Say goodbye to constant massage and chiropractic appointments, stomach-irritating pain killers, and pointless visits to the doctor.
The fight against back pain is frustrating and full of fear-inspiring statements from doctors, therapists, and surgeons.
Chiropractors tell you they can help you—but you have to commit to having your back cracked once a week for the rest of your life.
Massages only help for a day or two.
The pills hurt your stomach, mess with your head, and don't ever get to the root of the problem.
And then someone starts talking about surgery...
If this sounds familiar and you're tired of being trapped in the never-ending cycle of treatments, this online program was designed for you.
I'm Matt Hsu from Upright Health, and my team and I created the Back Pain Fix to help you beat back pain and get your life back.
When I was 16, I got hit by a wave at the beach, and it put me into a tailspin of back pain. I had X-rays, chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, massage, and even opiates to try to fix my back, but nothing seemed to work.
For years, my back felt weak, stiff, and sore. I couldn't stand in one spot for more than a few minutes. I could always feel that my back was just plain NOT RIGHT.
Pain pills didn't feel like the right solution, and the Vicodin my primary care physician prescribed made me feel woozy. When I did take them, my friends thought I was drunk. In hindsight, I was very fortunate I didn't get addicted to those pills.
I wanted to be able to play hockey again. I wanted to be able to go to a concert with friends without needing painkillers.
I went on a long quest to fix my back pain and get it ready for sports again.
This program is the result of over two decades of learning about my own back pain and helping others with theirs.
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...I work in tense surgical situations. I need to be extremely detail-oriented without losing sight of the bigger picture for my patients. That’s something I need to do well, and it’s a skill I recognize in others.
I believe in what Matt is trying to accomplish — promoting a perspective that helps others heal in a safe and holistic way. I give Matt my highest recommendation as a man of character and compassion, and I support his mission without reservation.
~Dr. Nathan Waxer, D.O.
It's not a medical diagnosis tool. It's not back pain pills. It's not some fancy supplement that is supposed to heal your back pain from the inside.
The Back Pain Fix program is an online program designed to help you solve your own back pain problems and get back to doing the things you love.
The Back Pain Fix is a comprehensive approach to the muscle issues that produce back pain. The program includes simple movement tests you can do at home. It includes straightforward corrective exercises to address your specific needs.
You will learn what's gone wrong with your body AND how you can gradually and safely fix the problems.
The Back Pain Fix helps you retrain key muscles all over your body to keep your back pain-free.
And it costs less than two physical therapy appointments or even one week of chiropractic treatments.
If you've gone through physical therapy only to find yourself with the same pain, with the same movement limitations, and a heart full of frustration, you're not alone.
Here's the reason you ran into frustration: conventional physical therapy puts too much attention on the wrong muscles, and the muscles that really need help get totally ignored!
Back pain physical therapy typically follows two main themes:
1) Strengthen the abs.
2) Strengthen, stretch, or relax the back muscles.
And for many people, NEITHER approach helps.
And when it doesn't help, they tell you to see a surgeon.
This is typical tunnel vision for back pain in the medical system.
Sometimes the tunnel vision is a result of the prescription a referring physician has written (and legal requirements that handcuff your therapist).
Sometimes it's because the physical therapist's last continuing education course strongly suggested that the lower back muscles are the only ones you have to pay attention to. Sometimes it's because the physical therapist is convinced planks work for back pain because he's seen it work for a handful of patients, and he read a paper on it somewhere...
No matter the reason, the results are disappointing if your problem isn't JUST weak abs or JUST weak back muscles. These approaches ignore the complex interactions of other muscles around your body.
For many back pain sufferers (if not ALL), the solution to back pain is taking a more sensible look at the body.
I came to Upright Health with some lower back pain and Matt recognized that there were some foundational issues to be corrected. He gave me some easy-to-follow exercises to do on my own which have made a world of difference.
Not only did my back pain clear up, but my whole body has felt healthier and better aligned.
The best thing about Upright Health is that once you learn to do the exercises, you don't have to go back dozens of times like you would for a chiropractor or physical therapist.
