Living with pain
The alleviation of discomfort and pain is at the core of everything I do, and this stems from my own personal experience with chronic pain. When I was thirteen years old, I was diagnosed with a back condition called Congenital Kyphosis, meaning that I had an outward curvature of my mid back. I was told that I would require surgery once I was fully grown, and I was also told that there was a risk that I could end up paralysed. During the years before the surgery, my condition was something I was not only self-conscious about aesthetically, but which caused me continuous physical pain. Throughout my teens, I had no choice but to accept this pain as the norm.
When I was twenty years old, I went under the knife. In technical terms, what I had done was an anterior instrumented correction/fusion, and posterior instrumented correction infusion from vertebrae T9 to L2. In total four discs were removed, in addition to a floating rib; the bone marrow from which was used to fuse the spine between the vertebrae. To help the fusion heal correctly, titanium metal bars and screws were used to help stabilise the area. Overall the initial procedure was considered a success as the curvature of my spine was reduced by 70%. Unfortunately my time on the table did not stop there, and I had a total of four more operations over the space of two years after acquiring MRSA from the initial procedure.
Since then, I have been determined to do all I can to help my condition by researching and implementing proper corrective exercise and back care. I eventually became a fully qualified Remedial Therapist and Personal Trainer so that I could help others with their aches and pains, and from there guiding them to achieve their health and fitness goals – goals that, for some, may previously have seemed out of reach. My experience with pain means that I take all pain complaints seriously, no matter if they are minor niggles or major debilitations.
Who trains with me
My clients often come to me looking for a return to health from sport or work-related injuries, other physical limitations or everyday painful niggles. Often these issues are either resolved or properly managed through a training programme overseen by myself, specifically designed to cater to the individual’s needs. It has always been my philosophy to provide and deliver the most effective training systems to my clients, which is why I endeavour to develop my programs with the most up to date research from the most credible sources in the field.
Train with us
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned over the years is this: pain is not going to go away if you pretend it doesn’t exist. Whether it’s a new pain or an old pain, a big pain or a small pain, if there is pain then it is there for a reason. Only when you find the trigger for your pain can you take steps to prevent it.
Contact us so that we can find your trigger, and help you get back to living a pain-free life.