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120 Testimonials & Counting

A collection of testimonials from the last several years of massaging patients in Vancouver, talking to people around the world about their pain problems, and writing constantly about every possible aspect of musculoskeletal health care

There was a time early in my career when collecting and publishing testimonials was an important part of “growing my business,” and perhaps it still is. This website has always been kind of a pipe-dreamy project. The fact that it earns a modest profit these days is astonishing to me, and I think it deserves a little horn blowing.

Way, way back when PainScience.com was just a twinkle in my eye (circa 1998), I was getting some early design advice from a professional designer. When she told a colleague of mine about it, he scoffed, “He’ll never pull that off.” Knowing me a little better, she replied, “Oh, I think you’re wrong there. I get the impression that when Paul decides to do something, it’s really just a matter of time before it’s done.”

Those were kind words, and that was the first testimonial for this website. And now, here are the testimonials I’ve gotten since then … since getting the job “done.” Thank you, everyone — it was a good job to begin with, but all this … wow … I mist up …! I’m feeling the love!


Testimonials for PainScience.com in general

Your writing style is very straightforward and easy to read. That has always been one of my primary beefs with scientific literature: It isn’t accessible to most people and if they can access it they usually don’t want to read it because they aren’t familiar with the way journal articles are written and it is boring. Your writing style solves this problem and makes the info accessible to everyone. Your material is exactly what the scientific community needs; it “bridges the gap” between research and application … which is a gap that seems to grow wider and wider these days.

— Ryan Luke, MA, CSCS, Department of Kinesiology and Health, Georgia State University


I'm writing to congratulate and thank you for your impressive ongoing review of musculoskeletal research. I teach a course, Medicine in Society, at St. Leonards Hospital in Hoxton. I originally stumbled across your website whilst looking for information about pain for my medical students, and have recommended your tutorials to them. Your work deserves special mention for its transparency, evidence base, clear presentation, educational content, regular documented updates, and lack of any commercial promotional material.

— Dr. Jonathon Tomlinson, MBBS, DRCOG, MRCGP, MA, The Lawson Practice, London


I came across your website and was impressed with your generosity and passion for your work.

— Orson Wajih, sports injury therapist, London


Thanks for your extremely useful and gratuitous information, and all the time you put into publishing it!

— Jutta Grünewald, runner with shin splints, Germany


I really appreciate all the references to scientific research. It differentiates PainScience.com from a lot of the other websites out there that only provide anecdotal evidence for a prescription, such as “I drank a lot of orange juice during my recovery, so vitamin C must have done it.” Your website gives a why in addition to a how, which makes the how a lot more believable.

— George Ingham, marathon runner, Virginia


I stumbled on your site and really enjoyed some of your articles. There’s so much “info” on the web, but most of it is based on the same old model and offers the same old information. You’re website is refreshing, to say the least.

— Adam Lowry, long-distance runner, California


I graduated from the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, NY, a short 6 months ago and I am beginning to define and build my practice. I stumbled upon your website while doing some research this morning and I feel as if I’ve found a gold mine! I share a passion for educating people at every opportunity and plan to direct clients — and myself! — to your site frequently. I look forward to reading the site cover to cover, so to speak, over time. I’m grateful for the resource, and the inspiration.

— Maren Waldman, BA, LMT, Ithaca, NY (www.ithacacenterforhealth.com)


Great website. You seem to be very motivated to progress the science behind the practice of massage therapy.

— Alireza Golbabai, High River, Alberta


I came across you web site and found it so helpful. Thank you so much for all the information that you have posted. Bless your heart.

— Christine Thurston, Hamilton, Ontario


I was very fortunate to find your site and have spent hours reading your work. I sincerely thank you for sharing your insights and expertise. I am truly motivated to pursue the path that you recommend.

— Joshua Dorsky, New York


Thanks for your amazing site, Paul! I have sent many a client to your site for all the great information you provide here, and I just love the way you present it. There’s no point in me reinventing the wheel when my clients can look to you for great info!

— Denise Mackinnon, Registered Massage Therapist, Nanaimo, Canada


I found your website today am I must say that I am absolutely fascinated by your articles. Being a budding masters swimmer and runner, I am certainly interested in the subject matter, so I have a reason to read this stuff. While there are similar articles all over the internet, your writing style sets yours apart. Your articles are a perfect mix of plain English with a healthy dose of humour.

— Joe Kelly, See Joe Run, See Joe Swim
(and see Joe’s writing about this site!)


Your writing has had me glued to your site all night, feeling empowered, and laughing too. I assure you I’ll be donating.

— Jamie Vance, musician struggling with tendinitis


I like that your articles are not just “entries” in just another blog. They are thoughtful, thorough, and often researched carefully. Thanks for the good reading!

— Andrew Oustrouska, MD


Your websites are so informative and easy to follow. They have really reminded me why I am going to school to become a Registered Massage Therapist.

— Nicole Gospodyn, massage therapy student


I am very impressed with the professionalism of your website; your presentation of the profession of massage therapy is fabulous ...

— Melissa Clarity, Certified Massage Therapist (NCTMB)


I appreciate your taking the time to share your knowledge and put it out there for public access. You’re a thorough and organized writer.

— Cheryl Sosebee, artist


Your website is a thing of beauty. I am astonished and very very impressed. I had an idea to make a website similar to this, and there may be absolutely no reason now. Amazing and wonderful.

