At 19 I was sitting at a table paying some bills when I decided to stretch. Something popped and I felt my legs get cold. I looked down and they were bluish-grey. I had no idea what had just happened but there was no pain so I went ahead and brought my hands down. It was then that the spasms hit. It took me almost a full hour to get from the table to the phone less than 6 feet away. My chiropractor said that my x-rays looked like they belonged to someone much older, so before I left for college, I went to an orthopedic/sports doc. The prognosis was that by the time I was 25 I would be in a wheel chair. The pop had been a disc herniating and there were several others close to joining that one as well as a few in my neck and upper back. The doc said that it would be no time at all before my hands would be affected too. In fact, I had noticed that they were going to sleep fairly often and that my hand would go numb while playing the guitar. It also explained the intense headaches I had been getting for a few years which had been explained away to stress and TMJ issues.
That prognosis was a truly horrible thing to hear. I had participated in sports all of my life and being physically active was how I dealt with the stress of a difficult home life. Thanks to a mentor who became a dad to me a few years earlier, I found the will to change who I was. I attended chiropractic college and searched for ways to heal. Over the years by utilizing many wonderful techniques and therapies, I slowly healed and have stayed out of a wheelchair. But the pain in my lower back never went away and was often accompanied by pain/pain and numbness down my left leg. I lived most of the last 17 years with a pain level ranging from 6-9. During the good times, it would get to a 4. Because that was such a break, I called it my zero. But it was still not zero. More often than not, going for a ride that was more than 45 minutes would send me to a 9-10. I would plan my life around how much pain certain events were likely to cause. Mowing the lawn or vacuuming the house would mean increased pain for several days. Playing with my great nieces also meant pain for several days. I had learned to practice after I was hurt, but the more people I saw, the harder it was to walk at night. There were times when I couldn't walk (unless you count the excruciating trips to the bathroom on crutches), or practice, or do much of anything for a couple weeks or more at a time.
Sometime near the middle of January this year I purchased and started practicing Intu-Flow®. I have practiced it daily since then (unless my doc advised otherwise) and am happy to report that on May 20th, for the first time since I was 19, I reached true zero for a pain level. :-) It was there for fleeting moments off and on that night and the next morning before disappearing again until June 8th. It was fleeting that day also but returned again this morning for a brief moment.
I went for about a 20 mile bike ride today after doing yard work on Friday (which included digging a rather large hole in our yard to repair a leak in a pipe leading to our pool, edging, mowing, etc.), riding around for an hour with my husband while he ran errands Friday, driving 40 minutes to see my great niece play T-ball and then wrestling around with her and her little sister before driving back on Saturday, and then driving to and from a party last night also. I might also add that my chiropractic practice has doubled if not almost tripled in the last 3 weeks so I am seeing significantly more people and being able to come home and train or go for a walk with my husband and dog. Though I have consistently had regular chiropractic adjustments and meridian therapy, since starting Intu-Flow®, each treatment now builds on the previous one. While there are many things that have helped to get me to this point – chiropractic, nutrition, acupuncture, muscle activation technique, massage, etc., etc., -- Intu-Flow® has definitely been the missing piece of the puzzle that brought them all together. The zero pain isn’t consistent yet, but yet is the key word. My ability to function consistently has gone through the roof compared to years past.
Thank you Scott and Jodie for all that you do, and thanks to the rest of the tribe for the encouragement and support that you have given along the way. Reaching zero pain is not the end of my journey but the beginning of a new one. It will be exciting to take new x-rays in a couple of years and see if the space between the discs has returned to that of a healthy spine. While I realize that it is not a thought shared by many, I do believe it just might be possible. We are the accumulation of our motions, thoughts, and nutrition. If we change those things, we have the ability to change ourselves.