came to the office October of 1997. I met the doctors at the Apple Harvest festival. My particular condition was Crohn’s Disease. It started twelve years ago. I was on a lot of medication with a lot of side effects. Now I have stopped all medication. I’m being treated with herbs, vitamins and the treatments I’m receiving here. I feel better than I have in about twelve years.

Victor

I first came to the office August of 1996—not soon enough! I had a host of different problems: breathing problems, chronic bronchitis, pain in the lower back, neck, shoulder, left knee and wrist. I was in pain for several months which in turn affected my driving. I couldn’t look over my shoulder and was unable to turn my head. My first visit to a chiropractor was in 1947 and I went until the doctor retired in 1993. I am a firm believer in chiropractic. I met the doctors through their unselfish gratitude in helping someone in need at the Meriden Mall. I have had excellent results. Today, these old bones sure do feel good! My breathing has much improved allowing me to use my inhaler less and hopefully someday I will be off inhalers. And you can bet I will keep up my therapy. I must say, Dr. Raya you have a fine professional team together doing a job and doing it well.

Paul P.

I first came to the office January 3rd 1991. I had a neck injury from football and migraines. I had to go to the hospital. After visiting the Raya Clinic, I have no more headaches, no neck pain and I have never felt better in my life!!!

Anonymous

I first came to the office February 2006. I was experiencing lower back pain, neck and shoulder pain. It all began January 4th after a fall. The pain was a 9-10. Since treatment I have improved at least 90-100%. Between acupuncture, adjustments and ultrasound I’m almost totally pain free and now able to sleep through the entire night.

N. Hooper

I first came to the office April of 1997. I was having periodic muscle spasms which began 30 to 35 years ago and worsened over time. The pain was almost constant when I started here. It had definitely become a quality-of-life issue. I had been treated by a physician, orthopedist, neurologist, physical therapist with nonexistent to negligible results. My results from the Raya Clinic have been tremendous! I can be pain free for days on end now. Therapy, adjustments, and proper exercise have made the difference.

DC

I first came to the office In November of 1997 after a doctor referral. I was having issues with my neck—immobility, pain, numbness down my arms and into my hands for over a year and it caused me severe pain in my neck and hands. I now have less pain, an increase in mobility and the numbness in my arm and hands has lessened greatly.

Rick J

I first came to the office December 12th of 1997 after meeting the doctors at the Apple Harvest festival. I had shoulder pain and loss of motion in the shoulder since March of 1997 caused by lifting and pulling heavy objects and neck pain resulting from the same lifting and pulling. I had been treated by a regular physician but had no long term improvement. After treatment, tension in my neck has dramatically improved and the motion in my shoulder is much improved.

Rita C.

I first came to the office about three years ago. I was referred by my son Joseph Chinigo. I was having leg and back problems. It was ongoing for months before coming in and it was causing much distress and loss of sleep. I had seen orthopedists and neurologists which provided some relief but no permanent results. Chiropractic services have been extremely beneficial to giving me instant and long lasting results for the condition I came in for.

Ann G.

I first came to the office July of 1996. I fell on ice in 1989 which caused thoracic outlet syndrome. I was out of work for over a year and two surgeries were performed and a piece of metal was placed in the space in my right shoulder. I had never seen a chiropractor before and found out about the Raya Clinic during a screening show in Southington. My results have been good. The shooting pain from my shoulder through my arm is gone. I still have some pain and stiffness but not as much. I wish I had come here first before my surgeries.

Janine H.

I first came to the Raya Clinic in mid January of 1998. I was experiencing severe abdominal pain on my right side. It began at the end of December. It was caused by pregnancy. The pain was constant, severe making me miserable, and keeping me from sleeping. I had gone to three different physicians and none of them could come up with either a diagnosis or any relief for the pain. One of my OB’s referred me here. After only three treatments all the pain disappeared. No more discomfort or pain. I was able to function as a normal human being and could sleep.

Mary C.

I first came to the office in May of 2004 after seeing a physical therapist. I fell and injured my back, suffering three compressed fractures. This was the worst pain in my life. My doctor sent me to a physical therapist. I did this for five months with no relief. I remember thinking if I have to be in this kind of pain forever, I just don’t think I want to live. A friend suggested I see an acupuncturist or a chiropractor. I looked in the phone book and saw that the Raya Clinic did both. Dr. Raya gave me back my life. I am sure she is not aware of what she’s done for me. I can do almost everything I did before. Not only did Dr. Raya and her staff give me back my life, they also helped me after a recent surgery. On October 21st, 2005 I had thyroid surgery. After I had been home a day and a half after surgery, my neck started to ache. My neck and shoulders got tight and hurt. I put ice packs on the back of my neck and shoulder but it didn’t help. I called Dr. Raya and told her what happened. I went to see her and after one treatment the pain and tightness was almost immediately relieved. I was not surprised! I have learned more about my first injury and how to fix it. I recently found out that the reason my back kept hurting was because the exercise the physical therapist had me doing aggravated my injury.

George R

I first came to the office in October of 1995. I had experienced low back pain for a long time but it continued to worsen. The pain was rather constant and at times severe. My pain is caused by the lack of curve in my lower spine and scoliosis. I had been to other doctors before; an internist and neurosurgeon but did not receive much help. I stopped by the Raya Clinic booth at the apple harvest festival and decided to come here. The results have been dramatic. The pain is much better. This relief has helped me function better at work and enjoy aspects of my life more.

Lance H.

I first came to the Raya Clinic on January 30th of 1998. I was having pain in my middle and lower back, hands and neck. This was mainly caused by a car accident. The pain was moderate to severe. I had previously seen an orthopedist and a physical therapist for my hands and knee with poor to adequate results. I have had excellent results with my lower and middle back and neck. They have not started treatments on my hands yet.

Robin M.

I first brought Meghan in September of 1992. Meghan was born with torticollis- weakened muscles on the left side of her neck. Her head almost laid sideways in her shoulder. We were referred to a physical therapist but felt she would be better helped by Dr. Raya. We saw excellent results within a few months. Meghan now shows no signs of torticollis and her neck is very strong.

Mike Nati

I first came to the office October 13th, 1995. I had chronic lower back pain for at least seven to eight years. The cause was my right leg being 3/8 inch shorter than my left. The pain was very extreme. I was referred from an information booth at the Apple Harvest festival. I have experienced a complete turnaround from chronic pain to no pain at all in less than one month.

Barbara Nanfito

I first came to the office in November of 1996. I had neck pain and lower back pain. My left wrist had pain which traveled into my arm. I had this condition for over a month. This pain interrupted my sleep and my daily routine. My husband and I met Dr. Raya at the Apple Harvest. I have had excellent results. Now my pain has subsided. I no longer wear a wrist band. My mobility in my neck has been a definite plus. Excellent therapy. I never realized how unhealthy my body was, but now I can feel the difference.

Samuel C.

I first came to the office June 26th of 2004. I had a disk bulge and herniated disk. I couldn’t sit or walk or move around. I had previously seen a physical therapist, chiropractor, and neurologist.  The doctor recommended surgery.  I was referred in by my daughter Patty. I have had very good results. I did not need surgery and have no pain. I can walk at least a mile without pain.

Frederick F.

I first came to the office in November of 2005. My wife was a patient of Dr. Raya. I was experiencing hip pain. They wanted to do surgery. My wife suggested chiropractic before the surgery. I had the hip pain for almost a year before I came to the office. My results have been very very good. My hip is 90% pain free. It has been 1 ½ years since I began treatment and I am good. I am not using a cane or anything.

Geri G.

I first came to the office October 11th, 2006. I had osteoarthritis in my neck and right collar bone. The neck started about ten years ago, collar bone started in 2005. Major cause was a car accident in 1978. Aggravating factors were carrying a heavy briefcase, desk and computer work. The last 12 or so months were very severe. The collar bone pain was chronic and unbearable. I have already went to see my primary care physician, orthopedist, and many physical therapist but the results were good but short lived. While at the Apple Harvest Festival in 2006 I was able to meet the wonderful staff at the Raya Clinic. Once I started treatment there I had excellent results. I have been Celebrex free for two and a half weeks and I barely get any stiffness or pain in my neck and collar bone. My back feels great and I can soundly sleep throughout the night.

John Z.

I first came to this office quite a while ago. I had severe stiff neck that would bother me on and off or a couple of months. I’m not quite sure what caused it but it may have started when I fell off the stepladder while painting my house. It was so painful after the fall that I barely had movement in my neck. I was referred to the Raya Clinic by my friend, Dr. Michael Lantiere D.D.S. Since treatment at the Raya Clinic I have had excellent results. I was so excited about the results I started receiving treatment on my other ailing problems. Since then my neck, knee and shoulders have been nothing but great results.

Deborah Z.

I first started coming to the clinic in February of 1992. I was having neck and lower back pain caused from labor pain with my youngest child and two successive car accidents. Over the years it got progressively worse to the point that filing and answering the phones at work aggravated it. I didn’t go to see a specific physician when I was in pain but I did get x-rays done which showed nothing. At the time they just gave me pills and said it was based upon stress and the busy schedule of being a mother. I was referred into the clinic by my husband who came in for severe back problems. Once treated I noticed I was having excellent results. I would recommend this office to anyone especially mothers who think “okay, it’s in my head….I’m raising a family”.

Joseph Z.

I first came to the office on September 18, 1998. I was having lower back pain caused by an infection in my kidney from having diabetes. I have previously received care from physicians and physical therapist to help combat my advanced stage of diabetes. The results were not that great but at least I was able to do my walk in the morning and at night with my dog, Beau. Once I noticed my pain wasn’t getting significantly better my wife and sister referred me to the Raya Clinic. Since starting treatment this is the best I’ve in a long time.

Anonymous

I first came to the Raya Clinic in November of 1997. I was receiving extreme pain and lack of range of motion in my left shoulder and neck. I was initially seen by my general practitioner who did x-rays on my shoulder. Once the results came back he prescribed a cortisone shot which gave me no relief

Anonymous

I first came to the office in February of 1997. I was having a lot of lower back pain and frequent migraines for many years. I had been seen by other doctors which relieved some of pain for a little while and then it would come back. I met Dr. Raya at CCWF and I have felt great since I have started my treatment. My lower back feels better and I have not had a headache since.

Heidi K.

I first came to the Raya Clinic in October of 1997. I was experiencing a tingling sensation in my arm and fingers for about 6 or 7 months. I was seeing another doctor who had found by an MRI that I had bulging disc in my neck. The doctor had wanted me to see a neuro surgeon, but I came here by referral instead and I have had great results and feel so much better than I did before.

Thomas K.

I first came to the office on October 25, 1996. I have osteopenia of the spine. In January of 1990 I fractured a vertebrae in my back. Since then I have fractured two more. Since 1990 I have experienced constant pain in the middle of my back and very limited movement of my neck. When turning my head left or right I would a sharp pain and dizziness. I have been treated at two hospitals. Uconn Medical Center, numerous doctors, and physical therapy with little to no relief. I went through six years of taking pills and injections that never helped the pain in my back or the mobility in my neck. I had attended the apple harvest festival and that is where I found out about the Raya Clinic. After a short period of time here the pain in my back became non existent. I am now able to move my neck with almost total mobility and no pain or dizziness.

Elizabeth B.

I first came to this office in February of 1996. I had been experiencing low back pain for the past ten years. Through the course of the years it just became worse causing other problems as well. I had seen an orthopedist for about a year and had also done physical therapy for a while. It was ok for the most part, however after a year without seeing any of the doctors the pain returned. I really needed occasional visits to maintain it. I was then referred to the Raya Clinic by another patient. My results here have been great. When I am stressed I have severe neck pain, but after seeing Dr. Raya for about a month it is almost completely gone and my back feels super!

Carrieanne R.

I first came to the Raya Clinic in November of 1995. I was having neck and back pain due to injuries caused by an accident in September and then reinjured by another accident in October. I had been treated by a neurologist and another chiropractor in Waterbury with very insignificant change. I then found out about this office by looking In the phone book and the drive by sign outside. I have had terrific results here. My neck and back are feeling much better and I finally have full range of motion in my neck again.

Helen M.

I decided to come to the Raya clinic when my son Paul started coming here for migraines from getting injured while playing midget football. My problem was getting migraine headaches when I would have my monthly friend. They have been happening for at least two years as far as I can remember. The migraines were so bad that I would get sick to my stomach. Now, my whole family comes to this office. I feel very good. I can move a lot more freely without having tightness in my neck and without having my head hurt.

Carmillia K.

I started coming to the office in the Spring of 1993 after a skiing accident. My main issue was lots of back pain. I have been in three auto accidents where each time I was hit from behind resulting in whiplash. My back was also always in pain as result from my job as an RN because I had to lift a lot of patients and had strained my back multiple times. I went to an orthopedist several times and was given muscle relaxants and did physical therapy but nothing helped. I also saw a different chiropractor with no results. Then I heard about this office by the drive by sign out front. I can now stand upright without slouching. My arm pain is gone and there is no more sharp pain in my legs anymore. I feel more confident in my body.

Mary R.

I first came to this office on January 17, 1992 for a number of reasons. The first being that I had carpel tunnel syndrome which was probably caused by crocheting. It was very painful and caused numbness in my hands and fingers. I also have a form of tendonitis in both thumbs and my right elbow. It was very painful and I had very poor strength in both my hands. Another reason was that I have muscle spasms in my left shoulder. I found out about the Raya Clinic when I was at the apple harvest festival and received a free back scan. My results here have been astonishing. All of the pain is gone in both hands, only occasional slight stiffness in the right forearm. My shoulder is better and I am able to move my neck to a much greater degree. I have been very pleased with all of my improvements, especially because I was contemplating surgery for the carpel tunnel syndrome.

Aaron C

I first came the office in January of 1992. I was suffering from an attention deficit disorder which was causing me to have trouble in school. I was also having a problem staying dry at night. Every morning since I was born I have woken up with a wet bed. (I am six years old). I was treated by my pediatrician with drugs that just made my nose blocked and I was also treated by another chiropractor, but he did not know the proper treatments for my conditions. My attention disorder did not improve and I did not stop bed wetting. My dad decided to bring me to the Raya clinic because she did such a good job helping him with his conditions. My attention deficit disorder is gone and my school work has been very good. I am dry some mornings and a little bit wet on others. Soon I will be dry every morning.

Barbra K.

I first started coming to the office four years ago. I was experiencing chronic low back problems as well as osteoarthritis due to wear and tear from work as a physical therapist. The arthritis was so bad that I had hip replacement surgery. I had been treated in the past with physical therapy and another chiropractor with little results. I found out about the Raya Clinic through the Lion’s Club. I have had great results. Dr. Raya is great, very caring, and concerned.

J.M.

I first came to the office in January of 1995. I was having horrible pain from a car accident that had happened in 1993. I was treated by a few doctors but they told me that there was nothing else they could do and that I would have to live with the pain. I was referred to the Raya Clinic by another patient. Since I have started coming here I feel much better and the numbness and pain is almost all gone.

Cynthia G.

I started coming to the Raya Clinic a few years ago. I have had chronic severe pain and tension in the left upper back, neck, and shoulder. I have similar but lesser symptoms on the right side. I also have frequent headaches for a long time and they were affecting my quality of life. I heard about the Raya Clinic through local advertising. My results have been excellent. Significant relief of upper back and neck pain and tension. My shoulders are coming along. There is a decrease in the frequency and severity of the headaches and a huge improvement in the quality of my life.

Michelle’s Success

I first started coming into the Raya Clinic in October of this year with many complaints. I had horrible headaches with a feeling of pressure behind my eye. I also had severe TMJ and neck pain that traveled down my right arm. I was under a lot of stress and was taking Ibuprophen daily to deal with the pain. I had not sought help from any other physician and the pain was not getting any better. One day at choir practice, a friend said how she was seeing Dr. Raya and getting great results. She was out of pain and dealing with her stress much better. So I decided to come in and see if they could help me. Since I began treatment at the Raya clinic consisting of chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture treatments, my TMJ pain is almost gone, my neck and arm are feeling much better and I am off all of my pain medication. I am also sleeping much better which means that I am dealing with my stress much better.

