What we do
Are you suffering from chronic pain? Did you know that exercise can actually help alleviate some of your symptoms? Your doctor may have even encouraged you to start exercising. We know that the thought of exercising when your body already hurts is scary. We will help you with a personalized program that combines aerobic exercise, strength, and mental skills training. Our programs are simple to follow and FUN which will enable you to live happier, healthier, and with less pain.
Our mission is to help you to Tame your PAIN! (Physical Activity Instead of Narcotics). Take back control of your life and empower yourself through exercise.
Coach JZ’s Story
On November 9, 2009, Olympian and World Champion triathlete Joanna Zeiger, Ph.D. crashed on her bike due to a faulty water bottle hand-off during a race. The aftermath of the accident included a broken collar bone, multiple rib fractures, tearing of intercostal muscles, and intercostal nerve damage which led to an eventual diagnosis of intercostal neuralgia. Years of chronic pain led to nine chest wall surgeries, multiple nerve blocks and nerve ablations, and the intermittent use of opioid and other pain-relieving medications. Although the chronic pain ended Zeiger’s career as a professional triathlete, as a lifelong athlete, Joanna turned to exercise as a primary source of pain relief. No longer able to bike or swim, Zeiger continued to run and added walking, hiking, and strength work to her regimen. The endorphins derived from exercise coupled with preserving functionality and muscle strength helped not only with the pain, but also with the mood changes that can occur due to chronic pain. Is Joanna pain free? Not by any means! But, a daily dose of exercise has kept Joanna sane, markedly decreased the need for pain medicine, and has given purpose on days when getting out of bed was otherwise difficult. Zeiger’s motto? You are only one run away from a good mood. Her experience with chronic pain and mental toughness (check out her book The Champion Mindset) are the basis for the training written for you.
What is chronic pain?
Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than 3 months. An estimated 11-40% of Americans are living with some type of chronic pain, occurring from an initial injury, trauma, illness, infection, nerve damage, or cancer; sometimes, there is no clear cause for the pain. Pain can range from mild to excruciating, continuous or episodic, sharp or dull, burning or stinging, with daily variations a common occurrence. Chronic pain can also cause soreness, sleeplessness, depression, fatigue, anxiety, stress, fear, hopelessness, and disability.
Since pain is a subjective feeling, sometimes a diagnosis for the cause of the pain is difficult. Traditional imaging, such as X-ray or MRI usually cannot detect levels of pain. Often, the underlying cause of the pain is not treatable, so the patient’s team must find ways to alleviate the pain symptoms.
Treatment of pain can come from medications, acupuncture, electrical stimulation, nerve blocks/ablations, or surgery. Other modalities include psychotherapy, relaxation therapies, biofeedback, and behavior modification.
What often happens is that “people with pain get caught in a vicious cycle of inactivity that results in lost muscle strength and further pain problems.” Studies have shown that exercise can provide an alternative approach to the treatment of chronic neuropathic pain. Indeed, “If exercise was a pill, it would be the biggest blockbuster in the history of medicine.”
We think exercise is one of the best therapies to help manage chronic pain! Please consult your doctor before starting our exercise program.