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“I suffer from a condition called Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) which causes the spine to fuse naturally. There is no medical cure and this can only be controlled by exercises and posture techniques. I have had AS since over 20 years and via regular chiropractic care and controlling my eating habits was able to maintain it some some control.
However in March of 2016 I had a severe attack and my neck and shoulders were in extreme pain. I would go to my chiropractor twice a week with no relief and I was taking anti-inflammatory tablets (4 each day) with little relief. As I speculated on my life and what I could do in sheer desperation I googled for treatment of neck and shoulder pain. It was then I came across your article and videos on the topic and later I went to your website. I tried your exercises that you had posted and they seemed to help. So I finally contacted you and I was very skeptical as to how the Skype sessions would work since we are both in different states. You also insisted I read the book by Pete Egoscue on Pain Free Living via Motion and I ordered it right away. I am glad you did because one of the important aspects of regaining your health is to believe in yourself that you can restore yourself and not listen to anyone else about there not being a cure.
I read the book and created my own exercise program which I did for about 2 months. The exercises helped me a lot, but I was not sure if I was doing the right exercises and in the right way or order.
So finally I mustered the courage to try out at least one session with you via Skype to see how it would work. I was glad I did, since the program you set me up with helped a lot more.
Since then I have 2 additional sessions with you and the last one was where I had severe pain in my right shoulder and back and the exercises you have shown me has helped control the pain immediately (in less than an week). The exercises are simple and can be done at home without any special equipment as such. I also have now scaled back my chiropractor visits to max 2 times a month and at times its just once a month.
I know I have a long way to go to correct my posture and reversing the AS may seem very difficult, but each day is a blessing and I cannot begin to thank you enough for your patience and thoughtful approach to helping me out. You have been a true life saver for me as I did not know what I could have done without the exercises you recommended. I have tried physical therapy in the past to no avail and your sessions have been significantly superior.
The best part is you have remained flexible in scheduling sessions with me and allowed me to schedule them over a span of months instead of within a short duration which helps me to see which exercises have better impact on me. If the pain is still there it is primarily because I have at times fallen off the wagon due to long hours at work, but am now back at it again with the program you just redesigned for me which includes exercises I can do sitting at work.
I would definitely say if you are having posture related or other pain give Maryann a call and explore options with her to see how she can help you out.
Thank you once again Maryann, truly appreciate what you do and the service you offer others.” ~Hemant

“I highly recommend working with Maryann to address joint and muscular pain because her approach is effective and easy to incorporate in the long run. Before working with Maryann, I had seen a variety of heath care practitioners about long-standing neck, back, hip and ankle pain. While I would feel better after seeing them, the benefits would not last. By contrast, Maryann has customized alignment exercises for me to feel better and move better every day.

The exercises take time, but they are easy to do thanks to Maryann’s clear instructions and helpful emails and how-to videos. The alignment measurements and photos are also great for tracking progress. Maryann is knowledgeable and responsive, as well as thoughtful and kind. She makes the exercises fun, and working with her has been one of the best things I have done for my health.” ~Anna

“I travel frequently for work and pleasure. I am often on a plane or car for 5+ hours. I love to travel and don’t mind being on the road at all. Typically, by the last leg of my travels I am feeling a sharp pain in my lower back. I will need to get up, move, readjust, stretch and find any way to move and relieve the pressure. my last trip was coming home from Toronto (5.5+ hrs in a plane). I did not even realize until I got home that I wasn’t twitchy, I did not have to get up and move around, I had a full flight PAIN FREE! This is HUGE! I am only 1 week into my new practice and routine. I’m not perfect and need to check in to make sure I am doing my movements correctly. The simplicity of this routine was easy to do in my hotel room, living room and anywhere on the go. If a week of Egoscue practice makes travel pain free, I can only imagine how good my body will feel living freely the rest of my life. Thank you Maryann!!” ~Danielle

“I cannot thank you enough for all the help that you have given me over the last couple of months. I love to run. It makes me feel happy and it allows me to relieve my stress. I was a die-hard runner for years, but one day out of nowhere my left knee hurt. It hurt to walk down stairs, it hurt to kneel, and it even hurt after sitting. I saw my internist, and I was diagnosed with “runner’s knee.” He prescribed a break from running and physical therapy. I did everything as recommended, and most knee pain was relieved, but I still could not run. I was so sad. I consulted sports medicine doctors and orthopedic surgeons. Everyone prescribed the same types of exercises, but I still could not run. Eventually, a few told me that my running days were over. I was really depressed. I bought an elliptical and stuck to that. Sometimes I would try to run again; but after only a short distance, the pain always returned. Then a friend recommended that I check out Egoscue. I figured that I would attend the first meeting, but I was skeptical so I did not get my hopes up.