Raya clinic is a place of hope. The staff is awesome and treat you as a human being and they understand your pain. When we discover Raya clinic it change my life and our family and give us hope for my Husband Health. Words can’t describe how lucky we are that we found this clinic to help my husband Chronic pain he was feeling for the last 7 Years and 3 Months. Thank You

-Anonymous

Spinal Question Mark

My name is Jeremy Deme and I started coming to the Raya Clinic several months ago. I’ve had chronic pain in my back after injuring myself, and my spine started to look more like a question mark.  I’d be walking and my posture started to slump over and the pain got increasingly more uncomfortable.  It got to the point where I would have pain shooting down my leg and sciatic nerve.  It became excruciatingly painful to walk, to sit still, to move, to get up, and to lift anything. It started to get to the point where it was not only affecting the quality of my life but the life of my family.  My wife and I started looking in to options to try and fix this.  It just got so excruciatingly painful we decided we couldn’t keep going on that way.  So the first option was obviously physical therapy. So, I went and did that and it didn’t do a whole lot for me. Then I started working the surgical route, and the more and more we investigated that the more we found what high risk there were.  Between paralysis and excruciating pain and lack of results, even death. Here I am in my mid 20’s, and instead of planning vacations I’m looking into life insurance and making sure all of my affairs are in order, it’s ridiculous. To say I was scared would be an understatement. Then on the recommendation of a friend I came to the Raya Clinic. My wife said, “you’ve got to commit to this, you’ve got to commit to this.” To make her happy I said, “Alright, alright Ill do it.”  I inquired about this spinal decompression that doctor Raya offers, I thought what the heck I have nothing to lose and she ended up putting me on the table. After some time I started to feel a difference. I started to feel less pressure in my back and less numbness in my toes. The excruciating feeling that made it painful to walk started to dissipate.  Just the gift of being able to walk to and from your mail box, then being able to walk further down the street, being able to go for a hike, being able to hold my wife’s hand, being able to know that I’m not going to have surgery, that I’m not going to be dead in my mid 20’s… you cant put a price on that. The ability to see my wife happier, to have a better quality of life, to be more physically active, even seeing yourself in the mirror and having more self respect for yourself as you see yourself standing upright. You can’t put a price on what Dr. Raya and the Raya Clinic has given me. They’ve given me my life back. Ill be eternally grateful for that, Ill forever be a patient here and now my wife too is a patient here. This has saved my life and our marriage.

– Jeremy Deme

A Life Change

I started coming to the Raya Clinic 10/6/08 upon from the advice of my PCP, Pulmonary Specialist for severe neck pain, and the onset of hip and radiating pain down the back of my legs. I had concerns about extended use of NSAIDS for chronic pain, and was starting to occasionally take pain medication. I asked my physician about alternative treatment methods.  I had also attended traditional physical therapy. These were all temporary fixes and I wanted to do something which would enhance my functional abilities, and not accept living with chronic pain, or dependent on pain medication.
I learned about the Raya clinic through friends from church, and decided to make an appointment. After almost 6 months of treatment I can say with certainty this was the best decision I made. Here is a summary of my progress. My chronic neck pain has decreased significantly, and I have range of motion now and can turn my head. No more hip or leg pain. And, the unexpected benefit is no more asthma symptoms. I have not taken any asthma preventative medications, or used an inhaler in over 3 months. At my last Internist visit, my physician could not believe how clear my lungs and respiratory system sounded. I am 47 almost 48 years old, and have had asthma all my life. This is a great feeling not to be dependent on asthma medications. He also commented on my weight loss, and that my face did not look so strained, and  to keep up with the Chiropractor’s treatments. I have had a 15 pound weight loss. How did I get to this place less than 6 months later?   Starting with adjustments and traction 3 times per week, then 2 times per week, and now I am down to 1 time per week.  I take a 4 mile walk 3-4 times a week with my husband, and have energy to keep up with my very active 12 year old daughter.   Now, that the chronic pain is not a main focus of my life, I have started with healthy eating habits and started taking vitamin supplements Dr. Raya recommended to me a few months ago. And, I am also attending acupuncture 2 times per month   This was a huge step for me! Through out my life I have felt like a pin cushion taking allergy tests and shots. The acupuncture treatment is simple and when I am through with those sessions any anxiety, or fatigue is gone.  A great feeling!   Thank you Dr. Raya and the rest of the Raya staff for your kindness, compassion and genuine goal to have your patients live life pain free, and encouraging us to return to living active healthy lives with joy!

– Melissa Burke

A Raya Clinic Family

Thank you so much for recognizing the kids and me this month! We were so surprise and happy. I have been coming to the Raya Clinic for over ten years now. I can’t believe how time flies! it started with me coming to get some relief from chronic eat infections that I have suffered from since birth. I was very skeptical and made that known. When Dr. Raya adjusted me that day, I immediately felt my ear drain. I remember thinking it was the strangest sensation. I’m proud to say I have not had an ear infection since! The Raya Clinic continued treating me. I discovered I had scoliosis which accounted for pain I had suffered all my life. I had acupuncture for fertility problems and allergies. I have also been treated for Crohn’s Disease and Fibromyalgia. Once I was pregnant with my first child, I was able to successfully continue walking to the end of my pregnancy even thought I was told my whole life that I would be wheel-chair bound if I ever got pregnant. Once my son was born, Dr. Raya treated him when he was less than a week old. He had bad reflux and was very colicky. He never took all the medications I was told he would have to be on. Dr. Raya also adjusted my daughter her first week of life as well. My daughter is now being seen for childhood migraines. They were coming so frequently that she was spending a lot of time in bed and she is only 5. Since her second adjustment, she has yet to have another one. She is back to being a healthy, happy kindergartener. I can’t imagine how my health or my children’s health would be without the Raya Clinic. Everyone there is like family. I send my family, my ex-husband, my nephew and my mother as well. I always encourage friends and family to seek support from the Raya Clinic. They have always been there for the health of me and my family and we are proud to say we are a Raya Clinic Family.

– Rayla, Bradshaw and Kennedy Mattson

A Trio of Health

Unbearable pain from a recurring back problem led me to the Raya Clinic in November 2002. Being a veteran of chiropractic care, I had no doubt that adjustments would ease my physical pain, but I was not prepared for the fringe benefits I would receive under Dr. Raya’s care. Like many baby-boomers, I juggle a career and am a primary caregiver for an aging parent. Additionally, in the last six years, I lost my brother to cancer, assisted my sister in her struggle to recover from a stroke and dealt with a host of other family illnesses and crisis’s. These life-altering events left me drained, frustrated, quick to anger, and basically out of control. My coping skills were severely compromised to say the least. The stress was overwhelming and I had little hope left. Through treatment, I came face to face with the reality that I was so involved in my family’s care that I neglected to care for myself in the process. The gentle. loving, attentive, reassuring manner in which they administered chiropractic, therapeutic care became the catalyst that ultimately caused me to take an audit of my life and evaluate the path I was on. I needed to make changed, but how? At Dr. Raya’s suggestion, acupuncture was added to my treatment to balance my energy, ease my stress and overcome this feeling of despair. Skeptical but willing to try anything, I went along. After a few weeks, I began to feel happy, almost euphoric, in spite of the fact that my job and family responsibilities remained status quo. I sleep better, I’m calmer, more approachable, and I am pain free. I have a positive outlook on life again and I smile a lot more. Nutritional supplements , minor changes in my diet, and exercise were recently added to my care plan and I feel better than I ever thought possible. Thank you to Dr. Raya and the staff for giving me my life back. Because of you, I am in a much better place physically and emotionally, and I can celebrate the joy of living once again! To anyone in a caregiver role, pay attention to your symptoms and take time to care for yourself. You owe it to your self and the people you care for to be the best you can be. The Raya Clinic offers the pathway to achieve this goal through the triune of care – Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Nutrition.

– Lynn Daigle

For All Ages

I was first recommended to the Raya Clinic by someone who lives in the Southington community. They themselves had never been, but had met Dr. Raya and thought that maybe her practice would be able to help. At this time I was suffering from many physical ailments and an overall “lousy” feeling. I had a continuous very intense pain in my neck and shoulders, which really interfered with my day-to-day life. I suffered from constant headaches with about 3 migraines a week and my allergies caused me to always be congested. I had very muffled hearing out of my right ear, sometimes no hearing at all, and it had been getting worse over the past 7 years. I had accepted the fact that I would never have good hearing in that ear ever again. My life was also suffering from having no energy at all! I constantly felt lethargic and unmotivated, but at the same time, I was unable to sleep – I was lucky if I had 4 hours of sleep (and that wasn’t continuous!) a night. I am in my mid-twenties and didn’t want to accept that this is how I would feel the rest of my life! I tried anything and everything before coming to the Raya Clinic. I went to many doctors and specialists for my headaches, but all they could do was diagnose me for migraines (which I knew I already suffered from) and prescribe medication which most of the time made me feel awful and just turned the migraine into a bad headache, but didn’t get rid of it. I was taking so much of this medication and relying on bottles and bottles of Advil to get me through my life! As for my neck and shoulder pain I also went to several doctors and specialists and countless Chiropractors and tried physical therapy and massages, but NOTHING helped. The intense pain was always there! I never had even the smallest results. The pain in my neck triggered my migraines and it caused me great discomfort at night (I must have tried 50 different pillows in my life – no lie!) which interfered with my sleep, so I was stuck in this horrible circle where one problem fed into another problem and round and round it went! As for my hearing, well I went to so many doctors and specialists over the past 7 years and tried everything, each time ending with the same line, “Well, I don’t know what the problem is; I guess you are just going to have to live with it.” This got my mom very frustrated and upset, but I just gave up. My mom constantly wanted to find out what was going on, she didn’t think it was right for someone as young as me to loose my hearing for no reason at all, but I admitted defeat and learned to cope and live with it. I first came to the Raya Clinic in July of 2008, and Dr. Raya had outlined a “wellness program” that would take me through the next year of my life. I was very skeptical at first – I mean everything else I had ever tried ended up in total failure! I made a pact with myself to stick with this program and really give it a shot. After a few weeks of treatment with Dr. Tim, Dr. Curtiss and the entire team in the physical therapy department I began to think for the first time, this may work! They are all very kind and genuinely care about your success and overall well being – they want you to feel your best! Since beginning the program about 7 months ago, I rarely suffer from headaches and when I do get one, I can get through it without turning to Advil or harsh prescription medicines! My neck and shoulder pain is dramatically better and I now sleep comfortably (thanks to my adjustments and wonderful pillow from the Raya Clinic) for a full 7-8 hours straight every night!!! My overall health and energy has improved ten-fold! Best of all, I have gained my hearing back!!! I was so surprised – one day I thought, “Wow I can hear much better than yesterday” and it continued to get better. It is safe to say that I regained my hearing by receiving Chiropractic adjustments! My life has improved very dramatically since first walking into Raya Clinic. I feel great! I never dreamed that I would feel this good, but I do. Thank you all so much!! Bettering my Life.

– Michelle

My Back Goes Out More Than I Do

I first came to Raya Clinic in November 1996, Wow that’s 14 years ago.I was a driver for a cab and limo company. Driving all day and putting luggage in and out of a car all day was really doing a number on my back. I had gone to a different doctor before, but decided to change doctors. I liked the fact that Dr. Raya also did acupuncture, nutrition, and C.R.A  “My Back goes out more then I do” on many occasions, my lower back would tighten up so much that it would be very hard to walk or move and i would use crutches just to get around. Dr. Raya would tell me what she would have to do to get me in motion again. After an adjustment, therapy , and walking around with that weird looking contraption, i was able to carry the crutches without using them.  They even named a procedure after me! they call it “The Ivan.” That’s when you get 8 pads instead of 4. It has been determined that i have Scoliosis, i am very grateful that they use the 8 pads due to the muscles tightening up so much.  Acupuncture About 3 years ago i talked to Dr. Raya about quitting smoking. I was smoking almost two and a half packs a day and after just one long session of acupuncture i was down to half a pack a day for two weeks and then i got on the patch for two months with continued acupuncture sessions. It will be 3 years at the end of January and i still cannot stand the smell of cigarettes. Cleanse Program After quitting smoking, I put on some weight and Dr. Raya got me started on the Cleansing Program. After about 4 weeks i have lost 20 lbs. I still have a long way to go, but what i like about this program is that you really do get results. It is about changing the way you choose the foods you eat and staying away from processed foods. Dr. Raya and her staff have helped me change my life for the better. i guess that’s why i still come back for more after 14 years. Thank you for reading my Success Story

– Ivan

Gena’s Success

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek health?
November 4th, 2010 I wanted to quit smoking. I have been smoking for 36 years, 2 packs a day.

What else had you tried before visiting Raya Clinic and what were the results?
For smoking i tried hypnosis, cold turkey, the patch, and Chantex. I was still smoking 2 packs a day. Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic? I had Acupuncture done and have not had a cigarette since then and I don’t miss it.

How has this changed your life?
I can breath easier and move easier, so my dog and I go on long walks every day.

– Gena

Daily Migraines for 13 1/2 Years GONE!

When Did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
Well I first came in on October 3, 2008. I was at the Apple Harvest and had a spinal check. My husband was sick and tired of me having my migraine headaches. He said to go check it out. So I did and found out that there was a lot wrong with me. My whole spine was out of whack.

What else had you tried before visiting the Raya Clinic (i.e. other doctors, physical therapy, massage, etc…) and what were the results?
I have tried OBGYN, massages but nothing would work. My headaches and pain would always come back, even worse. I have tried all headache medications even Topamax. The Topamax wouldn’t even get rid of my headaches completely. All the Doctors would say there is nothing wrong with me and say here take this.

Describe your success since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
Well to begin with the Spinal Scan that was done on the 3rd of October showed a lot of black that went off the paper. I came to the clinic 3 times a week. But before I came to the clinic I lived with very severe headaches and was in pain for 13 1/2 years. But in 1 month’s time I have only had two headaches and the pain is almost gone completely. It is so nice to be able to enjoy my kids and my husband without a headaches and pain. My 4 week spinal scan had showed almost everything white.

How has this changed your life?
Dr. Stacey Raya and her staff have been able to give me and my family the person I should be, happy! They have also given me my life back without headaches and pain. My husband and children thank you all very much. They are glad they have their wife and mom back to normal. I would also like to say the staff at the Raya Clinic is wonderful and very helpful. I do realize I still have a lot of work that needs to be done in my wellness but right now I’m so thankful to all of you for giving me my life back. I can’t thank you enough for taking my case. I can now enjoy my family. Thank you so very much again. Thank you,

– Angela Duthiewicz Robert

Intense Neck Pain

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
Came in on 6/20/08 and my complaint was intense neck pain and lower back pain.

What else had you tried before visiting the Raya Clinic (i.e. other doctors, physical therapists, massage, etc…) and what were the results?
I have been to the other doctors and physical therapists but never got to a point of little or no pain like I have received here. They took time to find out my concerns and have given me my life back. Thanks. Describe your success since beginning care at the Raya Clinic. I walk better, I sleep better with very little or no pain. Overall, I feel GREAT! I DO NOT need the pills that hide the pain just so I could get through the day.

How has this changed your life?
I can wake up in the morning without the pain that I used to go through. Thanks Raya Clinic Team. You are great and I thank you.

– Michelle

So many reliefs

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
I came to the Raya Clinic because I was having chest pains.

What else had you tried before visiting the Raya Clinic?
I went to the hospital and had a battery of tests (catscans, stress test, etc.) The hospital ruled out any internal organ issues and indicated that it must be muscularskeletal.

