I began to have lower back problems when I was a sophomore in high school. I was, and still am, an athlete and my back pain began to affect my sports. Over a 2 year period, I went to see doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, and sports medicine specialists. When none of those things worked, I found myself at a neurosurgeon. After a multitude of tests, I was told that I had spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal, in my 5 lumbar vertebrae. The doctor said that this was something that they usually only saw in old men, that it would require surgery, and to come back when I could no longer stand the pain and they would perform said surgery. About 3 years later, I returned and had the surgery. For the next 10 years, I was relatively free of pain and discomfort and able to enjoy being active once again.
Flash forward those ten years and I am 3 years into my my pursuit of a black belt at a Dallas, TX kung fu school when I begin to experience back problems again. It starts out as stiffness and soon leads to loss of flexibility, sciatic numbness, and pain. Within a year I am in constant, sometimes debilitating pain and have almost completely stop training. Deciding that I do not want to go through surgery again, I look for relief elsewhere. Being in Dallas, I found that I had many alternative options. I start with chiropractic and massage therapy, and before it is all said and done, I had tried acupuncture, acupressure, myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, crainiosacral therapy, and cold laser, all with varying degrees of success before I found Rolfing®. Rolfing® was the first therapy that gave me lasting results and goals that considered the body as a whole.
Having known nothing about Rolfing® before I went through the process, and finding that few people that I knew or talked to knew anything about Rolfing®, I saw an opportunity to change career paths and pursue a field that could benefit and educate many people of all types and back rounds. Thus began my path to becoming a Rolfer®.