Client Testimonial: Cheryl Thomas, Seeing a Better Future

Posted on March 23, 2010. Filed under: Testimonials | Tags: , , , |

March 16, 2010 – Before Starting Biofeedback

Background; where I was before seeing Darryl:

When I met Darryl in Nov. 2009, I was approaching 360 lbs, 49 years old and very unhappy with my lack of ability to move and get around. I have arthritis in both knees, and while they did not cause a lot of pain, they were usually very stiff and uncomfortable; unable to bend very much, making getting around difficult at best. Because of the “odd” walking, I was also having a great deal of low back and hip discomfort, thus seeing the chiropractor roughly once a week, just to maintain. Another issue, causing “limping”, not due to pain, but one leg shorter than the other, was caused by one side of pelvic area being locked up and thus being higher on one side than the other; another reason for my frequent trips to the chiropractor. Going up/down stairs was very difficult. I found myself coming downstairs in the morning, and, if at all possible, not going up again until time to get ready for bed that night, and then using the handrail to pull myself up the steps.

How did I get a hold of Darryl?

Because of all of the above, I knew that I was not able to do standard exercising without injury. I also knew that I needed to move more in order to lose weight in a healthy manner. After seeing a lot of doctors, specialists, and ruling out medical issues, I went to the internet to see what might be available to help me. A couple of years ago, I came across a chiropractor (not the one I see) that did in-home training. I met with him and his wife, but nothing came of that, as the money was an issue at that time. In Nov, I found that he was no longer in the area, and began my search for other similar options. That is when I found Darryl. We exchanged several informational emails before meeting.

Expectations/First Session:

I was a little skeptical, but at the same time hoping for answers. I had worked, many years ago, with physical trainers at gyms, used workout tapes, DVDs, etc. and knew I was unable to do that, and really did not know what to expect in meeting Darryl. He assured me that he felt he could help me. We met for our initial, no obligation session, and I was amazed at what was accomplished. In minutes, he had me walking without the limp, and up/down the stairs. I was hooked. While those changes did not “stick”, it proved to me what my body was capable of, with work, and I was greatly encouraged. We have been working together on a weekly basis since then.

Interesting Part of Journey:

I have always known that the body is connected, but to what extent that is true constantly amazes me. Because of my stamina issues, a lot of the workouts have been with me being seated at least a portion of each session, depending on how I am doing that particular week. But being able to work the upper body to improve the legs, ankles, etc was a concept totally new to me. I still do not fully understand it, but know it works.

Changes:

I can now walk without the limp most of the time. My movement in general is much more fluid, generally faster. My walking pace has sped up, though not yet where I want it to be. My knees bend. Before working with Darryl, I could not bend my knees enough to put my feet on the foot rest of the hairdressers’ chair, but now I can with ease. I have significantly less stiffness in my knees; my body in general. I have little to no pain. I have more confidence in being able to go places and being ok. Before, I would not go anywhere without my husband or someone with me for fear that even if I got in the store, etc, that I would be too “wiped out” to be able to get back to the car. I have begun to successfully venture out some. I still have a lot of work to due where my stamina is concerned, so I still use the store provided scooters to shop, but look forward to the day when that will no longer be necessary.

What Others Say:

My chiropractor, Bob Walker, Select Chiropractor during the Olympic Trials in Sacramento, is great. He supports my work with Darryl, and though is not familiar with his program specifically, he approves greatly of what has been accomplished. He began mentioning several weeks ago about the increased muscle definition in my legs, back. He has also noticed how improved the movement of my knees has become. Yesterday, he told me that if I wasn’t careful, that I would become a shadow of my former self. THAT IS THE GOAL. What an encouragement.

My husband, Roger Thomas, says I am smaller in various areas. He has noticed the increased speed of my walk. He encourages me often.

Vision:

I can now see how getting to where I can do everyday life more normally is possible. And not taking forever to get there. Such an improvement.

March 22, 2010 – After starting Biofeedback

“Today, I am feeling pretty good…I could walk without a limp! (YEAH!!) ”

-Cheryl Thomas

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