Testimonials Archive

Nicole H.

I started experiencing hip pinching/pain during squatting. Initially I tried to alleviate the pain by stretching on my own or by avoiding the movement all together. This was never going to be effective in relieving the pain because I didn’t even know what parts of my body to massage/stretch nor did I understand how my improper form was contributing to the problem.

Shane has helped tremendously – first by correcting my form and technique (especially in maintaining neutral spine). This alone had so much to do with the pinching I was experiencing.

In addition, Shane taught me different massage and stretching techniques specifically targeting glutes, quads, hips, and the psoas muscle. I am diligent about following the regimen that Shane showed me, and I am no longer experiencing hip pinching/pain!

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Zach L.

In working to recover from a broken femur after a nasty snowboard accident, I have first hand experience in dealing with the limiting mentality that I would have to accept living in chronic pain and that “I was broken”. Over the course of six years I started a journey of working with numerous orthopedic doctors, acupuncturist’s, massage therapists and physical therapists. I was often side tracked in thinking that I could find a quick fix or that someone could take away the pain with one doctor’s appointment or treatment.

In my worst moments of pain I considered arthroscopic hip surgery and became frustrated with misguided exercises/physical therapy that aggravated my condition. However I had a strong intuitive feeling that there was some muscle weakness or biomechanical problem that was creating the ongoing pain. I began to take ownership that I could work to find the root cause of my pain and reject the idea that there was a quick fix to healing myself.

During this time I started to research my diagnosis of FAI and work to break through the self limiting story that only surgery could relieve the pain. I had the fortunate opportunity to find Matt Hsu’s videos on youtube that discussed hip pain and FAI. Matt’s videos helped me to further understand why I had such dysfunctional movement patterns and opened a new door of self awareness…I have experienced a huge improvement in functional strength and pain free movement. Matt’s dedication to understanding the root causes of chronic pain and taking a holistic approach to sharing his knowledge has helped me avoid an unnecessary surgery and greatly improve my quality of life.

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Kristen F.

kristen-headshot_downsize2At 26 years old, I was a marketing manager at a high tech company in Silicon valley. I had to travel a lot and work long hours at a desk, sometimes sitting/standing anywhere from 9-14 hours in a day (not including commute time!). I had maintained an active lifestyle my whole life until I joined corporate America. Exercise became low priority.

One day I started experiencing really bad low back pain that wouldn’t go away. I got a stand up desk and that made things worse. Then I started having hip pain in both my hips. I saw 9 different back and hip specialists across the country and I was diagnosed with bi-lateral labral tears, impingement, psoas inflammation, and delamination and bursitis in my both hips in addition to a back herniation, arthritis and degeneration in my L5.

I sounded like a 80 yr old war vet, but I was only 26! I couldn’t sit at all without pain nor stand for longer than 5 min. My 64-year-old mother had to help me walk around the block. I had to take a leave of absence from work after 10 months of trying to tough it out. I couldn’t go to movies or even dinner with friends because of the pain. To get anywhere, I had to lie down in the backseat while my mom or someone drove me. I couldn’t even stand long enough to cook or do dishes or lean over the sink to brush my teeth without pain.

Some doctors said I would eventually need a spinal fusion, some wanted to burn the facet nerve off in my spine, other doctors said I would need a double hip surgery for the FAI and labral tears. I tried everything from yoga, to injections, to chiropractic, to acupuncture. I tried months and months of therapy with 8 different physical therapists. 3 out of the 9 back/hip specialists I saw told me not to let anyone cut me open.

They explained how there are numerous studies that have been conducted on people living with labral tears and FAI and experience no pain. I was actually already scheduled for hip surgery until I told the orthopedic surgeon about the second opinion I got; he then changed his mind about doing the surgery. Pretty scary how close I was to getting that surgery!

I realized that surgical procedures and generic physical therapy treatment were not going to solve my problems, so I kept looking. After 2 years of searching for answers, I found Matt Hsu at Upright health through a referral from someone else who had worked with him.

I’m so glad I didn’t give up my search, otherwise I wouldn’t be sitting her able to type this. We created a stretching and strength training protocol specific to my individual needs targeting muscles that were too tight or too weak causing hip/back pain. After only the first month of working with Matt, the results were impressive and it confirmed that surgery was NOT the answer to getting out of back and hip pain. The progress I made with Matt was all the proof I needed. I went from 2 years of barely being able to walk, sit or stand, to now waking up every morning pain free. Thanks to Matt’s help, I am happy to report I am hip pain free and able to lift weights, do hill runs, and even sit through a long car ride for a weekend getaway again!

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Evie newI am a practicing physical therapist, and I was diagnosed with FAI in my left hip in 2013. My MRI arthrogram showed a small posterior labral tear, but no arthritis. Two orthopedists told me that I should have surgery because I have retroverted hips with deep sockets and my acetabulum should be shaved down. This made no sense to me whatsoever because my right hip is shaped the exact same way and I have no pain at all on the right!
Since I have not seen good outcomes with this surgery, I have opted to avoid it. I discovered Matt’s videos on Youtube and I was relieved to finally find a voice of reason amidst the hip arthroscopy craze. I followed his recommendations and changed up my exercises and within just one week, I felt less pain than I have felt in two years! I am running better and sleeping better and on a path to better living thanks to Matt.

