Bethany Hamilton: “Soul Surfer” and Egoscue Client

If you haven’t heard of Bethany Hamilton, then you’ve missed one of the most inspiring stories of our time. As a 13-year-old surfer in 2003, Bethany lost her arm in a shark attack. While I would have seriously considered giving up the sport of surfing, Bethany did the exact opposite. Not only did she not give up, but she has gone on to become one of the best surfers of her generation. Truly a remarkable story. One of her secrets to success….? EGOSCUE, of course! For the past several years, Bethany has been working with Dustin Dillberg (an Egoscue affiliate in Hawaii and owner of Dillberg Integrated Healthcare) to regain balance, range of motion and overall function. Bethany is a true inspiration and her story will be told for generations to come. If you get a chance, check out the movie about her life, “Soul Surfer,” in theaters now.

Since Bethany Hamilton lost her left arm in a shark attack in 2003, the surfing champion has changed her life and her training dramatically.

Prior to the attack, Ms. Hamilton had made a name for herself at local junior surf competitions and had hopes of becoming a professional surfer. Then barely a teenager, her workout largely revolved around surfing as much as possible and watching videos of her surfing so she could improve her technique.

…Mr. Dillberg introduced her to the Egoscue Method, a therapy technique that strengthens specific muscles to help realign the body. Ms. Hamilton has a menu of postural therapy exercises that she does almost daily. One exercise is a “wall sit” where she puts her back flat against a wall, with knees bent at a 90-degree angle and weight aimed at the heels. The pose is held for two minutes…READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.


Congrats to Dustin and Bethany! Dustin, keep up the great work. Bethany, your dedication, not only to surfing, but to life, should be an inspiration to us all!