Hands on Healing Success Stories

Glacia Stalcup

Glacia was diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis) 2yrs ago. She started seeing us at the end of July, so roughly 5 months ago for assistance trying to alive some of her MS symptoms. When Glacia first came in her MS was affecting her ability to walk as well as her speech, she was only walking with the assistance of a walker and struggled to speak without stuttering. Glacia is now able to walk without assistance and speak without stuttering and continues care and treatment simply to maintain her progress she’s made regarding her MS and address/resolve any new issues that may arise do to it.

Doris Ventolini

Doris presented in November 2022 with severe neck and back pain that was severely impeding her daily life. After only 3 appointments Doris’ pain had decreased by 80%, and by her 4th, she said she was no longer in any pain.

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I have been dealing with excruciating pain in my lower back and right hip for more than a year. The pain has been debilitating. I came across this thing called Counterstrain and did some research on it. It sounded like something that might help and I was willing to try almost anything if it could help. In my research, I came across Gary Collins and made an appointment. After two sessions I had no relief but he said to give him at least three. Well, three was the magic number. I am now starting to have some relief. My pain has gone from an 8 or 9 to a 3 or 4 most days. After a treatment, I sleep through the night as well and that has been a rarity. I'm now willing to give this treatment a chance and stick with it. I'm looking forward to life without the pain. Gary is one of the kindest individuals I have had the pleasure of meeting and I'm grateful. Thank you Gary!
Karen Westerman
March 2024
Gary always comes through! Is prompt with scheduling and got me in quickly. I had been suffering from significant neck pain which was very painful every time I would swallow. I had very limited range of motion. A bit upset at not having immediate results like I have had with his other treatments, Gary is always optimistic. He always says, it might get a little worse before it gets better, and it did just that. That night was unbearable, however, the next morning things started to improve. Every day was better than the one before, and by the morning of day 4, neck pain was gone! I always know I can count on Gary to help out whenever I need relief from pain!
Adrienne Thompson
Feb. 2024
I've been suffering from arthritis pain and most importantly back, neck, and shoulders pain due to spine problems for uncountable years now. All the surgeries I went through helped to some degree, but still the chronic pain persisted. I had lots of faith that Gary Collins could help me figure out a way for me to be well for good. After the first therapy, I slept through the night nonstop (very unusual), no pain anywhere. That was a dream come true, that only who suffers from pain can understand. My surgeons used to tell me: "You went through Hell and came back". But I assure you that right now I am in Heaven. My migraine has been also tormenting me for many years and now it's improved. From there on, I continue having improvement of about 80%, I have more flexibility, more energy, and I don't have the feeling of living in a straight jacket, constricted at all times anymore. So many years of therapeutical massages only did the superficial job, but evidently without going to the core of the problem. Counterstrain works for me and is, through the gifted hands of Gary Collins, giving my life back. My gratitude and respect to Gary Collins for the incredible work he has done and continues to due on me. Thanks for giving hope to the patients who can see now the light at the end of the tunnel.
Doris Ventolini
Jul. 2022
Professionalism, caring, gentleness, and old-school etiquette are part of the experience at the "Hands on Healing" office. Fascial Counterstrain solved my problem! I spent 2020 (not only dealing with the pandemic as everyone did)with a constant pain in my back and hip. I could not walk correctly and had trouble rising from a sitting position. I attended Rehab and received regular massages with improvement, but I was not getting total relief. The difference is Gary Collins and Fascial Counterstrain. My body responded to Fascial Counterstrain immediately. I am free of the pain, and my posture is better than it has been in years! There are unexpected additional benefits: I underwent open-heart surgery in 2015. After the third or fourth Fascial Counterstrain treatment, I took a walk and suddenly felt my chest relax (it felt like someone removed a vest of armor.) I could breathe deeper/fuller. Evidently, I tightened the muscles in my arms and chest after surgery and kept them tight, unconsciously protecting myself. As I continue this treatment, healing the abuses that I heaped upon my body, my anxiety is less, and I am losing weight. Thank you, Gary Collins for being a special part of our world! Blessing of good health to all!
Beverly Joy Deputy
Jun. 2021
Hello, my name is Otto Thompson from Abilene Texas and after injuring my right shoulder in February 2019 from dumbbell bench pressing, I sought treatment from Gary Collins, who is a licensed physical therapist as well as a certified massage therapist. I did not know what to expect after the first 1 to 2 sessions because everything seemed very subtle with very little movement or manipulation. Soon after receiving 3 to 4 more treatments, my shoulder improved tremendously. By the time I reached my 5th to 6th treatment, I was sold on Gary’s specialized pain-relieving techniques. Of course, I had to do my part. I limited my activity with my right shoulder and focused on slowly re-introducing my body into weight training. As of today, I am back at about 95% of shoulder strength with 100% on days that I give myself adequate rest from weight training. That is outstanding for a person who could not lift his arm over his head without pain for 2 to 3 months. I can dumb-bell press 75lbs per hand up to 15 reps at once without pain. I am 47 years old and my weight is 160lbs. Gary is my go-to-therapist for shoulder and back relief and I highly recommend him for all joint/muscle pain relieving needs. Think of Gary and give him a try before you think of joint injections or surgeries. Definitely!!!!
Otto Thompson
April 23rd, 2020
Just a few treatments from Gary provided remarkable relief from sciatica. I recommend him enthusiastically!
testimonial from phil lemasters for gary collins
Phil Lemasters
Feb, 2020
Gary is highly skilled with many years of experience as a Physical Therapist. As a colleague and a patient of his, I have personally experienced a huge benefit from his advanced training in Counterstrain Techniques. My improved general sense of well-being and pain relief have enabled me to get back to activities I have not been able to do for years.
Mici Graham
Feb, 2020
I had dull pain on the left side of my neck, right at the base of my skull; I began waking up with headaches in that area. I do not tolerate chiropractic treatments well, and called a massage therapist friend for a recommendation. She suggested I try cranial sacral therapy with Gary Collins. I had excellent results with three treatments (more were planned but cut short due to distancing). The pain is alleviated and I’m waking up headache free. Thank you.
L Turner
April 17th, 2020
Gary is such a terrific person and is obviously very good at what he does. I showed visual improvement in just two sessions! He is gently pushing and encouraging me to get better. I am very grateful to have found him. I wish he would come over every day. Physical therapy is supposed to be tough,. but I feel better after each session.
Cynthia Winters in Abilene, TX
Dec 06, 2017
I have been a client of Gary’s for more than one year. He is very personable. I suffer from low back pain and fibromyalgia. He has used CST and Strain/Counterstrain on my body to successfully free me from pain. I was hit by a car in a parking lot in Lubbock while moving to Abilene. I would recommend Gary to anyone with pain.
Dona Scarborough in Abilene, TX
Aug 10, 2017
Gary Collins has really helped me. His efforts enabled me to start getting stronger quicker. He has been pleasant while still pushing me to my goals. I was happy to find a great cranial sachral therapist in Abilene, since this has helped me more than any other physical therapy or massage.
Trisha R Norsworthy in Abilene, TX
Jul 07, 2017
Gary has helped me tremendously as I recover from my past medical issues. Although not fully recovered, I still see Gary on a regular basis and he has helped speed up the recovery process. I trust Gary completely and highly recommend him and his treatment process.
dd White, Abilene, Texas
Jun 05, 2017

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