At 15, I discovered I had a scoliosis and for the following 30 years I mostly just ignored it because I was told there was nothing that could be done about it. I loved to run and hike and put up with the occasional time when my back would give me trouble for a few weeks or months at a time.
Then one day, during a particularly stressful time period, I woke up with lower back pain that got progressively worse. As the weeks led to months, I sought out all sorts of specialists: chiropractor, physiotherapist, massage therapist, pelvic health physiotherapist. Most would ultimately tell me that they didn’t know how to help me as all their usual “tricks” were not working. My back had become one tight mass of muscles that simply would not release themselves. Even taking the dogs for a short walk was painful.
After a year and a half, I stumbled upon Carrie Meyer and her Somatic Neuromuscular Re-education Therapy. It has been a lifesaver.
My back has transformed from a mass that moved as one unit, to a functional back where I have regained control over individual muscle groups.
My posture has changed dramatically. I can lie flat on a table again. I can walk the dogs without pain again. Most importantly, she has given me the skills to keep working on my back.
This is not a type of treatment where someone works on your back and fixes it for you – Carrie teaches you how to fix it yourself, giving you incredibly valuable skills and body awareness. It has not been easy, it has taken a long time and I am not yet fully re-covered, but I am seeing tremendous improvements. I feel empowered, and I feel that someday I may run again.
While I will always have a scoliosis, I have learned there are things I can do to ease the effects of scoliosis on my entire body. To anyone with chronic backpain, for whatever reason, I would highly recommend Carrie’s treatment.