I suffered from low back, neck, shoulder and hip pain for several years. I had tendonitis and bursitis that would
flare-up and make it difficult to walk my dogs, sleep, or enjoy my fitness activities. I saw several doctors, had many tests and injections, used pain relievers, ice packs, hot packs and sports creams on a daily basis.
I underwent months of Physical Therapy, Massage Therapy, and Chiropractic Therapy. While each offered some relief, it was only partial and it did not last very long. My low back and shoulder pain continued to worsen to the point that I could not tolerate lying on my back for nearly nine months. I had to sleep on my side, but my hands would go numb or ache. I was not sleeping well and was exhausted.
In the fall of 2007, I pulled my hamstring muscle. I was tired of the chronic pain and lack of sleep that was now worsened with yet another injury. I had heard of Myofascial Release, but did not know much about it. Since I had already tried everything else, I decided I had nothing to lose by trying it. Within three sessions the pain in my lower back, neck and shoulders was greatly reduced and I was able to sleep on my back again.
I soon learned that my chronic pain and more recent hamstring injury were due to fascial restrictions that put pressure and tension on nerves, joints, and other body structures. The restrictions were caused by abdominal surgery and C-Section scarring, sports injuries, and other trauma endured over my lifetime. I had been treating the pain without finding the cause.