Hope after 7 years of pain

Lizz - lizz16113@comcast.net

Posted 2009-04-05

Seven years ago I began having coccyx and hip pain. Then started the familiar round of X-rays, MRIs, shots in hip, coccyx and spine, visits to a dozen or so doctors and courses of physical therapy with their favorite therapists. Finally, the therapists began to concentrate on pelvic instability and hip imbalance. Despite the fact that they agreed that my hips were unlevel and twisted, nobody seemed able to do anything about it! They gave me exercises to do, which I did faithfully, all to no avail.

I never gave up, and kept following one lead after another, only stopping short at surgery, since I'm convinced that the problem is muscular, not structural. Over the last couple of years, I'd also developed psoas pain, so I went to a weekend workshop run by Liz Koch, the author of the book The Psoas. Whilst her emphasis on the psoas was not enough to have any effect on my myriad problems, her reading list included books by Pete Egoscue. I promptly got all four of them, although I found the two most useful to be Pain Free and The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion. A lot of the therapies I'd been through didn't make a lot of sense, but these books made so much sense! The premise of the books is that we are going to have pain and restricted movement if our bodies are not aligned properly: shoulders over hips over knees over ankles, and that our modern, inactive lifestyle leads to posture problems, throwing our bodies out of alignment.

I was sufficiently encouraged by following some of the exercises in the books that I signed up for therapy at one of the Egoscue clinics, so that a therapist could help me make sure that I was doing the exercises correctly. After just six weeks, I have much less pain in my hip, as well as a more natural gait and less pain when I walk. I'm also developing muscle in the pelvic region, where I was very weak, and I have high hopes that the coccyx pain will diminish as my muscles strengthen and get themselves into proper alignment. I hope to post back at a later date to say that my coccyx pain is now just a memory.

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