At our first meeting, you assessed my alignment and pointed out the issues resulting in the pain. (All of which the others had shown me). Then you had me do a few straight forward exercises. By the end of the session, I could see a huge improvement in my alignment. I went home and followed your recommendations. I really could feel a big difference in my posture very quickly. So with caution and a bit of fear, I decided to go out and *test* my knee with a run. I ran about 4 miles no problem at all. No pain that day or the next or the rest of the week. I am still cautious, and I still mostly use my elliptical, but once a week I enjoy a nice run with my son. We have built up my distance to 8 miles, and still no pain! We have run the big hill at Torrey Pines, and still no pain!

I have not been able to run like this in more than 10 years, and now I am able to enjoy running with my teenage son. It is awesome! Your knowledge and skill have given me one of the best things in life: the ability to share a run with my son. I am so happy!!!!!!” ~Ann, MD

“I came to Maryann with severe lower back pain.  I was familiar with the Egoscue method of treatment from successful treatment of previous injuries, so I was happy to find a local specialist.  I am very happy I found her.  Maryann developed a program that immediaely began to reduce the pain and lack of mobility I was experiencing.  In fact, my goal was to be ready to play rugby in just a few weeks.  Thanks to her, we met that goal and I was able to play without lower back pain.  I am now back to my regular, active lifestyle without restriction.  Maryann is not only knowledgable, she is very organized, professional, and caring.  I always felt relaxed and confident during our appointments, and the results speak for themselves.  I recommend Maryann without reservation.” ~Donn

“Maryann was a delight to work with. She understands how the body works and viewed the whole body while making assessments on my progress. She listened carefully to my comments and own insight as she continued to add exercises to my menu. I would gladly work with her again and recommend her to friends to get their bodies upright and free of discomfort.” ~Etta

“Maryann has the best follow up of any doctor, therapy, or medical personnel I have ever gone to. She makes time for her clients in between meetings and genuinely cares about your improvement. Going to Maryann has been a totally different experience than seeing a specialist. I was treated as a person and not just a case number.” ~Kelly

“I am a mother of two small children and have suffered with back and hip pain for 4 years. The onset was with the birth of my 4 year old. I have been to many specialists and spent thousands of dollars trying to find a solution to my pain and discomfort. Unfortunately, I never found relief or even an accurate diagnosis for my constant pain—my whole life was altered. I couldn’t travel, workout, walk lightly, or even sit on the couch without suffering.

Luckily, I was introduced to Maryann by my sister and started the process of egoscue. It was a slow process, but I have finally turned a corner and have less pain. I do my daily stretches and am able to finally work out again. For the first time in four years, I feel like myself again.

Maryann took the time to assess my medical situation and devise a plan that was tailored to my own unique situation. I felt that for the first time in years, a medical professional finally listened to me. In the past, doctors, therapists, and even chiropractors treated me as a number—they never paid attention to what I had to say, but not Maryann. She has gone above and beyond to listen to me and to reach out to me outside of our regular scheduled appointments.

The unique benefit of seeing Maryann was that I was sent home with tools to maintain my pain, as opposed to seeing someone to get adjusted. I especially appreciate Maryann checking in on me and being so involved. Her dedication and her desire to help me, has meant the world. ~Shannon

“When I first went to see Maryann I was in a lot of pain. I’ve been in a lot of pain for a very long time. I told Maryann that my back dominated my life………..and it did. I have scoliosis and have had multiple surgeries, including a lower back laminectomy due to degenerated and ruptured discs.

I’ve tried every treatment under the sun over the last 40 years and have never had lasting relief from my back pain. A friend suggested I see Maryann and look into Egoscue®. I’d never heard of it and was very skeptical. But I’d tried everything from physical therapy to acupuncture to cranial sacral therapy and scores of other things, so why not?

Egoscue® requires that you take full responsibility for your own health, and commit to working everyday, for the rest of your life, to improve your physical condition, become pain free and restore your natural vitality and strength. That was a tall order for me. Discipline is not my strong suit. I’m a sprinter, not a long distance runner.

It’s been a struggle for me over these last 6 months, working the program every day, but I knew I had to do it. And it paid off! After about 3 months into the program, one day I got up in the morning and did not have any pain. It took me a while to come to that realization. I was about to take my daily NSAID when I realized that I did not feel any pain!
Since then, I’ve done really well, except for those times when I allow my back to be over worked, such as when I traveled a lot or moved from one home to another.

Egoscue® is not a quick fix. It can be tedious, repetitive and boring, but it works. Just like any other discipline: learning to play the piano, golf, meditation, ballet or anything else, it takes daily practice and commitment.

I highly recommend Egoscue® and Maryann, who has been through terrible pain herself and recovered her physical strength and agility by working this program.” ~Ros

“I had this crazy idea to start training for a half-marathon.