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic
I have been going to the Raya Clinic for abvout a year. My chest pain went away pretty much immediately. I also do not have sinus infections (was having them several times a year), not getting sick anywhere’s near as often, I am sleeping much better, have more energy, and have lost 30 pounds. I now understand how connected the spine is to everything your body. It makes a lot of sense. I feel as if I am not only improving my current health but also preventing many future problems. How has this changed your life? I have a whole new outlook on health. I always thought of a doctor as someone you go to when you are sick. They prescribe medicine for your issue and you go on your way. The doctors at the Raya Clinic don’t just look at your current issue. They try to understand everything about your daily routines (including exercise, sleeping and eating habits) and all your symptoms by asking comprehensive questions. They really listen to me and make suggestions to improve my entire wellbeing.

Back Pain

Yesterday was my very first time ever being in Chiropractic Office. Was recommended by my best friend Halina K….who is no stranger to this Clinic for long time and she was the one who told me to try it and I will love it. The Chiropractor help her and she is coming back if necessary. She was right.. The stuff, beginning from the desk, greats you with a smile and every one in there is extremely helpful..They told me how to sign in and what to do. I bet you, by Wednesday I will forget LOL but I know I will be help. Today 6-26-15 literally I spoke with Dr. Stacey K. Raya.. What a lovely Doctor she is and great personality too. Dr. Raya who went over with me, my x rays, explain my back situation and etc.. which I WAS NOT rushed from the office until I understand and have no more questions. Love, love that. Thank you. I was also give an insert by the Doctor Raya to my sandal (will need few more for other shoes lol) I need to tell you I walk so much better and straight so my back tonight is NOT hurting me like it use to. I walk with a walker which make it difficult. I DID NOT know that my operated (knee, 7 times ) is 1 inch longer than the other leg and no wonder I was walking crooked, constantly tripping over, falling down and my back was of the wack, my hip was always hurting me and why I was never told that by knee Doctor??? is a mystery to me. I was in a excruciating pain for so long (make that 5 years) Please trust and believe me that I was sick of being sick…The insert work like a charm and guess what, I even receive a phone call this evening to check on me how I am feeling after today Chiropractor visit which they work on on my back. This is what I call a friendly Clinic who have a Big Heart for people in pain. from now on I will recommend RAYA CLINIC to everyone who have pain. Thank you and I will see you there very often. Everyone, wonderful job. With the bottom of my heart, Teresa Mucha saying Thank you.

— Teresa Mucha

Back Pain

My name is Chuck Dortenzio, I am here to give a testimonial to The Raya Clinic, to the treatment I have gotten at The Raya Clinic, how I got here, and how they have changed my life. I started here about three years ago. Came in doubled over and I remember it very distinctly because the power was out and they took care of me anyway. It was right after a storm and I had hurt my back and I was folded up and I couldn’t get anywhere. So I came in and Dr. Raya put me on a plan to get me on the right path and it helped me immensely. Unfortunately, I fell into one of the big pitfalls that many patients of chiropractic care fall into. I felt better so I stopped coming and it took a little bit of time but over a period of time my back got worse and worse. I wasn’t paying any attention to it. I wasn’t doing any exercises to strengthen it. I hit a very bad wall. I came in one day folded up in tons and tons of pain not even realizing how bad the pain was. I actually passed out while I was here and they took care of me and got me back on the right path. The treatment has been fantastic and it always continues to be. The best part of the whole thing is that nobody has ever said I told you so. They have always done a great job at taking care of me. They keep gentle encouragement to keep me coming in. They do a great job. I am in the best shape I have ever been in. I would encourage anybody to come in and get checked out. Maybe you don’t need the full care, maybe you just need weekly or monthly care. But get yourself into maintenance get your back healthy because when you lose it you can’t get it back.

— Chuck Dortenzio

Back, Shoulder, Neck pain

Dr. Raya asks “So Lauren why did you come into our office?” I had been having several months of back pain and shoulder/neck pain and I have been to chiropractors before just not at this office. I really just felt like I needed an adjustment. My back and shoulders were very tight and there were knots everywhere. I needed relief. I was on vacation before I started here. I had a horrible time because I just couldn’t get comfortable. I was in pain the whole time. Dr. Raya asks “Were you taking any medications for the pain” Yes all day long I was taking Advil, Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, Aleve and I couldn’t get through the day without having a patch on my back and it was only temporary relief. I wasn’t able to sleep. I lost my appetite; it was really poor because I was in pain all the time. Before I went on vacation I made an appointment to come here. And I also had my primary care appointment that same day. I went to my primary care appointment first then I came into your clinic. First my primary care provider didn’t want me to go to chiropractic. But I knew that I had been in the past and it did help me. I wanted to give it shot because I really felt like I need an adjustment. I came in and I had x-rays and everything and when I finally went over everything with you I felt optimistic that I would have relief soon. Unfortunately I was coming three days a week for a couple of months. I wasn’t getting any relief. I was still periodically, not as often, taking the pain medication. I did end up, from taking so much pain medication, I was having internal bleeding. I was aggressively losing weight I thought that was just part of my pain because I wasn’t eating a lot. Finally Dr. Raya said to have an MRI of my neck, a possible bulging disc. When I went for the MRI they discovered I had Hodgkin’s lymphoma. From there I did my chemo treatments and it was about six months and afterwards I came back for more chiropractic. I have been coming once a week since August. It has really helped me get stronger along with exercise and eating right to get my flexibility back and keep myself healthy. “The Raya Clinic saved my life!”

— Lauren

Shoulder Pain

My name is Lyn Laudenberger and I have been coming to The Raya Clinic for about two years. And it was two years ago in February, I fell asleep one night watching television and the next morning when I woke up I had severe knots on both sides of my shoulders. So I said, “oh my goodness I need a chiropractor”. So I went online and I found about three or four and I checked them all out on their websites. I chose The Raya Clinic because they had excellent hours; they are open six days a week. I thought, oh my gosh 9-6 and they close a few hours in the afternoon, and then on Saturday morning is just fabulous. So I called and they were able to see me that day. I started getting some treatments and they showed me the proper way to sleep at night and the type pillow to use. I do have very bad scoliosis so all those things helped. And in May of that year I had my annual checkup with my doctor and I was horrified to find out I had very high cholesterol. I think it was 257. So he said he “You need to take Lipitor”. I was thinking, “That is not a good drug to take.” I remembered Dr. Raya offers weight loss and detox programs so I immediately came here and met with her and started the weight loss and detox programs and got some vitamins that she thought would be beneficial for me. And within three months I had dropped my cholesterol about 70 points. So I was just amazed how well that worked and I lost weight. There is a vibrational machine here that I started using and that increased my bone density, so that was exciting. And I always just thought of the chiropractor as just doing things for the back. One time at the gym I pulled a hamstring and thought I would have to see a physical therapist. But when I came here for my back they said “Oh we can help you with that” and they showed me stretching exercises for the hamstring. I had stimulation and ultrasound and that worked really nicely. Another time I fell and sprained my ankle. Again I didn’t have to go see a physical therapist, they were able to show me some exercise to do, stimulation, ice and ultrasound. This was very nice. I have been very happy. I have tried acupuncture, and I think from the website the first things that caught my eye was the diversity of all the items that they offer here. It has been a fabulous experience. All of the doctors here are generally concerned for each person they see and I highly recommend anyone to come in and meet the staff here and the doctors.

— Lyn Laudenberger

Knee Pain

I am Lynne Bellemare and I came to The Raya Clinic probably four years ago. I had some knee pain and I believe in chiropractic adjustments and the work that they do. I came here but I wouldn’t let anyone touch me because I was afraid. Then maybe a year later I came back with some hip pain. I still wouldn’t let anyone touch me. I had an ultrasound done, I let that go on. I had an x-ray taken and it showed some things there and showed some things on my neck. So I came back two years later or something like that. The first person to adjust my neck was Dr. Raya. I was terrified. I was really scared. But I felt the support of the staff and the other doctors, the other chiropractors and they just energetically, I felt held. I didn’t feel rushed. I let her do it. That was huge for me to be able to trust like that. I felt better. I have been coming every week and I get adjusted and my neck gets adjusted. I actually am not afraid anymore. I look forward to coming. It feels good. I always feel better leaving then when I came.

— Lynne Bellemare

Asthma

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
I first came to Raya Clinic June 18th, 2012. I have had severe asthma attacks since I was 4 weeks old and I needed a Nebulizer almost every month. I have always had ear infections since i was about 6 months old. With my seasonal allergies I was always congested which didn’t help my asthma or my ears.

What have you tried before coming to Raya Clinic?
I have been on an inhaler and a nebulizer.

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
Since coming to Dr. Raya I only use my nebulizer or inhaler once or twice a year and my pediatrician is thinking of taking me off the inhaler. Since I lost my ear tubes I have not had any ear infections even with a normal cold.

Low Back Pain

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
April 2012. I have had lower back pain since November 2011, August 2011 I overweight and had bad health habits. It was very severe, I was on the verge of not being able to walk.

What have you tried before coming to Raya Clinic?
I went to a Neurologist and i got worse instead of better.

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
I have almost no back pain anymore.

– Domina Marmaduke

Extreme pain in Lower Back and Leg

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help? I first came to Raya Clinic in the Fall of 2012 for extreme pain in my lower back and leg from an injury at home – unable to ambulate a walker. What have you tried before coming to Raya Clinic. I did not try anything else. Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic. I was told that decompression would help me and that i was a candidate for the spine MED machine. Treatments were painless and it worked for me. I will still come for maintenance and check ups. I feel good, actually much better. – Phyllis Fagan

Mid and Lower Back Pain

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
I first came to Raya Clinic July 28, 2003. I was having mid and lower back pain, a herniated disc’s, sciatic nerve pain. I was injured on the job May 03, 2013, a patient fell on me causing my body to twist unexpectedly. Extremely severe pain was felt. I could barely walk without crying or move about as I usually did. I also have scoliosis.

What have you tried before coming to Raya Clinic?
I was sent to a clinic for workers comp and immediately given pain pills and muscle relaxers. Physical therapy was also prescribed. Physical therapy only aggravated my pain. the Physiatrist wanted me to have a spinal nerve block procedure and this was to be done as a series of three times, with no guarantee of relief.

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
My back pain is not a severe and less frequent. The pain in my leg happens less often and I feel healthier.

– Daria C

Can not walk

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
Well my symptoms were pain in my lower back and down my legs. I could not walk at all. I was dragging both feet behind me as I was walking. So I was looking for a miracle here at Raya’s clinic and I found it My diagnosis was that it was impossible to operate on me at all from any doctor that I saw including my family doctor. So there for I was looking find some way of being able to walk again without any pain what so ever. I did talk to other doctors about this. My limitations were not able to walk that was number one. Number 2, I couldn’t do my stretching exercises. They were so bad that I would have pain in my back and my legs

What other treatment options had you considered?
Well I saw two specialists out in Hartford. Doctors that actually operate on backs and they told me that they would not operate on me at all because I would probably come out worse then when I came in.

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
I feel 100% better 100% better because I could not walk at all and using this SpineMED really and truly put me back on my feet. I can walk that’s number one, I can throw a tennis ball, and I can throw a football, which I couldn’t do before. I can even roller-skate, but the doctor told me not to so I don’t anymore. My last treatment was approx 6 months ago. Since then I feel very good. I have had no problems at all. I take no pills, absolutely no medication, since I was on the SpineMED.

Conclusion
I am 85 years old. I came in here with Spinal Stenosis, Herniated Disc and a back that was solid bone. No flexibility at all. I feel that it’s like a miracle. It is a miracle. I feel like I’m about 22 years old. I can do all the things including dancing that I couldn’t do before.

– John LeConche

Bulging Disc

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
My injury started 23 years ago, actually 30 years ago when I started in the military jumping out of airplanes and riding around in armored vehicles, its accumulation of a lot of different stresses on my spine. My official diagnosis was a bulging disc at C7/T1 in my neck and of course it was putting a lot of pressure on the nerves going into my arm. I had extreme pain all the way through my right arm. My limitations were that I couldn’t write. Couldn’t write on chalkboard or whiteboard and that was difficult for me because I am a teacher and I have to write a lot

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
In the past I had a similar problem. About 20 years ago I had a bulging disc but it affected my left side. I went though a form of spinal decompression, back then it took about 2 months, 40 minutes a day. I got the same results with SpineMed in 21 sessions. And I’m back to 100%.

Would you recommend SpineMED to others?
Would I recommend SpineMED to others? I got to sleep, I got to use my hands, I’m back to where I was before my injury and I’m extremely happy with what SpineMED did. Of course I would recommend SpineMED to other people.

– John Durbin

Back Pain

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
My problems started 12 maybe 13 years ago, from over working standing long hours, lifting heavy objects and just the repetition of walking on hard concrete. It just wore my lower back down. My pain level was always over a 10 and my heel was constantly numb. It was hard to even move.

What else had you tried before visiting the Raya Clinic (i.e., other physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, etc.) and what were the results?
Before I visited Dr. Raya, I saw many different Rheumatologists who each prescribed heavy medications, which just masked the pain, and didn’t help my condition at all. When my last medical doctor prescribed me more Percocet and Vicodin I decided to seek alternative help. My pain used to prevent me from having a normal life. My lower back hurt so intensely and my foot was so numb I could barely roll out of bed in the morning. I couldn’t perform or enjoy any of the things that I liked to do.

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
While receiving treatment on the SpineMED table I felt very relaxed, comfortable, and fell asleep many times. After my first few weeks of Decompression treatment I was actually able to jump up off the table and finish each day pain free. I just moved into a new home and opened my business, which in the past would have killed me. This year I feel great! SpineMED really has helped me get back to living and enjoying my life again.

– Christine Savio-Heslin

Neck and Shoulder Pain

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
I came to Raya Clinic in August 2003. I had neck and shoulder pain. It started from a fall in a store. It was severe pain which made it difficult to sleep

What else had you tried before visiting the Raya Clinic (i.e., other physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, etc.) and what were the results?
I had been to physical therapy for this problem. They were short term results. I had corisone injections several times with therapy. There would be relief, but it would return.

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
I can no work and sleep comfortably. I feel much better. I was in fairly constant pain before coming to Raya Clinic.

– Phyllis Haly

Restless Leg Syndrome

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
I have been a patient for many years. I recently started acupuncture for my Restless Leg Syndrome that started some months ago. I am not sure what the cause was. It was so sever that it would wake my wife up. I would have to sleep on the couch. So She could get some sleep.

What else had you tried before visiting the Raya Clinic (i.e., other physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, etc.) and what were the results?
I told my Orthopedic surgeon about it an he prescribed me medication. I had no results from it. I also tried sleeping with a pillow between my legs.

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
With in a few weeks of treatments I notice it wasn’t as bad. It was getting better. Now I sleep though the night without bothering my wife. No more sleeping on the couch for me.

– Paul K

3 Compressure Fractures

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
May 2004, when a friend recommended that I see a Chiropractor or Acupuncturist. I fell and injured my back ( 3 compressure fractures.) This was the worst pain in my life. My doctor sent me to a physical therapist.

What else had you tried before visiting the Raya Clinic (i.e., other physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, etc.) and what were the results?
I saw a Physical Therapist. I did this for 5 months with no relief. I remember thinking if I have to be in this kind of pain forever, I just don’t think I want to live.

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
Not only did Dr. Raya and her staff give me back my life but helped me after a recent surgery. I had thyroid surgery. After I was home for a day and a half after surgery, my neck and shoulders got tight and hurt. I put ice packs on the back of my neck and shoulders but it didn’t help. I called Dr. Raya and told her what happened. I went to see Dr. Raya and after 1 treatment I was relieved of the pain and tightness, almost immediately. I was not surprised! I have learned more about my first injury and how to fix it. I recently found out that the reason my back kept hurting was because the exercise the physical therapist had me doing was aggravating my injury we were trying to fix.

How has this changed your life?
Dr. Raya gave me back my life, I am sure she is not aware of what she’s done for me. I can do almost everything I did before.

– Mary Cushman

Tendonitis

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
Mid May 2008. I Chose the Raya Clinic because of their informative website. It basically answered just about all my questions and explained all they had to offer. I sought acupuncture for what i thought was tendinitis in both arms. It has been an on going issue for about five years that flares up every golf season. It was so severe this year that it required me to wear tendon straps on both arms to play a round of golf or to sometimes even turn the page of a book.

