Acquiring skills to serve me for the rest of my life

Submitted by: Deb Preachuk

Karen B.'s Success Story

Deb - I just wanted to say thank you for all you have done for me over the past years.

Yesterday was an amazing session! When I arrived, it was with a swollen knee, a right foot that I couldn't place flat on the floor when I walked and a right leg that felt as if it would crumble if I placed my full weight upon it. As always, you were calm and confident that we would be able to make everything alright. So down on the floor I went into static back, followed by supine groin with towels and other egoscue exercises.

By the time the hour was over, the swelling in the knee was practically gone, my foot was back on the floor and the weakness in the leg had left! This morning there is no more swollen knee and I went down the stairs with a skip in my step without holding on to the railing for support.

I came to you over three years ago with a bad back that had plagued me for years.

I had seen scores of doctors and therapists with little success. I will never forget our first session when you asked me to describe the exercises that had been given to me to help strengthen my back. As I described what I was doing, you asked me something that I had never been asked before: "When I did the stretches where did I feel the stretch?" The answer was "I never felt a stretch." You explained to me that you didn't think it was a back problem but a posture problem. I was game to try anything, because nothing so far had worked, and so we started. It hasn't always been easy and there have been times I would have like to have given up, but you have always been so positive and supportive. What I can do now may seem insignificant to others but is miraculous to me. I can lie down on the floor with straight legs without pain, I can dig and plant in the garden pain free, I can feel my shoulder blades actually move and now I am never the one in a group who complains about my back hurting when traveling or shopping with friends and family. I haven't had to see a doctor for back pain since I started with you and that means I haven't had to take any medication for pain!

I am looking forward to continuing our work together because I know that I will be acquiring skills that will serve my well for the rest of my life.

Karen B