WORDS BY JACQUELINE LOUIE
PHOTO BY GEORGE WEBBER
Name: Chris MacLachlan, 47
Health condition: Severe back and sciatic
pain after falling down stairs.
Health goal: Find ways to function and
manage the pain better.
How I feel now: The class and the inversion
table have changed my life. I’ve learned
there isn’t one thing that will make your
life better or easier, it’s many things.
Pacing myself is a huge thing. You may
not be able to do everything, but you can
still do lots of things—and that’s huge
for your mental well-being. I’ve changed
my internal dialogue, and I celebrate my
accomplishments. I haven’t missed any
work. I tell myself that I can go for a walk. It
may only be for half an hour, but I can do it.
Working together: We saw a
metamorphosis in Chris (pictured here on
her inversion table, which she uses daily
to improve her back pain), from the first
session to the followup. It was encouraging
to see how well she grasped the content.
We helped her understand her pain, and
that she has many tools to help manage it.
She works with her pain now as opposed
to battling it. She realized that her pain
shouldn’t be minimized by anyone, including
herself. She has taken her life back.
— Katie Krenz, kinesiologist and active living
coordinator, South Calgary PCN
Back 2 Health is a five-week program
offering self-management tools for
people with back pain.