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I can’t remember my first fall, since I have been active all of my life. I started riding when I was 3 years old, was in all terrain rescue (scuba and mountain rescue) team for 3 years, jumped out of helicopters, taught Tai Chi/Kung Fu and now have started to play around with cutting horses. Along the way I have been in 3 bad car accidents, two of them 10 months apart. If I am forgetting or leaving something out it is probably for the best. Injuries have been to the tail bone (5 times), neck (4 times), hip (2 times) and yes, I am still alive.

Two years ago, I took a bad fall off one of our jumpers. The incident resulted in a fracture of my left elbow, concussion, and a very sore backside. I use the Chi machine daily for one week, but more importantly I was back at work on Monday. I continued to use the machine on the hand and the recovery surprised the doctors. I am a designer, a left hand designer, so the possible loss of mobility to my hand would have been devastating. As with some injuries the damage can lay low and build up over time.

Almost a year later, my hip went out with a simple twist movement. My friends had to practically carry me to my truck and by the time I got home I had to crawl to the house. One night with the machine and I was walking. WALKING! I continued with the treatment for one week and was back in the saddle that weekend.

Su Bacon, Monrovia, CA

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