What else had you tried before visiting the Raya Clinic (i.e., other physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, etc.) and what were the results?
In the past I have been treated by two other chiropractors and an acupuncturist. My results with previous chiropractors and acupuncturist were minimal since they were only treating the affected areas and not the body as a whole. The pain returned with in a few weeks of treatment

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
Since beginning acupuncture with Dr. Raya, I have now turned over all my chiropractic needs to her and her staff. I look forward to my weekly visit and have experience a sense of calmness that has been lacking from my hectic life. I have also begun wearing orthotics, which i had said earlier in life that i wouldn’t be caught dead wearing. Within less than a week of breaking them in i noticed that the twinge I’ve had in my knees for years is totally gone, as well as hip pain that i have had for about 20 years. Since wearing the orthotics during gold i have noticed that i don’t tire as easily during 18 holes and that my swing and balance have a better tempo/rhythm than previous. I have to credit the orthotics, chiropractic and acupuncture for shaving 2 strokes off my handicap!

How has this changed your life?
Thanks Raya Clinic for your vast knowledge and your enthusiastic desire to heal people from the inside out!

– Dawn C.

Back, Neck and Foot Injury

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
I first came to the Raya Clinic March 29th 2002. I was in a car accident that resulted in back,neck and a foot injuries. I missed 6 weeks of work.

What else had you tried before visiting the Raya Clinic (i.e., other physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, etc.) and what were the results?
I did see other physicians and they only put me on pain medication and were unsure of what the real problem was.

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
The MD’s I went to offered me only pain-killers and we didn’t know what was wrong. Since coming to the Raya Clinic, Dr. Raya has helped in every aspect of treatment. Thank you for my life back

How has this changed your life?
I have my life back.

– David O., Southington, CT

Neck Pain

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
I met Dr. Raya at the festival in Southington in Oct 09. I spoke with her in regards to neck pain I had been experiencing for well over a year. She invited me to visit the clinic for an evaluation.

What else had you tried before visiting the Raya Clinic (i.e. other doctors, physical therapists, massage, etc…) and what were the results?
I was a skeptic, as over the past year and a half & had visited another Chiropractic office regularly, physical therapy, sent to see a neurosurgeon for evaluation a neurologist for a study, 2 different doctors who prescribed muscle relaxants and large amounts of Ibuprofen and several massages. Eventually I gave up on all and lived with the discomfort.

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
Dr. Raya and her wonderful staff totally evaluated my entire spinal/body column.They assigned an entire treatment plan to me not only concerning my neck. Several issues were noted an addressed and after only 8 visits I am totally pain free in my neck which is extremely exciting!

How has this changed your life?
I have a whole new outlook. The clinic has changed my life. I have a new natural approach and have begun to bring my 4-year-old son, as he has asthma and they believe he can benefit from their expertise. I have to agree. Thank you all for helping me be pain free and healthy!

– Tori Smith, Southington, CT

High Cholesterol

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek health? February 2012 for severe pain in my shoulders and neck caused by knots which i caused by not sleeping correctly or using the right kind of pillow. What else had you tried before visiting Raya Clinic and what were the results? I have never had this happen before. Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic? June 2012 i met with Dr. Raya for nutritional counseling due to getting diagnosed with high cholesterol. My doctor wanted me to take Crestor (which has many bad side effects including liver damage)I began the nutritional program and 3 months later had lowered my cholesterol from a dangerous 257 down to 157! How has this changed your life? I am extremely grateful to have discovered the Raya Clinic. I sleep better now and was also able to avert a health crisis due to high cholesterol. As a side benefit of the nutritional program I lost 15 pounds and my goal is to loose another 15lbs. – Lyn Laudenberger

Childhood Migraines

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek health?
I brought my daughter in February 2012 for childhood migraines. She was diagnosed at age 4, she is currently 5.

What else had you tried before visiting Raya Clinic and what were the results?
We met with a neurologist and other child specialists. They tried caffeine and wanted to place her on adult strength pain medications as she was not responding to children’s Motrin. Her migraines were increasing and were beginning to impact all parts of her life.

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic?
After her first adjustment she had one migraine and hasn’t had one since. She is currently getting adjusted twice a week.

How has this changed your life?
She is a much happier child. She can now play and have fun instead of being in a dark, quiet room. She is a happy, healthy 5 year old. Dr.Raya has made a positive impact on health of myself and my 2 children since 2000for me. Since my son was 3 days old in 2004 and now with my daughter!

– Rayla Mattson

Herniated Disc

I’m so pleased to tell you about my experience with the Raya Clinic. Dr. Raya and her staff have helped me tremendously over the past nine months. Their combined knowledge and experience and their comprehensive approach to wellness healed my back and made me feel like myself again.
One month after a fall, I was still in a great deal of pain. I went to my chiropractor who had helped me very much over the years for other issues, but could not help with this one. There was still constant shooting pain down the back of my right leg which I could only describe as a lightning bolt. My foot was still numb. I couldn’t lift, bend, twist, or sit for any length of time, so normal activities were impossible. Driving and sitting in the car were very painful. I couldn’t lift anything, which meant I needed assistance with every household chore, including laundry, groceries, cleaning, making beds, vacuuming, even pouring milk. I couldn’t bend or squat, so I couldn’t pick up anything that fell to the floor or tie my shoes. Pain interrupted my sleep every night. Prior to my injury, I walked five days a week and did Pilates. Those were completely out of the question.

The worst part of this was that I couldn’t do what I used to do with my two children. I couldn’t play outside with them, couldn’t kick a soccer ball, couldn’t run, skate, make a snowman, dance, or sit on my daughter’s bed to read her a story. I couldn’t even sit at the table long enough to play a board game. It was pathetic, and I was sad and worried.

I did research to learn about treatment options for herniated discs, and spoke with people about surgery, traction, and physical therapy. Then I read studies on Spine Med. My chiropractor agreed that this was the best option, so I started working with Dr. Raya.

Eight months after my injury, I have no nerve pain. My herniated disc is better. I feel like a walking miracle. The worst of my ordeal was short-lived, thank God. But it was bad, and I was petrified that it would stay like that permanently. Dr. Raya and her staff gave me my life back, and I am forever grateful to them for the gift of wellness.

– Kathy Herlihy

Chest Pain

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
I came to the Raya Clinic because I was having chest pains.

What else had you tried before visiting the Raya Clinic (i.e., other physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, etc.) and what were the results?
I went to the hospital and had a battery of tests (CAT scan, stress test, etc.). The hospital ruled out any internal organ issue and indicated that it must be muscular-skeletal.

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
I have been going to the Raya Clinic for about a year. My chest pains went away pretty much immediately. I also do not have sinus infections (was getting them several times a year), am not getting sick anywhere near as often, am sleeping much better, have more energy, and have lost 30 pounds. I now understand how connected the spine is to everything your body does. It makes a lot of sense. I feel as if I am not only improving my current health but also preventing many future problems as well.

How has this changed your life?
I have a whole new outlook on health. I always thought of a doctor as someone you go to when you are sick. They prescribe medicine for your issue and you go on your way. The doctors at the Raya Clinic don’t just look at your current issue. They try to understand everything about your daily routines (including exercise, sleeping and eating habits) and all your symptoms by asking comprehensive questions. They really listen to me and make suggestions to improve my entire wellbeing.

– Brian Ceruti

Neck, Shoulder, and Lower Back Pain

I first came to the Raya Clinic in February 2009 due to neck, shoulder, and lower back pain. Prior to chiropractic care I would usually take pain medication to assist with alleviating the pain. This was of course temporary and usually only masked the true issue.

Since beginning my treatment, I have not suffered from severe shoulder or neck pain and my lower back feels great. At my last physical, my primary physician had to re-measure my height because I now stand a whole inch taller! I have been able to carry out my responsibilities both at home and at work without the interference of pain.

Treatment has improved the overall quality of my sleep and my attitude. I no longer begin to feel pain swelling in my shoulders or back which would cause additional stress both at home and at work. Most importantly, I feel great knowing that I do not require a medicine to alleviate symptoms.

– Kim Palmer

Spinal Stenosis and Chronic Sciatic Pain

I first came to the Raya Clinic in September of 2008. For five years I had suffered from spinal stenosis and chronic sciatic pain. My family doctor treated me with a series of steroids, which helped me for about a month; then pain returned as bad as ever. I couldn’t get up in the morning without going through at least 45 minutes of pain and stiffness before I could stand up straight or bend down. After two Tylenol and two Aleve I could go through the day in moderate pain until at least 3:00 pm, and then my back and my sciatic pain (the worst) would come creeping pain. By dinnertime I had all I could do to clean up dishes and crawl (I mean crawl) upstairs and flop in a chair until bedtime. If I had to go anywhere on a trip or vacation I had to dose myself with steroids in order to be able to function.

I then decided to go to a neurosurgeon that looked at my MRI and quickly determined that I would need surgery. Surgery! I think not. My next step was an orthopedic surgeon who agreed with the neurosurgeon but said he would try an epidural. I had a series of two. The first one lasted about a month and the second one about two weeks. I was at a loss and figured by this time next year I would be in a wheelchair.

I was watching the Olympics on TV and saw an advertisement for the SpineMed at the Raya Clinic. The advertisement offered a free consultation. I thought, “What have I got to lose?” I called for an appointment at the Raya Clinic. Dr. Raya explained my problem in a way no other doctor had and told me what the SpineMed would do for my back, how it would stretch out the vertebra and allow the fluid and nutrients around my spine to form a cushion to relieve the pain. Two words shouted at me: relieve pain.

SpineMed is not inexpensive and unfortunately insurance does not pay for it, but the relief and mobility gained from SpineMed is worth every penny. It was a great commitment as you have to go every day for twenty days. I remember the first time I went they asked how I felt, my answer was “I feel like I was hit by a bus,” but about the third or fourth session I was about 50% pain free. I am now finished with SpineMed and am 95% better. I could not have asked for anything more. I am more mobile than I have been in years and am able to live the life I want to live. Thank you SpineMed, Dr. Raya, and the Raya Clinic.

– Theresa Aiudi

Back Pain

Before I was treated with the SpineMed, I had several bulging disks and was in constant pain. My feet were always numb and doing my normal routine was very difficult. After completing the SpineMed I had great results. I had feeling back in my feet and was virtually pain-free in my lower back. I still take it easy but have returned to many of my normal activities and am working to strengthen my core.

The staff of the Raya Clinic are wonderful and true professionals; they really care about the patients. Dr. Raya and the rest of the staff do an awesome job and take a personal interest in you.

– Al Hovasse

Herniated Discs

I want to tell you about my experience with my back and the treatment that I believe saved me from going under the knife. I was diagnosed with three herniated discs and lost all feeling in my toes. My foot also dropped in my left leg. I had an MRI done and my doctor sent me in for a consultation with a surgeon. After looking at my MRI he suggested immediate surgery. This is not what I wanted to do so I asked my doctor if there were any alternative treatments that I could try. There were not many options and he suggested traction and some therapy. That helped a little bit but I was still in pain and limping badly. I also asked him if I would benefit from SpineMed treatments. He said that he had heard of it and if I wanted to try it he would have no objections. I found this treatment at the Raya Clinic. Dr. Raya and her staff of doctors reviewed my MRI and believed that I could benefit from the treatment. I started to do my sessions and at first I thought nothing much was changing. Then I noticed that I was feeling less pain and started to have some movement in my toes. When I was done with the twenty sessions I was not in pain anymore. The road to recovery is proceeding without pain in my back and I am able to move all of my toes now. I have regained most of the muscle control in my leg, and I look forward to a full recovery. I was a very serious case and I believe the Raya Clinic is a big part of my recovery. The staff is wonderful and everyone was so excited to help me. I always felt comfortable and cared about when I was there. I learned to start taking care of my body so it can take care of me. I am very grateful.

— John F. Kasica

Neck Injury and Muscle Spasms

Special thank you to the Raya Clinic team and Dr. Stacey Raya for all that you have done for me. I feel great and can’t believe I’m pain free now after my treatments on the SpineMed machine and therapy.

I started with treatments on the SpineMed table. I went every day for a month. The treatments were actually relaxing while I listened to my iPod. After the first week I noticed a slight improvement in the pain. By the third week the pain to my pinkie finger was less frequent and was no longer a shooting pain but a burning pain. After completing my month of treatments I wasn’t totally pain-free, so we decided to do an additional ten more. These were spread out over another month. I now am doing one treatment a month for maintenance and get adjusted regularly. I can honestly say I am practically pain-free. Sometimes if I do a lot of strenuous activities I may get twinges in my left pinkie finger. But it is nothing compared to what I was experiencing. I have my life back and feel great. I didn’t realize how much the chronic pain took from me. I no longer have problems sleeping. I can do all activities now without fear of pain. Recently my husband and I purchased Vespa scooters and have been traveling. Thanks again to all of you who helped me get my life back.

— Debbie Maroon

Pain

Dr. Stacey Raya is a true healer. She listens to you, she identifies the needs of the body and she goes to work restoring balance and health. She has my complete trust and confidence and I am so grateful that I found her. I don’t think I’d be here today if it were not for this very special healer.

— Theresa N. Hamil, R.N., M.S.

Asthma, Knee Pain, and Lower Back Pain

Knee pain, recurring lower back pain, and a lifetime worth of asthma led me to the Raya Clinic. I would frequently suffer from lower back problems that kept me on the couch or confined to bed, and knee pain that would prevent me from running during baseball season, but my biggest concern was asthma. I would sometimes use my inhaler three or four times a day. After being seen at the clinic and having regular adjustments and acupuncture, I am happy to say that my back has not gone out, my knees feel great, and I have not used my inhaler at all this winter season. I am also happy to report that I am apparently the healthiest one running out on the baseball field this season! Three cheers to Dr. Raya and her great staff at the Raya Clinic!

— Rob Gonyea

Asthma

I started coming to the Raya Clinic in February 2008 for my asthma symptoms. Before coming toi the Raya Clinic for treatment, I went to an Asthma specialist. The specialist prescribed me medications, and they were no help. After the care I received from the Raya Clinic, I am completely off of all medications and I am finally sleeping through the night after 3 years of inability to do so. The Raya Clinic has changed my life by making me much happier, healthier, and better rested. We Believe!

-Isabella Dominello

 

Neck, Shoulder, and Back Pain

 

My first visit was on April21, 2008. Since I had a coupon for a free evaluation, I was kind of curious to see if my problem that was caused by another Chiropractor could be corrected. Before I came to the Raya clinic I tried massages which gave me temporary relief from the tension pain in my neck and shoulders, heating compresses, stretching exercises, but the main problem which caused poor posture and frequent back pain remained. Doctors gave me anti-inflammatory meds, but it didn’t cure the problem. Having a hump on my neck and burning pain radiating to my shoulder and down my back, especially while working on the computer, and a spine out of alignment which caused frequent back problems bad posture, I must say, that my curiosity proved me right, I feel so much better now, thanks to everyone at the Raya Clinic. Being greeted by friendly staff and caring doctors, my fear of chiropractors no longer exists. After the first adjustment and therapy, my neck felt better, lighter. I had more movement and not so much of the burning pain. After the end of the first course of treatments, the scam of my spine looked a lot better, not like the very first one that was like a “Christmas Tree”, with all the different colors. I feel so much better; the pain in my neck and back id almost non-existent. My posture has improved and I have more movement and it’s easier for me to workout at the gym. I am now a maintenance treatment. I can’t stress enough how much my life has improved. Thank You Raya Clinic!

