Testimonials Archive

Maureen L.

I actually don’t think I need much guidance at the moment…I just wanted to write to say THANK YOU.

I had chronic hip pain for years before having bilateral hip arthroscopy in 2011, which did very little at all. After having my first kid in 2015 I went back to the orthopedist who ordered and MRI and said there was a lot of damage in my hips (labral tears, cartilage thinning, bone hardening, etc.) and sent me off to do physical therapy which was not effective whatsoever. Since my second kid was born in 2016 I’ve basically been an absolute mess. Nearly everything I did would throw my back out (sometimes even coughing or sneezing!) and I felt like I didn’t have the strength to live my own life! Out of desperation I went back to the orthopedist again and he recommended cortisone shots, another MRI and, pending those results, a conversation about replacement.

This was totally unacceptable to me so I started my own research and first found the Upright Health videos then the FAI Fix. It’s been a month and I’ve seen DRAMATIC change. My hips are still soooooo tight but slowly but surely they’re getting better and I’m starting to feel strong enough to play with my kids, lift them up when I need to, carry groceries without feeling like I have to hobble around for weeks after! So thank you , thank you. I’m starting to really dial in on what muscles are the most problematic for me and when I need more info there always seems to be an Upright Health video to teach me exactly what I need. So really I can’t thank you enough. I’ll be in touch if and when I do need more guidance!

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Cameron

Hi FAI Fix team,

I just want to start by thanking you for putting this program together. I have been doing the work daily for 10 weeks and it has really changed things drastically for me.

I am 31, work as a doctor and live in Australia. I stumbled upon your program while tirelessly researching a solution to my chronic left gluteal pain which was getting so bad it was limiting my ability to work full time. After 6 hours of sitting with patients my left butt was on fire. I felt impaired and had to cut back to part time.

I have always considered myself fit (although always have been VERY inflexible) and am now starting to enjoy running, surfing and hiking again. I just returned from a 2 week skiing holiday which felt so great! I still have a long way to go but I am feeling hopeful for the first time in a very long while.

Thank you.

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Cortney

cortney hip impingement hikingMy FAI experience began with lower back pain and weakness, and I was treated for that for six weeks with physical therapy (the theory of multiple experts being that carrying twins with a particularly small frame years prior had destroyed my core).

That work was invaluable, because I HAD lost a great deal of core strength and stability along the way. After repeated set-backs, my therapist said this was likely rather a hip issue and I had an X-ray followed by MRI arthrogram that revealed cam impingement and labral tear. I read those results before the follow-up with my surgeon and started researching. I came across The FAI Fix and assumed it was a scam, looking forward to my next appointment with my surgeon.

At that appointment, he briefly discussed the controversy of surgery for FAI, and suggested that it be considered a last resort.

He wrote “The FAI Fix” on a piece of paper and handed it to me, saying it was a great source of information and would be worth a try. He pointed out that though there is a registration fee, the amount was pretty reasonable if the program could make a difference. What an understatement!

Over the past five months, the invoice totals from my physical therapy visits have been shocking. While there is some value in that process, it’s neither as empowering nor as effective as the The FAI Fix has been in just eight weeks.

This program was truly overwhelming in the beginning as I saw how many exercises there are, how time-intensive the work would be, and that I would have to rely on self-evaluation.

Those “challenges” have turned out to be the true blessings of this experience because sticking with it and has been a lesson in patience and in what our bodies are capable of if we pay attention and learn what they need.

I’ve been so fortunate to meet a surgeon who supports and even promotes this approach and continues to meet with me WITHOUT scheduling surgery, and am grateful to your team for providing the tools I need.

While I’m still far from where I want to be physically, I now have very little daily pain and much less fear because I have an understanding of how my hip works, why I feel what I do with certain activities, and where to find guidance on what to do next as I continue to progress.

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Brittany

Here is my FAI Fix hip story. I started training in ballet when I was three years old, and I continued on until I was 17 very seriously in pre-professional (and one professional) companies. After that I only took a few classes here or there, but most of my adolescence was spent doing 10-20 hours of ballet per week.

