When I was in high school, I began playing basketball. Not too long after that, I started to feel pain in both of my knees. Not knowing what exactly was causing my knee pain, I just put on some knee support and kept playing. All I knew what that my knees hurt when I was running and jumping and it didn’t hurt when I wasn’t.
After graduating high school, I stopped playing basketball, went to college, and began training heavily in the martial art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ). After a year of BJJ training, my low back was killing me. By the time I was 19, I was diagnosed with a bulging disc in my low back. I remember my back hurting so much that I couldn’t even bend over to brush my teeth over the sink. A neurosurgeon said that surgery wasn’t necessary and that I just needed to go to physical therapy. I went to physical therapy for my back problems, but it did not help one single bit. I tried massage because my low back muscles were as tight as iron rods, but that also did not seem to alleviate my pain.
Out of desperation, I tried chiropractic. Chiropractic definitely helped reduce my pain and helped me get back into my BJJ training. Over the next 12 years, as a result of my training, I injured practically every joint in my body. During this time, I recall two instances in which I injured my low back so badly that I couldn’t walk for 3 days. I was consistently seeing a chiropractor, however. I eventually felt like I need to get adjusted 10 times day to get some relief.
By my mid-20’s, besides the pain in my low back, I had developed severe chronic pain on the left side of my neck and shoulder. No matter how many times I received a chiropractic adjustment, the pain and limited range of motion did not go away.
In addition, I had developed swelling in my knees that would come and go. During my late-20’s, I started running in order to improve my aerobic conditioning to help my martial arts training, but had to stop as the pain in my knees began to come back.
When my first son was born, carrying him aggravated the right side of my neck and shoulder. Now I had chronic pain on both sides of my neck and shoulders. I went to see massage therapists, but that did not help at all. I also tried acupuncture and acupressure with no success. Then, at 30 years old, I suffered one of the worst pains I had ever experienced in my life—I strained my neck in my BJJ training and I couldn’t sit up or stand for 7 days. I could barely even eat because I couldn’t sit up for more than a few seconds at a time.
By 31 years old, my body was a wreck. Aside from my chronic back, neck, and knee pain, I was somehow getting injured every 2 weeks. I would strain my groin muscle and then that would be followed by straining an abdominal muscle, and then that would be followed by something else… I was 31, yet my body felt like it was 90. Since all other methods seemed to be failing, I also tried various supplements hoping to get some relief but, as usual, they did not help at all. I began thinking about my situation and I felt that I was simply chasing symptoms. I wasn’t getting rid of my pain or preventing injury, but rather just barely staying afloat as far as my ability to function in life.
After doing some research, I came across posture alignment therapy. I thought I would give it a try since I had tried everything else. That decision changed my life. Immediately after my first appointment, my low back pain—something that I had been suffering from since I was 19—was gone. I did my program everyday. Most of the time, I did my program 2 times a day. A month later, my knee pain was gone. A few months after that, my neck pain was totally gone. In under 6 months, every pain and injury that I had suffered for over a decade was completely gone. Despite the fact that I already had a successful career as a martial arts instructor, I was so amazed with the results I had felt on my own body that I eventually became a Muscle Balance and Function DevelopmentŪ Posture Alignment Therapist.