Since Jon did not want to stop playing sports, he had to find ways to cope with his back pain. Starting In high school, Jon has used alternative medicines like yoga, diet and exercise to keep his “core” strong and stay away from surgery. Even today Jon is constantly thinking about his lower back. At work he needs to constantly stretch and walk around. Staying still for long periods of time is still the biggest source of pain for Jon.
my mom and her four friends, every Tuesday and Thursday they have a private teacher, and they'd meet at our house, have a glass of wine or two, and then go to yoga. [LAUGH] So I remember the first class I'm in, they're giggling and falling over in their poses, but having a great time doing it. And I just really loved it, and so started going twice a week with them, getting more into it, and taking some things from that and using it in every day. You know, instead of going to yoga every day, I realize the importance of the core, I mean, 'cause they teach a lot breathing, the core, and that supports your lower back. And so now in the weight room, instead of just going and doing this and biceps, I was going in, focusing on this, and focusing on my lower back and hamstrings, which also will help there.
And so that kind of changed the way I looked at my body, but it made me realize there's certain things I can do to lessen the pain, right? I didn't think I was gonna cure it through yoga. It certainly lessened the pain.