On Sept 24th I got to the gym to train Carrol and her husband Dale. Carrol had a smile from ear to ear. I knew immediately something was up. Obviously I knew it was going to be a good thing but I had no idea how good. Carrol proceeded to tell me about her visit with her Rheumatologist. I’ll let you read her words of the account.
Eric Walden has changed my life through his personal training effort on my behalf. As a result of Eric’s work with me my rheumatologist recently exclaimed that he had watched me walk into his office and was amazed. During our visit he wanted to know every detail of my work with Eric and, he wanted Eric’s contact information. At the end of my visit he released me to come back only if needed. He did ask me to stop back in a few months to let him see my progress. He told me I had improved more than he ever thought possible and said “the sky was the limit” for my continued improvement. Not bad for just six months of work. Do I still have pain? Absolutely, but it is no longer the focus of my life.
Arthritis has been part of my life since my late forties. It has ruled my life for the last seven years to the point that walking through my home was so painful that I mostly just sat on the couch all day. In addition to medication I had participated in a lot of therapy in the past few years and water therapy had actually helped me some. During these years my primary care doctor (Dr. Lisa Miller) had consistently encouraged me to give working with Eric a try. I didn’t seriously consider it until the rheumatologist told me that my only hope to continue walking was having my foot rebuilt, and he feared I would be too weak after the recovery to walk again. He said my other option was losing weight and getting stronger to see if less pressure would help my foot to the point I could continue living with the pain. Getting stronger and losing some weight would also better prepare me for surgery if I decided to have it. At my next office visit I reluctantly told my primary care doctor that I would see Eric for an evaluation. Thank heavens my primary doctor did not give up on me because coming to Eric has literally enhanced my life in every way. He makes the workout out time enjoyable but continues to move me forward. I feel better, have less pain and am actually going shopping and participating more in life. I look forward to working with him for the foreseeable future.
I have been working with Carrol since April of this year. We work together twice a week for a half hour. In the beginning all I did with her was to work on repositioning her body. When she walked into the gym the first time she was hunched over at the waist, and her right toes were almost pointing to the 3 o’clock position. We stretched and foam rolled, and walked a straight line. We did this for the first 3-4 weeks. She never touched a weight. As she got better at just repositioning her body she started feeling better and walking better. I then started her with light weights. Her and Dale were going to the rehab center to do cardio 3 times a week. Carrol would do the Nu step machine. She has worked her self up to using an actual recumbent bike. I’m continuing to work with Carrol and make her stronger all over her body. Our focus is still making sure she is walking correctly and moving in a pain free range of motion.
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