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How The Gym Has Helped Me Deal With Chronic Pain

Jeffrey L. Klump

“My Second Home”

Dateline: Creve Coeur, MO. USA/October 21st, 2021/Written by: Jeffrey L. Klump


The gym has always been my second home. 

The first gym that I ever trained at was George Turners in Dellwood, Missouri in the late 1970s. 

It was at that gym that I knew I belonged. 

That gym, in particular, had real tough guys training there with names like Jay Rosciglione, Greg Tuck, and “The Beast”, Tom Sumner. 

I remember Sumner having 7 or 8 plates on each side of the barbell deadlift and that barbell was bouncing up and down like a rubber band. 

Guys were in there yelling and screaming while training and that was just a little intimidating for a skinny 15-year-old kid at the time. 

Over the years the names and places of gyms have changed, but for the most part, I have always been comfortable at the gym. 

It has always been a place for me to destress and clear my mind along with strengthening my body. 

Exercise has been the most effective way to strengthen your immune system. 

There is no substitute for exercise. 

The one time that I should have been going to the gym, in my late 40’s but slacked off, was right before my mind was blown and my wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer. 

From 2011 to 2015 my time in the gym was rare and at the same time, I was not eating well and abusing alcohol to cope with the stress that my wife would be leaving us. 

By the fall of 2015, I realized that I needed to make some changes quickly, or I would be headed for trouble as well. 

I started watching a chiropractor on YouTube by the name of Eric Berg and he was talking about something that I never heard of even though the gym was my second home. 

The word Ketosis and Ketogenics are the words that he kept using and after watching his videos, I started living the Ketogenic lifestyle.

I started seeing results within a few weeks. 

Then in April of 2016, the day before my wife died, I lifted her up on a porta-potty and she was dead weight. 

I tore something in my right upper back but didn’t know what it was. 

The pain lasted for a while and then over time especially from 2017 to the present, that pain trickled down to my lower back and both sides and all of the ways down to my feet. 

Pain is a constant part of my life now. 

I had my disability hearing yesterday and the judge asked me which positions do I experience the most pain, and I told her, it is worse when I lie down, and sitting down is a close second, and then standing up is still painful but not as bad as the previous two. 

The judge did not ask me when I feel the least pain. 

If she did, I would have told her at the gym. 

When my body is in motion, then and only then, do I feel some relief from pain. 

I rest briefly in between each set and exercise. 

Along with exercising in the gym, I do a lot of stretching and this is so critical especially for people over 40.

Before and after exercising, I sit in the sauna for between 10 to 15 minutes.

Saunas are incredible for ridding your body of toxins, excess water, and pain relief.

They are also important for anyone who has had a stroke or other cardiovascular issues.

After a while, I think I just become numb to pain. 

Taking pain killers and opioids is out, not just because of the dangers involved but also because they constipate me. 

In the summer of 2020, I had an X-Ray done on my lower back.

This was through the Social Security Administration and they would allow only one and no MRI’s which is what I needed and asked for.

The one lower back X-ray revealed Degenerative Disc Disease and Spinal Arthritis.

I am sure there is more going on there but I have not had health insurance since 2017, and there won’t be any way to tell unless my disability case is approved. I will then be eligible for early Medicare. 

If this wasn’t enough, at the end of October 2019, I had a series of 4 strokes.

I am just getting myself back to where I was before this happened. 

It has been a long road back.

The strokes really took it out of me and I still do not feel right. 

Regardless of the outcome of my case, I will be at the gym. 

It is here that I belong.

I am not afraid of a little cold virus. I keep my Vitamin D levels very high. 

I am not afraid of anything in this world except not being able to take care of myself long-term. 

That does bother me and that is why I am here. 

My Second Home.

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Why is Elsa Deen Is the Best Massage Therapist in Saint Louis?

Elsa Deen is the Owner of True Touch Massage and is One of the Fastest Growing Businesses in Massage Therapy.

Dateline: Creve Coeur, MO. USA/October 10th, 2021/Written by: Jeffrey L. Klump


She came from humble beginnings.

Elsa Deen was born and raised in a small village outside of Cebu, Philippines.

Anyone who has ever been to the Philippines or knows someone who has will understand the abject poverty that many people in that part of the world, live in.

Elsa was taught at a young age how important family is and to always respect your parents no matter what.

She began working around the age of 12 to help her parents out and she continues to help them out by sending them money that she earns from her massage therapy business, including to other relatives in the Philippines.

She is one of the most unselfish and hard-working people that you will ever meet.

Elsa came to the United States in 2013 after marrying an American, which is the only way most people from the Philippines can emigrate here, and moved to Saint Louis.

Her husband tragically died and Elsa was left alone with her 4 kids wondering what to do.

She remarried 6 years ago and has 2 additional children with her new husband and decided to go to school for massage therapy.

Elsa attended the Healing Arts Center located in Manchester, Missouri.

She graduated in 2016 and received her certificate as a Certified Massage Therapist.

Later in 2016, Elsa set up her own massage therapy business known as True Touch Massage in Creve Coeur, MO.

Elsa came up with the name True Touch because she was told by several students at her massage therapy school that she really has the gift of touch to help heal any injuries or other physical problems you may have.

She is very attentive to detail and has strong hands for deep tissue massage and reflexology.

She has the ability to help you relax which also helps with any mental or emotional stress that you may be going through including Post-traumatic Stress and grief.

Massage Therapy has also received attention from the prestigious Mayo Clinic.

An article published in January 2021 goes into detail about all of the many benefits of massage therapy. CLICK HERE to read.

Elsa could have worked for one of the national chains in massage therapy but she wanted to be in business for herself and take care of her clients her way, not someone else’s.

Her clients have immense respect for her not just as a massage therapist, but as the beautiful, hard-working, and unselfish person, that she is.

Massage therapy is not only effective for physical problems including Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Arthritis, Herniated Disc(s), Spinal Stenosis, and, Osteoporosis but also for mental and emotional issues like Post Traumatic Stress, Grief, and Anxiety.

Elsa makes you feel comfortable and relaxed for your massage and every massage is just as good as the very first one.

Massage therapy use to be referred to as a luxury or pampering yourself.

Those caregivers like Elsa Deen in the Healing Arts Business would disagree with you from day one.

They know how important massage therapy is to your overall health and wellness and they understand that society has put a label on massage therapy that could not further from the truth.

Elsa Deen with True Touch Massage

Everyone should incorporate massage therapy into their overall healthcare routine and not just those who are suffering from physical, mental, or emotional issues.

Massage therapy has proven to be effective at preventing injuries as well as healing injuries. CLICK HERE for the report.

The majority of people sit down during the daytime whether at work or at home and as the years go on, more and more people will be suffering from back problems, in particular, because gravity has a way of compacting on your spinal discs over time and as you age.

Taking care of your back, glutes, and lower body will become a necessity with massage therapy unless you want to take the option of opioids.

Exercise and proper stretching are also necessary especially for those living a sedentary lifestyle.

Elsa Deen will be here to help you with massage therapy. The rest will be up to you.

Elsa Deen has the touch, the True Touch, that makes her the best massage therapist in Saint Louis.


Jeffrey L. Klump is a writer, blogger, digital marketer, and work-from-home business opportunity, specialist. He is also an original member of the Guardian Angels-St. Louis Chapter.




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