MEETING AND TREATING TWO TIME XTERRA
OFF-ROAD TRIATHLON WORLD CHAMPION
Lesley called me from Scotland over Christmas break and shared with me what was going on. She is a two-time world champion in her sport and has done it despite battling Lymes Disease since her youth, and more recently CHRONIC PAIN (mostly PIRIFORMIS-LIKE). After talking with her about her feet, I suggested that she start with SHAWN in Idaho Springs, Colorado to deal with one of the underlying causes of her particular issue; high arches. A few weeks after seeing Shawn, she made the trip to Mountain View.
Without going into great detail, suffice it to say that no matter how scientifically advanced one's recovery methods are, two decades of training 6-8 hours a day and competing year-round at the highest level can (scratch that; will) take a toll on a body. Lesley was paying the price, continuing to train through incredible amounts of FASCIAL ADHESION and TENDINOSIS in her QUADS / KNEES, HIP FLEXORS, HAMSTRINGS, calves, and THORACOLUMBAR FASCIA, not to mention her piriformis / hip / IT-BAND areas. I saw her on a Monday and Friday for intense two-plus hour sessions. She trained lightly (you should see her light days) and stretched constantly throughout the rest of the week. Tomorrow is three weeks since her last appointment. Having received an email from her a couple of days ago, I fired off one of my own.
Good thing you came when you did, as you missed the foot of ice and snow we have been buried under since just after you left. Temps in the single digits have kept it from melting. Two quick questions for you.
- How big a difference did the Tissue Remodeling make --- especially in the piriformis areas?
- How long did it take for your Lymes to settle down after treatment?
Like various forms of Staph, HERPES (Shingles), or any number of other infections, the 'bugs' never really go away, they just go dormant as the Immune System suppresses and controls them. One of the areas these critters can hide is in muscle and connective tissue. Lesley has had great results controlling the Lymes by controlling her levels of SYSTEMIC INFLAMMATION (a strict PALEO DIET helps accomplish this, while periodically seeing an MD in Florida who is into natural healing, including Ozone Therapy --- a form of OXYGEN THERAPY). However, the HARSH NATURE of several hours of Tissue Remodeling not only released accumulated toxins, it seemed to have stirred up her Lymes a bit, leaving her feeling kind of crappy when she left to return to San Diego. Here is her reply to my email above (posted with permission).
Oh boy, that [snow and ice] would NOT have been fun!
Okay, so I would say its made a really big difference with the tissue remodeling. Like 85% difference. I'd say the changes continue to occur as everything is healing. I would like to come out at some point probably and do it again - just a question of timing etc.
As for the Lyme symptoms - they went in a couple days luckily! I just drank a TON of water- like a little every 90 mins and that did the trick. I ended up racing that Saturday morning I got back. I was flying so it must have worked!
Although Lesley gave me permission to publish our email exchange, I woke up with this "official" TESTIMONIAL in my inbox this morning.
"My experience with Dr Schierling was outstanding. I'm a professional triathlete and 2x world champion, and I've traveled the world to find a cure for my piriformis syndrome butt pain issues. Dr Schierling is not only an amazing and attentive person who knows his stuff, his methods work. Trust me. I flew from California to see him and have been delighted by the almost 100 percent resolve of my issues."
It's always cool when a plan comes together! If you want more information on Lesley's training methods, just visit her website, WWW.LESLEYPATERSON.COM. Oh; I forgot to mention to you that not only is Lesley extremely tough physically, her husband --- an elite sports psychologist (Dr Simon Marshall) --- helps her maintain the level of mental toughness required to train at such an intense level, day-in and day-out. TOGETHER, they travel the world competing, putting on camps, doing conferences, teaching training seminars, and even doing one-on-one coaching intensives for those who are likewise looking to gain an edge.