As a healthy, active, 29 year-old with no prior accidents or injuries, I was surprised to wake up one morning with pain in my lower back. When it became apparent to me that the pain was not diminishing, I sought treatment from a variety of doctors, including chiropractic treatment. Contributing to the problem was my lifestyle as a graduate student and my job, both of which require long hours of sitting.
A variety of tests and treatments were performed, all resulting in little or no change in my condition. I have now been in chronic pain for nine months and have found some relief in prescription anti-inflammatory medications. It is physically exhausting to be in chronic pain, particularly when it interferes with sleep. The prospect of spending the rest of my life alleviating my discomfort with medication and restricting my daily activities is probably worse than the physical pain.
When I first heard about The BackProject, I was skeptical. I did not expect something as simple as the PelvicRestrainer to help my condition. The day of my session the mobility in my back was severely restricted. While sitting, I could bend forward and backward only a few inches. Also, I could hardly twist to my right side.
After approximately 20 minutes in the PelvicRestrainer guided by a competent physical therapist, I was able to touch my toes. My mobility to twist to the left and especially to the right was also greatly increased. What amazed me even more was that these results had happened quickly, painlessly and non-invasively. I was in control at all times, doing a series of pain free exercises. In addition, the PelvicRestrainer forced my muscles to work correctly. There was absolutely no pressure put on my lower back.
I felt so good that evening that I didn't take my prescription medication. I expected I would be in a lot of pain the next morning without the medication, but I wasn't! For the first time in a long time, I was able to reach down and put my shoes on with no pain. I continued to feel good all day and did not take my medication that night either.
The BackProject has given me hope that my pain can be alleviated. Equally important is that the method is non-invasive and would return the control of my treatment to me. With proper training and access to a PelvicRestrainer, my treatment and my condition would no longer be dependent on doctors' schedules, insurance companies or medication. In my opinion, that is an amazing benefit of the PelvicRestrainer.
I want to take this opportunity to thank The BackProject and wish them success in their future endeavors to bring their project to chronic back suffers.
Melisa Missakian PT, DC
Since writing this letter, I received the results from my MRI and have learned that I have a herniated L5 disc.