I had always struggled immensely with flexibility. It took me many years of hard work to achieve the splits, which is really the bare minimum of flexibility required in ballet.  It was always so frustrating how little I progressed compared to my peers. I also struggled with turns (I think I’ve finally put together an explanation for this which I’ll mention later).

When I was 23, my fiance and I were preparing our “wedding” bodies and started doing P90X workouts regularly. We obtained our goals and became strong and durable. I’ve never been successful, or frankly, that interested in running, but during this period of confidence I hopped on a treadmill and somehow managed a six-mile run. I felt horribly hungover with fatigue that evening, and in the middle of the night I woke up screaming with intense pain in my left hip. My intuitive response at this point was to protect the area in pain with rest, ice, and pain medication.

The pain only got worse. My mobility had tanked and my pain was unbearable. While I was a dancer I noticed a lot of popping in my hips as well as the tightness/inflexibility that I had mentioned, and I had always sort of thought “some day my hips are going to be a problem for me.” Now that they were, I decided to track down the sports medicine doctor that treated a local professional ballet company. I assumed my long run was just the tipping point to years of hip abuse in dance.

The sports medicine doctor sent me to an orthopedic surgeon, who sent me to get an MRI, and then diagnosed me with femoroacetabular impingement, and a good amount of labral tears. I was offered a handicap tag to take with us on our honeymoon to Disney World (we cancelled and delayed our trip a year! Who wants to be pushed in a wheelchair by their husband on their honeymoon?).

As pain and mobility issues increased, I decided to go ahead with the surgery. My impinged bone was shaved and my tears were repaired. I woke up out of surgery and felt immediate relief! It was a miracle surgery! I then proceeded through all of my physical therapy and got stronger and back to normal.

Fast forward two kids and about seven years later, and my husband and I started doing some training again for a couples trip to the Bahamas! I was working hard doing various at-home workouts, really focusing on my legs with lots of squats and lunges, etc. Lots of progress and confidence, and then one day I started getting that familiar aching and throbbing pain in my glute on the right side. Oh boy, time for my right hip “to go”, I thought.  Ballet requires very symmetrical training, so I could only assume that if I needed surgery on my left hip that my right was probably coming.

I slowed down on my training, but the pain did not subside. We made it on our trip, but afterwards I started going downhill. The glute throbbing became accompanied with that torn feeling on the inside of my hip. I knew exactly what to do: call up my surgeon, order the MRI, and get it fixed.

Sure enough, there were impingements and tears from every angle. As I instinctively tried to protect the area, the last thing in the world I would do was stretch it. I kept my legs crossed or laying down, and the more I rested the more I hurt. I was almost in tears going to church one day to a picnic where I could barely walk at all. But I had surgery scheduled.

Now here’s where it gets interesting. At some point while waiting for my surgery, my left hip started going into the same pain! And I started going downhill on BOTH HIPS!  On a Sunday night, my husband left for a weeklong trip to Singapore, and I laid in bed perplexed. How on Earth was I going to take care of my two young children for a week with no help.  I could barely walk, it hurt to drive, and to top it off we were having a house remodel!

I guess you could say I was desperate and hit rock bottom, but surgery was over a month out, and that was only for one side! How would I recover with the other one hurting (and still, with two young kids!)  Also, at 31, is this really going to be my life? Am I going to need hip repairs on both sides every seven years? How long would I last? Am I going to have hip replacements at 40? My life is over!  Why did I love ballet so much? What do I do?

So, I hit the internet and found the FAI Fix program that night. I read through the site and some reviews, and bought it quite impulsively. I thought this was definitely worth a try even if it didn’t work. I did all of the self tests that night. I was pretty terrified to be STRETCHING muscles that had “lots of tears”, but I really didn’t think I could get worse, so I did it.

I almost immediately had pain RELIEF in doing the self tests. I took all of the notes that I was supposed to, took a deep breath, and went to bed praying I could get out of bed in the morning. I had less pain that night and woke up more mobile than I had been in weeks. INSANE. So of course I got to it! I followed all of the guidance of the program and picked two areas to work on. I did about 45-60 minutes of “hip work” every. single. day for a good few weeks.

