While vacationing in Maui in February 2009, I fell, sustaining a compression fracture to my L1 vertebrae. For the first few months of my recovery, I needed to wear a body brace and use a walker. Due to the extreme pain, instability of my spine, and my inability to even walk a straight line, I believed that my Massage Therapy career was over.
Among other treatments, I undertook a comprehensive Pilates Rehabilitation program at Pacific Interior Pilates, designed specifically for my needs. During the initial three months, I was skeptical and questioned whether I was gaining any benefit from Pilates. The movements were so subtle that I could not notice any physical changes other than that the pain was slowly diminishing.
To my surprise, after 3 months, I found myself completely pain free, walking more erect, and able to walk a straight line without imbalance. My core strength developed slowly yet consistently and gradually I was able to return to work. One year post-injury I was at work full time. I am convinced that my recovery is in large part due to the early intervention and expert care of the Physiotherapy/Pilates and Rehabilitation professionals at Pacific Interior Pilates. The private Pilates classes helped to set a new foundation for my work posture as an RMT. I eventually was placed in small group classes and I now continue to make Pilates a lifetime practice.
Back trauma can be debilitating. I am very proud of my personal determination and commitment to entrusting Pilates to re-balance my musculoskeletal system and extend my longevity in a career that I love.
Pilates saved me from back surgery….
While waiting for surgery, my doctor recommended that I try Pilates to build my core strength so I could recover from back surgery more readily. In early 2006 a newspaper ad for a Gentle Pilates course at Pacific Interior Pilates caught my eye; I signed up, and from that point on have never looked back. I am stronger than ever, no longer need painkillers or surgery, and have progressed from a terrified beginner to an Intermediate level Pilates devotee who will be forever grateful to Deborah Ward for her caring guidance and expert instruction.
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