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Supriya Friend

supriyaI have been doing the FAI Fix for about 6 weeks. I have seen tremendous improvement. My hip pain is next to nothing!

In this photo I am gardening. Gardening was a big motivator for me to get beyond FAI — which I feel I have! I have gone beyond thanks to what your program shared (through strengthening and tissue work mostly). The best thing seems to be that I don’t feel powerless or afraid with pain anymore. Before I felt that all I could do is pop a pain pill and numb out for relief. The doctor said surgery was my only option.

I am so grateful to both of you – for your perseverance in your own healing and then service in sharing what you’ve learned. I really had no hope before I found the FAI Fix…

I appreciate you both answering my questions and concerns. I feel totally supported in this process, and unafraid of the different experiences my body has in this healing, reactivating process. This is new for me and it is wonderful to be so in touch with my body.

All the best to all of you at FAI Fix. You really were the only light for me on a dark path in my life. And now that path has opened up to a whole new world of self-discovery and freedom!

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Lisa Sherman

IMG_9143I can tell you I’m already sitting more comfortably at work and it’s been less than a week!

I want to compliment you guys on the way you’ve put everything together.  The FAI Fix is just so well-written, and both the text and the videos are very clear and easy to follow. I like that it explains why certain things work and what to do about each muscle.

It’s just so reassuring to see that other people are in the same boat. There’s a lot in here I’ve done in PT but also a ton of new stuff.  It’s all organized in a way that builds on my PT and gives me the answers I need.  With the FAI Fix I can improve my hips on my own time at a tiny fraction of the cost of more PT.

 

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I used to do the yoga pigeon pose before my hip pain and surgery, but after surgery I had very little external rotation and couldn’t imagine sitting Indian style ever again or doing a butterfly – let alone a pigeon. It took almost a year to be able to do a figure 4 stretch at PT!

FAI Fix turned things around because it gave me the ideas that 1) Pigeon is key to getting glutes stretched/can’t ignore it 2) 90 degree angle is key 3) Start on a table if you can’t do it on the floor.

So I went with it on a table and slowly but surely (I can’t remember how long) my muscles released and now I can do it way better than before surgery, and it’s helped relieve pain. And, yes, I can do both sides!

 

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Stuarty Dupuy, Entrepreneur

stuart businessman FAII am 45 years old and athletic, as I enjoy competing in mountain bike races and triathlons. I have noticed minor hip pain for several years, but starting about 3 years ago the pain in my left hip began to progress, and my mobility decrease, until I was at the point where I could not tie my left shoe, or cut my left toe nails.

I tried yoga, forcing my hip to do what it would not. My back became more flexible, but my hip locked up and got even worse. I visited an orthopedic surgeon, who gave me a diagnosis of FAI in my left hip, with a torn labrum. The surgeon did not recommend surgery due to my torn labrum, but told me I will likely need full hip replacement in 10 years. He recommended exercises to strengthen my posterior chain to delay that surgery. After this bad news, I spent about 40 hours researching FAI online. I came across Matt Hsu in this process.

His philosophy resonated with me, and I decided to give it a shot, so I purchased the FAI Fix, and began the program. I hired a personal trainer to help me with accountability on the exercises, I hired a massage therapist for weekly tissue work, and I spend hours stretching and using my foam roller on my legs. When I started, I could raise my left knee to 90 degrees, and nothing further, as it was blocked at the hip (as I now know, because my acetabulum was hitting my pelvis as my femur was pulled out of position by my quads and adductors). If I forced the knee higher, it was excruciatingly painful.

Now, after about 6 months, I can raise my left knee, unassisted, to about 105 degrees, with no pain. That is still noticeably less than my right hip’s mobility, but a radical improvement. I am simply training my muscles to properly hold my femur. It is arduous work, and I know it will take years, but now my 10 year outlook is increased mobility, not total hip replacement. Thank you Matt and Shane for your efforts. You have changed my life.

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Richard Legarra

I purchased the programrichard1richard2 at the end of August 2015 after being diagnosed with FAI. My Dr suggested therapy and after several expensive months of therapy I found no relief. Not willing to give up I began searching and found one of Matt’s videos online. I purchased the program and began on September 1, 2015.

It’s now September 22, and I have seen remarkable changes! I’m a weightlifter and was unable to squat or complete full lifts (snatch, clean and jerk). After three weeks of just about daily sessions I’m able to complete all the above lifts pain free!!

I will be referring anyone that asks to to the FAI FIX! Thank you!

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Stedman Smith

stedmanI’ve been using the tips and strategies learned from the program and I have been seeing crazy results. Results I never thought I’d see again in my life. I guess that’s just the pessimism in me but I have been more than satisfied thus far.

I didn’t squat for over a year because I couldn’t stand getting underneath the bar due to fear of inevitable pain that would follow.

Last week, I stepped underneath the bar completing my daily FAI Fix protocols for the day) and it went great. No pain. Great form. Felt strong.

I’ve only been working through the program for a month and this has already happened. No doubt I am glad I made the purchase. Thank you guys. It means a lot to a guy who takes so much pride in being a healthy athlete.

[Update November 2016]

I have been using the FAI Fix and FAI Fix for Athletes products for around a year now. The results I have seen have been tremendous. Prior to my hip troubles, I did not know anything about how the hip functioned.The products not only help you find ways to work yourself out of pain, but they also educate you on why your pain probably started in the first place.

