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After 10 years of semi-chronic low back pain, advanced disc degeneration, and severe facet osteoarthritis, my back exploded, making May 2014 one of the toughest months I have ever endured. Neurosurgery was the only option, as the L4-5 disc had ruptured, and fragmented around the S1 nerve root. This caused complete loss of neurological function for the lateral glute, hamstring, entire calf and foot.
Most doctors suggested quitting weight training and sports, while manual therapists offered help through trigger point release. I continued all aspects of training, which, at that time, included weights, varsity soccer, and Integrative Street Combative (ISC) training.
Right around this time, Coach Christopher Sommer was interviewed on Robb Wolf’s podcast. He spoke of low back injuries and my ears perked up. I’d been studying low back rehab for a decade, which emphasized neutral spine and gluteal recruitment techniques for improvement of low back pain. Clearly, something was missing: dozens of aspects of creating a healthy spine!
In July of 2016, I decided to get another MRI. Improvements in symptoms, as well as function, were so pronounced after only a year of GST that most days, my low back feels strong and silent.
I’m thrilled to be on this journey of structural, functional, and performance improvement, blessed beyond my wildest dreams to have stumbled upon Coach Sommer and GymnasticBodies