Hotel manager Wayne Mansfield is on cloud nine after bouncing away his crippling sciatica on a mini Boogie Bounce trampoline.
Just 12 months ago, dad of two Wayne, 44, of Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, was bedridden with excruciating back pain. “For two months I could barely walk,” he explains. “Even when I was mobile again I walked with a limp.”
Now, he’s pain-free, brimming with energy and three stone lighter – all thanks to Boogie Bounce… an exercise class which involves exercising to music on mini trampolines.
Wayne had been struggling with back and knee pain since his 30s – caused by years of playing football plus a demanding job in corporate banqueting which involved lifting heavy furniture.
But it was in November 2016 that he developed sciatica. “It came on over a period of three days at work – starting with shooting pains down the left side of my lower back and ended with my back seizing up completely.
“My GP diagnosed sciatica and prescribed physiotherapy and strong painkillers. Although the pills were good for the pain they left me good for nothing else! And the physiotherapy didn’t make huge improvements.”
Even when Wayne returned to work last January (2017) he was still limping and wincing at spasms that continued to shoot down his left leg.