My back would go out every 2-3 weeks (or more) leaving me curled up on the floor calling for Janet, my wife, to get me Flexeril so I could eventually peel myself off the ground. Needless to say it left me feeling super vulnerable and frankly a bit depressed.
Over the last decade or so, I’ve tried many approaches to address it. I’ve had MRI’s & x-rays (which confirmed degenerative disc disease), underwent hard-core physical therapy, tried multiple acupuncture & herbology therapists, was adjusted by multiple chiropractors, tried using both cold laser therapy and infra-red therapy, was jolted by electrical muscle stimulation, ate anti-inflammatory diets, hung upside down from inversion tables, purchased a $4000 latex mattress, sweated through 1:1 Pilates and yoga classes, paid $170+ per session for rolfing (a method to reorganize connective tissue) and even tried an experimental treatment called prolotherapy (regenerative injection therapy). Some of these modalities offered a good deal of relief. Others did not. But none of them addressed the core issue as they were temporary.
Three weeks ago I attended a workshop called “Secrets of Natural Walking” and I’m stoked to report that my back feels fundamentally different. I feel taller, straighter, and more aligned (and Janet, among others have commented on this unprompted!). I am able to sit at my computer without constantly shifting one leg over the other. A week ago I sat at a concert on cement, backless “seats” for over 2 hours, something I never could have done even a few weeks prior. Best of all, I don’t feel the need to watch every move I make in order to protect myself from pain. I still occasionally have some discomfort, but it’s amazing that I don’t feel like my back is in a precarious state any more.
I’m super grateful that there is improvement in the core issues of my back because of Natural Walking. By the way, 10 years ago I would have rolled my eyes at any of this stuff, much less the results and I won’t be offended if you’re doing so now. I can only speak from what I’ve experienced.
SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS FROM PRACTICING SONW
Spine aligned naturally
No more guarding to protect back from pain
Taller and straighter (better posture)
Free of pain and discomfort