During my training I started to develop this constant cramp in my right foot, which no matter how much I stretched it, would not go away. In addition, I had this intense, dull pain in my left shoulder. My shoulder was constantly throbbing, making it hard to concentrate on work and even hard to sleep comfortably. After months of just bearing the pain I went to see Maryann knowing how many others she had helped. After just a couple days I started to feel so much better! After a couple of weeks my pain was virtually nonexistent. My foot doesn’t bother me anymore and whenever my shoulder starts to bother me I just start doing my exercises again to take care of it. NO pills needed! I know I can go to Maryann for any pain and she will make magic happen. Thank you Maryann for all your help!” ~Casandra, PhD

“I went to Maryann because I had been having severe pain starting in my right hip, down my leg, to my foot. I had been to my doctor a few times, who diagnosed it as Iliotibial Band Syndrome, and he had told me that I should give up walking (my favorite form of exercise) and take Ibuprofen each day to alleviate the pain. Very dissatisfied with that, I made an appointment to see Maryann to see if she could help.

My initial consultation with Maryann was wonderful. She clearly explained her plan for me for the next 8 weeks – so I signed up then and there and started my treatment that day. And I couldn’t have been happier with the results. Working with Maryann, I looked forward to my weekly sessions, as she is very personable, extremely knowledgeable and quite caring. Maryann would work with me each session, carefully explaining the exercises I needed to do that week at home; she then clearly demonstrated each one and took the time to ensure I was doing them correctly. Later that day, I always received an email from her, with directions and pictures on how to do each exercise. As well, she was very diligent in weekly follow-up phone calls to see how I was doing and if I had any questions. I am very appreciative of Maryann’s work with me and her great manner. I’m not young or fit by any means, but Maryann never made me feel anything but positive and capable. As well, she took an interest in me as a person and always made me feel better about myself. Much thanks to Maryann, I can now say that I am pain-free when I’m walking, and I continue with the wonderful exercise program she had laid out for me. No matter what business or practice she goes into, I am sure Maryann will be an asset to any organization; and her intelligence, common sense, work ethic and wonderful demeanor will bring life to any company.” ~Sue

“I had the worst pain in my hip/pelvic/lower back that had occurred from closing my work truck door with my knee in a momentof frustration. It was worse than the sciatic pain that I have felt before. No stretches were offering any relief.

I was off from work for one month. I went to a chiropractor Monday through Friday for three weeks and also went to a deep tissue massage appointment three or four times. I also went to a medical doctor that prescribed pain pills, which did nothing for the pain and upset my stomach. Nothing was working.

Through a friend of my wife, I found Maryann. After a week of doing some of the exercises that I was shown, I was able to go back to work.

Since then, I continued going for twelve sessions with Maryann. She was very helpful in showing me exactly what I needed to do correct my posture and get relief from the pain that I was experiencing. I didn’t want to have any type of surgery if at all possible, and I didn’t want to be taking heavy drugs, so I kept doing whatever I was told to do. It has paid off tremendously! It just takes some personal time each day to prevent injury and eliminate pain.” ~James

“I feel so fortunate to have had the pleasure of working with Maryann. I have been suffering with a nagging pain in my lower back that radiates it over into my right hip. During my private realign consult she addressed several issues in my posture and misalignment in my pelvis that was adversely affecting most of my load bearing joints. She created a customized menu of exercises for me to do on a daily basis in the time that I had allowed with my busy schedule that are already starting to make a difference. Through troubleshooting and test /retest she picked specific exercises that had immediate results in improving my posture and movement patterns. I look forward to continuing to utilize this program in my mobility routine as well as the results it will yield. Maryann is awesome and truly cares about helping everyone she meets live pain free! I can’t wait for her to visit again!” ~Tracey, Owner CrossFit Outer Banks

Two months ago, I joined the gym when I heard of MaryAnn’s posture alignment class. I have had back trouble and pain as long as I can remember. Maryann’s class was a delight to my body and mind, besides her instructions were easy to follow. Her voice is soothing and clear. She is sweet, caring and understanding of every individual need. Knowledgeable, professional. I highly I recommend Maryann’s class to anyone who is seeking an instructor with an extremely positive energy. Best way to start my day. ~Carolina

I just had to write you and thank you so much again for coming to our gym and teaching your wonderful and amazing posture alignment class. After three months of taking your class regularly I now get up in the mornings and my body doesn’t hurt and isn’t so stiff that I can hardly get out of bed. I feel much better aligned and balanced through my hips and shoulders. Also I feel my posture has improved noticeably. ~Val

I was very irritated with my wife for signing me up for your three-session posture clinic because I thought my posture was fine and the sessions would be a waste of money. I loved the sessions and participated in two extra months of posture classes. I can’t believe how much my posture has improved. The expense was the best investment I have ever made in myself. ~John, Attorney

I was very irritated with my wife for signing me up for your three-session posture clinic because I thought my posture was fine and the sessions would be a waste of money. I loved the sessions and participated in two extra months of posture classes. I can’t believe how much my posture has improved. The expense was the best investment I have ever made in myself.