Testimonials Archive

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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Lauren H.

Hi, my name is Lauren and I am a 37-year- old mother from England. I wanted to write a little bit about my hip journey so far and thank Matt and Shane for developing the FAI Fix programme as I  genuinely believe it is changing the course of my life…

I have always been generally active – sometimes a bit all or nothing since having children! – my background is mainly in Taekwon-Do, yoga, pilates, dancing and gym/circuit classes. Early in 2017 I  decided to revisit running as a hobby (something I have never really enjoyed but something that costs nothing and I can do with my children) and I did quite a few 5km runs and a 10km ‘muddy’ obstacle race. It was shortly after this that I started experiencing pain and restriction in my right hip, which got worse and worse throughout the summer until by September I found myself in constant pain, limping and unable to participate in any of my usual activities. The pain was mainly in the front of my hip but also radiated right though into my glute. I wasn’t able to forward fold as it felt like something was blocking the way. I felt pinching pain and also a constant dull ache.

Driving was very painful and I felt tearful at the thought of walking across a car park or to the local shop. I work as a healthcare assistant at the hospital and so work was becoming difficult and I was having to take painkillers every day. The lack of physical activity and putting my life on hold started to make me feel very down and irritable. I was missing out on my usual active quality time with my children and step-children and the housework was also difficult.

I saw a physiotherapist who suspected labral damage but it took quite a while to see the hip specialist and to get my MRI arthrogram (free on the NHS but takes a while to be seen!). The arthrogram showed a labral tear and CAM impingement. The doctor wanted me to have a fluoroscopic injection and then see him 3 months later to see what he thought was best. This seemed like a very long path and I felt upset at having to delay all my life plans for even longer.

I am lucky enough to work in diagnostic imaging at the hospital so I was able to talk to a lot of colleagues about the diagnosis and treatment. I did a lot of research online and talked to friends who are personal trainers, bodyworkers, etc. There are a few people in my department who have had the arthroscopic surgery with this particular doctor and have found it to be “95% successful”. I was beginning to feel that this would be the only way for me to get my life back and pursue my future career as a paramedic.

Then, after my husband expressed his wish for me to avoid surgery if at all possible (as he was worried it would open up a whole load of other issues), I put in a slightly different search term into Google (sorry I can’t remember what!) and there was the FAI Fix! After a bit more research and thinking things through, I decided to go for it and invested in the programme…

It was late in the year by this point and I managed a week or so of committed time to the programme before Christmas and our big family’s needs took over for a while. However, I found that the exercises helped me IMMEDIATELY – after just one session! In fact, although I have seriously slacked off over the festive period, I have still found that my symptoms are less than they were and I have every faith that this is going to work for me. I have now restarted my training and am feeling better already. My range of motion has increased and the pinching feeling and restriction has decreased when I fold forward. I have a long way to go but every day is a step forward. I very rarely take any painkillers now and I am able to dance and walk almost pain-free.

Initially I blamed the running for my hip problem (as I don’t like doing it!) but looking back I think it was probably my moderate hypermobility and the martial arts and yoga that caused the problem and I allowed my glutes to get far too weak. I enjoy stretching but I realise I have probably over- stretched so I am learning to really embrace the strength training and reactivation of my neglected muscles. The programme makes complete sense to me on both physical and emotional levels. I love the fact that the FAI Fix has empowered me and I can explore ways to get my body pain-free and as strong as possible.

I have discharged myself from the hip doctor’s care and declined the fluoroscopic injection. As well as the FAI Fix I am also following Matt’s Shoulder Fix programme for some shoulder problems I am having after a niggly martial arts injury that has been bothering me for some time. I feel like I have found in Matt and Shane two professionals that I can trust to guide me through the minefield of advice about health and well-being and I am excited about what is going to be possible. I’m not happy with the idea of “95% success” – I want to be able to do anything I want to do and never have my body stop me from doing it!

I am starting 2018 with a commitment to my body and I am determined to carve out the time to do what I need to do to fix myself…

My ten-year- old daughter and I are planning to climb the Welsh mountain Snowden in March and I feel strong enough to be able to take on some shifts in my hospital’s Emergency Department, bringing me a step closer to achieving my career dream. I am able to dance out with our dance team (Pig Dyke Molly – a very strange British phenomenon!) and hopefully soon return to some (perhaps less leg-based) martial arts. I am feeling happier and hopeful about my future. I now really understand how keeping in good health and fitness is a lifelong pursuit but that the rewards are great.

