By: Pete Egoscue
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 six of this video series, Steven is introduced to the Egoscue "Patch" workouts, which leverage specially designed equipment to create an obstacle course of sorts. Because of the apparatus' uneven structure, seemingly simple maneuvers over, under, and around the patch challenge the body in unique ways to help build strength, agility, and better posture. Watch as Steven attempts a patch workout for the first time and hear how it affects his body.
Missed the first episodes of "Becoming Pain Free"? Watch them here:
- Episode 1: Taking the First Steps Toward Pain-Free Living
- Episode 2: The Surprising Factors That Contribute to Chronic Pain
- Episode 3: Continuing the Journey to Pain-Free Living
- Episode 4: See the Amazing Role That Posture Plays in Pain Relief
- Episode 5: Why Proper Alignment Is Crucial for Pain Relief
Find more pain and healing videos, yoga sequences, clean eating recipes, and mindfulness content like this on Sonima.com.