When my husband returned from his weeklong trip, I appeared normal again! I was walking around and doing things with very little pain, and normal activity and mobility was completely restored. I did still have pain, so those first few weeks I was especially diligent about icing my hips after every session.

At this point I had to decide what to do about my scheduled surgery. I decided to get another opinion. I have a friend who is a sports med DO (should have seen her first) for a major college in Colorado. She ran all the scans and found my impingements, on the front of one hip, and in the back of the other. She also found my entire spine was slightly angled, so essentially my entire core was in a bit of a corkscrew. She felt confident that because of my success so far with FAI Fix and my ability to receive training as a former dancer, I should not move forward with surgery, and should continue with physical therapy.

I actually have not yet gone to physical therapy now a few months later. I had to cancel because of a child’s illness and just haven’t found the time, but I have been continuing with the FAI Fix program. I would say I was extremely dedicated for the first two months, and got myself back to “normal”. In the business of life, I’m not currently as dedicated, however on several occasions now I will get that throb in my glute, and I’m able to stretch it out with a targeted stretch. Or, I’ll feel pinching in my inner groin and I’ll stretch it out and do some tissue work, and get relief.

I don’t sit as much in general. I’m standing as I type this and alternating some stretches on each leg. I spend more time on the floor casually doing stretches as I play with my kids. I do hip hinges while a kid is hanging on my back (works really great actually at 40 pounds!). I squeeze my glutes and hams ALL the time. Absolutely as a ballet dancer my quads were overdeveloped in comparison to the backside.

My friend really helped me make sense of my struggles as a dancer, too. The tilted spine explains why turns were difficult; I would tend to fall easily turning towards my curve and had a hard time making the rotations turning against my curve. I feel so much better now about my flexibility issues because it wasn’t ever a flexibility issue (in fact in my table exam my friend told me I’m quite flexible still). It’s the mechanical structure of my hips that was always the issue.

I love how this program has helped me put all of the data together to make sense of how MY body works. I just love how careful all of the videos in FAI Fix are in addressing the very specific dynamics of the muscles and body positioning to retrain your body properly. I also love the new mindset I now have that anywhere there is pain in a muscle, I can actively work to relieve it instead of just lying around in agony popping pills.

I have such a new outlook on how amazing the body is at retraining and self-healing. I will admit part of the reason I’ve slowed down on my “hip work” is because I really like to workout HARD and sometimes it was just feeling like “old lady exercises” after a while. So I am excited to sort of have all of the exercises in my knowledge bank and do them throughout my day, and hopefully progress back into harder workouts. I’ve just purchased the athletes program and have not started it yet, but I am very excited to work myself up to new challenges that are good for my body!

THANK YOU SO MUCH! I am seriously eternally grateful for this program, and I hope to never have hip surgery again!! I have told so many people with aches and pains to follow Upright Health. You guys are amazing!

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Shari B.

I’m not sure where to begin this message other than saying thank you so, so much. It’s been a while since we last spoke but since our last visit and after buying the FAI Fix in December, my hip and glute pain has been tremendously better. The success came gradually, which is why I haven’t emailed you until now. For some reason I was waiting for this dramatic moment where I would suddenly be back to normal in the span of a few days. But it never happened. Instead, just a few things at a time starting getting better. The changes were so gradual I didn’t even realize how much I had improved until I caught myself mid-way through my yoga class going through all of the movements…completely pain-free (something that had never happened in the past. Yoga always caused me pain). I started tearing up at that moment during the class.

I still have days where my hip flexor pinches and when my glutes start firing painfully but it really only happens when I fail to stretch/foam roll after workouts or neglect my FAI fix routine. I still can’t do many exercises I’d like to do and I’m still a long way to go in regards to my flexibility goals, but one day I know it will be possible if I just keep working at it.

So I just want to say thank you so much to and your team for eliminating the doubts that were in my head – thinking that the only way I would get better is with surgery, and that I’d never be able to run again or do intense exercises with my hip condition. Your one-on-sessions and your program made me realize that it is possible, and for that I’m forever grateful.

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Bryce B.

I started having a “nagging” hip issue over three years ago. Soon, I spent all my time thinking, How far do I have to walk? How long do I have to stand? It was maddening. I’m 45 years old. I used to run, swim, bike, lift, and golf. Now, all I could think was, How far/long…?

