At age 23, I herniated 5 discs (L3,4,5,S1 &2) while 8 months pregnant with my first child. We had just moved into our first home and I was picking up and unpacking boxes to get everything ready for the baby. When I bent over to pick up a box and then lifted it off the floor, I felt the most excruciating pain I have ever experienced. I called my doctor and went in for an appointment. I was told that back pain was common during pregnancy. The only relief I had from the pain was when I was sleeping. After I had my son and still had tremendous back pain, the doctor referred me to an neurosurgeon and he ordered an MRI.
After my MRI results of 5 herniated discs my doctor referred me into physical therapy, then eventually an epidural. Neither helped so I was referred in for back surgery.
My mother met a lady one day and mentioned I had been referred in for back surgery and she gave her phone number to my mom and asked me to call her before having the surgery. i called her and listened in horror to her story of having a botched back surgery and how everyday she was trapped in a prison she could not escape and that prison was her body. She pointed out that I had 18 more years to raise my son and begged me not to have the surgery.
At that point I pursued every form of alternative therapy until i healed my back, I practiced yoga and was so uncoordinated that I would fall over in class,. I took water aerobics, had neuromuscular therapy, went to a chiropractor, did exercises to strengthen my back and finally healed my back. I reherniated 2 discs at 40 and then 1 disc at 47. At 48, I came up with the idea of creating Fit buddy. These experiences made me very aware of the importance of having a healthy back and body and was my catalyst that makes me so passionate about how Fit Buddy can help people.
After creating the first Fit Buddy we shared it with different professionals (podiatrist, physical therapist, massage therapist, chiropractor, neuromuscular therapist and a yoga instructor) who gave feedback, recommendations and many new ways to use Fit Buddy and help with articulating the special design of both ends. The feedback received from professionals, family and friends was so positive that manufacturing of the Fit Buddy began so that everyone could experience the amazing benefits.
We love to hear from people using Fit Buddy and the new ways they have discovered to use it. After suffering from 5 herniated discs at age 23 and knowing what it is like to live in a body that was in daily pain for an extended period it is a pleasure to offer such a beneficial fitness/body tool to help others. It takes so much effort to keep a positive attitude and to remain happy when you are in constant pain. Prevention is so much easier than cure.
My other passions are playing tennis, meditating, teaching Fit Buddy workshops, cooking, traveling all around the world, hiking and hanging out with family and friends.
Fit Buddy was created to give you one multi use body tool to help support you in maintaining a healthy body and deliver better results than anything else on the market. From head to toe you will reap benefits. From tennis, football or basketball players, golfers, lacrosse players, meditators, yogis, pilate enthusiasts, hikers, flight attendants, walkers and runners everyone can benefit from using Fit Buddy.
Fit Buddy can help ease and alleviate: aches and pains, neck and shoulder tension, tension headaches, sinus pressure, sore arms, digestion, elimination, tight back and hip flexors, tight hamstrings and calves, massage muscles along shins, stretch foot muscles including muscles around the achilles and plantar. Fit Buddy improves energy circulation, blood flow and chest opening for stress and anxiety relief. It is excellent for stretching the entire body and the feet after wearing heels, wedges, flip flops or after standing on your feet or walking all day.
Fit Buddy is sustainable and eco friendly made of out natural wood, portable and lightweight(weighing 1.25 lbs or less). It can be used at home, work, the gym, tennis court, the field, golf course, before and after running and will fit in your carry on bag to travel with you.
The name Fit Buddy comes from Fitness (achieving fitness in your body) and Buddy (your friend to keep you motivated and encouraged to stay fit).
LiLiFu stands for Live Live Fully. It is the first two letters of each word. It is what we hope you will create for yourself by using your Fit Buddy. After using it head to toe you will feel relaxed as though you had just had a body massage.
Having a Fit Buddy is like having your own mini therapist at your fingertips whenever you need it!
So go out there with your Fit Buddy and LiLiFu!
A private session, lunch and learn, corporate fitness/wellness and workshops can be scheduled by contacting info@FitBuddy.us