Craig Zuckerman is the King of Pain, as in the king of relieving it. I first met Craig a few years ago, thru my husband, who had suffered from severe and chronic back pain for over 15 years. My husband had employed a wide spectrum of weekly chiropractors, physical therapists, personal trainers, massage therapists and acupuncturists. Nothing seemed to work for long. Daily groaning and griping, ice packs, and Epson salts were a regular part of his life. He had purchased endless gadgets, from upside down hanging devices to back rollers, massage chairs and more. After years of suffering, he was finally on the verge of getting back surgery when a second opinion doctor recommended Craig Zuckerman and The Office Effect. The first thing I remember is laughing at my husband for replacing his regular office desk with a “standing desk”….I really didn’t see how THAT would help, given my husband could barely stand on his feet for the duration of a cocktail party! Well, I don’t often admit to it, but I was wrong! Between the desk and twice weekly sessions with Craig, my husband almost never complains about back pain anymore. And I’m usually looking for a chair at those parties before he does.
I had never personally experienced debilitating pain until I turned 40, when a lifetime of running, climbing and Burn 60-type classes finally started taking its toll. It started with mad knee pain, which I pretty much ignored, figuring if I curtailed workouts for 6 months or so, it would cure itself. After 6 months of that approach, I also had foot, shoulder and neck pain. Everything hurt, whether I moved or stayed still. It was depressing. Having seen Craig’s results with my husband, I figured I’d give him a try. He talked about the way I stand, the position I sit at my desk, how I drive, sleep, what sneakers I wear, etc. I followed about 1/2 of his recommendations and started weekly private Pilates sessions. I roll my eyes and mock Craig every week (this is part of the fun) for the odd exercises he chooses, and for having me do different numbers of reps on each side, and for the 5 minute stretch & massage at the end which feels like a torture chamber. But I keep coming back, because after about a month with Craig, I pretty much forgot that I ever HAD pain. I only remember when I skip a few sessions, and am forced to admit that those quirky routines he comes up with actually work! Bonus: He’s very reliable, is prompt, is a good conversationalist, has an amusing sense of humor, and seems to enjoy his work. So an hour session goes by pretty quickly and “painlessly”.