CASE STUDIES - Jon science... 100% fact

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Name: Jill

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Age: 50+

Initial Complaint
  • Debilitating back pain.
  • Unable to perform simple manual labor without pain.
  • Exercise causes back pain.

Medical Diagnoses
  • Multilevel Disc Bulging and Herniation at L4-L5 Compressing the Sacrum

Assessment Summary
  • Instability (excessive movement) in the lumbar region and weak gluteal musculature.
  • Upper body kyphosis (slouching upper body posture) and varying scapular abduction and winging (varying shoulder blade heights and degrees of protrusion.)
  • Observing the client move reveals a slew of motor control issues.

Training Program
  • Training began April 2007.
  • Training focused on stabilizing the lumbar region and mobilizing the hip region.
  • Training focused on increased gluteal strength.
  • Training focused on postural restoration and strengthening exercises such as pushups and pullups.

Results
  • After three months of training, pain significantly reduced.
  • After six months of training, no sign of pain and regular activity and exercise were resumed. Exercise consisted of traditional weight lifting, running, elliptical, tennis, and water-skiing.
  • Is able to single leg squat to a 14-inch height, perform 5 chinups, and has performed as many as 20 pushups in one set.

“After two months, I felt a huge improvement; after five months, I felt amazing; after nine months, the amazing feeling began to feel normal.”

“If eliminating my back pain wasn’t enough, here is a list of other ailments that improved due to strength training:
Hypoglycemia- gone
IT band pain- gone (pain on the outside of my knees)
Neck and shoulder tension and pain- gone
Two other benefits of my training with Jon- I am now 5/8 inches taller (I have scoliosis), and I literally worked my butt off and lost inches!!!”
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Name: Joan
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Age: 70+

Initial Complaint
  • Has had reoccurring 24-hour low back pain for the past ten years (since early 2000.)
  • Low back pain restricts exercise selection in the gym.
  • Low back pain restricts manual labor around the house.

Assessment Summary
  • Instability (excessive movement) in the lumbar region and weak gluteal musculature.
  • Kyphotic upper body posture (rounding of the shoulder blades.)
  • Weak lower trapezius (area around the shoulder blades) region.

Training Program
  • Training began May 2010.
  • Training focused on stabilizing the lumbar region and mobilizing the hip region.
  • Training focused on improving gluteal strength.
  • Training focused on postural restoration via upper body strength training.

Results
  • After two weeks of training, pain significantly subsided.
  • Is able to double leg squat to an 18-inch height pain free.
  • Is able to perform manual labor both inside and outside the house pain free.
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Name: Kathie
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Age: 50+

Initial Complaint
  • Back pain limits exercise and gardening work.
  • Back pain has not improved in 6-months of physical therapy.

Medical Diagnoses
  • Herniated Disc L4-L5

Assessment Summary
  • Instability (excessive movement) in the lumbar region and weak gluteal musculature.
  • Kyphotic upper body posture (rounding of the shoulder blades.)
  • Hyperactive upper trapezius musculature (upper back.)
  • Weak lower trapezius (area around the shoulder blades) region.

Training
  • Training began November 2009.
  • Training focused on stabilizing the lumbar region and mobilizing the hip region.
  • Training focused on increasing gluteal strength.
  • Training focused on postural restoration and getting the upper trapezius musculature to “relax” whilst exercising.

Results

  • After three months of training, symptoms greatly subsided.
  • After six months of training the client was pain free and able to exercise and work in the garden without any symptoms.
  • After six months of training client demonstrates ability to single leg squat to a 20-inch height as well as demonstrates significant upper body strength without any painful symptoms.
  • After six months of training, client is able to perform interval work on the elliptical trainer 3x week as well as run (sprint work) once a week without any low back symptoms.

“In two months I realized I was getting up out of a chair without pain, in six months I was again working in my garden relatively pain free, and in nine months I was doing sprint work on the treadmill without back pain or achy joints.”
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Name: Larry Thompson
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Goals
  • Compete at the masters level in powerlifting.
  • Break the NJ masters powerlifting record.
  • Relieve chronic shoulder pain.
  • Relieve chronic knee pain.