One day, I was walking through the grocery store with my wife, using the cart as a crutch. Then, my hip just gave out and I almost ended up on the floor.

I finally went to the surgeon. After all the tests, I was diagnosed with FAI, a labral tear, and arthritis. The surgeon said, “You can keep trying all the stuff you’ve done up to this point, but you’ll be back here sooner or later for surgery.”

Up to that point, I had tried massages, A.R.T., going to a chiropractor, ice, heat, more exercise, and less exercise. But I still couldn’t find the silver bullet.

I finally decided on the surgery because I didn’t see any other option. At that point, I had never heard of the FAI Fix.

Sixteen weeks post-surgery, I was doing better but still experiencing significant pain. All I could think was, “Is this the best it’s going to be? Because it ain’t great.”

I was literally on the brink of calling my surgeon and asking about doing a full hip replacement. At that point, I thought, “Why not?”

Then, I found the FAI Fix. I felt I had absolutely nothing to lose by purchasing the program and giving it a try. Within two days of starting the program, I noticed results. After six weeks, I saw tremendous improvements.

The improvements haven’t always followed a straight line. Over the last six weeks, I’ve had ‘good days’ and ‘OK days.’ But I’ve had no bad days at all.

My progress seems to take a leap forward, then gently improve, and then take another leap forward. The FAI Fix will be a long-term part of my recovery process, and it will be a long-term part of my overall healthy lifestyle.

You may be wondering, “Is it worth it?” I cannot answer that question for anyone else, but for me it’s absolutely worth the investment.

A small investment to have a chance at improving my daily life…that was a no brainer.

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Jen L.

My problems with hip pain started 6 years ago after the birth of my 3rd child. Even walking and going up stairs was painful.

I saw a physical therapist who told me I had anterior pelvic tilt caused by a weak core from pregnancy. I worked with him on loosening my quads with basic stretching and massage and strengthening my core, and my hip pain went away. Now and then over the years the pain came back, but I could always handle it with taking a short break from working out and doing the exercises the physical therapist gave me.

About 6 months ago that stopped working. The hip pain was worse than it had ever been (walking, stairs, getting into my car, sleeping, even swimming) and my lower back was hurting too. I noticed that my clothes were getting all twisted on me and I could even see that my pelvis was twisted.

I tried a physical therapist again, and he did a lot of stretching with me that improved the twisted pelvis, but my hips were hurting more than ever. He referred me to an orthopedic surgeon where I was diagnosed with cam impingement, torn labrum, a large cyst, and thinning cartilage. The surgeon said I should try more physical therapy and if that didn’t work I could have surgery to fix my hip. I was unconvinced about the PT being effective since I was there because it had been making things worse. I was also very hesitant to go the surgery route. I didn’t understand why physical therapy had worked years ago for me when I had shoulder impingement related to competitive swimming, but it wasn’t working for hip impingement related to a very basic active lifestyle.

In my search for answers I found the FAI Fix online. The research really resonated with me. The muscle theory behind FAI made so much more sense than bone shapes and cartilage. (And I think I watched the video explaining why the “bad news” from my MRI wasn’t so bad after all at least 5 times, so thanks for that!) I was also blown away by all the testimonials from other people this program was working for.

I noticed immediate improvement after my very first workout, and I’ve been gradually improving since. The tissue work and reactivation have been really important for me, and every single time I’ve noticed something that feels wrong in my hip the Troubleshooting Guide has had the answer.

Before I started the FAI Fix I was so scared that I wouldn’t be able to stay active with my kids and for a healthy lifestyle. Now I feel confident that not only am I fixing my hip problems, but I’m learning how to listen to and take better care of my body.

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Jeremy M.

Your program has helped me so much. I believe the vast majority of FAI patients should probably be doing your program instead of the doctor-prescribed treatments for FAI syndrome.

This experience has blown my mind, because I grew up believing I should always trust my doctor. Perhaps financial incentives are to blame for why so many orthopedic doctors prescribe surgery for so many patients who simply need to work on their soft tissues in order to heal.

