Upright Articles on Posture, Training, and Myths that keep people in pain

The Secret History of Joint Pain

Why does the medical system seem to be surgery-happy? Why do even physical therapists seem to think surgery is the only option for some kinds of joint pain? In this episode, we’ll look at the history and systemic issues that infuse the medical system with a love of surgery. And we’ll talk about what YOU […]

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Becoming a father

Note: this was originally sent as an email to Upright Health clients and newsletter subscribers on a Friday afternoon. A surprising number of  people asked that we make it available in a shareable format…so here it is! Enjoy! My son was born three months ago. Leading up to the birth, everyone kept asking me: “Are you […]

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Healthy Hips Workshop

Healthy Hips Workshop at Upright Health in Redwood City, CA.This two day workshop covers the fundamental ideas around training people out of hip pain including:general philosophy and research oriented approach to hip problems from a non-medical, movement-oriented perspectivecutting edge research on femoroacetabular impingement, hip osteoarthritis, and labral tears and their importance in the context of […]

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Can you trust an MRI for back pain?

Back pain is one of the most common complaints in the modern world. It’s irritating. It’s debilitating. I know from personal experience. But with hindsight, I am grateful I never got an MRI for back pain. In this article, I’ll explain why an MRI for back pain may not be worth your time, money, or […]

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What are the best tests for shoulder impingement?

If you’re suffering with shoulder pain or you’re somebody who helps others with shoulder pain, you may have encountered a battery of tests to help you figure out what’s causing the shoulder pain. In the medical world, there’s a diagnosis called “shoulder impingement” or subacromial impingement that you can test for. There are at least […]

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Are wide pushups bad for you?

If you’ve ever gotten bored of doing regular pushups, you may have started thinking about doing wide pushups (AKA wide grip pushups) to hit more of your chest muscles. Whenever someone starts experimenting with wide pushups, there’s a high risk of two things:  you feel shoulder pain you don’t feel shoulder pain but someone tells […]

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