Chronic or severe pain affects nearly 50 million American adults, reports a new study prepared by National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, which was published in The Journal of Pain last summer. About half of these people are suffering from chronic pain every single day. Steven, the subject of Sonima.com’s new video series called “Becoming Pain Free,” is one of them.
The 34-year-old independent filmmaker and photographer, who just moved to Los Angeles with his wife Melanie and 5-year-old son Victor, has been battling consistent joint pain in his legs, wrists, and lower back—a byproduct of his profession that requires holding heavy camera equipment for hours—for about nine years. It’s common for Steven to wake up with numb arms and feet and unable to walk. When doctors couldn’t help him address the pain, he turned to Pete Egoscue, Sonima.com’s pain and anatomy advisor, author of multiple books including Pain Free, and creator of the Egoscue Method, an exercise therapy program—taught at more than 25 clinics worldwide—designed to treat chronic pain without prescription painkillers or invasive surgery.
In episode one of this new video series, follow Steven on his journey to learn pain-free living through the Egoscue Method. Discover the crucial role alignment plays in this healing process and how simple, tiny tweaks can lead to big gains for Steven’s overall healthy and happiness.
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By Pete Egoscue