Kellies Story

A Personal Story On How I Achieved Unbeatable Pain Relief!


   I was 21 years old when I injured my left ankle at work. That was ten years ago now. I knew something was wrong when two weeks had passed and this simple sprain was not getting any better.

   After the first month, the manager where I worked advised me to obtain a second opinion from an orthopedic surgeon. After that visit, I realized my life was never going to be the same again. Two months later I was diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, a disease of the nervous system that communicates pain signals when there is no reason for pain signals to originate.

    Standard treatment regimes began with the promise of pain management. By the end of the first year, I had gone through two surgeries, countless nerve blocks, and endless physical therapy to no avail. After a few years of the same routine, I began to search for better alternatives.

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It was Spring 2002, and because my work comp case settled in 2001, I was now able to choose my own healthcare. I had been searching for different treatment options when my mom told me about this therapist in town named Taum Sayers. I made some inquiries, and then chose to schedule an appointment with Taum. It had been 7 years since I was able to walk; and just one year prior, doctors were discussing amputation. Just after the first visit, I could tell things were going to be better. My body hurt less, moved easier and I slept through the night for the first time in a long time. I had hope again. I started seeing Taum on a regular basis and by November 2002 I was walking again; a direct result of his marvelous treatment.

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   Taum practices a unique form of massage that manages the proper function of the muscles in the body. As Taum explains on his website, “Chances are there is a muscular component ‘Participating’ in your pain…and that is the focus of ‘Muscle Management’, relieving pain and restoring function by focusing precision therapy on the muscles.” Taum practices the Berry Method® technique of massage and it feels like no other massage technique in healthcare today. It is about corrective massage to “encourage, promote, and maintain healthy states of balance” within the musculoskeletal system.

    Taum believes, and I wholeheartedly agree, that by restoring overall muscle health one’s pain can greatly decrease. Taum’s Muscle Management gently manipulates the muscles, tendons, and ligaments to realign them, which in turn resets the body’s natural balance, and allows for smoother function and motion. Above all else, chronic life-debilitating pain is relieved without invasive procedures or added discomfort.


It is now the Summer of 2005, and I am here to tell you that there is life during chronic pain, and whether or not you choose to seek it depends upon you. I could not let my disease rule my life any longer. I searched for answers, and found relief in Muscle Management Therapy. I would have never believed in the painful years prior to knowing Taum, that I would be living a normal life without misery. It has been 10 years since my ankle injury and reflex sympathetic dystrophy is still in my life, but it is not my life. In the time I have worked with Taum, my life gradually came back to what resembles a normal lifestyle. This year miracles I thought could never happen have occurred. I found Alex, the love of my life, and we were married in January 2005. We are expecting our first child in late September, something doctors told me I could not possibly achieve. I give the credit to my Lord, in whom I placed my faith, who ultimately guided me to Taum Sayers, who made miracles happen!

Wedding Day January 2005

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Mrs. Kellie Pop

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Massage Magazine article...."Intention and Imagination"(Topic: Mid-Back Tension 2002)

Lauren Berry Sr for "Bridgebuilders" Hall of Fame induction(2013)

Newsweek article -2004 (not one of mine)-"The Great Back Pain Debate".
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Massage Magazine article...."Lauren's Story" (2002)

Balance and The Berry Method®

Sierra Sun article, 2003 -"Sayers manages muscles through body mechanics."


The 'Nose Ring' analogy nosering
Muscle Management® for Elbow Pain (youTube) elbow
Lymphatic self-help - (youTube) lymphatic

Kellie's Story: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Intention and Imagination (Massage Magazine)

Lauren Berry Sr for "Bridgebuilders" Hall of Fame induction(2013)

The Great Back Pain Debate Newsweek article -2004 (not one of mine)
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Lauren's Story (Massage Magazine)

Balance and The Berry Method®

Sierra Sun article. (Truckee's local paper)