In Search of Back Pain Relief – A Personal Story:Isabelle works in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, a job that requires her to move around all day, to carry around weights and other workout equipment, and to physically assist her customers during their exercise programs. In addition, after work, she’s an avid amateur athlete, who loves to seriously train, especially long distance biking and running.
About 4 years before she visited our clinic for back pain relief, she first started having recurring back pain. Typically towards the end of her longer training sessions. She became increasingly concerned when these pains began to occur sooner into her training sessions. But she generally just toughed it out. At first through infrequent mild pain, then increasingly more frequent and stronger pain.
About a month after her last treatment, Isabelle responded to a check-up email from Doctor Mel with an update also to share with those who might also seek back pain relief:
“I want to say that I went from not being able to drive 10 min in August 2014 to driving across the country in May 2015. Kind of a big difference.
I went from walking around the block in pain with pain medication to now running/hiking for 3 1/2 hours with no pain medication and loving every second of it.
I can now be on my bike climbing again on difficult trails and not be in pain all the time.
I went from feeling the pain all the time to now I can go full days without feeling the same terrible pain.
I can’t tell you enough, Mel, how amazing I feel. I actually did not think about my back until you emailed me about it. It’s a very strange feeling to feel ok again. I was standing up on the Swiss ball today doing squats because my niece did not believe me I could do it and not once I felt my back!! It’s just crazy :)”
Her back pain became increasingly chronic. Often she found herself unable to stand up straight. And even just moving around became a challenge, with shooting pains and numbness in her left leg. She couldn’t sit in the same position for an extended time. That also made longer drives by car impossible. She’d have to take prescription pain medication just to be able to sleep. But even then she found herself frequently waking from pain. Working became very difficult. And several months later training became impossible. Eventually an MRI confirmed that she was suffering from a herniated disk in her lumbar spine.
Cold Laser Therapy for Back Pain Relief
Rather than undergo invasive and risky surgery, Isabelle decided to try Cold Laser Therapy to improve her condition. So, 4 days after her MRI, she came in for a Laser Assessment and immediately started Cold Laser Therapy sessions for back pain relief, and simultaneously began a program of home based physical exercise movements prescribed by Doctor Mel.
After only 2 treatment sessions, she started feeling the first temporary improvements. The pain intensity lessened at times. To the point that for the first time in months, she didn’t even think about it. After the 5th treatment session (the second week of treatments), she experienced a 2 day period without pain. And she started to take less pain medication. And she found herself walking straight again. After another couple of weekly treatments, the shooting pain and the numbness in her leg had disappeared. Some nights she could sleep without waking from pain. And she could sit in a car for longer periods of time. After the 12th treatment she found herself able to sleep full nights without medication. And she was able to further reduce her pain medication dosage. She was able to return to work, feeling pretty good.
She continued with weekly Cold Laser Therapy sessions for another 3 months, reporting to us that after that she’d been able to return to her beloved training regimen including long walks, running and biking. And she was also able to drive long distances in her car again.