It's the best "bang for your buck" to improve your body I've ever seen.
One of the biggest misconceptions about back pain is that all your attention needs to be on what you do to protect your spine. "Brace your abs! Do more spine stretching! Do less spine stretching! Do more spine strengthening!"
Some of these tactics can work—for SOME people in some situations. But these approaches often fail because they don't take into account the rest of your body.
To put it simply, a happy back is about more than just spinal muscles or abdominal muscles. You can beat back pain if and only if you train your entire body to function well as a unit.
If your hips are out of whack, your spine will pay a price.
If your shoulders are out of whack, your spine will pay a price.
And if your spine is out of whack, well, your spine will pay a price then too.
The key is to understand the relationships between segments of your body so you can address issues systematically—all over the body.
If you had a car tire that was constantly wearing out, you wouldn't keep patching and replacing the tire. You'd look at the rest of the car to see why so much stress was going to the one tire.
Conventional approaches to back pain are obsessed with the tire, rather than looking at the busted axle or bent frame.
Once you realize how interconnected segments of your body are, traditional approaches to back pain look downright ridiculous.
For decades doctors have focused on X-rays and MRIs to identify back pain causes. They operate under the assumption that zooming into the spine will reveal a hidden deformity that causes your back pain.
For decades, medical research has consistently shown that X-rays and MRIs are almost completely pointless for helping with back pain (except in the cases of some very rare cancers or other extreme abnormalities). For 99 percent of people suffering with chronic or recurring back pain, X-rays and MRIs can actually make you WORSE.
How can X-rays and MRI's make you worse? By putting fear into your head that you have "arthritis, a bulging disc, or disc degeneration."
The reality is nearly everyone—whether they have back pain or not—has those same features in their spines.
Put another way: what doctors call "damage" in your spine is irrelevant. We've all got "damage". And research shows it's almost never related to back pain.
The thing is, doctors aren't trained to think about the larger context of your life and how it affects your back pain.
These are the real questions you need to ask. The answers help you solve your back pain.
The Back Pain Fix helps you efficiently get answers.
“ I had knee, ankle, and back problems for years and had seen every specialist out there, never with lasting results. ”
Matt was so quick to diagnose the source of my problems and come up with stretches and strength training to alleviate the issues.
I'm happy to say that I now go on extended hikes and have even tried mountain biking with no issues. I feel happy, healthy, and dare I say "young" again.
There's no shortage of big promises for back pain solutions. This doctor says you'll be cured—once you heal from surgery. This other guy says three months of appointments, and you'll be fixed. This gal says four injections, and you'll be set for life. This other guy says you'll need 27 treatments, and your back pain will be a thing of the past.
Everyone means well (probably), but they're all missing a big piece of the real solution.
Everyone promises that they can solve your back pain for you. But the reality is back pain is something YOU need to take an active role in fixing.
Even if a surgery gives you temporary relief, even if a pill numbs the pain, even if massage or chiropractic work relieves your back pain for a day or a week or a month...
If you don't understand how to solve your own back pain yourself on your own terms, you're always going to feel helpless. Especially when the back pain strikes again.
The Back Pain Fix isn't a miracle cure. It's a program designed to help you identify the most common contributors to back pain and then gradually and patiently address them through movement and exercise.
Back Pain isn't hard to understand.
Imagine you put a brace on your torso so you can't twist or bend your upper body for one year. Would it affect your spine? Sure.
Imagine you put a splint around your knee so you couldn't bend it for one year. Would it affect your spine? Of course. The limp would cause all kinds of compensations.
What if you taped your arm down so you could never lift it out to the side? Sure! The asymmetrical use of your arms and shoulders would force muscles to work and develop asymmetrically all the way down to your feet.
Imagine you stopped twisting or bending your spine, you stopped bending your knee, or you stopped raising one arm out to the side for 10 or 20 years. No splint or tape necessary. The effect is still the same.
Every one of us has movement patterns, daily habits, and old injuries that affect how we move and maintain muscle. If we let our muscles atrophy asymmetrically, it causes problems. If we allow ourselves to lose strength and coordination, it causes problems.
