His work is physically demanding. He’s constantly unloading trucks and hauling around furniture. He also builds office work spaces, so he’s working in all kinds of positions and obviously doing a lot of lifting. We had planned for him to come over to record a testimonial, and the poor guy had been under the crawl space in his house–in a fetal position, his body cramped in a tight space- for seven hours fixing a plumbing problem. I took him through the AlignUp paces – just the work for alignment, and you can see he’s tired – but here’s how he felt when we finished.
3-Month-Mark Q & A With Nancy Cross
Q: What problems were you experiencing that you hoped AlignUp would improve?
A: I had sciatica. Real bad. I couldn’t just walk between the two buildings at work. I had to stop halfway and stretch it. I had given up walking pretty much. Couldn’t get around Walmart in one trip. Couldn’t go to the Car Show, couldn’t go to the State fair. Couldn’t walk. People would just park me somewhere and then they’d go and come back. That was okay you know but, it’s more fun now because I can walk. I had given up walking pretty much. I was even considering getting a walker. So I was hoping for help with that. All of my back hurt. My neck would get so bad sometimes I couldn’t go to work for a couple days. So I was hoping for relief from pain.
Q: Did your AlignUp practice help?
A: Heck yes, it helped. (giggle) In every way. My sciatica is much better, I feel a tingle in my toe once in a while but that’s about it. I’m walking! I’m walking around Walmart. I’m walking down to the mailbox. I’m walking again. That’s pretty wonderful. I noticed improvement after maybe the first or second session. First thing Karen taught me was how to stand up. I hadn’t been able to stand up off the floor in 20 years. You have to go find a chair or a young man to help you up or something like that. I could stand up. I could do that immediately on the first day. My back doesn’t hurt. I’m sleeping fine. My neck doesn’t hurt. My shoulder doesn’t hurt. My hips don’t hurt. My knees don’t hurt.
Q: Were there any surprises?
A: Well, yeah, I didn’t expect it to work that quickly, I didn’t expect it to work that well. I’m better every time I come. I’m improving all the time. I’m very happy. I’m taller, I’m stronger, I’m more centered. I’m younger. I was an old 60 when I started and now I’m a young 40 maybe. But I’m still 60. I feel really good.
Iwas helping Karen pick up carpet for her new space and she noticed that I couldn’t stand still for very long. I had really bad lower back pain. She said she could help me with that. I told her that I’d been to chiropractors, doctors, physical therapists and to massage therapy and that the pain always came back. She asked me to try it out anyway. I thought she was kind of crazy but I figured I had nothing to lose.
And you know what? She was right! I couldn’t believe it. For the first time in a long time my pain was finally gone. We worked for about 30 minutes. It was completely different than the other experts had shown me. I felt like I could finally relax and didn’t have to move around trying to figure out what to do about that pain. I just felt good. Karen told me that it would take some consistent practice, but we could make sure I would always be pain free. This is important because my work is constant physical labor, and I can’t afford to deal with this kind of thing. Can’t wait to start!
– Mike Nix (35)
Update from Mike July 10, 2013:
Only been able to get in to work with Karen about 4 times, but I’ve been practicing the exercises she gave me. Yesterday and the day before, had to unload 2 big semis with over 100 pieces in them and didn’t have any back pain at all! I’m beating younger guys than me now.