- Age 35-54
- 115 lbs
- 5' 4"
- Chicago, Ill
- Injury Status Cured
- Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
- Chronicity 18+ Months
- Repeat injury? No
- Number of Surgeries None
- Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction, Muscle Strain
In my late 40's I started waking up with a tight /sore back (pain scale1-10) #2-3. As I moved about my day the soreness disappeared. I bought a new mattress and that seemed to help. I took several Pilates group lessons, but had to stop because that set off headaches. Yoga stretches felt good overall but without any noticeable improvement for the back, except Cobra like poses made it worse. 2 or 3 years later I noticed that the discomfort in the low back was slowly increasing and I was becoming less flexible when bending down or twisting. It became difficult to find a restful position to sleep, sitting became very uncomfortable. After 2 hours of sitting I had difficulty standing up straight. I was becoming concerned, but managed with regular Ortho-Bionomy sessions ( massage like body work). It helped my back a lot but sooner or later the same issues came back. What helped me the most was the posture education, the Gokhale Method. I was introduced to it about 2-3 years ago and simply re-learned how to do things. I now sleep well in the same bed, sitting is comfortable and I regularly do my strengthening exercises. With the Gokhale Method tweaks in place my workouts are headache free and stretching is more enjoyable and productive.
I realize my back pain was nowhere close to what others experience. I am just so grateful I found the Gokhale Method and pursued it and didn’t resign myself to the idea, “well this is what getting old feels like”. As the result, I now feel better, stronger and more capable than I did 5 or even 10 years ago.