Becci Parsons Talks about Reclaiming Her Life from Neuropathy

Ira Feinstein: How did you become interested in exploring how the Feldenkrais Method® can help those living with neuropathy?

Becci Parsons:
 I'm a Feldenkrais® practitioner living with neuropathy. 

Over the course of my active life, I've had a number of disc injuries. My original disc herniation was in 1992, a year after I became a Feldenkrais practitioner. I managed pretty well for a few years, largely because of what I learned during my professional Feldenkrais training. When my disc fragmented and the fragments traveled and compressed my spine nerve root, which innervated my foot, surgery became a necessity.

After my first spine surgery in 1997, I had partial foot drop and a little bit of numbness. My balance on my right side was terrible. If I caught my heel on a rock or uneven surface, I fell. As a former professional dancer, this was pretty devastating to me. I used to be able to, jump, turn on a dime and point my foot, but after that injury and surgery, I had muscle weakness and loss of motor control. I was aware that it was neuropathy, but it wasn't too horrible.  

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