Thank you Matt and Shane for your thorough research and commitment to helping people like me. For anyone considering buying this programme I would say absolutely go for it – it is the best investment in your health you could make. Yes it takes time, commitment and sheer hard work but the gains will be real and we will have earned them without the risks surgery can bring, and without compromising or settling for anything less than being able to do WHATEVER we want in life…

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Mia

Matt, Shane and the FAI Team,

I want to thank you all! I have had incredible success with the FAI Fix. In 2015-2016 I had persistent, nagging hip pain and sciatica hat kept me from running, hiking and playing outside – everything I love! I was a competitive cross country skier through college and found myself struggling to go through my day without aches and pains; and there was no clear source of the pain. I have always been flexible and through your program I have realized that I have been lacking strength- glutes, hips, lower back. Your program has taught me to listen to my body, put in good quality strength sessions, and to be persistent. I downloaded the FAI fix October 2016 and the FAI fix for athletes and have been doing some sort of hip specific exercise, without fail, every day since then. My hips feel stronger than ever, my sciatic pain is non-existent, and I am now running 8 miles after a year of not running! I have become obsessed with hip and glute strength- I am pretty sure my friends and family are annoyed by how much I talk about it. But, they too would probably benefit from a little glute work:)

So thank you and keep up the good work!

-Mia

NOTE FROM THE FAI FIX: We were so inspired by Mia’s email to us that we followed up with a few questions for Mia. Below are her answers:

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

A: I was a collegiate cross-country skier and have spent most of my life moving – running, hiking, skiing, biking, climbing. A few years ago I was debilitated by left glute pain. It hurt to sit, to walk, to do anything. I saw a few different sports medicine doctors who concluded I had sciatica due to piriformis syndrome ad I was told to rest, stretch, and massage my piriformis. The initial episode did subside, but over time the pain came back and I developed a combination of symptoms: deep hip pain, quad pain, muscle twitches, and even left foot pain. Sometimes the throbbing pain in my left hip would wake me up.

Q:) What did you try to fix the problems?

A:) I tried stretching, yoga, chiropractic adjustments, dry needling, and countless massage. I did this for 2 years and the pain would come and go but never fully subside. Eventually I stopped running and biking completely for a year. I thought I would never return to the sports and lifestyle I loved.

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

A:) I found the FAI Fix searching for online resources for hip pain. I watched the videos, read about the research on FAI, and read all the testimonials. I was convinced that my symptoms were similar to others with diagnosed FAI and that I would benefit form similar a similar recovery program.

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

A:) It was an easy decision to try the FAI Fix- it makes sense that targeting the muscles that control my hip bones and spine, I would retrain my body to work correctly. No matter how many times I get an adjustment or massage, the muscles will continue to work the same way until I retrained them. I realized that the diagnosis of impingement, arthritis, sciatica would all benefit from muscle retraining and activation. After spending countless dollars on massage- signing up for the FAI Fix seemed like a no-brainer. “Movement requires proper muscle activity. Even something like sitting requires muscle activity to maintain the position comfortably. Muscles are the organs of movement, and they are responsible for positioning and moving your bones safely and without pain!

“The FAI Fix is designed to help you focus on strategies that help you retrain muscles for better hip joint function – regardless of what an X-ray or MRI says”

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

A:) I signed up October 2016 and quickly realized that I needed strength, reactivation. I am very flexible and found that after a few weeks of FAI Fix reactivation exercises my aches and pains were better, my hips felt better. I liked that the FAI Fix recommended that I adjust the program to my needs. I focused on doing glute specific exercises regularly. I also signed up for The FAI Fix for Athletes a few months later when I realized how much it was helping. I built up to weighted exercises- eventually dead-lifts, squats, lunches. After 8 months of the FAI Fix, I was running again. After 12 months (of true dedication to reactivation exercises) I am now running 8 miles pain-free and my hips feel stronger than ever! Now, when I feel tight, or a muscle aches, I find that it is my body telling me of a weak spot. I continue to use the resources at The FAI Fix and Upright Health whenever I feel stuck.

