Kieser Training to Recover Chronic Back Pain

Client Name: Allison Natonewski
Centre: Geelong
Primary Exercise Scientist: Lucas Baldock

After the birth of her fourth child, Allison’s back pain became unmanageable. She came to Kieser to reduce her back pain so she can be more present with her growing family. Here is her story:  

“My journey with Kieser started in 2018. I had injured my lower back in 2002, a scan had revealed that I had a bulge in my L4/5. At this point in time I was able to manage my pain with different forms of treatment, initially they seemed to be working, but as time went by and three children later, I had noticed that my ability to recover after each birth seemed a lot harder and my muscle strength was more difficult to regain. I had tried Yoga, Pilates and an array of alternate therapies, with not much success.

It wasn’t until I had given birth to my 4th child that my lower back pain escalated. My pain went from manageable to chronic in a very short period of time. I was in desperate need of a solution, as the simple everyday tasks were becoming impossible and the pain was unbearable. I struggled to lift my baby, let alone help my three older children. I was in a bad way, physically and mentally. 

A friend of mine had highly recommended Kieser to me. Feeling a little bit apprehensive, I made the decision that I had nothing to lose. Initially I did have my doubts, as I had wondered how would this form of treatment like all the other treatments I had tried, actually work. My first appointment was really uplifting, I knew that this was not going to be a quick fix and that it was up to me to commit to the program. I walked out of my first session feeling like this could be the light at the end of the tunnel.

This was my last hope!

Like most people we all struggle with time, and finding the time for yourself does seem impossible. What I have learnt from all of this is, if I’m not able to function and be a positive role model for my children, then what is the point in trying to set a good example? Your physical health drives your overall mental health, which allows you to function every day in a positive way.

I set myself a task to make sure that I would remain consistent with my sessions, as I was prepared to do anything to be pain free.

I noticed in the first three months, that I was able to complete a task, without having to lay down and rest my back. I had also been wearing a back brace to support my lower injury, it got to a point in the training that I was able to rid myself of that, I couldn’t believe it! I also had to use a cushion anywhere I went, as sitting on a seat was not possible and I needed the support in my lower lumbar to help ease the pain. Gradually, this became a thing of the past and I can now go out for dinner without dragging the dreaded cushion around with me.

I do have my ups and downs with back pain, however, this is very manageable and nothing like I have dealt with in the past.

I am pleased to say that my strength tests have increased and I feel that I am stronger than ever. The goal I had set for myself was to be able to play with my kids, which is something I will never take for granted and because of Kieser and the amazing team and support I receive, I have not looked back.

I can’t thank the Kieser team enough, I will continue on this journey to be strong and stay strong!”

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