-Cecelia Hann

Jaw and Lower Back Pain

 

I started coming to the Raya Clinic in March of 2009 for jaw pain from my TMJ and stabbing pain in my lower back. I had problems eating thanks to the TMJ and couldn’t do daily functions because of the lower back pain. Before the Raya Clinic I had been visiting countless chiropractors, physical therapists, masseuses, etc. for years for the dull, never ending pain of my TMJ and lower back pain from the curvature of my spine. I would sometimes get temporary relief, but felt that no one particular specialist cared about the well-being of my whole body. When I found the Raya Clinic online, I knew I’d found a place to treat me holistically, rather than focus on one problem area while the rest of my body suffered. My relief wasn’t immediate, but I stuck with the adjustments, and shortly, felt my body and mood changing. I can’t believe how I’ve gone from having a constantly aching jaw that radiated pain throughout my whole back, and consequently made me miserable, to never having to worry about my TMJ! It’s no longer a pain that’s always with me. Not to mention, everyone at the clinic has pushed me to take better care of myself. I’ve lost weight, stress, and pain. I can’t thank them enough!

-Darcy Bearman

Leg and Back Pain

My first visit was on August 2, 2013 for leg and back pain. I’m not sure what started the pain but it had been severe enough that I was limited to the amount of physical activity I could do. The pain prevented me from daily walks. It also prevented me from standing for longer than 5-10 minutes without severe pain. Before the Raya clinic I was treated by 2 doctors with pain medication, a series of needles, and PT, but the pain continued. I felt “ok” after each injection but only for a couple of days and only with limited activity. I was advised just to “Go easy” and “Limit any Physical Activity”. I found out about the Raya clinic from Dr. Raya’s write ups in the Southington Paper. Since I started treatment for just one month, the results have been amazing. They advised me to continue my activities and to apply ice to the area. That along with the adjustments and therapy has me to a point of some discomfort after activities but only for a short period and no longer have 3-4 days of severe pain. Great staff from when you walk in the door to through your treatments.

-Ed

Asthma

I started coming to the Raya Clinic June 18, 2012 for my asthma attacks. I have had attacks since I was 4 months old and I needed a Nebulizer almost every month. Also I have always had ear infections since I was 6 months old. My seasonal allergies made me more congested and made my asthma and wears worse. I didn’t seek treatment from any other doctors. My mom brought me to the Raya Clinic after she had relief as a patient herself. Since I started coming to Dr. Raya I only use my Nebulizer or inhaler once or twice a year, and my pediatrician is thinking of taking me off of my inhaler. Also since I lost my ear tubes, I haven’t had any ear infections even with a normal cold.

-N.

Weight Loss, Overall Health

I first came to the Raya Clinic February 2009 with the goal of losing weight, learn how to eat right, and improve my overall health. Before the Raya Clinic I tried pain killers, but they were only a temporary fix for my back pain. I tried crash diets for weight control, but they didn’t work for the long term. Also I was always tired so I used to sleep a lot and my mood and overall energy was low. It has been a year since I started at the Raya Clinic and I lost 30 pounds. I have kept the pounds off with my new eating habits. My energy levels are now super high, and I am pain free with an overall good body posture. My sense of wellbeing has improved dramatically. I am a new man. I feel more confident more secure with every decision I make about my health. This has been the best year if my life. This choice with all its services and people has changed my life forever.

-Kevin Lincenez

Headaches

I started at the Raya Clinic in January of 2009 for my nightly headaches for almost 6 years. Before the Raya Clinic I tried other doctors, PT, massages, acupuncture, etc. Lately I had an OT, when my neck muscles were stiff, and have my trigger points relieved. It helped for one night. I also tried the exercises recommended by the OT, but she told me it was a muscular problem. A couple months into my treatment at the Raya Clinic I began to sleep through the night without headaches. Sadly I twisted my ankle and then was limping for weeks. That threw my spine off and I relapsed. Within a few weeks of treatment again I began improving and I lost 26 pounds. I feel great! I can walk around the reservoir(3.7 miles) without lower back pain that I used to develop after the first 10-15 minutes of walking, my ankles no longer swell and I am no longer short of breath after routine physical activity. Thank you!

-Len Ungar

Feet and Shoulder Issues

First my son started coming to the Raya Clinic because he had a problem with his feet turning in and we saw Dr. Raya at the Apple Harvest. After adjustments and acupuncture, he is now a cross country runner! I then started coming to the Raya Clinic for my shoulder issues. I had 2 surgeries on my right shoulder, and they wanted me to have a 3rd, but I remembered how Dr. Raya helped my son. So I made an appointment, and it was a great decision. I couldn’t do too much with my right hand and being dominant with my right was tough. But with Dr. Raya’s help and staff I can use my right hand and shoulder to do your everyday tasks that I wasn’t able to do before. I love coming here and I tell all my friends. Also I had sinus problems which are now gone. I can breathe and not sneeze constantly.  By seeing Dr. Raya, she has saved me from other surgeries: hysterectomy and such. As you get older certain things start to flare up and Dr. Raya gives you a CRA test and lets you know what vitamins you need, and a miracle is made. You need maintenance care as you get older, and every time I come here I feel brand new. I also brought my daughter in, and she received adjustments, acupuncture, and orthopedics. Her hips feel way better. Dr. Raya and her staff have that one special thing, They Care!

-Ann Gravel

 

Osteoporosis

In May of 1999, I was given a diagnosis of osteoporosis. This surprised me because although I was 69 years old, I was doing all the recommended health care practices for prevention e.g., diet, exercise, supplements, and hormone replacement therapy. My medical doctor put me on a medication to prevent further loss of bone. That was my demise because within a month I was having problems with my throat. I had difficulty swallowing, felt like something was stuck in my throat and felt like I was being strangled. I had reported these symptoms to my physician but decided to stop the drug myself because not only did the symptoms continue to increase in severity, but I also began to have other symptoms. I was exhausted and could no longer do my exercise. I couldn’t swallow my vitamins and I was having more and more difficulty swallowing food. I couldn’t eat properly and was exhausted. I was put on other medication to help with the symptoms I was having but these made me more and more ill. Several diagnostic tests were done because the doctors didn’t know what was wrong with me. Two of these test required anesthesia. The last test was so painful I left the hospital without allowing them to complete it. In December of 1999, I found Dr. Stacey Raya. This was the start of my journey back to health. I had told her I felt like I was dying and the assessment for acupuncture demonstrated my systems were shutting down. Dr. Raya listened to me and I know she heard what I was saying. She went to work and followed up on everything I told her. I not only received acupuncture but she also used a chi gong to energize my throat. I received chiropractic adjustments and a hair analysis which showed large amounts aluminum in my system. Dr. Raya also did repeated CRA tests (controlled reflexology analysis) to determine nutritional needs and chelation therapy to remove the aluminum. Little by little my energy returned. Four years later I am back to health, take no prescription medications and I see Dr. Raya on a monthly schedule. Dr. Stacey Raya is a true healer. She listens to you, she identifies the needs of the body and she goes to work restoring balance and health. She has my complete trust and confidence and I am so grateful that I found her. I don’t think I’d be here today if it were not for this very special healer.

-Theresa Hamel, R.N., M.S.

Osteoarthritis

I started coming to the Raya Clinic in October of 2006 for the osteoarthritis in my neck and right collar bone. My neck pain started 10 years ago and my collarbone started last year. I had a car accident in 1978 that was the major cause. The aggravating factors were carrying a heavy briefcase and computer work. The last 12 months were very severe chronic and unbearable collar bone pain. I saw my primary care physician, orthopedist, and physical therapists before I came to the Raya Clinic, but none of them were able to effectively help me long term. After treatment I am medication free and I am able to sleep soundly through the night due to lack of pain and stiffness in my neck and collar bone.

-Geri Gribinas

Neck, Shoulder, and Lower Back Pain

I started coming to the Raya Clinic in February of 2006 for my lower back, neck, and shoulder pain. All of my pain began in January 2006 after a fall, and the pain was all 9-10 degrees. Before I saw a physician and another chiropractor, but I didn’t see positive results. Since treatment at the Raya clinic, I have improved 90-100%. Between acupuncture, adjustments, and ultrasound I am almost totally pain free and now I am able to sleep through the entire night.

-Anonymous

Neck and Shoulder Pain

I started coming to the Ray Clinic in January of 2006. I woke up on January 12, 2006 with a very stiff neck and pain going down the left side of my neck down to my shoulder. My shoulder felt hot and cold at times and my arm tingles down to my elbow. I’ve had a bad neck for years.   After a series of treatments I started to feel better. Now, after almost 6 months I feel much better; have very little pain, a greater range of motion, and more energy. I am very pleased. However, it has taken patience and dedication to get to this point.

-Lisa

Accupunture

Thank you to Dr. Raya and her staff for all of your help, while I was a patient at the Raya Clinic.  I have permanently moved to Rhode Island, so I had to find a new chiropractor. No one, yet, has compared to the Raya Clinic doctors! I have found a Chiropractor who is also an acupuncturist. The treatments have been very helpful to me, although in a different way. Thank you for your assistance and help to me.

-Eleanor Leighton

Herniated Disc

I started coming to the Raya Clinic in June of 2004 for a bulging herniated disc. I couldn’t sit, walk, or even move around from the lower back pain. Prior to coming to the Raya Clinic I saw a physical therapist, chiropractor, and neurologist, who recommended surgery. My daughter Patty referred me to the office, and I am so happy. I was able to avoid surgery and now have no pain. I can now walk for at least a mile without pain.

-Samuel Carretta

Hip Pain

I started coming to the Raya Clinic in November of 2011 for hip pain. Other doctors wanted me to have surgery, but my wife suggested chiropractic before the surgery. I started treatment and began to see positive results. It has been a year and a half since I started treatment and I am now able to walk without a cane or any other assistance.

-Frederick Flanagin

Neck and Back Pain

I was first introduced to the Raya Clinic by stopping at their booth at the Apple Harvest Festival. My husband frequents the Raya Clinic for back pain and suggested I stop by. I signed up for an evaluation in October of 2004 and have been going to the Raya Clinic ever since. The Clinic has helped me with neck and back problems related to work and anxiety. I also have weight and digestive issues. The Raya Clinic introduced me to a healthy diet along with natural supplements. These have helped me to diminish the pain I was experiencing on my right side. The staff at the Raya Clinic has become my friends. I feel very comfortable asking them for advice on other health related problems.

-Rachel O’Neal

 Lower Back Pain

I started coming to the Raya Clinic in January of 2005 for chronic lower back pain. I have had the pain for 14 years since my hysterectomy. Before the Raya Clinic I was treated by a surgical orthopedist, physical therapist, and another chiropractor. The other doctors’ treatment made no improvement to the pain I experienced, and it even became worse over the years. My friend Annie referred me to the Raya Clinic. The results have been tremendous so far, the pain is not as severe. I can run upstairs and downstairs and I can do some exercises.

-Jacqueline Gray-Roye

 Neck and Back Pain

I started coming to the Raya Clinic in November of 2004 for neck and back pain since the 80s. This pain stops me from doing a lot of activities. I am limited to housework and only short amounts of cleaning chores. Before I started coming to the Raya Clinic I saw an orthopedic surgeon and many years of chiropractic as needed. I had no positive results from the orthopedic and temporary relief from the chiropractor. Since I started treatment I feel a lot better. I reinjured my back and recovered a lot faster than before. No other chiropractor tried to fix the reverse curve in my neck.

-Elaine

Family Health

Just a quick note to say thanks for choosing me as “Patient of the Month” for October! It was a great honor! The flowers you sent were beautiful and Chis and I really enjoyed the gift to the Grist Mill. I truly believe that our family is a happy, healthy family because of the awesome chiropractic care we receive at the Raya Clinic. I will continue to refer people to your great practice. I know firsthand how much better you feel with chiropractic adjustments.

-Cathie Topper

 Leg and Lower Back Pain

I started coming to the Raya Clinic in November of 2004 for my lower back pain and leg and back problems. I have had these problems for 5 years. I didn’t have orthotics and that affected the entire alignment of my spine.  I was treated by multiple physicians, physical therapists, and another chiropractor, with no relief. The results were not helpful, and I was ready to go under the knife for corrections. I heard about the Raya Clinic from a co-worker of my wife, who had a similar problem and couldn’t get relief from other means of treatment. The Raya Clinic was highly recommended to my wife. After care at the Raya Clinic the results are fantastic. I am now able to do a lot of things like sitting, walking, and sleeping through the night. I used to have trouble with all of those things.

-Henry N.

 Neck Pain

I started coming to the Raya Clinic in May of 2003 for a neck injury. I injured my neck playing soccer, and now I can’t turn my head to the right and it is very sore. After treatment, my neck is much better. Best of all my allergies are almost gone. I used to take a Claritin every day, but since my first treatment with Dr. Raya, I seem to breathe better and my nose is clear.

-Keith L.

TMJ, Neck, Arm, and Shoulder Pain

I began coming to the Raya Clinic in October of 2003 for severe TMJ, neck, arm, and shoulder pain. I also was experiencing headaches because I was taking ibuprofen daily. After treatment the TMJ pain is almost entirely gone. I am no longer on any painkillers, and I started sleeping better after acupuncture.

-Michelle R.

 Arm, Leg, and Shoulder Pain

I started coming to the Raya Clinic in December 2004. Approximately 2 years ago, I developed a sudden onset of bilateral arm, leg, and shoulder pain. At the time I had no idea what caused it but it was so severe that I had difficulty walking and doing daily activities. I was treated by three neurologist, three rheumatologists, a neurosurgeon as well as my primary care physician. I had no relief and they just kept adding more medications. After treatment I am feeling unbelievably better and I am tapering off the medications that were supposed to help me.

-Jane

 Lower Back Pain

I started coming to Raya Clinic when I was 6 months pregnant with my second child, who is now almost 6 years old. I had lower back pain that began during my first pregnancy, but I ignored it until my second pregnancy. As the second pregnancy progressed the pain got so bad that I could hardly walk. Things came to a head when I attempted to do a little Christmas shopping by myself and realized I couldn’t go on and had a mini nervous breakdown in a Filenes. My nurse midwife suggested chiropractic care and by the time I was nine months pregnant, I felt terrific. I actually feel better than I did before I was pregnant. I kept up with chiropractic for a while and then, stupidly, declared myself “cured. It took two years, but the pain returned with a vengeance, even without a pregnancy to bring it on. It has been a year since I returned and I am again pain free, I’ll be sticking with it.

-Rebecca Adams

 Hip, Leg, and Back Pain

I started coming to the Raya Clinic for hip, leg, and back pain. Gradually the pain got worse in the lumbosacral joint. I first went to see another local chiropractor, and his treatment was acupuncture and adjustments.  This created much more pain, and I wasn’t able to do anything for myself. I came to see Dr. Raya, and one day of her treatment a cane was not needed. I started to walk just fine.  I resumed going on brisk walks on a regular basis.

-Filomena Nazzaro

Hip Dysplasia

Emma was born with congenital hip dysplacia and had been in leg braces since she was six months old.  Originally, she wore her brace 20-22 hours per day.  It was heartbreaking for her Mom and Dad to put her into this contraption and not allow her to run and play with her brother and friends.  After 6-9 months of wearing the brace constantly, Emma only wore the brace when she was sleeping.  Her condition was not changing.Emma’s brother, John, was a schoolmate of Dr. Raya’s son, Michael.  After speaking to Dr. Raya and learning that chiropractic could help Emma’s condition, her mom brought her to the Raya Clinic.  Emma stopped wearing the brace and began having chiropractic adjustments.  After a few months of care, Emma’s pelvis stabilized and when she returned to Children’s Medical Center, new x-rays revealed that her hip dysplasia had miraculously healed itself.  Her hips are at perfect fifteen degree angles (corrected from greater than forty degrees).  Now Emma is free to fun and play without braces.  Thank God for Chiropractic!

-Robin Guzaukas

 Neck Pain

I first came to the Raya Clinic in the beginning of May.  I had injured my neck while playing soccer and I could not turn my head to the right.  My whole neck was extremely sore.  I started looking through the phone book and came across the ad for the Raya Clinic.  I decided to give chiropractic a try. After only 4 weeks of treatment, my neck is much better.  But best of all was an unexpected side effect.  My allergies have nearly disappeared!  I used to take one Claritin each day, but since my first treatment with Dr. Raya, I seem to breathe better and my nose is clear.  Thank you, Dr. Raya and Dr. Tobin for helping me regain my health!  It’s great to be able to breathe freely though the spring season!