-Mia

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Dan M.

I was a three-sport athlete in high school. Then I went on to play college soccer, and ended up coaching soccer and teaching English in high school.  About seven years ago, my hip started to give out.  After practice sessions at school, I would need to go home and lie on the couch because it hurt too much to stand up.  The next day the pain would dissipate a bit, and then after hobbling around practice again, I would experience the same pain the following night.  This went on for some time, and I thought I would actually have to give up coaching.  The chronic pain was as difficult emotionally as it was bodily.

Eventually, I went to physical therapy. He suggested I see a doctor.  The doctor recommended surgery. Had the surgery.  After the surgery, the doctor told me that “I could walk, bike, or swim” but that anything else would exacerbate my condition and speed up the time before I would need my next surgery–hip replacement–which he said was imminent (ten years) because of all of the arthritis and damage to my hip.  He basically told me I had the hips of a seventy-year-old man.  To say the least, I was a bit crestfallen since I had been active my entire life.

After surgery, and PT again, the pain in my hip decreased, but my mobility was horrible, and I had difficulty coaching because I couldn’t perform the instruction with the same vigor and athleticism anymore.  Not to mention, no matter what I did–even just standing and walking around practice–the pain in my hip began to build up again.  On top of that, I started coaching year round instead of just coaching in the fall, so it was hard to ever find any relief from the pain.  Being pretty stubborn, I decided just to suffer through the pain and continue, but I really wasn’t sure how long I could maintain that routine, and I was frustrated that the surgery left me in a similar position that I was in before.

Luckily for me, I stumbled upon one of your videos two years ago–realized “Oh Shit” maybe I never needed the surgery in the first place– and I started to incorporate some of your movements into my workouts. For the first time in many years I finally felt some relief in my hip area.  Next, I bought the FAI Fix.  Used the massage, stretching, strength trio.  Rolled my quads for what seemed like a year before they loosened up, and now I am focusing on my adductors and hip flexors (Are those two different things or one-in-the-same?).  I’m basically doing what both you and Matt suggest: I keep chasing the pain.  Once I fix one area, I move on to a new one.

Because of that retraining of my muscles, I am now able to move much more freely. I’m back to playing some “light” soccer, I can jog slowly versus just walking, and I can train my legs in the gym again.  I still want to get to the point where I can sprint and play soccer comfortably without waking up with pain the next day, but that is more an issue of me not being able to dedicate enough time to your program, versus the program itself.

All I can say is that before I started using FAI, I was a bit depressed because I felt elderly at age 47, and it seemed as if there was no solution to my pain and immobility.  Now, two years later, I am making steady progress towards moving as freely as I once did, or at least close to it, and your program has allowed me to continue coaching the sport I love.

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Andrew M.

In the beginning of 2016, I began to get really bad pain in my right hip. I am a collegiate baseball player and at the time, I had never played with or felt hip pain in my career as a baseball player. As my season went on that year, it began to get worse and worse and conservative treatment was not helping too much. I was icing, heating, getting treatment done, but it was so painful and never seemed to get better. It bothered me playing, running, even sleeping.

After a game, I would be tremendously sore and it would be hard to walk at times.  Before my season ended, I went to a hip specialist and had an MRI performed. The results came back that I had FAI with a large cam lesion along with the labral tear.

At that point in time, it was April of 2016 and I decided to finish my season then get the surgery in the summer. After the surgery, I did physical therapy for 8 weeks at home, then would continue to do treatment with my athletic trainer in the fall of 2016. The surgery definitely made a lot of the sharp pains go away, but I would still have achy pain that was nagging.

When I returned to full activity and participation in games, I had lost a lot of my speed and my surrounding muscles were super tight.

In March of 2017, I found the FAI Fix and it intrigued me. I got my coaching and training staff on board and I began the program thanks to my strength trainer. I had no hesitations as I wanted to try anything that could potentially benefit my hips.

I currently also have a labral tear in my left hip (diagnosed after my surgery), as I have not had surgery on that one thanks to the FAI Fix.

It has been almost 5 months since starting this program and I have had great results up to this point. My range of motion has improved, my muscles aren’t as tight, and most of all my pain levels are down dramatically!

