I’ve been working with clients for close to 20 years. My original intent, when I graduated college, was to become a physical therapist. Instead, I was lucky to find Pete Egoscue, and he offered me a job. I moved to California to work for a year or two with the hopes of going back to school to become a physical therapist.
What I learned from Pete is I could help people get their lives back and live without the crutch of chronic pain by applying his basic concepts to the human body. At the time, there was nobody in the country applying his concepts to help with chronic pain.
I remember my first couple years working with clients who could barely walk due to back pain. They would come into the office hunched over, unable to stand straight due to the pain, or they could barely sit in the waiting room chairs because their sciatica pain was so bad.
They would say to me, “I just want to have less pain.”
I would tell them, “Not only are you going to have less pain, but you are going to be able to be more active than you have been in the last 10 years.”
They would look at me hesitatingly and, in a voice with the tone as if they were scared to ask the question, ask if I thought they could ever play golf again.
I would tell them, “Not only will you be able to play golf again, you’ll play better than you ever have. You’ll hit the ball farther and more accurate and it won’t be because I gave you a golf lesson.”
I remember one lady, only in her 60’s, telling me she was unable to pick up her grandbaby due to her pain. She was unable to play with them on the floor because she was afraid she wouldn’t be able to stand back up. After she finished her Exercise Therapy program, she was able to do things she never imagined she would be able to do again. She told me how she was even able to run around playing tag with them, which she could have never done before her Exercise Therapy program.
After one session, many clients feel that there is hope of getting better. After three or four sessions, they feel dramatically better. Six or seven visits later, they would be almost pain-free and writing me thank you cards.
Over the last 20 years I can’t count how many clients I’ve worked with who have told me I’m their last option before surgery. My goal is to prevent the surgery and to fix their pain so they can live without a black cloud of pain hovering over their heads.
Why do I do what I do?
I love helping people feel better. I love the challenge of figuring out what is going on with their body and looking for the clues as to why they feel the way they do. I love setting up a program with the goal of getting better after many doctors have told them there is no hope; doctors telling them they must live with this pain the rest of their life because they are getting old. I love it when after a client’s first visit their eyes light up and they say they feel better.
Don’t believe those who tell you to give up. Don’t ever give up!