Heidi Bauer, one of our many rock star patients, shares her testimonial. Heidi is a dedicated patient who continues to challenge herself to achieve her wellness goals.
“I met Dr. Jim Kambeitz at a health fair held by my company, CH2M HILL. I told him about my constant low back pain that I’ve had for two years and the pain in my mid back on my right side that I could feel every time I took a deep breath. Dr. Kambeitz listened to my description of the pains, poked and prodded a little bit, and then said, “I think I can help you,” in such a way that I knew it was true.
I started seeing results after the first few visits. What I appreciated the most was being given tools (i.e. stretches and strengthening exercises) that I could use on my own at home, which gave me some control over providing my own care without being dependent on scheduling appointments. My low back pain went away after just a few weeks, but I could also feel that if I didn’t continue with the care I had started, the pain would come back. So, I made a commitment to doing the stretches and exercises that Dr. Kambeitz and Thomas, their massage therapist, had assigned me.
Now, when I attend my appointments, I feel like it is truly for maintenance, for maintaining the strives we’ve achieved. I feel stronger and more capable than ever. I am now actively pursuing a new competitive sport (racquetball) and have a promising career in it. When I played in the racquetball circuit five years ago, I could not stand up straight after playing a day in a tournament. Now, I can’t even remember what that used to feel like. It took a leap of faith, but I am so grateful I took it! My experience at Dr. Kambeitz’s office has changed my life. “
Heidi’s best advice to other patients:
Be open. Be open to new sensations in your body, new ideas for exercises or stretches that may help, etc. Be open to the fact that the care being offered might actually work when nothing else has!
Be committed. It does take a lot of time, especially to do the exercises and stretches on your own. If you’re committed enough to make appointments in the office, you owe it to yourself to make the most of that investment and go all the way. It’s worth it; I promise!
Be patient. You might not see results in the first visit, or even the first few visits. Keep at it and know that as long as you can feel things changing (i.e. different than they used to be) in your body, you are headed down the right track.
Be assertive. Don’t be shy about mentioning an ache or pain, even if you think you sound like you’re “complaining”. Even if you are feeling “Great!” relative to the first time you walked in the office, you should be honest about how you are feeling each day.
Be creative. Work alongside the Doctor’s and staff to design a plan that best suits your needs.