Severe or chronic 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 four of this video series, Steven reports feeling stronger and healthier while hiking with his family and carrying his son. When he goes in for his weekly visit to the Egoscue Clinic in Del Mar, California, Steven also discovers the noticeable effects his exercise routine has had on his body. Brian, Steven’s Egoscue specialist, explains that his head is now in a much more favorable position in relation to his spine, and over time this improved alignment will mitigate the symptoms in his arms and hands. Watch the episode to see the beginning of Steven’s amazing physical transformation.

Missed the first episodes of “Becoming Pain Free”? Watch them here:

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