“I tried so many different things, and this worked for me I guess because it was so tailored to me,” says Trina Metcalf.
For Trina, debilitating back pain left her on the couch for the majority of each day.
“I spent nine months in bed — literally didn’t leave the house except for doctors’ appointments for nine months,” says Trina.
After trying various therapies and treatments including physical therapy, acupuncture, aqua therapy, injections, and changing her diet, she then turned to Pilates to help manage the pain.
“She could barely walk. She had been through two very severe back surgeries, serious spinal surgeries,” says Jenn Jacobs, Pilates Instructor at TOSH – The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital.
For some people, the group atmosphere of Pilates provides social interaction and encouragement, but for Trina, a one-on-one setting allowed her to go at her own pace.
“What was so refreshing to me what that they stay with you the entire time,” says Trina.
Pilates is centered around the body’s core muscles, and it’s not just about strengthening and moving your body, but doing so in a healthy and safe way.
“A lot of people don’t move because they hurt, and then they hurt because they don’t move,” says Jacobs.
Trina started slow — with one class per week. Together, they focused on breathing correctly, flexing and pointing her feet, and putting pressure on a stability ball which was all a challenge.
“It was an hour session and sometimes I couldn’t even complete the hour session,” says Trina.
Now, after a couple years of training, she’s up to twice a week and back to participating in some of her favorite activities.
“I have been able to go back to skiing, which I love. I can’t ski a full day, but I’m still able to ski and I’m able to bike, and I’m able to do things I wasn’t able to do before,” says Trina.