From Bridgit – The Modus Truth on Prevention

“It felt like I had an iron stake being shoved into my lower back, along with sciatica nerve pain running down my leg. Last fall, while I was still in pain, a friend who also has struggled with lower back pain suggested that I try Modus.”

I have always been an active person. Growing up with a twin brother and a brother a year younger made it the norm to be involved in various sports in my youth, and I have continued this active lifestyle since. When I was in my 30s, though, I started to have lower back issues. For the last 10-15 years, on and off back pain has been part of my life, limiting my activity level.

A year ago I had just returned from Spring Break and was hit with the most severe back pain yet. The pain was excruciating. It felt like I had an iron stake being shoved into my lower back, along with sciatica nerve pain running down my leg. I had to give up all of the active activities that I enjoyed most — running, biking, swimming, playing tennis, and waterskiing, among others. But the worst part was that I couldn’t walk, drive, or even sit with my family at mealtimes without being in constant pain. During church I had to stand in the back. I couldn’t drive my son to his soccer games. Determined to find relief, I sought out medical help. You name it, I tried it: chiropractic care, physical therapy, oral steroids, yoga, steroid injections, acupressure. Nothing worked. X-rays and an MRI determined that I had an unstable SI joint as well as a bulging disc at L5-S1, encroaching the S1 nerve root. After six months the pain had become slightly better, but still limited my daily function.

Last fall, while I was still in pain, a friend who also has struggled with lower back pain suggested that I try Modus. She religiously goes twice a week, and swears that doing so has prevented her back pain from reoccurring. Seeing how I had tried everything else, I thought I had nothing to lose, so I went to a class with her. Although I couldn’t do all of the exercises the first few times I went, after 4-5 weeks, I was virtually pain free, and have not looked back since.

After incorporating regular Modus classes into my fitness routine, I am delighted to say that I now have no back issues. All of that glute and pelvic floor work seems to keep the components of my lower back in the proper position. I am fully back to my favorite active endeavors, like swimming at Easling Pool, roller skiing, running, and biking. But the thing that I HAVE to do regularly is to go to Modus, which is the miracle-worker for me in helping to prevent another back injury!