Testimonial Tuesday: Jack Nicklaus

Photo: palmbeachillustrated.com

Photo: palmbeachillustrated.com

Today I’m kicking off a new feature I’m appropriately calling “Testimonial Tuesday.” On Tuesdays I’ll be sharing stories from Egoscue clients all over the world. Some will be mine. Some won’t. But they’ll all have one thing in common: The ALL have taken control of their health.

I figured what better way to start than with golf-legend, Jack Nicklaus. This is the foreward Mr. Nicklaus wrote for The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion, Pete Egoscue’s first book. Enjoy!

In mid-1998 I was told by several doctors that unless I had either a discectomy or a discectomy plus a fusion, I probably would never play golf successfully again. I obviously did not want to accept the decision of surgery until I had exhausted all possible avenues of recovery. It was then that I ran into Pete Egoscue, and this foreword is to tell you how he has totally changed my life.

In chapter one of Golf My Way, I wrote, “I am not a believer in ‘methods.’ I’m a believer in fundamentals.” That’s still my view when it comes to golf, but as for an aching back and the rest of the body, I do believe in a method: the Egoscue Method. I have been to many specialists around the world, and yes, a few enabled me to achieve some marginal and temporary relief from pain. But never had I experienced such complete relief as I have by following the Egoscue Method. The fundamentals are sound, and it has worked for me since late 1998 when I put myself in Pete’s hands after enduring several years of increasing amounts of pain, discomfort, and restricted movement caused by deteriorated disks in my lower back.

I was hurting. Take it from me, a sore back was a deterrent to my golf game, not to mention a good night’s sleep. My ability to compete successfully, not only physically but mentally, was being undermined. From our first meeting, Pete’s ideas and techniques made a difference, not that there was a quick fix. He warned me from the start that it would be some time before the good days outnumbered the bad. Even so, I was pleased to have the occasional good day- that was progress, in and of itself.

Pete told me the good days would become steadily more frequent, and indeed, that’s what happened. As the pain decreased, I was able to start practicing again. Golf became fun again; I wasn’t just going through the motions. On the average, I spend an hour and a half a day doing the exercises Pete recommended, and I have not missed a day since 1988. Sure enough, about seven or eight months after the workouts began, not only was I able to function, but my back stopped hurting also. You’ll find the same exercises I used and more in the chapters ahead.

Pete gets results, without pills, manipulation, or a surgeon’s scalpel. There are no gimmicks or shortcuts here; it just takes hard work and dedication. Unfortunately, many golfers seem to think that back pain or physical problems are inherent to the game, and they’ve gotten the idea that if they play through the pain, it will eventually go away. In fact, it seems that most athletes, whatever their sport, think that getting hurt and playing with pain are facts of life. I know that is not true from working with Pete and seeing the results he achieved, not only with me but with many others as well.

I feel better that I have in years. It’s not just the absence of pain either. Pete has convinced me that many of the things we pass off as “age” or “an off day” are symptoms that the body slowly grinding to a halt through lack of motion. The Egoscue Method “jump starts” the body again. and that’s why it feels good even if you’ve never had a back spasm in your life.

Pete has developed  some extremely important concepts, all of them grounded on his uncanny talent for close observation and anatomical diagnosis. When Pete looks at the human body his vision seems to go well beyond 20/20. I’m delighted that he has written this book. With the help of the Egoscue Method, we can all look forward to feeling better and performing better at whatever we do.

What a great testimonial. I know Mr. Nicklaus is still doing Egoscue to this day. In an interview just last year, he commented that he had only missed one day of doing his Egoscue menu since Thanksgiving Day of 1988! What a streak!

QUESTION: What’s your story? Email nashville@egoscue.com and we’ll share your testimonial here! Your story could be a life-changing story for someone out there!