The answer to back pain is simple. Balance out muscle activity and make sure you get enough of it.
All of this seems complicated only because nobody ever explains the importance to us when we're kids.
And medical authorities have been glacially slow at realizing that exercise is a better back pain solution than pills or surgery (but at least they finally have).
The key to a happy back is the ability to move in many directions under a variety of circumstances without pain. The Back Pain Fix tests your ability to perform fundamental movements and then helps you improve the ones you struggle with.
The Back Pain Fix has a series of 18 self-assessments so you can identify your highest priority issues right away.
Here's one example:
And once you've identified your highest priority issues, you get clear exercise recommendations to address your issues at a practical pace.
The Back Pain Fix focuses on a systematic, customizable set of corrective exercises to help you move right and feel right.
The exercises are simple, can be done at home, and can be made progressively harder.
Your customized home workout is not about sweating and panting and puffing. It's not about getting ripped, losing the belly fat, and getting shredded.
You can do all that later—once you can move your spine and body confidently.
The Back Pain Fix is about carefully and gradually improving function.
It includes detailed exercise instructions (with options to help you) like this:
In an hour, Matt was able to identify and, through stretches and massage, correct a back issue that had been bothering me for months.
Previous doctors and chiropractors weren't able to make this much progress, if at all.
I walked away feeling better and confident in what to do next.
This is a one-time fee. There is no recurring billing.
Not much. You need a belt or strap for stretches. You need a pad to provide cushioning when you're lying down or putting a knee on the floor. You may also need some dumbbells. In the beginning this can be between 3 and 15 pounds (1 to 7kg). As you develop more confidence and strength, you'll want to invest in some bigger dumbbells.
You can find links to gear here.
You may be worried that the program will be too intense. This program is not about intense workouts. It's about identifying weak and/or inflexible muscles and getting them back to the right strength level to balance out your body. It's about learning how to move your body properly to keep your back and body happy.
While you may be concerned that old age and back pain are always linked, the truth is that age is NOT the determining factor in back pain. If age were the problem, you'd never meet octogenarians without back pain. You'd never see retirees enjoying their lives without back pain.
The only role old age plays is that you have to be more respectful of your body's capacity to rebuild muscle. That means you need to eat right and rest well when necessary - but that's true for anyone (except surly teenagers). :-)
Yes. All videos will play on all devices, Android or iOS or whatever you've got. It's all accessible through a standard web browser.
However, one key component to this program is the PDF workbook, which we STRONGLY suggest you print out. We believe spending less time on technological devices is important for your overall health, so we want you to rely less on tech and more on your workbook and memory when you are able.
No, there's no DVD available. The program will be periodically updated. The web-only format means you'll have instant access to updates whenever we make them. It means you do not have to wait for a DVD to arrive in the mail. And it means you don't have to own a DVD player (which are getting increasingly hard to find).
The Upright Health team has over 25 years of collective experience helping people move better. We work with people who have already been to the doctor, chiropractor, acupuncturist, massage therapist, and physical therapist. We have clients who fly from all over the world to work with us.
We achieve better results for our clients because we apply critical thinking to the entire body and every exercise we assign.
This program is based on the experience and critical examination of the thousands of clients we've worked with. We know the run-of-the-mill cookie-cutter back pain solutions out there don't work (we've seen it). But that's not because your back is SO bad that it's beyond fixing.
It's because cookie-cutter solutions don't systematically address key pieces of the back pain puzzle. Our program is designed to help you troubleshoot in a smart, effective way so you can avoid costly and invasive back pain "cures."
That said, if this program DOESN'T work for you, then let us know for a full and prompt refund.
We've tried to create a program that helps you fix yourself.
But we know that our program won't work 100 percent of the time (few things in life do).
And we don't want you to feel like you wasted your money if it doesn't.
If you see no improvement at all in 60 days—or you just don't feel like the online program is a good fit for you—just email us using the contact form on our site. We will give you your money back.
This is a one-time fee. There is no recurring billing.
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