I am not one to write reviews, I never have been. I’m the kind of person who deals with the cards that were dealt to them, verbally thank anyone who has helped me along the way, then move on. This time it’s different. When I say Dave has changed my life, I mean it. And I have to thank him in the archaic way.
In October 2015, I was 28 years old and I injured my lower back. It was a series of events that lead to this. First, I lifted an object heavier than anticipated, about 100lbs more actually. I didn’t feel anything “pop”, just a slight strain, so I placed it down and went about my day. I even woke up the next day with no pain. Two days later, at the gym, I over extended it by stretching at the end of my work out. There was some slight discomfort, but again, thought nothing of it. Finally, a day later, I was doing yard work when my back started to bother me. I decided to push through it. The next morning I woke up with an intense amount of pain. I could barely lie down, sit, even stand. Walking around just barely alleviated the pain.
I started going to a chiropractor, and receiving physically therapy. I learned that I had a slipped disc between my L4-L5. A few weeks into physical therapy I could tell I wasn’t progressing. I was getting frustrated with the doctor and physical therapists because I could tell something wasn’t right in how they were teaching me to “heal”. The doctor assured me that it would take time. When I asked how long, he replied that every body is different and at the rate I’m going maybe 8-10 months. I panicked. I was getting married in October of 2016. I didn’t have time to spend 3 days a week in therapy. I didn’t know what to do.
My first day with Dave was very emotional. He had me doing simple tasks like sitting, and walking. He would assess me and ask if there was pain when I performed the tasks that were asked of me. Dave took the time to explain what he was looking for and why. Unlike the therapists, Dave’s knowledge and understanding of why it hurt made sense. At one point during the appointment he explained what he saw and told me to walk in a certain way. When I did, I had no pain. NO PAIN. I cried. Dave ended up giving me a list of exercises to do every day. He also showed me what I was doing wrong in my everyday life that would hinder my recovery. Simple things like opening doors, tying shoes, even sitting for long periods of time all amount to added pressure on the back. And I had no idea. I worked on recovering with Dave a total of 3 days. But everyday I was working alone towards my goal of recovery.
Now, a year later, I am 99.9% better. Yes I still have my days where sitting at the office gives me some discomfort, but I’m better. I still put the practices and exercises Dave taught me in my everyday life. I remember Dave and Carrye telling me that everything happens for a reason and a year from now, I will be physically stronger because of it. They were right.
Thank you for everything, Dave!