-Keith Langston

 Back Pain

I came to the Raya Clinic 15 years ago to seek chiropractic help for my back problems, and I subsequently experienced relief from the pain. This successful experience prompted me to seek assistance for my wife Nancy, who had a chronic cough that persisted for several years. Despite the efforts of several physicians and a specialist at the Boston General Hospital, the cough persisted. I then thought I had nothing to lose by seeking chiropractic treatment for her with Dr. Raya. After receiving 5 treatments, the cough was gone. Shortly thereafter, Nancy was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and she was unable to continue with the chiropractic maintenance care treatments. I was also not able to continue with the treatments because my work obligations as president of Briarwood College, along with the responsibilities of care giving, were demanding. During the aforementioned time period, my spine continued to degenerate and I developed severe arthritis and stenosis. This condition caused severe lower back pain that progressively worsened over the last 2 years. The pain traveled to my legs and became so bad that I was unable to work or perform the activities of daily living. I sought the opinion of a neurosurgeon who gave me no chance of recovery, and an orthopedic surgeon who said surgery would give me a less than 50% chance of relief because the condition was too far gone. Upon Dr. Raya’s recommendation, I started treatment on the Spine Med table at the end of August 2007. I began feeling the results the first week. At the end of the third week of treatment, I experienced my first pain free period. I was then able to travel in my car and accomplish daily tasks. Initially, my hope was to get some relief from pain, but now the pain is gone. On a recent 4-day trip that required extensive flying, driving, and walking, I needed no medication and was able to manage everything with little or no pain. It has been amazing. Personally, it is a miracle.

-John LeConche

 Lower Back Pain

I started coming in august of 2004 because I always had lower back pain and when I first came here I could not stand up straight. I work in a rest, so I am sure my pain is work related. After my first adjustment, I couldn’t stand up because it was so painful, but slowly I got better. Now I have more energy, feel better, lost weight. Since my treatment at the Raya clinic I feel stronger and much healthier.

-Anonymous

Neck and Shoulder Pain, Migraines

I was first recommended to the Raya Clinic by someone who lives in the Southington community. They themselves had never been, but had met Dr. Raya and thought that maybe her practice would be able to help. At this time, I was suffering from many physical ailments and an overall “lousy” feeling. I had a continuous very intense pain in my neck and shoulders, which really interfered with my day-to-day life. I suffered from constant headaches with about 3 migraines a week and my allergies caused me to always be congested. I had very muffled hearing out of my right ear, sometimes no hearing at all, and it had been getting worse over the past 7 years. I had accepted the fact that I would never have good hearing in that ear ever again. My life was also suffering from having no energy at all! I constantly felt lethargic and unmotivated, but at the same time, I was unable to sleep – I was lucky if I had 4 hours of sleep (and that wasn’t continuous!) a night. I am in my mid-twenties and didn’t want to accept that this is how I would feel the rest of my life!

I tried anything and everything before coming to the Raya Clinic. I went to many doctors and specialists for my headaches, but all they could do was diagnose me for migraines (which I knew I already suffered from) and prescribe medication which most of the time made me feel awful and just turned the migraine into a bad headache, but didn’t get rid of it. I was taking so much of this medication and relying on bottles and bottles of Advil to get me through my life! As for my neck and shoulder pain I also went to several doctors and specialists and countless Chiropractors and tried physical therapy and massages, but NOTHING helped. The intense pain was always there! I never had even the smallest results. The pain in my neck triggered my migraines and it caused me great discomfort at night (I must have tried 50 different pillows in my life – no lie!) which interfered with my sleep, so I was stuck in this horrible circle where one problem fed into another problem and round and round it went! As for my hearing, well I went to so many doctors and specialists over the past 7 years and tried everything, each time ending with the same line, “Well, I don’t know what the problem is; I guess you are just going to have to live with it.” This got my mom very frustrated and upset, but I just gave up. My mom constantly wanted to find out what was going on, she didn’t think it was right for someone as young as me to lose my hearing for no reason at all, but I admitted defeat and learned to cope and live with it.

I first came to the Raya Clinic in July of 2008, and Dr. Raya had outlined a “wellness program” that would take me through the next year of my life. I was very skeptical at first – I mean everything else I had ever tried ended up in total failure! I made a pact with myself to stick with this program and really give it a shot. After a few weeks of treatment with Dr. Tim, Dr. Curtiss and the entire team in the physical therapy department I began to think for the first time, this may work! They are all very kind and genuinely care about your success and overall wellbeing – they want you to feel your best! Since beginning the program about 7 months ago, I rarely suffer from headaches and when I do get one, I can get through it without turning to Advil or harsh prescription medicines! My neck and shoulder pain is dramatically better and I now sleep comfortably (thanks to my adjustments and wonderful pillow from the Raya Clinic) for a full 7-8 hours straight every night!!! My overall health and energy has improved ten-fold! Best of all, I have gained my hearing back!!! I was so surprised – one day I thought, “Wow I can hear much better than yesterday” and it continued to get better. It is safe to say that I regained my hearing by receiving Chiropractic adjustments!

My life has improved very dramatically since first walking into Raya Clinic. I feel great! I never dreamed that I would feel this good, but I do. Thank you all so much!!

-Amanda Geruch

 Learning Disability, Seizures, Lazy Eye, Balance Problems

I first discovered the Raya Clinic while surfing the internet.  My daughter, Julitza, had delayed motor skills.  She only began crawling when she was 1 ½ years old and began walking when she was 2.  She suffered from a learning disability, seizures, a lazy eye, balance problems.  She had the inability to walk a straight line, put her legs together, and speak in full sentences.  I had taken her to the top neurologist in Hartford who identified that Julitza did struggle with delayed motor skills, but found nothing in an MRI or EEG.  I also brought her to an eye specialist who tried to treat her lazy eye.  The neurologist suggested that she participate in physical therapy activities at school.  These activities seemed to show some improvement in her motor skills, coordination and balance, but the progress was slow and slight.  I was really sad because, like any parent, I wanted my daughter to be like other kids.

On May 22, 2002, I brought Julitza to see Dr Raya for the first time.  After careful and thorough evaluation, Julitza’s adjustment was quick and easy.  The next time we went to physical therapy I did not mention that I had taken Julitza to see Dr Raya.  That session of PT was the best Julitza ever had!  The physical therapist said that she noticed a marked improvement in Julitza’s ability to complete visual motor tasks and maintain balance.

A few weeks later, Julitza had her regular appointment with her neurologist.  Again, I did not mention Dr Raya.  The neurologist was pleasantly surprised to find that Julitza’s motor skills had improved so much.  At her last eye examination, the eye specialist said that her eye is no longer considered a “lazy eye.”  From both the neurologist and the eye specialist, Julitza had a completely normal assessment for the first time ever!

Julitza has already met two of her physical therapy goals that were set in May for this year!

Goal #9:  Julitza will improve her visual motor skills in order to improve writing tasks within her current classroom.

Goal #10:  Julitza improve strength, endurance, and balance for safe participation in her school setting.

Before Julitza saw Dr Raya she would only scribble all over the page in one color when drawing and coloring.  But now she colors perfectly, staying inside all the lines and chooses many different bright colors.  And now she won’t stop talking!  This is SUCCESS!

I was thinking about going away for the summer, but because of the success that we have had with Dr Raya I have decided to stay in the area for the summer so that we can continue with Julitza’s chiropractic care.

-Nancy Acevedo

Leg Pain

I went to two different hospitals, had two MRI’s, and two EMG’s with the same diagnosis: L2-L4 nerve damage, but no solution for pain in my leg. The Raya Clinic eliminated the pain with acupuncture and adjustments.

-John

 Back Pain, Scoliosis

I started coming to the Raya Clinic in September of 2009 for the hump forming on my back and the scoliosis in my lower back. These two issues caused me to experience a large amount of pain. I was also in 3 car accidents, ad that left my entire body with stiffness and pain. I first went to see my physician, and he prescribed me painkillers. These painkillers made it difficult to function with daily tasks, and they upset my stomach. After treatment at the Raya Clinic, the pain is gone, the hump has disappeared, and I am off all medications. I also am no longer taking allergy medication because my immunity has improved.

-Marcus P.

Throat Problems

First, let me say that Jessica, whom assists with the front desk, has an amazing customer service approach. When you call the Raya Clinic, you can hear enthusiasm and genuine concern in Jessica’s voice, and hearing “it’s a great day at the Raya Clinic”, gives the customer a chance to share that feeling. My first adjustment was performed personally by Dr. Raya, herself. I was amazed that after just one adjustment; she keyed in on areas that have been out of alignment for possibly 10 plus years. I not only felt better; I had been able to breathe more deeply, and swallow without difficulty. Thus, I had more energy, and enjoyed eating food without strain. I have been recommending Dr. Raya yo everyone I meet.; as I wish I had found her website and gone to her sooner. She has not only listened to me; and evaluated through proper testing; Dr. Raya puts words into action. Dr. Raya not only talks the talk, she walks the walk as Dr. Raya and her professional staff treat their patients with respect and care.

Signed: a happier, healthier person:

-Susan M.

Neck, Hip, and Leg Pain

I started coming to the Raya Clinic in October of 2008 for my neck, hip, and leg pain. Before that I saw a primary care physician, pulmonary specialist, and physical therapist. They were all unsuccessful at giving me long term relief, and I ended up on a lot of pain meds and NSAIDS. I was concerned about taking pain meds and NSAIDS for a long time, so I sought out alternative care. After my treatment at the Raya Clinic I lost 15 pounds, no neck or hip pain, an increased range of motion, and I am off all pain meds and NSAIDS. All this progress happened in less than 6 months.

-Michele Burke

 Chronic Pain

My mother fell in the 1990s and has had chronic pain ever since then. As the years went by the pain increased. We took her to see a physical therapist and there was no relief. Her pain was written off as the results of old age. I was searching online for a workable solution and I came across the Raya Clinic. I read about all the success stories of the Spinal Decompression machine, and I determined that this treatment would reduce her pain. I made an appointment and I immediately sensed the compassion if the office and the genuine care for your well-being. They are professionals and aren’t bound by a time clock, they will talk and spend time with you as long as you need. So, she started treatment in 2011, and in less than 7 days I noticed results I never dreamed possible. After the first treatment, she was getting in and out of chairs without pain or difficulty. By the second treatment she was totally pain free, and after the third she could bend down and touch her toes. She was not able to bend and touch her toes in over 20 years. Spine-Med is not covered by insurance, but for the amount of relief and mobility gained it was worth every dollar paid. This machine was a big part of the “Medical Miracle”, but Dr. Raya and her professional and humane staff are the other key part to her success.

-Mary Brody

  Imbalance, Dizziness, Neck pain, Stomach Aches, Insomnia, Tinnitus

I started coming to the Raya Clinic in June of 2012 for having extreme bouts of imbalance, dizziness, some neck pain, stomach aches, insomnia, tinnitus, accompanied by other uncomfortable symptoms.  These issues had gone on for about 6 months before I became bedridden and completely incapacitated. My parents took care of me for 7-8 months as an adult. I had to leave my career, home, lost income and many independent skills. I had to leave behind many dreams to come back to CT to live with my parents. I came to the clinic seeking a miracle. Before I came to the clinic I met with 3 primary care physicians, an otolaryngologist, ENT’S, speech/language pathologists, cardiologists, neurologists, chiropractors, physical therapists, cranio-sacral practitioners, massage therapists, dentists, body-centered therapists, energy healing practitioners, and emergency room visits. All of these doctors came back with normal findings, and the pain continued. After about 3 months of treatment, I was no longer bed ridden and began to regain some independence and happiness. The pain in my neck has decreased and the severity of dizziness has also lessened.  I look forward to continuing treatment and continuing to become healthier.

-Kristina

Headaches

Last year I had terrible headaches in school every day. By third period, they were so bad I had to go home sometimes. My mother thought the headaches were due to stress, because I had some tough courses last year. When summer came, the headaches eased up but were never gone. This fall when school started, the head aches came back stronger than ever. I eased up on the school work, but the head aches were back anyways. My primary care physician told me to eat more protein for breakfast and referred me to an ophthalmologist. He sent me to a neuro-ophthalmologist, who sent me for a CAT scan. Nothing, came up, and the headaches. We met Dr. Raya at a festival in September of 2009. We didn’t really understand how chiropractic was related to headaches, but we were willing to try it anyway. After just one adjustment the headaches were gone! I am now able to concentrate without a headache. My grades have gone up and Dr. Raya and her staff have completely changed my life.

-Alex B.

Spine Med

I started Spine-Med treatment at the Raya Clinic in July of 2012. The treatment allowed me to walk without a cane, which was a miracle to me. I now have no back or leg pain. The Raya Clinic saved me from having to go under the knife. The surgeons gave me a 70% success rate, but the Raya Clinic gave me a 95% success rate. I decided to go with the better odds, and I made the right choice, it has been 8 months and I am still without pain.

-Carol C.

 Fibromyalgia, Back Pain

I started coming to the Raya clinic in the summer of 2009, for chronic low back pain and fibromyalgia.  I tried yoga and massage therapy, but neither were effective. Since I started at the Clinic, I have lost 45 pounds and pain has subsided. I realized that I would have to be patient and not try to rush the recovery. The Raya Clinic is awesome and I learned to take one day at a time and one day you are going to feel better.

-Ann K.

 Neck, Back, and Feet Pain

I started going to the Raya Clinic because I had constant neck, back, and feet pain. I am a mother of 18 adopted kids and every day is very busy, so I found it tough to come in 3 times a week. Over a short period of time I found the pain decreasing, and I decided I was going to stay with my commitment to come in 3 times a week. Over the next several months the pain went away and I could return to normal daily activities, even though I am already in my 60s. I also signed up for the detox program, and lost 35 pounds. I can walk, sleep, and exercise better. I am confident I will continue with the Raya Clinic even though I am sure there will be more challenges ahead. I experience my overall physical and emotional health improving every day.

I started coming to the Raya Clinic for sever heat, insomnia, and headaches.  I thought it was caused by menopause, and it began to inhibit me from my daily life.  My gyno gave me HRT- estrogen and progesterone. My headache became a daily occurrence my heat remained.  My general doctor advised me to stop taking HRT, then prescribed me sleeping pills for insomnia and tranquilizers for anxiety. The heat continues, so I went to see a homeopath and she prescribed me soy products. That made me worse, I still had heat but I also had itchy eyes and headaches. So Dr. Raya told me to stop the HRT and soy products, then she did some tests and gave me lyrotret to cleanse my liver. I had acupuncture treatment and within 2 weeks the heat and insomnia were gone, and my body began to be balanced and felt great. I am lucky to have found Dr. Raya’s office.

-Beverly Canning

Severe Neck Pain

I started coming to the Raya Clinic in September of 2004 for severe neck pain. This pain was due to moving to a new office at work, it was causing me tremendous discomfort. I sought other help before coming to the Raya Clinic, but the results were short term and the pain always returned. After treatment, my neck and shoulder pain I gone, and I purchased a pillow that provided a great source of comfort for my neck. I am pain free!

-B.

Lethargy, Shrinking Range of Motion

I started coming to the Raya Clinic in August of 2004 for lethargy and shrinking range of motion. I am a dancer and I could see my abilities shrinking. I had multiple therapies and saw multiple chiropractors, but I had no success. I had curvature of my spine which was causing my issues.  Since I started treatment at the Raya Clinic, my hips have improved by at least 50%. I feel like I have my flexibility back. I am very pleased with the results.

-Patricia M.

