As someone whose body has a unique response to needles, I was nervous about getting dry-needled. Erik made me comfortable and ever since I had my first session in January 2015, I have been back almost weekly to maintain my body and deal with injuries.
I started seeing Erik due to a nagging shoulder injury. I had previously seen a PT for the injury, but it still lingered and I experienced pain during heavy or repetitive overhead movements. Erik worked with me to develop the best approach - some needling, but actually more hands-on work, stretching, and manipulations in addition to providing "homework" - exercises and movements that would strengthen neglected muscles to get my shoulder back to feeling 100%.
Along the way, I experienced several reoccurring lower back injuries, culminating in a pretty nasty one that has taken two months to recover from. During this time, Erik developed the best approach to treating my lower back injury which turned out to be a little less needling and more hands-on work along with a LOT of core exercises. In the meantime, I was still getting my upper and sometimes lower traps worked on to keep everything loose as well as keeping up with my shoulder exercises and strength movements.
Two months later, and I am finally realizing that I will recover from this lower back injury and have been pleasantly surprised with how strong I've gotten in the process. Sure, my lower-body strength is not quite what it used to be, but I have improved my upper-body strength 10-fold by keeping my shoulders loose and healthy by weekly needling sessions, performing every variation of press you can think of, strict pull-ups and ring-dips, along with several variations of planks and other core work. I am already training at weights that were difficult for me before I injured my back. Before I saw Erik, the amount of overhead press work I've done because of my lower back injury would not have been possible due to pain and limited shoulder mobility. I also recently PR'd my split squat and felt confident I was good for more. I had always been nervous to jerk heavy and now I am confident because of the time I took to build up that strength with the help and encouragement of Erik.
In a way, my lower back injury has been somewhat of a blessing in disguise as my upper body and core are now stronger than ever. I recommend Erik Gregersen to anyone whether you are dealing with an injury, experiencing an imbalance or tightness, or just to maintain your body.