Recent studies have shown that over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. This pain can often come in bursts or linger as a daily burden; a bodily pain that never goes away.
Anna Pesce, of Orangeburg, NY, was one of the 100 million people accustomed to this chronic pain. She had severe scoliosis of her spine and lived for decades hunched over. Eventually, her posture became so poor that her mobility became affected and she was wheelchair bound. Doctors thought she wouldn’t be able to walk or live in comfort for the rest of her life.
But, at 85-years-old, Anna decided to make a serious life change. And that one alternation would completely transform her body and her life.
With a herniated disc, scoliosis, and osteoporosis all combined, Anna was in constant and immobilizing pain. She couldn’t visit her kids and grand-kids properly and doing daily tasks for herself became impossible. She couldn’t even walk up and down the stairs – she had to be carried if she wished to go up or down a floor.
Needless to say, her independence and her general demeanor suffered from this lifestyle.
Despite her daily struggles, Anna had hope. She saw countless doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and back specialists to find a source of relief. However, nothing she tried helped her daily pain.
Rachel, 28, specializes in back care – just what Anna needed.
Once a week, the two met. Rachel taught Anna restorative poses like the child’s pose and chair savasana.
Within a month, Anna could walk again.
“After two months, another big milestone was that [Anna] knew what poses to do whenever the usual pains would come up for her,” Rachel said. “For example, if she was having hip pain, she’d sit on a chair and do an ankle-to-knee pose.”
Four months into yoga, Anna was able to do a modified headstand! Keep in mind, this was an 85-year-old who, just months prior, couldn’t walk on her own.
The change is absolutely extraordinary! Anna’s posture and quality of life were completely transformed thanks this therapeutic yoga; she can now move around her house, do chores, drive on her own, and live independently as she wishes.
Most importantly of all, she can now stand tall and enjoy life the way it was meant to be enjoyed.
According to Rachel, yoga – with proper guidance and certified instruction – can increase bone density, strengthen muscles and relieve back pain.
Rachel herself has experienced the benefits of yoga for back pain. She suffers from scoliosis – not that you’d really be able to tell.
She discovered yoga for back care in 2010. Like Anna, she had tried almost everything her doctor recommended. Yoga was the only solution that provided long-term benefit.
Two years after meeting, Anna and Rachel continue to work together on a weekly basis.
If you have chronic pain and you’re searching for a means of relief, consider trying restorative yoga.