 Neck, Back, and Shoulder Pain

I first came in to the Raya Clinic in September of 2007 for neck, back, and shoulder pain. I was unable to move my left arm. The headaches were terrible, and I was only able to work part time. I was taking upwards of 4000 mg of ibuprofen a day. I was having weekly migraines and the pain meds were bothering my stomach.  After treatment at the Raya Clinic I have had a great recovery and the headaches have completely disappeared. I feel better and I am way happier!

-Lynda B.

Asthma

I started coming to the Raya Clinic for my asthma. I couldn’t sleep through the night, and I needed 2 breathing treatments a day since birth. My mommy didn’t like me taking so many steroids. My aunt works at the Raya Clinic, so after my first visit I felt immediate relief. I haven’t needed a breathing treatment since I started chiropractic care. I have had a lot of restful nights, and now I have more time to play without all the treatments.

-Troy R.

 Migraines, Chronic Neck Pain, and Back Pain

I started going to the Raya Clinic in November of 2004 for migraines, chronic neck pain, and back discomfort. I was unable to maintain daily activity during headaches. I went to see a neurologist, and the results were good, but I couldn’t have relief without taking medication. Since chiropractic care, the neck and back pain is gone and headaches are more predictable.

-J. T.

Quitting Smoking

I started coming to the Raya Clinic in January of 2005 to quit smoking. I had been smoking for 30 years and want to quit. After 3 sessions of acupuncture I am smoke free. I now have more money, no more wheezing, and have a better sense of smell and taste. Thank you so much Dr. Raya!

-Kris

 Quitting Smoking

After trying to quit smoking cold turkey, with a patch, and just cutting down, I couldn’t stop, but after just one session of acupuncture I quit. My family and I are so grateful. I have been recommending your clinic to all my smoking friends who wondered how I quit so quickly and painlessly. I hope you realize how wonderful and life changing the service you are providing.  I thought I was never going to quit, but I am glad you proved me wrong.

-Jason Dumont

 Back Pain, Herniated Discs, Scoliosis, and Sciatic Nerve Pain

I started coming in to the Raya Clinic in 2003 for lower back pain, herniated discs, scoliosis, and sciatic nerve pain.  I was injured on the job and I couldn’t walk or move like I used to without discomfort. I was sent to a clinic for wk.’s comp and I was immediately given pain pills and muscle relaxers, then I was sent to a physical therapist and physiatrist.  The physical therapist re-aggravated my pain, and then the physiatrist told me to have a spinal nerve block procedure (a series of time) which has no guaranteed relief.  A friend referred me to the Raya Clinic because she received help here. After treatment, my pain is not as sever or frequent, and I feel way healthier.

-David C.

Shoulder and Lower Back Pain

I started coming into the Raya Clinic in 2007 for lower back and shoulder pain. I have had the back pain for years, and the severity depends on the level of activity for the day. I have been treated by an orthopedist, physical therspist, and several chiropractors. With the combonation of doctors I did actually improve some. Once I started at the Raya Clinic I began to experience incredible results. The dynamic care at this clinic, they heal the whole body. I lost 5 pounds and I am on the road to a healthier me.

-Linda G.

Chronic Pain

I started going to the Raya Clinic in 2004 for inflammation in my chest, and it hurt to breathe and move my neck and arms. The cause of the pain is unknown, and during the night my upper body id paralyzed from pain. I went to my pediatrician several times and was put on Vioxx, when that didn’t help I started physical therapy, for months and that didn’t help either. I went to an orthopedist and he said it may not heal until I am 19 years old, and there is nothing I can do. I didn’t receive very much help from any of the doctors.  I was told to live with the pain for another 3 years because there was no cure. I haven’t had a spasm since I started coming and it rarely hurts to breathe. I feel much better and have less stress about worrying about the ability to breathe and move my arms.

-Shelli L.

Nutritional Consulting

I started coming to the Raya clinic because my hair was falling out and I needed help eating nutritionally. I was dehydrated and could not stand for more than a couple of minutes at a time. My sciata pain was unbearable, I had severe sinus issues, and the blood vessels in my arms were broken and bleeding. I had gone to my general practitioner, he said I had sciatic pain, but he did nothing for me. I was living off of Excedrin arthritis full strength. Dr. Raya put me on a supplement program, and started to adjust my scoliosis. I am now back to normal: walking, standing, climbing stairs, and I have gained a little weight back. I no longer have a sinus issue, and my arm veins are all healed. Since treatment, my quality of life has greatly improved, and I feel as if I am 18 years old again.

-Debbra D.

 Lower Back Pain

I started coming to the Raya Clinic for lower back pain. Before that I went to a few orthopedic doctors, and they suggested surgery. I went for physical therapy, for several months, with no improvement. Then I had spinal injections, which helped for about a week. My normal life was stopped because there were some days where I couldn’t even walk. After my first adjustment at the Raya Clinic I could walk, stand, and sit with very little pain.  Since then my normal life has returned, and I am very grateful. Thank You Raya Clinic!

-Gail M.

 Migraines

I started coming to Dr. Raya in April of 2000, for migraines. I used to get a migraine once per week. I went to a neurologist, and he prescribed me medication. The medication alleviated the pain of the migraine, but didn’t slow down the frequency, after treatment at the Raya Clinic I only get one migraine per month, and I feel much healthier. They also helped relieve the muscular pain I get from lupus.

-Noelle

 Carpal Tunnel

I came to Dr. Raya after suffering from carpal tunnel in both arms for 4 years. I saw a neurologist and he prescribed me medication that made me sleep all day and caused lethargy. I had to quit my job as a chef from the pain. Since I started care here, I have improved dramatically. I no longer have daily pain and numbness. I can now perform daily tasks that I haven’t been able to in a long time. I am pain free and I can enjoy my life. Thank You Raya Clinic!

-Gena O.

Shoulder Pain, Arm Numbness

I started coming to the Raya Clinic in 2008 for pain in my right shoulder and numbness in my right arm. The treatment at the Raya Clinic gave me 99% return to full health. I had no pain anywhere, and only brief moments of numbness. It is great to get away from pain. The x-rays showed that my issue was a turned vertebra, and they worked to correct that. They did a great job, and I can’t say enough about the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff.

-Don W.

Severe Neck and Back Pain

I started coming to the Raya Clinic in February of 2007 for severe neck and back pain. I tried other doctors, massage, physical therapist, cortisone shots, and finally went to a surgeon because nothing else was working. The surgeon actually recommended going to the Raya Clinic, so I did. I have made steady progress, and I feel so much better. I also have been able to stop taking mist pain and anti-inflammatory medications. I have gone from living with daily pain to pain free and living my normal everyday life.

-Bonnie F.

Migraines

I first came to the Raya Clinic in 2008 for the migraines I have been having for 13 years. I tried my primary care, many neurologists, physical therapy, headache centers, and other chiropractors. I was prescribed countless medications and even tried Botox, with no relief. At first, I was skeptical of the Raya Clinic because nothing else worked. I love it at the Raya Clinic, and I even brought my son Logan in for treatment. He has been sick since he was 2 months old. He has had countless surgeries and they wanted to perform another. He is now 5 years old and has had many different doctors. I decided to bring him in instead of surgery, and now he is doing much better. The doctors didn’t want him playing sports, but now that his chronic cough is gone he was able to play. He didn’t miss a soccer game this year. My whole family sleeps through the night now that Logan’s coughing doesn’t wake anyone up. The Raya Clinic has changed both of our lives for the better.

-Barbara H.

 Back Pain, Leg Numbness

I started coming to the Raya Clinic in 2008 for back pain and numbness in my legs. Before coming in, I had 7 months of physical therapy and 3 injections in both sides of my lower back.  I had difficulty walking and sleeping. Since I started treatment, the pain and numbness has subsided tremendously. I can now walk on a regular basis, and I feel like a completely new person. The biggest change for me is I now have so much more mobility. The pain is so infrequent I sometimes forget why I came in to the Clinic in the first place.

-Cathy C.

 Back, Leg, and Hip Pain

I started coming to the clinic seven years ago. This is the 2nd time around. I was in an accident with an eighteen-wheeler. The pain didn’t go away. I already knew and trusted the process. This time around I tried a “healing mass” and did feel much better for a day.  Massage was also helpful for a day or two. I decided that constant pain and discomfort needed to be resolved. I do not like to take medication, so I had to do something constructive on a long-term basis. I decided to come back the Raya Clinic, and it was a great choice. It is a slow non-invasive process which being committed to brings tremendous results! My back is straight- my leg, hip and arm on the left are flexible again. Treatments have taken the look and feeling of pain out of my face, took the “crabby” out of my personality and put a smile back on my face.

-Albina R.

Lower Back Pain

Hi, I am Don Sega. I live here in Plantsville. I am doing a video testimonial for the experiences here at the Raya Clinic. Dr. Marcus “Don, please tell us how you first came to our office?” It was probably three or four years ago, I have lived in Plantsville for four years now.  My lower back locked up, and it was on a weekend. I couldn’t move, I was literally laying in the house, trying to stretch out and my step son John was trying to help and Lisa, they were having a blast at my expense. We tried to find a local chiropractor because I had been seeing someone in East Lyme for a few years, from when I was living in Salem CT.  We just went on the internet and found someone in the Southington, which was you guys lucky. I made an appointment for that Monday and I have been here three plus years maybe going on four ever since.

-Don Sega

Hip Pain

I am Noreen Bordeau. I have been a patient here since August. I came with a problem with my right hip. I had gone to an orthopedic surgeon who said I had bursitis and I was given cortisone shots. Which didn’t work, well they worked they just didn’t last so I decided I would try something different, so I came here. Dr. Marcus asks, “Did the Orthopedic order an MRI or anything like that”. No, he did x-rays. No MRI. I did have MRI’s when I was here on my back and on my hip. Which they found that I had not bursitis in my right hip, but I had a tear. I also had what they thought was a tumor. Luckily it turned out not to be a tumor, but fluid. Then after having acupuncture with Dr. Raya the fluid left, disappeared. Since then I have had acupuncture.  I have had stim and I went to an orthopedic last week. And they are going to do an injection on Friday to see if the pain is coming from my hip or my back. I have been really happy here. A great place, great people and I feel a lot better than I did when I walked through the door. Dr. Marcus asks, “What are you able to do now in your life”. I feel good. I can sleep better.  I can walk better. I can keep up with my grandchildren. Dr. Marcus asks “You did the adjustments with us? The spinal decompression with us?” Yes, I also did the detox with you. I did cold laser. The acupuncture, traction. I have done it all and it works. It is highly recommended and I thank you all.

-Noreen Bordeau

 Back Pain

Hello my name is Michelle Lipka. I came to The Raya Clinic in May of 2014. The reason I came to The Raya Clinic was because I had severe neck pain. I was doing more driving and I wasn’t able to turn my neck correctly in order to safely drive. I needed some kind of help so I could safely drive back and forth to work.  Within two weeks I found relief where I was able to safely drive. What is nice about The Raya Clinic is they also incorporate physical therapy into the chiropractic care. I have been to other chiropractors that did not have the physical therapy. I have also been to physical therapy by itself for an elbow injury. I spent six months going to physical therapy with no results and with still elbow pain. I had to resort to getting cortisone shots and pills to finally bring down the inflammation. I also have tried acupuncture here at Raya Clinic for stress relief, menopausal symptom relief, and just over all health. With positive results with a few treatments. Physical therapy has also helped, the ice and stimulation. I had a couple episodes where I slept wrong at night and woke up with lower back pain. The ice and stim nicely takes away that back pain within one treatment. I would continue going here because I find the staff very friendly, helpful and very accommodating to meet the needs. I have also asked for advice from Dr. Raya on different non-pharmaceutical type of treatments. She has been able to give me proper vitamins and herbal treatments to help keep me healthy and happy.

-Michelle Lipka

 Back and Hip Problems

Hi my name is Peter Polanski and first want to talk to you about my experience with chiropractic care. It began in 1993 actually. I was lifting a patio block up and I turned and I felt this excruciating pain in my back and I fell straight to my knees. Needless to say I went for chiropractic care. My sister said to me “Pete it sounds like you slipped a disc.” Sure enough I went to a chiropractor here in Southington CT who took x-rays and said I slipped my L4 , L5 I believe. In between there.  And he told me for the rest of my life I will never be the same. Because it is like a six pack of coke or beer that once you pull it out of the plastic rings it will never be the same.  And I had about two or three weeks of treatments. Then I felt like I was cured and I was exercising and basically living a normal life. And then I was really good until about 2003. Then all I did one day was I was flipping a sheet over my bed and BOOM I felt it. Like someone was stabbing me in the back. SO I talked to a friend who recommended a different chiropractor and I went there and they took x rays, this chiropractor was in Southington too. And again I said I slipped my L4 and L5 and I went for about three weeks of treatments. Although this chiropractors treatments were a bit more harsh or severe than the last chiropractor I went to. But never the less it worked for me. It really helped me a lot. And then about 2006 I started limping and I felt some pain in my leg. I was working in Hartford at the time so I decided to go to a chiropractor again. Through a friend at work who told me to go to this chiropractor in Glastonbury. And she took x-rays and she said yes it was my L4 and L5 and I just felt like she had really rushed the interview process. But never the less I was going to her and I actually went for about two years. Then after two years I wasn’t really getting any better. And my leg seemed to be hurting more. She said that it could be sciatica. I don’t know, I just wasn’t happy. Then on my way home one day I was coming down Queen St. and I drive by the Raya Clinic. And I said “you know what, let me try the Raya Clinic” well let me tell you something that was the best decision I have ever made.  On the very first visit I will never forget this. Dr.Raya came in, took x-rays, and she comes back in and says “Peter, I would love to help you, but I can’t help you. You have a problem with you back but that is not what is causing your pain.  You need a hip replacement.”  I freaked out. I said what do you mean a hip replacement! She said “yup, look right here” and she showed me the x-rays and sure enough. She told me to go see a Doctor, Doctor John Kegy. And I will tell you something that was the best advice I have ever received because, well that’s a whole other story.  I had the best experience with Dr. John Kegy. So I went and had a hip replacement. I came back and Dr. Raya worked on me. I felt a little bit better. Then I started going on with my life again. I forgot to mention Dr. Kegy told me I needed my right hip replaced and eventually my left one would need to as well. Dr. Raya had told me it was my right one that was really in trouble.  So a year or two goes by and I start feeling my other hip. This time I didn’t wait I called and said okay schedule me for the hip replacement. So I went for the hip replacement.  Came out of that, flying colors. Started exercising and doing things again. Then I noticed that my leg just felt a little bit shorter, and my back was aching me a bit so I came back to Dr. Raya. The clinic helped me again. She suggested a lift for my shoe and she did some more treatments on me and I felt pretty good.  As the year went by I noticed my leg was getting shorter and shorter.  In fact I went and had a special shoe made because it was getting shorter. So I decided to go back to Dr. Kegy. He looked at it and did x-rays, and he said to me that unfortunately the pin settled in my leg a little bit further then they anticipated. He said we can do that with corrective surgery. So back in March of 2014 I went back and I had the pin replaced in my hip, I came out of that again with flying colors. I was doing really well with that up until the week before the 4th of July. I went to a friend’s house to help him paint his house. And I was afraid to climb the ladder because I just had the hip replacement. So I did all the lower painting for two days. On the third day I went to get up out of bed all I did was turn the covers and twist and BOOM I slipped my L4 and L5 again. I just felt it. I knew it by this point. A friend from my parents recommended I go to his chiropractor. Which was in Cheshire. So I went to that chiropractor, again the treatments that I received there were ok but to me they seemed a little harsh. After going there three weeks with little to almost no improvement I decided to come back to The Raya Clinic. Again it is one of the best decisions that I have made. Right from the very beginning when you walk into The Raya Clinic you feel at home. Especially because of two people, Jessica and Caitlin, seriously they make me feel so welcome and so at home. It’s just an easy feeling when you walk in and I have had Dr. Marcus work on me since then. Dr. Marcus worked on me with in the first week I want to say I was almost completely healed. However I know it takes time. So over a period of a couple of months I kept coming back. And each time I came back I walked out of here feeling lighter than air. And till this day I still come back, not as often, because thank God I don’t have to.  But I do realize I can feel it in my body when something is not falling into place. I come in and first I get treated with respect.  And Dr. Marcus, I keep saying this, He has magic hands.  He really knows how to manipulate the bones, and the muscles in my body to alleviate and to fix whatever is bothering me. I would also like to say that not only does the Raya Clinic make you feel at home, they accommodate you in many ways. If I call and say I need to come in, “Sure Pete, can you come in in a half hour?” If I need to cancel an appointment “No problem Pete, we will take care of it.” The Raya Clinic has been very accommodating to me over the years.  And I want to thank them very much for everything that they have done for me. Thank You.

