by The subject of pain is the number one conversation at my local Y, where I go for my morning swim. Here’s the typical conversation-
Jaimie- Hey John, how are you doing?
John- I had surgery years ago, and can no longer swim because of severe shoulder pain. Physical therapy didn’t work, and it’s a bummer.
Jaimie- Check out this book called Pain Free. It worked for me.
It shouldn’t be surprising that so many people experience pain. It’s estimated that 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any give time.1. I was one of them. In 2008, I began going to the Egoscue Westchester clinic in NY, under the direction of Greg Heinemann and it has worked wonders for my sciatica. My primary reason why I settled on Egosuce therapy? I got tired of running to the Chiropractor, and for Acupuncture treatments, all the time. Egoscue therapy can be done at home, whenever I need it. I like doing the stretches, and it feels great when I complete it. That’s a blessing for me.
I had a conversation with Greg today and asked him some questions for this post.
Jaimie-Why did you become an Egoscue Therapist?
Greg- As a result of a sports injury when I was in 15, I broke a piece of my femur. The injury occurred as a result of tight muscles, specifically my hip flexor muscle. This sparked my interest in the body, its healing and returning it to normal. In college, I studied Exercise Science with a concentration in Athletic Training. While my leg or hip never bothered me in college, my body developed a compensation and started to change my body because my right hip was still very tight. I actually ended up developing neck pain and arm referral because of how my tight hip had changed my body position.
Jaimie- So Egoscue therapy eventually cleared that up.
Greg- Yes, it took me about 8 weeks and it went back to normal. I had it really bad. If I was driving a long trip in the car I would get neck pain, and my hand would fall asleep. Then one day I noticed, that the pain was all gone. It was incredible.
Jaimie- My experience was very similar. I always suffered from Sciaticva, due to back injury I received when I was 18, when a car crashed into me while I was at a red light. I went for years to Chiropractors and for Acupuncture treatment. In my experience Egoscue treatment worked the best. And again, the best part was that I could do it at home.
Greg- Being able to do it at home is s a common benefit people express.
Jaimie- Is the experience consistent between different Egoscue Therapists?
Greg- We have been using technology since 2003, which helps Egoscue therapists think like Pete Egoscue, the creator of the system. The goal is to offer a uniform level of care, where ever you receive the treatment.
Jaimie – What’s your elevator pitch?
Greg- I save lives.
Jaimie- What do you mean?
Greg- When people ask me if I’m a doctor, I say no. Are you a fire fighter? I say no. I then say I help people get out of pain, by helping them get out of their own physical way. I help people with their posture.
Greg- A lot of pain is a result of a posture issue. Your body is out of alignment. It’s out of balance. In most cases it’s not a debilitating disease you are going through, the pain is a way your body is telling you something is wrong, and this is a way to help adjust it.
Jaimie- Sounds like an easy message.
Greg- The hard part is the follow-through. While the exercise doesn’t take a long time, changing your habits is hard for a lot of people.
Jaimie- There are some people who would rather take a pill.
Jaimie- Static Back is my favorite exercise. It works 90% of the time for me. When it doesn’t work, I go to your clinic for a “tune-up.”. What is your experience?
Greg- Most people feel static back is their favorite exercise. It’s usually the first exercise we show and it feels people love it.
Check out the Static Back video below.
For more information on Egoscue, check out www.egoscue.com. If you’re in the NY area, visit Greg at his Westchester clinic –
Egoscue Westchester, NY
3010 Westchester Ave, #204
Purchase, NY 10577 914-509-5972
For more information, give “Pain Free”, by Pete Egoscue a read. It can change your life. It certainly changed mine.
“This is a personal opinion and does not constitute or reflect an endorsement by First Allied Securities, Inc.”
*1. Jensen M, Brant-Zawadzki M, Obuchowski N, et al. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Lumbar Spine in People Without Back Pain. N Engl J Med 1994; 331: 69-116.