I am still currently in the basic program and plan on moving up to the FAI Fix for Athletes soon. I couldn’t be more grateful for what Shane and Matt have created and my hips are on track to feel great again!

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Alexander P.

First of all, I want to thank you for the FAI FIX program you put together and for the huge amount of helpful YouTube videos. Also, before I go into more detail here I would like to excuse the length of the following text and very much hope that you stick with it. My English may not be perfect as I come from Germany and do not regularly talk about this topic in the English language.

I would like to talk a little bit about how I came across your YouTube channel at first and, consequently, the FAI FIX program. After I fell with my bike on a muddy trail in the forest about ten years ago and my legs were forcefully and abruptly pulled into a “split position”. I started to feel a strange pinch in the anterior/lateral part of my hip – especially in abduction and flexion and/or internal rotation.

About 10 different visits to at least 7 different doctors did not change anything about my situation. After several years and more visits to the orthopedist I was told that I had FAI (cam impingement, a torn labrum and – according to the MRI – bad cartilage for my age). I was told surgery would probably be the best option. Also, I should probably stop climbing – which was what I was doing about 6 times a week at the time.

Obviously, after many years of moderate but increasing pain and a bunch of other orthopedists telling me that they could not tell me anything because I probably didn’t have anything, I started to do some research on my own as I was not particularly interested in getting surgery at 23 years of age.

I spent a lot of time on scientific articles which I was able to access for free since I was already a university student at that time. In retrospect, the “snowball method” for my research was probably a mistake as I found more and more orthopedic surgeons arguing in favor of surgery without mentioning a lot of critical literature that I found later on.

After another half a year or so I came to the conclusion that surgery probably was the best option as nothing I had done had improved my situation. Add the fact that after the MRI – coupled with an orthopedic theory about bone on bone contact – I always thought I would make things worse. In fact, I stopped climbing as it really did hurt my hips (drop knees etc. are exactly the kind of movement that got harder and harder to do without pain). I also had trouble running and walking as my anterior hip got super tight (now I can say that it is mostly the TFL). After having made that difficult decision I finally came across the Upright Health YouTube channel where Matt was telling me that the theory that bones cause pain and surgery is the only way to make things better is basically nonsense.

As I was already struggling with my decision, I came to the conclusion that the evidence I gathered in favor of surgery was more convincing. About a year later (as you have to wait some time in order to be operated on by one of the top guys in Germany), I got surgery.

The clinic asked me if I had a problem being operated on during the International Hip Arthroscopy Conference in Munich. I was actually operated on by another surgeon who apparently is one of the best arthroscopic hip surgeons in the world and who also wrote many of the articles I also read during my research.

The surgery itself went well and rehab was relatively quick.  I was able to do everything I did before relatively quickly, and even though physiotherapy was rather disappointing, I did in fact have a little bit more hip range of motion 10 weeks after surgery. Mostly abduction improved whereas internal rotation and flexion were still quite restricted.

I gave it more time and exercise and already opted for surgery number two because the level of frustration with another “broken” hip was still high. In addition to that, the psychological factor was still present, as were the pictures of me never being able to climb or surf or….ever again. Surgery number two, in terms of rehab, went even better mostly because nothing was done with my labrum. It’s interesting to note that on the MRI the labrum was not only “torn” but would also probably have to be resected because it was in such bad shape (may be that the MRI is in fact not! the best indicator of labrum health?).

Yet, in the long term, like many of your clients, I also have to report that surgery did not really improve my situation: I still had pain in abduction, internal rotation, flexion. External rotation on the left actually got worse. I still had the range of motion of an eighty-year-old even though I used to be a gymnast when I was younger and able to do the splits, etc.

The problem in standing abduction, for example, was not that my adductors felt tight. I could not go any further because I  felt a pinch on the outside of the hip which kept me from going any deeper into any position.

What surgery did change though was that I was not so much afraid anymore about bone on bone contact. Every time I felt a pinch in my hip I told myself “this cannot (or at least should not) be bone on bone as that problem was “solved”. Unhappy with the results I got back to research AND back to Upright Health and the FAI Fix which I was now determined to try. This was early 2016. Even though I did some tissue work and stretching as well as reactivation before I bought the FAI Fix, I was not doing it in such a systematic way. Also, I was never sure about whether or not the techniques with all the different tools could make things worse as I was frequently told by different physiotherapist.