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Paulina T.

I’ve been having hip problems for years – snapping started with kung fu (when I was 19), hip flexors and abductors pain developed gradually while taking ballet classes for 10 years (started ballet when I was 23), plus adductor injury. It got even worse practicing yoga for the last two years (I’m now 35). Symptoms included pain while simply lifting my leg, while getting out of a car, sometimes even just walking, and occasionally dull pain at night lying in my bed. And, of course, that weird sensation of pinching when bringing my knee to my chest (or the child pose in yoga). I also tried to rest, not to do any exercises for a week or even a month, but the symptoms would only intensify.

I went to the specialist: x-rays didn’t show any bone abnormalities, but I was positive on FADIR and FABER tests (both hips), and had very clear clicking in my right hip, which was all indicative of torn labrum. He sent me to do an MRI, and advised me to avoid painful physical activities and leg positions which caused pain and clicking, and use painkillers if necessary.

But there was a long waiting list for the MRI scanning – about 4 months. It was too long for me. So I did exactly the opposite of what I was advised. I started searching the internet, found the Upright Health videos on FAI and the blog which gave me hope, and started exercising almost every day, in spite of the pain and clicking. It was 5 months ago.

Fast forward – I still feel pinching in full flexion, but it is only 20 percent of the old intensity – I can comfortably go into a full squat (I’ve always had enough flexibility, but the stabbing pain would stop me). FABER test (flection, abduction, external rotation – basically the tree pose in yoga) is completely negative in both hips!!! Only 5 months ago I felt sharp pain in my left hip, like stabbing with a knife, and my right hip was less painful, but it would click at the end of abduction, multiple times, like the head of the femur is going over the train tracks.

And that MRI scanning? I never did it. I was afraid of a possible scenario that the MRI would show a torn labrum, and even though it would not necessarily mean it is pain related, it would still make me kind of desperate again. And I always try do things that keep my spirits up!

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Doug Chin

uprighthealthpicAs a former competitive powerlifter I have lived with chronic hip pain. Over 20 years of max effort squatting and deadlifting have pushed my joints to the limit and my hips have always been especially problematical. Over the years I have tried everything to manage the pain, including supplements, pain killers, stretching, massage, chiropractic, and various doctors with mixed results, but nothing that provided more than temporary relief. I always seemed to be lifting around my hip pain.

A couple of years ago the pain intensified and squatting and deadlifting any weight became impossible. I was forced to abandon my two favorite exercises! In fact, I ceased all lower body exercise but the pain never left and progressively worsened to the point where I was limping in pain. Finally it became unbearable and I visited my orthopaedist. Following x-rays and an MRI, the diagnosis was a labral tear and FAI. The solution was arthroscopic surgery for my right hip. I was desperate at this point and surgery sounded like my only course of action.

The surgery went well from a clinical standpoint and I was optimistic that I would soon be back to my active lifestyle. Unfortunately, though there was some pain relief, I did not see the results I had anticipated. Six months post-surgery I was still limping on and off and any direct lower body exercise was unthinkable. As I had done many times before I started searching online for a solution. This is when I stumbled across an article by Matt Hsu which discussed FAI diagnosis and treatment. He nailed what I was experiencing and he hit upon some of the same questions I was asking myself – such as why was my left hip pain free though based on the MRI it looked as bad as my right hip? I was starting to wish I had found Matt before I went through with the surgery.

I started reading everything Matt wrote and applying his common sense approach to my own hip rehab. Results were slow, which I expected considering the years of abuse I had subjected my hips to. But I did get definite pain relief using the stretches, exercises and tissue work he described in his videos and this was significant to me, considering the pain I had been living with.

The real leap in progress came when Matt and Shane created The FAI Fix. I was one of the first to purchase, and I have not been disappointed. This resource is hands down the single best investment I have made for my hip health and well-being. There is a wealth of information with specific actions for self-care laid out in an easy to understand language.

If you have been diagnosed with FAI, this book is a must have. But I also think that anyone who is experiencing hip pain could benefit from this information. Using their integrated TSR (Tissue work, Stretching, and Reactivation) system I have seen steady improvements in the condition of my hip. I no longer feel the pain with each step and have stopped limping. My hips have also gotten stronger and more flexible. In fact, for the first time in years I’ve recently added direct lower body work including light squatting and deadlifting – all pain free! I am optimistic that I will continue to progress and am looking forward to a more active lifestyle free from hip pain!

Thank you Matt and Shane!


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I’ve been doing everything you guys have recommended for about a week now and I feel great. I had no idea how much sitting really does make things worse. I feel my left side calming down and my right side coming back. I’m gonna keep going along with the program and with any luck I’ll be back in the gym maybe this winter.

Thanks for all you guys do!

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