At the peak of my professional rugby career, I reached the highest levels of fitness. I trained twice a day and competed every week. I was strong and felt invincible. But injuries are part of the game. You either recover or play through the pain. But this tradition of toughness has its limits.
I suffered two serious spinal injuries. Both injuries threatened to end my career. I worked hard in physical therapy and returned to the field. But I never felt a 100% again.
15 years of professional rugby leaves you dealing with pain on a daily basis. My injuries had become chronic conditions. I tried traditional therapeutic and pharmaceutical pain management, but eventually had to undergo surgery for the fully ruptured disc in my lower back. My doctor, world-renowned surgeon Dr. Theodore Goldstein, told me I had one of the worst cases of nerve compression he had ever seen. To manage my recovery, I would need to release and manage the stress and tension in my body.
During my recovery, I had been introduced to myofascial release and thought similar techniques could play a valuable role in my rehabilitation. I began using ball-based myofascial release techniques to relieve muscle tension and re-train my muscles groups. I documented my program of self-myofascial release, core exercises, mild yoga and pilates. After my success, I was inspired to share the system I developed to help others take back the active lifestyles that chronic pain had made impossible.
I've named the program Bula Ball, the Fijian word for "hello." Bula Ball allowed me to say goodbye to tension, tightness and debilitating chronic pain and hello to an active, rewarding and painfree lifestyle. Two years after surgery, I play social rugby, surf and most importantly, enjoy a robust and active relationship with my young children, all without the use of dangerous and addictive medications.
Bula Ball worked for me and it can do the same for you!