She Was On Pins and Needles (Literally)
Are you ready to turn it around?
Everyone feels that way once in a while.
But sometimes, we don’t when the opportunity to rise up will hit us.
It happened to our amazing client, Byrne (pronounced Burn-nee). One minute she was going to surrender to the daily pain in her back and left leg. The next minute, she decided to take action, and try her best to get her life back.
That’s why we’re proud to call Byrne our Client of the Month.
Want to hear more of this incredible journey?
Her Left Leg
“Back in October (2016), I got out of my car and had excruciating pain that shot down the back of my left leg,” Byrne said.
The pain came out of nowhere.
When Byrne moved to Winter Garden, Florida, she saw a physical therapist (PT) and offered her an exercise protocol to help with her pain.
“That was after seeing a chiropractor a couple of times and seeing an orthopedic specialist three times a week,” Byrne said.
The PT recommended 18 weeks of treatment because statistics have shown that after 18 treatments, you’re either better or you’re not.
“I had two collapsed discs (L4 and L5) in my lower back,” said Byrne, “I was told that if I strengthen my core, it would help relieve the pressure on those discs.”
The treatments included a traction table. It’s a table that’s cut in half and you’re secured to the upper part of the table. A weight is attached to your waist. And you are gently pulled apart to provide relief on your lower back.
“Nothing worked,” said Byrne, “I still had pins and needles running down my left leg.”
It felt hopeless for Byrne.
“I really thought I was going to have to live with this pain for the rest of my life. Especially because my doctor told me they have the same ‘pins and needles’ down their leg from time to time,” Byrne said.
Her Moment of Power
“I made the decision to try yoga. The PT said, ‘great, do whatever you think will help you,'” said Byrne.
Byrne talked to Karen and decided to give us a try because she felt safe.
“I know from experience there are certain moves that aren’t safe for me. And Winter Garden Yoga doesn’t use unsafe moves,” Byrne said.
After about six classes Byrne started to feel better.
“I remember Kathy saying to me she could see a difference in my face from practicing yoga at WGY. She said I used to look like I was in pain. Now I don’t,” said Byrne,” and she was right.”
“I’m doing things I thought I’d never be able to do again,” Byrne said.
Here’s a list of the fantastic benefits Byrne is experiencing:
– No longer has pins and needles down her left leg
– Stronger core
– Better posture
– No more pain medication
– No more inversion table
“I’m doing things I would never be able to do again,” said Byrne. For example, it used to take Byrne six weeks to unpack her house after a move. In this last move, it only took her a week.
“I thought I’d never be able to sit in an airplane or drive. But I had no problem at all during a recent vacation. And I did okay while walking a 10K with my daughter,” Byrne said.
It turns out all of the core strengthening from Beginner’s Yoga was a big part in Byrne being able to move the painful discs in her low back.
“I know my core is strong. Yoga is a part of my weekly routine,” said Byrne,”my PT said they’re sorry Winter Garden Yoga isn’t close to their office because they’d recommend all their patients go there.”
Her New Life
“I’m feeling good,” Byrne said, “every time I go to Winter Garden Yoga I get stronger and I don’t want to miss it. Winter Garden Yoga is a part of my life. It’s been a godsend for me; it’s been a miracle.”
Byrne really likes the instructors because they are very in tune with their students and they are in tune with helping people.
“I’ve been to a lot of other studios before and I didn’t find that. That was not where the instructors were coming from. They were into the poses but they weren’t interested in me personally. I feel that the instructors at WGY are concerned with everybody… I really like that,” said Byrne.
It’s been a learning experience for Byrne to “pull back” and be aware of her pain during her yoga practice.
“None of the instructors belittled me for coming out of a pose when I needed a break,” Byrne said, “the emphasis is always on how the pose feels instead of how does the pose look.”
“Go to Winter Garden Yoga once and try it. Go and give it a chance because I think you’ll find it’s exactly what you’re looking for,” Byrne said.
“I thought I’d never be free of the pins and needles running down my left leg. I don’t have it now. Winter Garden Yoga truly changed my life,” said Byrne.
It’s Your Turn
Turning everything around can feel impossible.
It’s the same for everyone. Being super busy, taking care of everyone else, fearing the unknown.
But, you have the power to make a permenant and positive change.
Make the commitment to take action now. Stop putting it off. Call your doctor and get the “go ahead.” Then grab your phone and call the nearest yoga studio. Talk with someone to find out if their studio is the right fit (here’s a great article that will help).When you’ve found your place, schedule your first class, and go.
Before you know it, you’ll have better posture, feel more resilient, and have more energy than ever.
You’ve got this!
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