Inspiration Journal - Body - Mind - Spirit
Issue 46 Inspiration Journal, January - February - March 2011

Triumph over Adversity by Robin Jumper

Dillberg Integrated Healthcare, located in Poipu, Kauai, specializes in a holistic healthcare approach using chiropractic, nutrition, acupuncture, spinal rehabilitation, Egoscue postural therapy, and neuro-emotional techniques.

Bethany Hamilton, local Kauai hero was first introduced to the team at Dillberg Integrated Healthcare in 2009. After her first experience, she knew that her prayers had been answered and that she would have the quality care she was seeking right on her home island of Kauai.

In 2003, Bethany experienced a life-changing event when a tiger shark bit off her left arm. For many, that would have been a sign to stay on land. But Bethany's steadfast attitude in getting back into the water combined with an incredible work ethic provided her the foundation to develop into one of the top professional surfers on the circuit.

While she competes at an elite level in competitions around the world, Bethany knew her body could function at a higher level. When she met the team at Dillberg Integrated Healthcare, she knew it was a great opportunity to learn about the body and how lifestyle changes could result in optimal performance.

She began her lifestyle journey after live cell blood analysis revealed that she had signs of chemical imbalances that were causing her health limitations and immune compromise. She started to follow their nutritional protocols while embarking on a 30-day systemic detoxification. Bethany reported feeling increased energy levels, less food cravings and minimal soreness after competitions.

The next phase of her journey included spinal rehabilitation. X-rays indicated that her spine was rotated and curved toward her stronger right side. Bethany worked with a combination of therapies including Pettibon Chiropractic, Egoscue Method, and Acupuncture. Within 3 months, her distortion was reduced by nearly 50%.

Her spinal misalignments led the Dillberg team to create an Egoscue postural program tailored to fit her needs. Then Bethany was introduced to the TRX suspensiontraining program. Even though she started only 4 months ago, in her words, she is hooked. Bethany stated that due to the shortness of her left limb, she had a difficult time finding a way to work out the left side of her body. The TRX works great to strengthen and stabilize her entire body. The portability of the TRX strap allows her to take her training regime on the road. She can tie it to a tree at a surf spot, or above her door in a hotel room and still have the ability to implement her exercise program while traveling.

The result, Bethany feels stronger, balanced and more confident in the water. Her overall health has improved drastically and she now looks forward to coming homeand visiting the Dillberg team at their practice.

Dr. Dustin Dillberg notes, "The Human body is such an amazing machine, and Bethany's story is an inspiration to all of us. She is a determined individual who strives to live life to the fullest."

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