I've struggled with back pain off and on since high school when I herniated a disc while golfing on my high school team. However, 4 years ago, I began a journey of significant pain and long stretches of seeming hopelessness that led me on a long road searching for relief and healing.
It all started seemingly randomly 1 day when I couldn’t stand up straight. I felt numerous pains throughout my lower back and hip that got progressively worse and left me pretty debilitated. At my lowest point, there was literally almost no movement that I could do without considerable pain. Lying on the floor was my life.
I’ve been to 6 different doctors with various X-Rays and 2 MRIs. I’ve had a cortisone shot in my spine. I’ve seen 2 different chiropractors. I’ve tried osteopathy, acupuncture, massage, and various anti-inflammatory drugs. I’ve also seen 8 different physical therapists.
At the recommendation of my wife, I also tried Pilates. From the very beginning, Sandy and her amazing team pointed to some alignment issues on the side of my body where I was experiencing pain and worked on re-training my brain into breaking some of my bad movement patterns. She then recommended that I start working with Amelia to repair the damage that I had done to my body through this misalignment.
All along this journey, I felt like my back pain was originating from my hip. However, due to my back history and MRIs, all the doctors previously wanted to blame my spine for all of my issues. Amelia actually concurred with me. After my first appointment, I sent her my MRI reports and she reviewed them and sent me a detailed write up of her assessment and plan for healing. She was spot on in describing how I was feeling. She was the first person that had done this! After working with her for several months, I have been progressively getting better and am actually feeling better than I did before this all started. Of course, I now realize that I can still get even better.
“All” I can say is that I now have my life back. I can play with my 3 kids again. I can run around after them and even jump on the trampoline with them. I am no longer the guy lying on the ground in pain that they just feel sorry for. There is really nothing I can say or do to truly show my gratitude for all that Amelia and Sandy and everyone at Monarch Pilates has done for me. I am forever grateful to them.