-Peter Polanski

Diabetes, Allergies, Fibromyalgia, Knee Problems

The Raya Clinic was my last hope. I was a type 2 diabetic and on 3 medications, but it was still out of control. I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and seasonal allergies. I was on a total of 10 different medications. I also had fibromyalgia, and 36 kidney stones between my two kidneys. I also have two bad knees that caused me severe pain. It was very tough to take care of my two children. I also fell this year and have 4 herniated discs. My vision is blurry, arms and legs are numb, and the doctor wanted immediate surgery. So I decided to go the Raya Clinic instead, and they gave me hope. I had my first adjustment, and my vision cleared. Over the years, the staff educated me in many ways, and their support and knowledge was priceless. Almost all of my issues have cleared up. The fibromyalgia symptoms cleared up, I am off 9 of my prescriptions, I successfully passed 34 kidney stones, I lost 140 pounds, no more diabetes, I’m a better mom and wife, and I am a better person. Thank You Raya Clinic for saving my life!

-Dawn C.

Patient Education

I am very impressed with the Raya Clinic, they place a large emphasis on patient education. When the patient has the information, they are more likely to take care of themselves. I learned a lot at the Raya Clinic. The treatment and the knowledge shared with me helped me to return to health. The kindness and compassion of the staff is also a big help. Thank you to the Raya Clinic for everything you did!

-Pamela B.

 Neck Pain

I started coming to the Raya Clinic in June of 2012 for neck pain and not being able to function. Before coming in, I tried cortisone shots in my spine: C5, C6, and C7. No results. My doctor wanted to schedule surgery. I decided to try the Raya Clinic first. Since the beginning of treatment, I have gone from not being able to take care of myself to going back to an almost normal life. I will never forget the Raya Clinic and its staff. Great care, Great people.

-Edegar L.

Numbness, Lumbar Stenosis

I started coming in May of 2010, and since then the numbness I have been experiencing from lumbar stenosis. I no longer need to take any drugs to stop the pain. It is so nice to not have to take medication with so many side effects. My neck issue has also been resolved. I am so grateful to the staff at the Raya Clinic, they truly enhance your quality of life.

-Sherri B.

Stenosis

I had moderately severe stenosis, and I was going to weekly therapy sessions with no progress. My condition started to get worse, and I was no longer able to walk. I struggled to get out of bed. I saw an ad for the Raya Clinic that offered pain relief without surgery. They used a Spine –Med machine, which corrected my stenosis in 4 weeks. After several months of adjustments and other treatment, my second MRI showed considerable improvement. I can now walk and stand for long periods of time without pain. I have seen many health care professionals, and none have come close to achieving the level of care I received at the Raya Clinic.

-Carol O.

Broken Bones, Regained Mobility

A couple of years ago I was in a head on car accident, as a result I fractured my ribs and broke my leg. I have had continuous pain since the day of the accident. Then a sometime after that I was preparing for a family picnic and slipped on wet grass, and broke my ankle. Then a year later I was leaving for church and slipped on the icy porch, which sent me into the air.  I ended up breaking my arm.  Another injury occurred a couple months later, I slipped on a piece of wet tile and fell backwards, I tore my ACL and damaged my knee. Sadly that wasn’t the last injury, I feel down a flight of stairs. I tore my rotator cuff, and it required surgery. The pain from this injury was worse than the pain from giving birth to my three children. I am embarrassed to say there are still more injuries: broken hip, more broken ribs, broken nose. Over the years I have seen many doctors, chiropractors, pain management specialists, physical therapists, acupuncturists, etc. I have taken many pills, had 5 spinal injections, months of physical therapy, but to no avail. I gave up ad decided to live with the pain.  After going to the Raya Clinic, and seeing my MRI I thought there was no hope. They thought different and were very optimistic that they could help me, and they did. I am now 79 years old, and I am finally able to climb stars, bend over to tie my shoes, dress myself easily, and resume my daily activities again.

-Anonymous

 Back Pain

I first started coming to the Raya Clinic in October of 2015 because my back was in very bad shape. I needed help getting into the Clinic. I tried pain medication, physical therapy, and massage, but none of them helped.  I didn’t know what it was like to have a good night’s sleep. Since coming to the Raya Clinic, I can now walk pain-free and sleep through the night. I am 85 years old and I feel like I am 50. Dr. Raya and all her wonderful staff were my life savers. God Bless them!

-Madeline A.

 Shoulder Issues

I started coming to the Raya Clinic in September of 2015, right after I had shoulder surgery. I was seeing another chiropractor at the time, but was not having a good experience. From Day one at the Raya Clinic I felt more comfortable. They listen to your concerns and issues, and then they offer solutions. My therapy doesn’t take nearly as long and I feel myself becoming healthier.  I can move my arm and neck again, and I am getting headaches less often. The staff at the Raya Clinic is helping me regain a year and a half of my life that I lost. They make me feel younger, and sometimes they even make me smile.

-John J.

Chronic Back Pain, Spinal Stenosis

I started coming to the Raya Clinic in 2015 for my chronic back pain caused by spinal stenosis.  I was under the care of another chiropractor for many years, and was managing the pain, but I heard about spine med at the Raya Clinic and decided to give it a shot.  Since the care at the Raya Clinic, my back pain has become less frequent and my flexibility has improved. The spinal decompression made me immediately feel the benefits and less pain. The adjustment I received was also better than the previous chiropractor. I’m so happy I decided to give the Raya Clinic a try and I’m convinced it was a decision that greatly improved my quality of life.

-Tom P.

 Lower Back Pain, Bad Knees

I was having lower back problems and sore knees while walking or standing. It started about ten years ago and seemed to get worse as time passed. I originally hurt my back while picking up some heavy boxes.  It began affecting my work and more importantly my golf. I was not previously treated by any other physicians or chiropractors. My wife started coming here at least two years before and highly recommended that I come. When I started to combine the treatment for my back with adjustments, I started to use the turbo once to twice a week. My whole body started to feel better. It’s helped me to increase muscle mass and to get me in better physical shape. My back feels better and so do my legs and knees.

-Merril Bowman

Lower Back Pain

I started coming to the office in February of 1997. I have had lower back pain off and on for years, but this time pain was more severe and wouldn’t go away with rest, heat, and pain pills as it usually did. I had not been treated by any other chiropractors in the past; my husband referred me to the Raya Clinic and I am glad he did because the staff is very friendly and caring. After receiving treatment, my back has not felt better since I was a teenager.

-Betsy Robinson

Knee Pain

I first came to the office in August of 1996. I was referred by my daughter Ann Gravel.  My knee was swollen and very painful, had it for quite a few years. I knelt down on tile, my knee went half on and half off of it. It started with tendinitis and got worse. I had seen other doctors before and they said there was nothing they could do, just take aspirin and Tylenol when needed. My results after visiting the Raya Clinic have been excellent. My knee does not hurt when I walk upstairs or down, get in and out of cars or walking and polka dancing. It is great!

-Arlene Lepore

Neck Hump, Scoliosis

I first came to the office September 23rd, 2002 after being referred by another patient who had brought in her two children. I had a hump forming on my neck and scoliosis in my lower back which caused lower back pains. I was also in three car accidents which left me with stiffness and pain throughout my back. My physician was giving me painkillers that made it difficult to function with daily tasks and upset my stomach. After being treated, my pain is gone. The hump has disappeared. Some other side effects: I am no longer taking allergy medication and my immunity has improved.

-Marco Palermo

Severe Neck Pain

I first came in June of 1996 but did not start treatment until September because I was away for the summer. I was experiencing pretty severe neck pain, and I’d had it for a long time. I also had lower back pain, not as bad as my neck, but also for years. I had seen a neurologist, another chiropractor, and an orthodontist. The neurologist wanted only to prescribe me drugs, to which I had adverse results. The orthodontist put braces on my teeth which I didn’t need and the other chiro scared the heck out of me. After receiving treatment, my neck pain has gotten considerably better and the lower back pain is almost non-existent. Indeed, I am a believer. They now treat my three children.

-Peg Aldi

Neck and Lower Back Pain

I first came to the office July 8th, 1994. In October of 1993 I was in a car accident and injured my neck and low back. I had painkillers and physical therapy but nothing worked. I was in some pretty serious pain. I had previously been treated by physicians, neurologists, orthopedists, and physical therapists and nothing relieved my pain. My fiancée referred me to the Raya Clinic, she would come with me to my appointments. After receiving treatments I am back to full duty work and feeling great. I thought for the longest time I would be unable to work ever again. Thanks to Dr. Stacy I can live a normal life again. Thank you.

-Jeff B.

Migraines and Menopause Symptoms

I first came to the office several years ago, 1997. I lived up the street and kept seeing the sign but never came in until I got a call offering a free exam.  Migraine headaches were my original complaint. I then started to have hot flashes due to early menopause. The migraines were so severe that I would go without sleep for several days and this happened once a month! I had these headaches for eight years before getting treatment here. I was previously treated by my medical doctor who referred me to a neurologist. I had countless tests including a CAT scan and an MRI. The doctors couldn’t find anything wrong but prescribed me numerous medications that didn’t help the pain and made it difficult to function normally. I am so excited that I have not had a migraine in a long time. The hot flashes have also subsided and this is due to the acupuncture treatments, which I love. I am so grateful to Dr. Raya. It is wonderful to feel good and to be able to function. Thank you Advanced Back Center!

-Linda A.

Crohn’s Disease

I first came to the office October of 1997. I met the doctors at the Apple Harvest festival. My particular condition was Crohn’s Disease. It started twelve years ago. I was on a lot of medication with a lot of side effects. Now I have stopped all medication. I’m being treated with herbs, vitamins and the treatments I’m receiving here. I feel better than I have in about twelve years.

-Linda I.

Lower Back Pain, Chronic Bronchitis

I first came to the office August of 1996—Not soon enough! I had a host of different problems: breathing problems, chronic bronchitis, pain in the lower back, neck, shoulder, left knee and wrist. I was in pain for several months which in turn affected my driving. I couldn’t look over my shoulder and was unable to turn my head. My first visit to a chiropractor was in 1947 and I went until the doctor retired in 1993. I am a firm believer in chiropractic. I met the doctors through their unselfish gratitude in helping someone in need at the Meriden Mall. I have had excellent results. Today, these old bones sure do feel good! My breathing has much improved allowing me to use my inhaler less and hopefully someday I will be off inhalers. And you can bet I will keep up my therapy. I must say, Dr. Raya you have a fine professional team together doing a job and doing it well.

-Victor

Migraines, Football Injuries

I first came to the office January 3rd 1991. I had a neck injury from football and migraines. I had to go to the hospital. After visiting the Raya Clinic, I have no more headaches, no neck pain and I have never felt better in my life!!!

-Anonymous

Neck, Shoulder, and Lower Back Pain

I first came to the office February 2006. I was experiencing lower back pain, neck and shoulder pain. It all began January 4th after a fall. The pain was a 9-10. Since treatment I have improved at least 90-100%. Between acupuncture, adjustments and ultrasound I’m almost totally pain free and now able to sleep through the entire night.

-Anonymous

Muscle Spasms

I first came to the office April of 1997. I was having periodic muscle spasms which began 30 to 35 years ago and worsened over time. The pain was almost constant when I started here. It had definitely become a quality-of-life issue. I had been treated by a physician, orthopedist, neurologist, physical therapist with nonexistent to negligible results. My results from the Raya Clinic have been tremendous! I can be pain free for days on end now. Therapy, adjustments, and proper exercise have made the difference.

–N. Hooper

Neck Issues

I first came to the office In November of 1997 after a doctor referral. I was having issues with my neck—immobility, pain, numbness down my arms and into my hands for over a year and it caused me severe pain in my neck and hands. I now have less pain, an increase in mobility and the numbness in my arm and hands has lessened greatly.

–DC

Shoulder Pain

I first came to the office December 12th of 1997 after meeting the doctors at the Apple Harvest festival. I had shoulder pain and loss of motion in the shoulder since March of 1997 caused by lifting and pulling heavy objects and neck pain resulting from the same lifting and pulling. I had been treated by a regular physician but had no long term improvement. After treatment, tension in my neck has dramatically improved and the motion in my shoulder is much improved.

–Rick J.

Leg and Back Problems

I first came to the office about three years ago. I was referred by my son Joseph Chinigo. I was having leg and back problems. It was ongoing for months before coming in and it was causing much distress and loss of sleep. I had seen orthopedists and neurologists which provided some relief but no permanent results. Chiropractic services have been extremely beneficial to giving me instant and long lasting results for the condition I came in for.

–Rita Chinigo

Abdominal Pain

I first came to the Raya Clinic in mid January of 1998. I was experiencing severe abdominal pain on my right side. It began at the end of December. It was caused by pregnancy. The pain was constant, severe making me miserable, and keeping me from sleeping. I had gone to three different physicians and none of them could come up with either a diagnosis or any relief for the pain. One of my OB’s referred me here. After only three treatments all the pain disappeared. No more discomfort or pain. I was able to function as a normal human being and could sleep.

–Janine H.

Lower Back Pain

I first came to the office in October of 1995. I had experienced low back pain for a long time but it continued to worsen. The pain was rather constant and at times severe. My pain is caused by the lack of curve in my lower spine and scoliosis. I had been to other doctors before; an internist and neurosurgeon but did not receive much help. I stopped by the Raya Clinic booth at the apple harvest festival and decided to come here. The results have been dramatic. The pain is much better. This relief has helped me function better at work and enjoy aspects of my life more.

–George R

Middle and Lower Back Pain

I first came to the Raya Clinic on January 30th of 1998. I was having pain in my middle and lower back, hands and neck. This was mainly caused by a car accident. The pain was moderate to severe. I had previously seen an orthopedist and a physical therapist for my hands and knee with poor to adequate results. I have had excellent results with my lower and middle back and neck. They have not started treatments on my hands yet.

–Lance H.

Torticollis

I first brought Meghan in September of 1992. Meghan was born with torticollis- weakened muscles on the left side of her neck. Her head almost laid sideways in her shoulder. We were referred to a physical therapist but felt she would be better helped by Dr. Raya. We saw excellent results within a few months. Meghan now shows no signs of torticollis and her neck is very strong.

–Robin M.

Chronic Lower Back Pain

I first came to the office October 13th, 1995. I had chronic lower back pain for at least seven to eight years. The cause was my right leg being 3/8 inch shorter than my left. The pain was very extreme. I was referred from an information booth at the Apple Harvest festival. I have experienced a complete turnaround from chronic pain to no pain at all in less than one month.

–Mike Nati

Neck and Lower Back Pain

I first came to the office in November of 1996. I had neck pain and lower back pain. My left wrist had pain which traveled into my arm. I had this condition for over a month. This pain interrupted my sleep and my daily routine. My husband and I met Dr. Raya at the Apple Harvest. I have had excellent results. Now my pain has subsided. I no longer wear a wrist band. My mobility in my neck has been a definite plus. Excellent therapy. I never realized how unhealthy my body was, but now I can feel the difference.

–Barbara N.

Herniated Discs

I first came to the office June 26th of 2004. I had a disk bulge and herniated disk. I couldn’t sit or walk or move around. I had previously seen a physical therapist, chiropractor, and neurologist.  The doctor recommended surgery.  I was referred in by my daughter Patty. I have had very good results. I did not need surgery and have no pain. I can walk at least a mile without pain.

–Samuel C.