Here's what some of our clients are saying about our Santa Monica clinic.
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"I was relatively pain-free until I started a battle with the biggest opponent of my life: the computer. I had started to experience some thumb discomfort while pipetting in the lab but wasn't too worried. My postdoc days were coming to an end and as I moved to the role of Professor the days of pipetting endlessly in the lab were left behind. " [read more]
"I was relatively pain-free until I started a battle with the biggest opponent of my life: the computer. I had started to experience some thumb discomfort while pipetting in the lab but wasn't too worried. My postdoc days were coming to an end and as I moved to the role of Professor the days of pipetting endlessly in the lab were left behind. Unfortunately, so were the days of bending, twisting, lifting and moving in general. I ended up glued to my computer pounding out grant after grant varied only by the occasional need to pick up the phone or walk to the bathroom. The pain in my right thumb soared so I switched to mousing with my left hand-no easy task. But rather than helping, this just brought pain to my left thumb. Then the pain moved up my arms to my wrists, shoulders, back and neck.
The pain was unbearable at times and I started taking Naproxen on a regular basis. Fear set in. How can I possibly be a professor at a medical school if I couldn't type on a computer? I read all the literature I could find on RSI and consulted several specialists. I followed all the standard recommendations, bought ergonomic equipment and took computer breaks every half-hour but found no relief whatsoever. My doctor told me I had to “learn to live with the pain” and I did my best to ignore it. I went through several different thumb and wrist braces for both my right and left hands but the lack of movement due to the braces was more uncomfortable than the pain itself. Eventually my hands swelled to the extent that I could no longer move them. At this point I was referred to a hand surgeon who gave me a cortisone shot and a prescription for physical therapy. These treatments had no effect though. After more bouts of severe hand swelling the hand surgeon removed the sesamoid bones in my right thumb and sent me for more physical therapy on my hands and shoulders. When I saw him six months later he asked if I had seen a decrease in the level of pain. “None whatsoever” I told him truthfully. He suggested I have my upper ribs removed to treat my shoulder pain as it sounded like thoracic outlet syndrome to him. I told him I need my ribs thank you and intend to keep them no matter what. Then came acupuncture which provided short periods of pain relief but it also hurt like hell and I couldn't have the acupuncturist with me all the time. I tried yoga for my back pain and felt some relief. At least my neck and back felt better. Yoga didn't help my anterior shoulders, thumb or wrists though and after many sleepless nights due to RSI pain I decided I would probably have to change careers. In the meantime though my left thumb was now killing me and the surgeon told me if he removed the sesamoid bone in this thumb I might be able to maintain some use of it. Since I lost most use of my right thumb-even just to do daily tasks like cooking and cleaning, I agreed. What choice did I have?
I'll never know for sure whether or not the second surgery really helped me, but I doubt it. Fortunately, I found the answer to my RSI while recovering from this second hand operation. In fact, I found the answer to 10 years of constant, increasing, debilitating pain. I found Egoscue. I knew the minute I read Pete's book that his method was what I needed. I had my first appointment with Chris at the Egoscue Center in Irvine before the surgeon even removed the cast from my left hand. I couldn't wait to get started and thought maybe I'd see changes in a month or so. I was wrong. I saw changes within 15 minutes. The mirror showed my shoulders leveling and my knees returning to a normal position during my first visit. Even more amazing, the pain in my back, neck and left shoulder disappeared. The pain in my right shoulder and wrist decreased by two thirds and though I never thought it was possible, even my thumbs improved. After my second visit with Chris my shoulders and neck straightened further and I had almost no pain even in my worst spots. Along with the decrease I've seen in my musculoskeletal pain, I've noticed now I have more energy and feel like I'm walking on air with my new and proper posture. I no longer have to fight to keep my head up and it's just as easy for me to turn my head to the left as it is to the right. I can balance equally well on either leg while I'm doing my yoga too. I've been able to do things I had to give up due to the pain including oil painting and cooking. I'm back at the computer and am sure I won't have to give up my career as a professor doing AIDS research. I look forward to continued progress and doing these exercises for the rest of my life. I want to thank Chris and Pete for giving me the power heal myself and end my pain. Without the pain I'm back in control of my life now. Thanks for sharing the gift of health with me guys. Thanks for the gift of Egoscue!"
***"Quite unexpectedly I came across a book entitled Pain Free. Because it is my honor to work as a Professional Yoga Therapist, I am always searching for new ways to bring more freedom to my clients. I ordered the book and began working with some of the exercises myself to help me with a few persistent joint and muscle issues." [read more]
"Quite unexpectedly I came across a book entitled Pain Free. Because it is my honor to work as a Professional Yoga Therapist, I am always searching for new ways to bring more freedom to my clients. I ordered the book and began working with some of the exercises myself to help me with a few persistent joint and muscle issues. My Yoga practice had helped significantly with these challenges, but I was curious to see if I could progress further.
I was immediately surprised at the effectiveness of these simple movements. In fact, I was so impressed that I called the phone number in the book to see if there was a clinic close to where I live. I wanted some hands-on experience in addition to a more personal analysis of my situation.
After locating an Egoscue clinic, I began to add the "e-cises" that were suggested to my daily practices. They served as a warm-up for my Yoga practice in addition to the wonderful benefits I gained.
In a short time I became aware of the changes in my Yoga postures due to the Egoscue work. Poses that had been uncomfortable or seemingly impossible became simpler, more relaxed, and accessible to me. The changes were remarkable. And the pain and discomfort I have felt in certain parts of my body have virtually disappeared.
Most remarkable are the changes in mobility and strength. It seemed that suddenly I moved with greater ease and grace. My sense of stability and balance increased. Now it’s possible to move safely because I know that my body will respond properly instead of compensating and using muscles that were never meant to be used in those movements. I trust my body even more deeply now that Egoscue has become part of my life.
In addition to all of these benefits, I have found that each member of the staff at the clinic is caring, attentive, perceptive and joyful. Having a personal 'menu' of movement created for me in each session, the improvements have been progressive and consistent. I leave every session with a smile on my face!"
Professional Yoga Therapist
***"Enclosed are 4 shots of me at the Kuhio Shores Condo's December 6th 05' I had full movement of my right rotator cuff for the intire 2 week surf session. My arm was well but I was exhausted with lack of stamina for paddling out thru the surf line. 62 years old and still think I am 19." [read more]
"Enclosed are 4 shots of me at the Kuhio Shores Condo's December 6th 05' I had full movement of my right rotator cuff for the intire 2 week surf session. My arm was well but I was exhausted with lack of stamina for paddling out thru the surf line. 62 years old and still think I am 19. thank you for your designer moves.
My rotator cuff did it's designed job...paddling out into the waiting Hawaiian surf. It is 85 % healed and getting better...in proportion to my desire to get well. Had a very good vacation. Arm never ached. My stamina to paddle was in greater need than my once sick arm. Your system works perfect. Now I need to Egoscuate my mind. Love and Mahalo"