My scoliosis was most noticeable in that my right shoulder drooped, or was obviously lower than my left shoulder. I could also feel it due to a constant pain in my middle/upper back between my shoulder blade and spine. This pain would intensify at times of stress (either physical or emotional) and subside to a dull ache, but it was always there. Within a month I could see that I was able to maintain my strength and had started to “straighten out”. The pain in my back was gone most of the time and when it came back it wasn’t as severe. I was convinced – OxyFlex works!
Then, about six weeks into the program I started having pains in my hips and lower back. Pains I hadn’t experienced before so I was concerned about my new exercise regimen. Debra assured me it was all part of the process of straightening out the curvature in my spine. Deb explained that as my spine straightened, it pulled on my hips and the muscles surrounding them because they weren’t used to being there. She was sure that once I had everything in its proper place and strengthened the muscles the pain would go away. That made sense, so I continued. Sure enough, it was not long before I was feeling better.
As a personal trainer, I know the importance of a consistent exercise routine. However, as a human, I get “busy” and don’t always exercise like I “should”. I found that when I consistently did the OxyFlex routine I felt great, my shoulder didn’t sag, and I didn’t have aches and pains in my back, legs, or hips. However, when I didn’t exercise regularly the aches and pains came back and my shoulder began to sag. The moral of this story . . . when I took at least 15 minutes most days to do the basic routine I would maintain my fitness level, and if I added another 10-15 minutes each workout my strength really improved and I felt fantastic!
I want to share one more story in testimony for the power of the cardio fitness that OxyFlex offers. Although I am a fitness trainer, endurance sports were never my strength (I am the sprinter type). After working with Debra and her OxyFlex program for about four months I walked the ¾ of a mile to my nine-year-old son’s school to pick him up. I brought his scooter for him to ride home. It began to rain so I started to jog. I had done this before and managed to get just 1-2 blocks away before I was gasping for air. This time, I jogged the entire way home and barely felt winded. I couldn’t believe it. The only thing I had been doing different was the OxyFlex.