The results – compared to anything I have done before (including surgery) – were pretty awesome, yet, of short duration. I got more and more mobile and felt less of a pinching sensation in the hip after doing all the drills, but when I woke up the next morning it was back to my uncomfortable “normal” or at least a bit better than it was before.  My best guess is that this is probably due to a lack of muscles in certain areas, most of all the glutes/posterior chain. As I focused mostly on stretching and tissue work because it would give me immediate positive feedback, I did not put much/enough effort (and time) into reactivating muscles that are not working properly. This will be my main goal in the near future and I am convinced that this will make a big difference.

With my current knowledge and own experience, I would probably not recommend surgery to anyone – that is, until you have not tried something like the FAI FIX or similar programs for at least as long as you’ve been having your hip problems.

I think the one key point is that you have to be willing to put the time in. That, I think, was (one of) the main benefits of your program. The almost trivial sounding realization that something like hip pain that gets worse over years and years does not just go away with an “easy” fix like surgery.

And it’s not like I tried nothing and then got surgery. I consider myself to be very disciplined and active when it comes to my bodily health/awareness. But I made the mistake of expecting too much from too little. That is true for both the time I put in stretching, tissue work and strengthening before surgery and with the surgery itself.

I cannot report that I am pain free after just a couple of weeks of training. For example I do still feel a pinch when I am lying in bed and letting my knee fall to the side. But I am now improving my hip health and my body’s health in general on a daily basis. Even if it takes another year or two, compared to how long it was getting worse and compared to how many years I spent getting less and less mobile this seems like a “good deal.”  Just recently – after years of not being able to run without my hips getting super tight –  I was able to run my first half marathon in one hour and thirty minutes.

Thank you again for all your help. Pain sucks. Life shouldn’t!

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Andres A.

I’ve just started the program and I’m getting positive results; decreased discomfort and more flexibility. I’ve had two surgeries, one for each hip to correct FAI during 2013 and 2014. Because of discomfort and fear of causing more damage, I stopped activities like running and playing soccer.  The program is definitely not a quick fix and requires time, but for people who want to be proactive about their pain or discomfort, it’s worth the effort. I came across your program as kind of a last resort. The surgeries did not provide the relief that I hoped for. All the PT I have done did not provide even a fraction of the guidance that’s in the FAI Fix program, so thank you!

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Eva R. (español)

eva rMi cadera derecha venía molestándome puntualmente desde hacía tiempo, pero debo confesar que no le hice nunca demasiado caso. Al cabo de unos días los dolores remitían y yo seguía con mi vida. Pero en verano de 2016 comenzó a dolerme el cuádriceps de una forma extraña. Al principio era como tener la pierna cansada a todas horas, luego me resentía al correr. Hacia octubre pasó a dolerme de forma intensa y limitante, todo el día; me dolía el cuádriceps, el glúteo, la ingle. Por la noche no podía dormir porque no encontraba una postura en que no me doliera la pierna. Cuando salíamos con la familia (al zoo, a pasear…) cojeaba y apenas podía seguir el ritmo, y cuando mis hijos (4 y 7 años) me pedían que jugara a fútbol con ellos tenía que decirles que no. No aguantaba de pie demasiado tiempo pero tampoco sentada estaba bien y eso era un problema porque mi trabajo se realiza todo mediante el ordenador. Tuve que dejar de ir al gym porque no podía hacer muchos de los ejercicios y salí dolorida de las sesiones.

Pero lo peor era que este dolor continuado estaba amargándome el humor. Aunque soy una persona alegre y positiva, en esa época estaba enfurruñada todo el día, lo que repercutía negativamente en mi vida familiar. Era consciente de ello e intentaba animarme, al menos en apariencia, pero me resultaba muy duro.

