I was referred to Craig by my physical therapist after having spinal surgery. I’ve been seeing him for over 5 months, and the progress I’ve made is remarkable. He is an absolute guru. Not only did he give me the confidence and tools necessary to weather the inevitable flare-ups from surgery, my overall pain has virtually disappeared due to his strengthening exercises and the wonderfully versatile sessions he provides. His ability to pinpoint exactly the imbalance or problem and provide corrective techniques is miraculous!
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”.
Craig Zuckerman is a bodyworker/trainer/pilates instructor that you can stay with. First, he’s an ex-dancer so his body has been through rigors and stresses few people have. Next, he’s highly empathetic. He asks questions and really listens, and he remembers — then works with you to eliminate any pain, imbalances, and weakness. Next, he gets referrals from several noted surgeons and orthopedic MD’s and physical therapists, patients who often have, after months and years of pain, finally become pain-free with Craig’s treatments. Next, he is intimately familiar with the names and functions of muscles, connective tissues, and bones but does not bore you or try to impress you with his knowledge. He’s a very nice guy, sensitive, and he makes me laugh, which is nice when you’re fearing the worst with your injury. He’s kind, has spiritual leanings, and is above all professional, without being stuffy or having no bedside manner. I feel like I’m always number one his his mind. I’ve been with him for eight years. My wife even longer, and we hope to never let him go, as he is the glue that keeps our bodies together.
Working out with Craig for three years was great for my physical and emotional health. Craig’s executable body knowledge and eerily accurate intuition and on point analysis were all amazing traits, especially when combined to impressively great net effect. What a gift for all of us.
Craig worked with me throughout my entire pregnancy and it’s because of him that I felt amazing the whole time. And shortly after I had my son, he helped me painlessly return to my former self! In fact, I’m in better shape than I was before I got pregnant! I have a desk job, but Craig has taught me how to take care of my body so that I can live without pain, and THAT is a huge blessing. Thank you, Craig! You’re the BEST!
One of my good friends is getting her license to be a trainer and I was telling her what a legend you were… You changed my life!! The least I can do is talk you up and spread the good word.
I’ve been working with Craig for nearly twelve years. He’s helped me rehabilitate two hip replacements and gotten me back out on the tennis courts. Working with Craig has given me confidence, made me look fabulous, and kept me from feeling like I’m in my golden years. I can still wear my Herve´ Legar dresses! If only I could pack him away and take him with me every time I travel. Craig’s the best!
The combination of all the things you did yesterday worked! I am 98% better today! In fact, I slept well last night, retrieved my big heavy buckwheat pillow, slept sideways with no problem and the pain is pretty much gone. So I wanted to let you know, the exercises, the working right on the spot, and the Kinesio tape, all worked! Thank you! I appreciate my pain free day so much more now!!!
Thank goodness I have not had one back spasm since I last saw you. You REALLY helped me once again!!! Thanks!!!
Craig is one of those people that understands the body. He understands there are different shapes, sizes, conditions, injuries, etc. and can adjust his workouts to tailor each individual. Most therapy sticks to a basic formula. Craig will change on the fly to make the movement or exercise right for you. I have worked with Craig for over 5 years. Not only as a previous spine patient, but as a health care practitioner taking care of spine patients, I know quality when I see it.