BTW, I love the Hip Stick! It’s my go to piece of equipment for getting the knots out of my adductors. Thanks for everything!

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Justin H.

Justin sent this email to The FAI Fix:

Purchased the FAI fix back in April of this year. I’ll be honest, I read a bit about it, but it was basically a last-ditch effort to get my hips feeling better before a fairly demanding military course.

In the months that followed, I went from literally being unable to play floor hockey with my family over Christmas break without pain accompanied by limping for hours afterwards to being able to runmove laterally, and being able to sit relatively comfortable in the bottom of a squat.

I have tons of mobility and flexibility issues and I do occasionally have flare ups due to getting complacent and slacking on the program (not out of debt yet), but I have progressed to where I have added in crawls, movement training, and yoga to my traditional strength training and running.

On the previously mentioned course I rucked many kilometers with 70+lbs of gear on my back without issues. Brazilian jiu-jitsu, something that can be great for hip mobility, was just making things worse due to the hip pain and tightness being extreme and had to be stopped for a few months. Well, that is back on and I have had many say I am moving more smoothly than I ever have.

Muay Thai, something I thought was lost to me forever as I could not kick above the waist without terrible pain, is looking more and more like an inevitability, rather than a pipe dream. I was 29 and so much of my life has been defined by being an athlete. I was a competitive distance runner for years in high school and university then went from weighing 135lbs at 5′ 10″ and running a 17:26 5km to a 465lb deadlift and competing in powerlifting meets and even a bodybuilding show back in 2011. I have been training for 15 years. There is more to life than that, but it did define me a bit, you know? And it was being stolen from me.

Worse and worse over the years and I felt tighter, old beyond my years, and dejected with my training. I sometimes cried in the car on the way to work. What the hell was wrong with my hips?! Why were so many of these things I loved being taken from me? I felt helpless and was desperately searching for something. Met with an orthopedic surgeon and surgery was an option, but it just didn’t feel right. Physio was okay, but I didn’t feel progress, just a bit better after each treatment for a day or two. I don’t know you.

I watch your videos and you seem like a good dude who wants to help people. Maybe you just enjoy the money that comes in from this program. Maybe a combination of both? Like I said, I don’t know you, but I am telling you that you saved my life with this program. I guess this whole ramble has come down to me saying that, but also me saying thank you. If I ever see you on the street up in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, I will introduce myself as the guy who dropped a ridiculously long email and shake your hand.

Thank you

 

We were so inspired by Justin’s email we asked if he’d provide some more details:

Q: What were your problems like on a daily basis and what diagnoses did you get from health professionals?

A: Problems were: at lowest point couldn’t move my feet more than two feet apart after a light jog for a few km. Couldn’t play floor hockey with my family without limping for a few days afterwards. Driving became a bit uncomfortable. Diagnoses from health professionals were pretty spot on. Right away a MRI and X-ray were ordered up and a torn labrum with cam impingement was shown.

After that started with some physio, dry needling of the hip as well as some exercises to improve internal rotation (had 0 degrees of this compared with 40-45 of external). Not really helpful, so we progressed to stage two which was meeting with orthopaedic surgeon. This took a few months and by then had discovered the FAI fix and was making some progress. Met

with the surgeon and he was great. Advised me to keep going with the program as it was offering relief and to only book an appointment if I had exhausted that option, physio, etc. So that was positive. Definitely a lack of education from the physio side of things into what FAI is, although it seems like there is a shift from “bone issue” to “hip function/tissue quality problem”.

Q: What did you try to fix the problems?

A: As mentioned above, physio, etc. Tried some stretching and lacrosse ball work on my own, but was just throwing darts in the dark at this point.

Q: Were there any reasons you were hesitant to try the FAI Fix?

A: Money. I am always skeptical if anyone looking to make a buck off you, but Shane’s experience (the before and after of the overhead squat for example), the free content on YouTube that offered some relief, and honestly desperation at that point led me to spring for the program. Best decision.

Q: Why did you decide to try the FAI Fix and what has your experience been like (including your present state)?