Assessment Summary
  • Significant single leg weakness.
  • Significant unilateral upper body weakness.
  • The athlete has survived in the sport of powerlifting for 20 years because of impeccable form in the lifts as well as a high pain tolerance. However, years of lifting have all but impaired his ability to use the “smaller” stabilizer muscles. These include the muscles that control the area around the lumbar spine, the shoulder, and the knee.

Training
  • Training began January 2007.
  • Focus remains on the squat, the deadlift, and the bench press.
  • Single leg work was introduced.
  • Core stabilization work was introduced.
  • Weight machine work (leg press, knee extension, etc.) was completely removed from the program.

Results

  • Is able to single leg squat to a 14-inch height.
  • Knee pain is virtually non-existent.
  • Shoulder pain is virtually non-existent.

“Jon had me squat (single-leg and split squat) more in a week than I ever had, and my knees felt better for it. He introduced push-ups and pull-ups into my routine and some strange exercise called wall-slides, and my shoulders began to feel better. As of now, I have no knee pain or shoulder pain. However, it is my level of strength that is really surprising, considering the amount of bodyweight exercises we now perform in lieu of free weight or machine training. My strength levels are as good in the core lifts (squat, bench, deadlift) as they have ever been!
I joke that when I started working with Jon I hung up my power lifting belt, but the fact of the matter is Jon did not take me out of my element, he only added to it.”
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Name: Malia Lyles
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Initial Complaint
  • Is unable to train consistently because of chronic knee pain and chronic hip pain.

Medical Diagnoses
  • Runner’s Knee
  • Piriformis Syndrome

Assessment Summary
  • Excessive lordotic curve of the lumbar spine (arching of the low back.)
  • Instability (excessive movement) in the lumbar region and weak gluteal musculature.
  • Kyphotic upper body posture (rounding of the shoulder blades.)
  • Hyperactive upper trapezius musculature (upper back.)
  • Weak lower trapezius (area around the shoulder blades) region.

Training
  • Training began August 2010.
  • Training focused on stabilizing the lumbar region and mobilizing the hip region.
  • Training focused on increasing gluteal strength.
  • Training focused on postural restoration and getting the upper trapezius musculature to “relax” whilst exercising.

Results

  • After three months of training, was able to log sufficiently more mileage while relatively pain free.

“After working with Jon for just one month, I couldn’t believe how much better I felt! Both my knee and my hip no longer hurt and I was able to resume normal training volume.”
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Name: Mike T
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Age: 50+

Initial Complaint
  • Back pain caused six months of missed work at time of diagnosis.
  • Back pain is chronic.
  • Client is looking for alternative means to cope with pain.
  • Doctor recommends exercise as possible alternative to surgery.

Medical Diagnoses
  • Spondylolisthesis Grade 2

Assessment Summary
  • Weak glutes.
  • Hiking shoulders and a lateral shift (moving from left to right if looking from the front) of the spine.
  • Observing the client move reveals a slew of motor control issues.

Training Program
  • Training began October 2006.
  • Training focused on stabilizing the lumbar region and mobilizing the hip region.
  • Training focused on postural restoration and strengthening exercises such as pushups and pullups.
  • Training focused on increasing gluteal strength.
  • Training focused on repositioning the body so that the spine is more optimally aligned.

Results

  • After two months of training, pain significantly reduced.
  • Was able to return to work (and daily commute of up to 4-hours) after two months of training.
  • Is able to single leg squat to a 24-inch height as well as perform up to 10 chinups.
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Name: Rick
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Age: 60+

Initial Complaint
  • Shoulder pain limits golf, tennis and skiing experience.
  • Hip pain from golf.
  • Shoulder pain from tennis.
  • General exhaustion from skiing.

Assessment Summary
  • Winging scapulae (shoulder blades “pop-out”.)
  • Weak gluteal musculature.
  • Hyperactive upper trapezius musculature (upper back.)
  • Weak lower trapezius (area around the shoulder blades) region.

Training Program
  • Training began March ’05.
  • Initial training consisted of stabilizing the shoulder joint via strength exercises and limited stretching maneuvers.
  • Strength exercises included scapular stabilizer strengthening and lower trapezius (the area around the shoulder blade) strengthening.
  • Lower body training included single-leg work and plyometric progressions.

Results
  • Lowered golf handicap from a 21 to an 18.
  • Currently skis and plays tennis pain free.