The FAI journey is full of peaks and valleys. I initially made huge strides toward pain relief and eventually was around 95% out of pain. I then allowed myself to get lazy and went back to my old ways of only caring about having great strength gains and good workouts. The hip pain came back for a little bit. My nugget of advice is once you start, commit to it fully! Do not let yourself backslide into your poor mobility ways. Build your workout schedule and routine around your mobility work. You will be much better off for it.

I highly recommend this product to anyone who has been told they have hip impingement. You will be surprised at how much improvement you can make if you follow the instructions and put in the work!

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Maks R.

MaksI met Matt over a year ago.  As the typical FAI-Hip Impingement story goes, I was diagnosed via MRI, and like everyone else reading this, I was contemplating surgery to shave off a part of my femur. Upright Health was the first source of information that would potentially change the way I viewed not only my hip pain, but my body’s health in general.

I had Skype sessions with Matt a few times and he sent me some great workouts to follow. However, since I am nearly 3,000 miles away from the Upright Health office, I had to put it on myself to re-teach myself proper body mechanics.

As Matt says, “This diagnosis is not a bone problem, it’s a movement problem.”  In fact, it’s much more than that even. Hip pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong but it does not mean that there is something terribly wrong at the location of the pain. This is what orthopedists will have you think, but performing surgery on this part of your body is just putting a Band-Aid on the real issue.  Everyone’s body is different and therefore every body will have a different solution.

A year down the line, my hip feels much better.  As you can see, I even dunked at the park the other day! However, the journey is not an easy one. My hip will still be stiff or painful from time to time but I now understand how my body works and I can foresee when the stiffness or pain will show its ugly head. My goal is to eventually be 100% pain free and I believe I will get there. For now, I use the discomfort and pain as a diagnostic tool for improvement. The worst thing you can do is get discouraged (which I’ve done plenty of times) – sometimes you have to take few steps back to go forward. The best advice I can give is to continue to learn and improve your body. Don’t dwell on the setbacks and instead, celebrate the improvements.

Matt and his team pointed me in the right direction and helped me avoid one of the worst decisions of my life – surgery.  I owe them my…HIP! That being said, use them as the amazing tool they are but don’t forget that the only way to get better is to educate yourself and get off your butt!

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Fredrik S.

Hey man. I just saw your new videos on YouTube about shoulder impingement and the testimonial video. I hope you know how important you are for me and so many others. There is no one out there that actually cares as much as you do in this topic. I literally check YouTube everyday for new videos from you and Matt. You bring hope to my case and motivates me to reach a fully functional and healthy body again. Thank you so much for everything you have done and also for new things to come.

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Kimiora W.

I wanted to let you know how grateful I am for your videos and booklets. I’ve been doing the Healthy Hips I stretches and exercises the last two days and I already feel so much better. After 5 years of trying with PT and Rolfing and Pilates and yoga, this is amazing…

You know how you don’t know something is hurting until it stops? I’m feeling THAT kind of better.

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Josh A.

When I first began working with Shane, my hip range of motion and mobility were a major hindrance to my performance in Crossfit, but now my range of motion and mobility have greatly improved thanks to Shane’s expertise.
He is not only very skilled and knowledgeable he is also a great guy. He is always willing to help and answer any questions no matter what time of the day it is. He is definitely a top notch professional!

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Andrew A.

Over the last few months I began to notice trouble in my hips. A dull pain was developing in the crease of my right hip, and my lower back would become very sore and lock up whenever I did high volumes of squats or kettlebell swings. The pain was more severe after long cardio sessions on the bike or rower. Eventually, the pain became so pronounced that I went to see a well-regarded A.R.T. specialist associated with the gym.

He tested me and observed a number of issues. The external rotators in my right hip were significantly weaker, my posture was uneven and I reported pain in the FADIR test. The specialist explained that this is generally consistent with some kind of acetabular dysfunction or mild labral tear. He also warned that such tests can be very inaccurate, and that hip surgery is very traumatic, to be avoided at all costs. He suggested reduced activity and rehab exercises to strengthen the joint capsule, after which we would follow with more observation.

Armed with this knowledge, I began to investigate the issue. I had suffered a labral tear in my shoulder some years ago and was familiar with the sensation. This didn’t fit. I wasn’t really experiencing pain or weakness under load; in fact, I had gotten personal records in three different exercises the week before. If anything, the pain was more pronounced after rest, especially sitting or walking.

I discovered the Upright Health YouTube channel and the playlist about FAI. I compared my symptoms to the suggested tests and everything fit. I was experiencing pain in my lower back, difficultly balancing on one foot, difficultly lying on my side and extreme tightness in my quads and adductors (which felt like wooden dowel rods). I tried a few of the glute activation drills and noticed an immediate improvement. All of this suggested to me that the real source of my issue was not my hip joint, but rather strength and mobility imbalances in the muscles surrounding my hips and thighs.

For the next week I worked on opening up my adductors (which was face-meltingly painful) and doing glute/hamstring activation drills. By my next visit to the A.R.T. specialist I had almost no pain in the FADIR test and significantly improved external rotation.

It’s too early to say that I’m totally healed. But I feel confident now that I have a set of tools for examining the problem and staying ahead of it. I’m deeply grateful for the information you put out there and I’m optimistic it will help me get stronger in the future.

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