"The art of life is the art of avoiding pain; and he is the best pilot, who steers clearest of the rocks and shoals with which it is beset." - Thomas Jefferson
Any mom of four kids will tell you life can be challenging. Add chronic neck, back, and leg pain and life may be unbearable at times. That is what my client Julie was dealing with when I met her a year ago. Julie had seen physicians, chiropractors, and even discussed surgical options for the chronic cervical and lumbar spine disc herniation and radiating pain and tingling which she had been experiencing daily since she was 16 years old.
Five years ago she started seeing some relief with Egoscue treatment, but it was temporary. She still needed 6-8 advils most days. Then she started stength training with me last year.
Fast forward to today, where Julie is finally pain-free everyday! She is not taking any pain medicine and has not needed to seek any medical treatment. For Julie, restoring proper joint alignment and developing adequate strength to maintain that alignment was key. In the past, even when she received relief of pain with Egoscue exercise, it was only temporary. As soon as she had to lift, pull, or push something, the pain came back.
A couple of properly-executed strength training sessions per week has made a world of difference for Julie. It is not uncommon, now, to see Julie lift an 80-pound barbell with a smile on her face!