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Gail’s Story: Overcoming Arthritis and Regaining Freedom

A NOTE FROM MY MOM

I started experiencing knee, back, and hip pain when I was around 35. I figured it was just from being so active. I played softball, waitressed, and had two young children. 

As the pain led to stiffness, swollen knees, and joints, I decided it was time to see a doctor about this issue. The orthopedic doctor put me on Celebrex and it helped somewhat, but it did not fix the problem entirely. The pain and swelling continued over the years until I ended up with surgery for a frozen shoulder. 

Finally, I went to see a rheumatologist and was diagnosed with arthritis. I was told that it was very important to exercise along with taking medication. Over the course of three years, I tried methotrexate, Leflunamide, Hydroxychloriquine, Embrel, Humera, and finally Rinvoq. Even with the medications, I still had to have my knee drained twice. I also tried to exercise like I used to at the gym, but it only seemed to inflame my joints. I became very depressed and frustrated because it felt like fighting a losing battle. I was at my wit’s end and was tired of taking all the medication and risking my health, especially with the outbreak of COVID-19, so I knew it was time to try something new. 

That is when I started Tristan’s Yoga Prehab™. His Knee and Hip Reset for Pain + Stiffness course along with Restore Your Core have given me back my life. I am able to do the things I want to do without the pain and inflammation I experienced from normal gym exercise.  My flexibility and strength returned and I now have the proper tools to use to combat any knee, hip, or back issue before it can become a problem.  

I remember looking at the cost of his courses and wasn’t sure if I wanted to spend that much money on something I had never tried – would it work? But, I read the reviews and calculated just how much I had spent on a gym membership, doctor bills, therapy, and medications and realized the cost of his program was a drop in the bucket compared to these expenses. Not to mention the 2 years of pain I suffered from the frozen shoulder. I started with the Knee Reset and fell in love with the way I started feeling and healing. I was hooked and the more courses I purchased, the more my body and life started to return. The way he has developed these programs and the information he provides has truly made a difference in my life.

I can get down on the ground and play with my granddaughter or climb the steps to her playhouse. I have energy again and most importantly, I have “me” back. At 58 years old I am more active than I was in my forties. 

Thank you Tristan for sharing your passion for yoga and knowledge of Physical Therapy with all of us in these courses so that we can take back our health and wellness!

 

 

**Struggling with arthritis? I formulated a gentle, progressive course exactly for you! Try CHAIR YOGA FOR JOINT HEALING today!

5 Myths About Core Training

Some trends may come and go, but core strength is always in! The core is such an integral part of all body movement, and as a result questions about core training are common in the fitness and physical therapy industries. Unfortunately, there is also a lot of misinformation swirling around. No more! I’m here to bust the most common myths about core training and give you the real deal about how to perfect your core strength, bulletproof your body, and help prevent some of the most common injuries and strains. 

Myth #1: The Abdominals Make Up Your Core.

Well, not quite.  The abdominals are just one piece of the puzzle.  Your true core is made up of multiple groups of muscles that attach to the pelvis, hips, and spine, not just the abdominals. This includes the diaphragm, pelvic floor, deep abdominal muscles, and deep spinal muscles. 

Myth #2: Crunches are the BEST Core Strengthening Exercise.

Nope!  Sure, crunches have their place in fitness.  However, crunches only target the superficial muscles of the abdominal group.  To truly engage and train the entire core, exercises like planking are FAR MORE effective.

Myth #3: If I Have Chiseled Abs Then My Core Is Strong.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but that is false.  Congrats on the aesthetics because that’s no easy feat!  However, just because you have muscle definition does not mean there is actual stability built in the deep core.  

More often than not, the emphasis is placed on the abdominal muscle group than challenging the core to stabilize your spine correctly —  leading to muscular imbalances in the posterior chain aka your back.

Myth #4: Core Isolation Exercises Are The Best Way to Strengthen My Back.

Isolation exercises serve their purpose, however, your core is designed to brace and support your spine as you perform movements like walking, running, bending over, pushing, pulling, and rotation/twisting.

The BEST way to strengthen your back and engage your core is to focus on your breathing as you exert effort during movement. Strong and intentional exhalation during movement activates your pelvis floor and balances your intra-abdominal pressure to stabilize and protect your spine while you move.

Myth #5: You Should Train Your Core Daily

Not a good idea.  Just like any other muscle in your body, core muscles need time to rest if you’ve been targeting them consistently.  Here’s the thing, your core is ALWAYS active, however, over time it can get sluggish and weak — leading to other muscle overactivation to cover the loss of stability.

Aim to train your core 3-4 times a week for optimal results.

The most important thing with core strengthening work is to keep it up! You’ll likely feel the results before you see them. And like I said, core strength and abdominal definition are two totally different things. The amazing results you’ll see and feel will be better posture, enhanced stability, and stronger movement throughout your whole body. Definition in your entire core will come with time. Stick with it each week and you will see the results pay off!

Need more core training guidance? Get in on the Yoga Prehab™ action this month with Restore Your Core, which is completely targeted at regaining strength, stability, and definition in your core. This whole month I’ll take you through gentle, at-home exercises, that engage the entire core so you’ll see the best results!