A: Decided to try FAI as it seemed medical professionals were a mile wide and an inch deep. I am sure Shane knows more about the fitness world than just FAI issues, but he certainly seemed to be a mile deep in the problem that ailed me so I figured having a subject matter expert’s program designed for exactly where I was would be a good thing to try.

I noticed relief pretty quickly. I had to be careful to stay away from what bothered me; hip flexion, legs wide apart, and even standing up straight at the top of a deadlift caused pain.

Anything side to side aggravated me. Running, direction changing…that wasn’t possible without pain. So I did my exercises, tried to limit the trouble things mentioned above, and that brought progress. After a month or two hey…I can squat down almost parallel and don’t have that impingement pain.

Then whoa can go below parallel.

As the hip became more mobile I had to be careful adding things to it. It was also tough to distinguish between what bothered me and what was just the hip being sore from use again or new ranges of motion being weak and fragile, but I always kept an eye out for that telltale impingement feeling. Setbacks happened.

Got too eager and kicked a heavy bag, squatted too fast testing things out, moved poorly at jiu jitsu, etc., but progress isn’t always linear I suppose.

Where I am at now. I am pretty much out of rehab and onto training. My hip is probably functioning better than ever and my training has DRASTICALLY changed. I still have down days where it seems a bit off (due to lack of effort with the program) and periods where I think I regress. Just cleaned and front squatted for the first time in a year and a half basically. Have been deadlifting and squatting consistently for a few months.

Have incorporated movement training and yoga into my life and my warm up consists of crawl variations and movement flows that would have caused my hip to perhaps literally explode and shoot out like shrapnel into some unsuspecting gym goer. I make sure I incorporate some movement into each warm up as a way of solidifying and strengthening these new ranges of motions that I have. I never did mobility or stretching for years and years and it certainly caught up with me.

Now as I am training usually twice a day I do feel like my FAI specific work has fallen by the wayside due to complacency from being content with where I am at now. I feel I would really benefit from following the program again and it would take me to the “I can do most things again so this is fine” stage I am at now to something greater.

Q: Do you have anything you’d like to add?

A: Nope. I feel the program didn’t just give me things to follow, but it also helped educate me. I know more muscles, their function, lots of terminology and exercises, and most importantly greater concepts about the hip’s role and what can hold it back than I did beforehand. I went from having something that I loved feeling like it was literally stolen from me to having friends and strangers come up to me asking me how I move that way or how my hips can be mobile enough to do A or B.

It’s a great feeling and as I am writing this I am thinking back to how confused, frustrated, and just hopeless I felt. It was a really dark time in my life to at age 28 and 29 feel like you have…lost your body.

Especially when being physically active and training has been a big part of what makes you you since you were a child. And now here I am; 30 years old and feeling loose, free, more mobile than I have ever been, and like I have so much to learn and do and explore and play.

I really do owe much of that to this program, so thank you!

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Janet M.

Hi there!! My name is J. I’m 33 and an avid Mountain Biker.

I have always been a very active person. Almost 3 years ago I started experiencing this dull, stiff pain in my right hip. It started to interfere with my everyday life. Sleeping became difficult. Driving my car just pushing the accelerator didn’t feel natural anymore. My hip pain was all I could think about. It was taking over my life.

Finally I went to the Doctor to see what was going on. They suspected FAI hip impingement with labral Tear. They made an appointment for an MRI which confirmed both FAI and Labral tear. He told me I could try physical therapy, but that surgery was probably the only option. What???? Surgery is terrifying. Not to mention recovery time is minimum 6 months at least 2-3 months non weight bearing. I work in a garden center so that wouldn’t really allow me to be off my feet long at all.

I started doing research on my injury, YouTubing video after video about the surgery and honestly it sounded like it was going to do more harm than good. One day I ran across a YouTube video of Shane. Someone who had the same hip issues as me and didn’t have surgery. I began watching your videos on tissue work and stretching. I immediately felt relief.

I have been doing some kind of stretching or tissue work everyday for the last year and I have seen a major break through with the FAI Fix program and now the other Got ROM programs. I’m so grateful that you are sharing these techniques.

I can now use these tools to fix my body!! I have never had this much mobility in my life. I tell everyone about you. Seriously, Shane you rock!

Thank you for showing me how to free my hips! 

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