It was quite refreshing having a doctor go through your history with the knowledge base of movements and the accumulative effects of everyday movement to actually pinpoint what happened. The point I thought I had my injury was actually the culmination of years of spinal abuse.
Examination….where do I start. Why don’t doctors take the time to actually figure out when you move this way it hurts? When you move that way it feels better? It is so frustrating to have seen many doctors over 14-15 years and not one of them (chiropractors included) have ever done the type of examination Dr. Tiltmann did. Traditional doctors don’t treat the cause – they treat the symptoms. I felt that Dr. Tiltmann was looking for the cause – to understand my specific mechanics and hang-ups and then help move to the next phase of movement instruction. I was absolutely amazed that all of my specialists never found in 15 years what he found in an hour of moving me around. He also corrected some misdiagnoses from my specialists.
I very much appreciated reading the report because, as mentioned, it is a lot of information to take in at once and try to remember. It was very nice knowing that I had a report coming so I really focused on the visit and talking with Dr. Tiltmann and not trying to remember everything. He was very gracious in letting my husband record the entirety of his exercise instructions to me. Those recordings have been absolutely invaluable because I think I’ve remembered something and it still feels off and I reference the instruction and correct my movements.
I knew I was in for something different on the very first test. The initial movement was uncomfortable and Dr. Tiltmann told me to brace, and then asked how it felt as he went through the movement again. I said the pain was gone. And he got the greatest smile on his face – like he was genuinely happy he was going to be able to help me. I immediately thought he was a rockstar.
I have never really felt like I have ever understood what was wrong with my back before seeing Dr. Tiltmann. Prior to making an appointment with him, I went to see my back specialist after having a flare up and being down on the couch for four weeks. I asked her, “What am I doing that is causing this? What movements am I doing? How am I aggravating my condition? Am I putting my pants on wrong? Getting up off the toilet wrong? What is it?” You know what she told me? My back specialist, who has been doing lumbar back care for 15 years, said, “If I had the answer to that, I would be retired. If I had the magic pill, I wouldn’t be here.” Lovely. My husband and I just looked at each other. Time for a new doctor. She then said she could give me another shot in my back and I said, “what for? So I can be here again in 3 months? No thanks.” It was at that point I went home and started scouring the internet and found the McGill Method. I feel like I am no longer playing a guessing game about when/if my back is going out. I understand my triggers now and do everything I can to avoid it. And if I start to feel things getting a bit off, I now know how to refocus my movements and (hopefully) avoid these major flare-ups.
He was very gracious with his time and absolutely nothing was off-limits. I never once felt like I was being talked at by a doctor. I felt like I was being talked to by a caregiver who had my best interests at heart.
It is worth its weight in gold. I can’t believe how simple being cognizant of our triggers and movements (when you know what those are) can change your life. I have spent countless hours being questioned by my co-workers about what I learned from Dr. Tiltmann and recommended him to a few of my family members and co-workers. I have also purchased a few additional copies of the Back Mechanics to give out. The McGill Method is life-changing. It is the only thing I have ever read that has made any logical sense. It has only been a couple of months, and I am so impressed with the changes I’ve seen in my back and the things I have been able to tolerate that had I done before I saw Dr. Tiltmann would have had me down for a few days. But, like with anything, you can’t be upset with the results you didn’t get from the work you didn’t do. If you are dedicated – changes come. I will follow this program for the rest of my life.