At age 65 I had surgery to replace the joint in my right shoulder. The surgeon, Dr. Wright, prescribed physical therapy and a friend of mine recommended I schedule an appointment with Chris Krull. The rehab started out very easy but after a few sessions Chris noticed something was bothering me. He asked about it and I told him that I’ve had problems with anxiety and claustrophobia ever since suffering a head injury on July 17, 2003. He explained to me that the longstanding effects of that type of injury could interfere with the success of my therapy and that he needed to treat me, the patient, and not just my shoulder. The focus needed to be on the body as a whole since it functions as a unit and it all works together.
Once I opened up about my anxiety and claustrophobia and described what happened, he assessed my visual balance and discovered that I appeared to have a midline shift of my vision. He recommended I see Dr. James Nedrow, a neuro-optometrist in Lincoln, NE to treat the visual midline problem. Chris was then able to provide better, more successful rehabilitation to my new shoulder because I was no longer compensating for my visual balance being “off”.
I still do exercises at home to maintain motion but today, THANKS to Chris’s care and his referral to Dr. Nedrow, I have 100% movement in my shoulder, my visual midline has been corrected, and I no longer have problems with anxiety or claustrophobia.
Thank you Chris.
I’m a stay at home Mom of 3 active kids! I was having trouble keeping up with them and all my jobs at home because of my back/hip pain. I had been to the doctors and chiropractor, all which helped for short term. I had actually gotten an MRI and the phone number to a surgery center in Lincoln. During this time I had been “working out” at the Body Connection and saw Sue’s brochure. Talked to my husband about calling Sue, I couldn’t imagine myself having a personal trainer. We decided after all she had been through and the money we spent on doctors’ visits with no continual relief we thought it was worth a try…..
After talking to Sue that first phone call I was never so excited for a Monday to get here, that was our first appointment. She made me feel comfortable over the phone and showed empathy for what I was saying and did not make me feel weak!! I had hope after that first phone call.
I had an appointment with Chris shortly after meeting with Sue. The combination of strength training and PRI has been key for me! There were times when I didn’t want to do the exercises at home but after getting back into my bad habits and pain I knew what I had to do. So I trusted in the process, did the work and it worked for me.
Now just over two years later I am pain free! My journey has had lots of ups and downs, tears and fears, BUT I have never gone back down as far as I was in the beginning. PRI and strength training are now a part of my everyday life.
25 Year Old Female
6 weeks later
I think the biggest changes came from Sue and Chris helping me understand where my body “needed” to be. Form was a huge part of it because I was never truly engaging the muscles I should have been on many of my lifts in my workout. The mind-muscle connection really helped me focus more during my lifts. When we would work together I would focus hard on how the lift was supposed to feel and then try to recreate that when I was on my own.
My injury happened seventeen years ago when I broke my back in a car accident. I was paralyzed for 6 months before I started regaining movement in my legs. Following extensive rehab and rehabilitation for almost a year, I was walking with the aid of a crutch. Through the next 10-15 years I have undergone physical therapy off and on when I would suffer pain or feel my body not responding like I thought it should. I believed over those years I needed to work out on a regular basis or I may not be able to walk. So I continued the workouts I had been given by different therapists and was able to maintain.
Then I met Sue two years ago. She was energetic and had new ideas. I asked, “Why not? I’m getting around, but I have two young children to keep up with, and I’m wearing out fast.” So, we started out with a whole new weight lifting program and cardio. I was seeing a great change in the way I felt and looked, life was good and I was able to keep up with my family better. I overall just felt better.
Set back one came, a horrible infection in my leg. But Sue didn’t give up on me! We found other ways for me to work out without putting weight on my bad foot and leg. During this time she kept talking to me about Chris and how she thought he could help me. I was finally released by the, allowing me to now put weight back on my leg and foot. It was time for the next step.
So the day came and my first appointment with Chris! Chris had me doing different exercises to identify my problems and weak areas. It was just so interesting, how he could identify what was working and what wasn’t. The PRI approach forces you to use weak muscle to do the exercise and you are in a positon that doesn’t allow you to cheat. But remember to Breathe! This is probably the hardest part of all… BREATH, deep breathing from the diaphragm while doing the exercise is the most important factor to have it all work together.
I have had a setback since working with Chris. I came home from a trip a year ago and couldn’t walk without the aid of a crutch. But that didn’t stop any us from going forward and working through it.
Several weeks later, and I mean several, all of a sudden everything decided it was going to work again. Do any of us know why? NO, but not one of us gave up. I went on that same trip this year a stronger person than a year ago (THANKS to Chris and Sue), walked off the plane, and said, “Look Sue, I’m walking this year!” So don’t give up, it is a lifestyle change you have to make to be better.
With Chris and Sue’s knowledge of PRI and weight training and how well they work together I am on the right path. I am leading a healthier and active lifestyle. I’m deeply grateful for their positive influence on my life!
I recommend Chris and Sue to anyone wanting to improve their quality of life.
I have been a long distance runner for 30 years. I had developed a breathing style over the years that seemed to serve me well. However, after meeting with Chris and going through several tests to assess my breathing, he informed me that I was not using my diaphragm as efficiently as I could be. He prescribed several exercises that helped increase the use of the upper chambers of my lungs, and activated my entire diaphragm, which has led to a much more efficient and effective breathing style for running .
I experienced severe pain in my left hip not long after I completed a half marathon in Phoenix, AZ. I was barely able to move because the pain was nearly unbearable with each step I took. I consulted with Chris and Sue right away because I didn’t think I would be able to go to work the next day. They gave me three simple exercises that were designed to rebalance my hips. I was walking with minimal pain almost immediately. I continued these exercises for the next few days and resolved all of the pain in my hip!