Fui al médico. La traumatóloga me exploró y desde el principio me recomendó unos estiramientos, que me hacían mejorar puntualmente pero no veía avances reales. Luego me realizaron una resonancia magnética de la cadera. El diagnóstico no fue nada con un nombre concreto, pero no tenía FAI. Lo que decía el informe era: “cambios degenerativos en articulación coxofemoral derecha con pinzamiento de espacio articular y geodas subcontrales en el techo acetabular. Marcado engrosamiento y aumento de señal del labrum (…) ocasionando una sobrecobertura focal posterior”. El médico rehabilitador lo llamó “una cadera complicada”, y me dijo que para explicarlo a mis conocidos dijera que era “artrosis”. Un osteópata lo llamó “enfermedad del labrum”. Todos me decían que el dolor no desaparecería, aunque podía reducirse con el tratamiento adecuado.

En principio, seguí el protocolo establecido por mi compañía de seguro médico. El médico rehabilitador me recetó 10 sesiones de rehabilitación y las hice religiosamente. Pero esas sesiones no están personalizadas (de 5 a 9 pacientes por fisioterapeuta!!) y solamente se enfocaban a reforzar los músculos alrededor de la cadera. Únicamente en un par de ocasiones en que llegué muy dolorida a la sesión la fisioterapeuta me hizo unas manipulaciones para intentar aligerar el dolor. La pierna me dolía más al hacer algunos de los ejercicios y en bastantes ocasiones salí de la sesión peor que entré. Nadie atendió a mi sensación de agarrotamiento en el cuádriceps, que era lo que más me dolía. Por eso comencé a investigar en Internet, hasta que encontré el FAI Fix. También comencé a visitar a un osteópata, que se centró en relajar los músculos más contraídos.

Mi duda principal era que mi diagnóstico no era de pinzamiento, y además el coste del programa FAI Fix me parecía muy alto para tratarse de un libro electrónico y algunos vídeos. Estuve pensando en comprar Healthy Hips, pero me sentía muy identificada con los síntomas descritos por las personas con FAI y pensé que si FAI Fix resultaba muy complejo siempre podría realizar una versión “simplificada” del mismo, pero no podría realizar una versión “avanzada” del progrma Healthy Hips. Al final realicé el FAI Fix al detalle, sin simplificar nada.

Aunque yo no tenía FAI, mis síntomas se parecían mucho a los de la gente con FAI, y además Matt y Shane daban consejos muy concretos en sus vídeos, que me inspiraron confianza. Me gustó el enfoque “muscular” de Matt y Shane, puesto que yo sentía que mi problema estaba en los músculos, era lo que realmente me dolía. Pensé que por el importe de tres sesiones de osteopatía podía encontrar una solución definitiva. También me atrajo que el FAI Fix era algo que podía hacer yo misma, sin depender de sesiones de fisioterapia pautadas con criterios que no parecían funcionar. Así que compré FAI Fix el 7 de enero de 2017.

Desde el primer día que comencé el programa me di cuenta de que ese enfoque era lo que mi cuerpo necesitaba. Le dediqué en torno a una hora casi todos los días, y siempre salía de la sesión mucho mejor que como había entrado, al contrario que con la rehabilitación pautada por el médico. No puedo deciros cuándo noté una verdadera mejora durante mi día a día, supongo que al cabo de un mes, aproximadamente. Ahora estamos a finales de marzo de 2017 y el dolor ya es algo del pasado. Solamente me molesta un poco el cuádriceps cuando estoy varios días seguidos sin hacer los ejercicios de FAI Fix, aunque ahora apenas me acuerdo ni de mi cadera ni de mi cuádriceps en todo el día. Cuando tengo pequeñas molestias, hago algunos de los ejercicios (¡muy importantes los de fortalecimiento!) y rápidamente vuelvo a encontrarme bien. Puedo andar todo lo que quiera, puedo jugar con mis hijos, y me estoy planteando volver a hacer algún ejercicio “normal” como ir al gym.

Debo agregar que he combinado el programa FAI Fix con sesiones de osteopatía, centradas en relajar mis músculos más contracturados. En enero fueron tres, con una semana de separación, en febrero las espacié a cada 15 días y ahora voy una vez al mes, para tratar también otras molestias. Seguro que los masajes del osteópata me han ayudado, pero creo que la mejoría más importante se debe a seguir el FAI Fix cada día. Si dejaba de hacer los ejercicios de FAI Fix, notaba enseguida un empeoramiento, y en cambio si los hacía rápidamente mejoraba.

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