When former Chicago Bears linemen Dan Jiggetts and Keith Van Horne could barely walk anymore, they turned to Gh Fitlab to help heal their aches and pains from a career in the NFL. What they found was not only miraculous, but life-altering.
“My legs couldn’t really move,” Van Horne said. “I needed something because I couldn’t do what I used to do.”
Someone recommended Greg Hachaj, the founder of Gh Fitlab, to Van Horne and the relationship has been mutually beneficial.
Hachaj uses a method that takes away heavy weights and intense lifting. Instead, he implements lighter lifting to repair broken down muscles to allow former athletes to do daily activities that were once a struggle.
“We’re using muscle in the opposite way,” Hachaj said. “We are building strength without exhaustion. We are actually using muscle to eliminate pain, not to give pain.”
Hachaj explains that contracting muscle creates energy and brings blood flow. That energy and blood flow, with the oxygen the blood brings, feed the brain.
Van Horne had a fusion in his back and the nerves in his legs never recovered. He can’t stand on his toes and walking was very difficult. Instead of laboring through uneven steps, Van Horne is on the road to recovery.
“Now I can sort of walk forward again,” Van Horne said with a smile.
Prior to the Gh Method, Jiggetts and Van Horne had exhausted all options and had no other resort. Now, they are once again, living happier and healthier lives.
“You go through all the operations and things like that and you go through therapy and physical therapy, but it really doesn’t answer the long-term need,” Jiggetts said. “That’s what this is doing for me.”
See more of Gh Fitlab and the recovery process for both players in the video above.
This is all part of a larger message and project from the NBC Sports Regional Networks. Religion of Sports — the media company founded by Tom Brady, Michael Strahan and Gotham Chopra — has partnered with NBC Sports regional networks for a new one-hour documentary addressing the issue of mental health in sports. “HeadStrong: Mental Health and Sports” is executive produced by six-time NFL Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall.
“Mental health issues have been pushed to the forefront of our national conversation,” Ted Griggs, president, Group Leader and Strategic Production & Programming, NBC Sports Regional Networks, added. “Thanks to athletes like Brandon Marshall, Kevin Love, Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin, and executives such as NBA commissioner Adam Silver, we know that our sports heroes face mental health challenges, just like so many others. We hope this project will advance that conversation and show people that resources and assistance are available to everyone.”