LOCATION: Bondi, NSW
"After taking Rose-Hip Vital for two weeks was that I noticed the tension in my lower back had reduced. After a month, it had almost gone."
I started using Rosehip Vital in May 2012. By this stage I had given up I was ever going to be able to surf without back pain again. I have lived an athletic life yoga, swimming, windsurfing, snow skiing and boarding cycling and surfing, which I have loved the most. I had found a new love for soft sand running as well. Somewhere along the way I injured my lower back in the L4&5 regions and have been managing the injury and pain for the past 20+ years When I initially started to feel lower back pain, I saw my first chiro and physio but as the years went on, I had almost lost hope I would be able to wake up each morning with no back pain.
I have been to sports injury specialists who were always helpful, but nothing has lasted. I have also tried numerous beds and pillows. I still go to the chiropractor and I have also found a great acupuncturist who helps me manage my body's aches and pains. I also have found massage very useful.
Since I have been using Rose-Hip Vital, I have still had to employ the services of therapists to assist me when I get injured but the main difference is that recovery is so rapid. An injury in the past that would've taken weeks to heal now takes hours or days. What I found after taking Rose-Hip Vital for two weeks was that I noticed the tension in my lower back had reduced. After a month, it had almost gone. I can only assume there was some internal swelling that taking Rose-Hip Vital helped deflate.
I was not doing or eating anything different, and with my new found freedom I found I could start surfing again. I even booked myself on a 10 day boat trip surf holiday for me in a few months' time. This was nerve-wracking as I had tried this in the past and it had ended in me spending most of the time out of the water due to pain.
However, I was determined to go on my holiday. I started preparing by swimming more often than normal to gain as much paddle strength as I could, as this would enable me to spend as much time in the water as possible on my trip. After a month of swimming, I started yoga again. I had done a lot of yoga in the past, but in the end I had to stop due to the escalating pain that would come from a small overstretch. This would end up with a couple weeks of no physical activity and depression.
In short, I went on my boat trip and although I felt pain from time to time, it was almost like I have a young body again! My recovery was immediate or at least by the time I awoke the next morning, was able to push myself again. I am still doing yoga and surfing regularly.
This Sunday I am riding in the Sydney to Wollongong MS ride and I feel confident that despite a few aches and pains, I will be able to manage the pain a whole lot better. Being able to manage the pain has relaxed my attitude about doing sport.
I have formed an addiction to RoseHip Vital, by having either 3 capsules a day or a scoop of powder over my cereal. The other thing I have noticed is I have had a winter free from colds and flu. Not even a runny nose and I have been around several people with the flu at work.