— Lisa Henderson, LMT


You may not be a doctor, but you should be. Doctors don’t tell you this stuff. They just give you meds and a bill!

— anonymous reader


I’ve read the entire website. Cover to cover, so to speak. Paul is fascinated by his work, and it shows.

— Jacquie Brown, MD


This morning I stumbled across your website and found your articles provided a much better way to study!

— Marie Shevitz, massage therapy student


Thank you for such a pleasurable experience reading your website. I have found myself enlightened, intrigued, and even challenged ... yet so comfortable exploring along the way.

— anonymous reader, reader


Finally! Someone who states the benefits (or myths) of massage and bodywork, and then backs up his assertions with peer-reviewed research. Not a common way to think or act in this profession!

— Sean Slovik, BS, LMT, CNMT


I’ve been reading and studying your brilliant website after being told about it by a fellow therapist. Congratulations on your accomplishments in the world of bodywork! I am inspired ...

— Tjasa Torres, Licensed Massage Therapist, Florida


Paul is obviously a teacher and a writer as well as a therapist. I’ve learned a lot from him about how I work.

— Allison Wolf, Marketing Director, Harper Grey Easton


Likely the best massage therapist’s website on the web.

— Todd Martin, VancouverDad.com


I love the way you write and the I love the collection of articles you have written. What a great job you have done ...

— Julie Onofrio, theBodyworker.com


I am a soccer referee, and mostly by happy accident began substituting what you call “mobilizing” for various stretches prior to my matches, and I find this does an excellent job of stimulating the muscles, whereas after only stretching I still seem to be tight for the first several minutes. Then I read this article, which corroborates what I have found in practice!

— Carlos Di Stefano, soccer referee


What a great resource.

— anonymous reader


A wealth of information.

— anonymous reader


Wow, that’s some good reading for when I'm bored at work.

— anonymous reader


Testimonials for PainScience.com’s advanced tutorials

PainScience.com consists of an encyclopedic array of 238 articles, almost all of which are free. All that publishing is now financed by sales of a few particularly advanced tutorials at $1995 each. Collected here is all the feedback about these tutorials that I received in my first few months of business.


Re: Save Yourself from IT Band Syndrome!

I owe you many thanks. Your tutorial has given me great hope. I was extremely discouraged and frustrated by the issues I was having, but I experienced more relief in my first session with a trigger point therapist than I did in 12 weeks of physical therapy.

— Ryan Luke, MA, CSCS, Department of Kinesiology and Health, Georgia State University


Re: Save Yourself from IT Band Syndrome!

Thanks for your great work. I’ve read about ITBS for years and everything I’ve ever read did not add up to ½ of the information you provided.

— Kevin Burnett, runner, California


Re: Save Yourself from IT Band Syndrome!

I appreciate your research on this subject, and that you have clearly debunked lots of poor quality “science.”

— Sukey Jacobsen, Sukey Design Studio, Mount Vernon, Washington — fine art, tiles and functional art


Re: Save Yourself from IT Band Syndrome!

When investigating my IT band injury online, the information I found was superficial. That changed when I came upon your well-researched report. I teach scientific writing as part of my class and as I read your report I kept thinking that I'd love for my students to read it and see that well-researched work can be fun to write and read as well. Your plan is the only one I have seen based on peer-reviewed research, evidence, and professional and personal experience. No doubt, it'll take a healthy dose of patience, self-restraint, diligence, and positive attitude on my part, but what you wrote and the runner testimonials showed me that ITB injuries are not something to mess around with. Thanks for the great work, Paul!

— Cortney Martin, PhD, Virginia Tech


Re: Save Yourself from IT Band Syndrome!

I really appreciate your objectivity.

— Dr. Bryan Allf, MD, North Carolina


Re: Save Yourself from IT Band Syndrome!

On May 21st, 2008, Dr. M. Gilbart released my IT band and now all is well. This is 2 years and 5 months after the first diagnosis. Thank you again for all your encouragement. I re-read your iliotibial band syndrome tutorial several times over the last few months, and each time I found new nuggets of advice.

— Rosemaree Gentles, recovered iliotibial band syndrome sufferer


Re: Save Yourself from IT Band Syndrome!

As an avid distance runner who is often troubled with iliotibial band flare-ups, this tutorial is the only source of information I have found that provides truly useful insights into how to deal with the condition. ITBS used to sideline me for months, even with the expensive treatments provided by doctors and physical therapists. But now I can get back to running with little interruption in training, using Paul’s recommendations. I can’t imagine anyone knowing more about iliotibial band syndrome. If a nagging case of ITBS is keeping you off the roads or trails, don’t pass this one up — it will be the best $20 you ever spend!

— Chris Taft, marathon runner, Easthampton, Massachusetts


Re: Save Yourself from IT Band Syndrome!

Your iliotibial syndrome tutorial has been helpful in understanding the issues. After reading your full version, it all made sense. I would suggest that anyone wanting to do research in this area needs to read your tutorial first.  Your hypotheses seem very much worthy of testing. My running experience combined with your article has given me a sound course of action that I suspect will clear things up. Thanks for the insights.

— Scot G. Dollinger, Attorney at Law, distance runner, Texas


Re: Save Yourself from IT Band Syndrome!

Wonderful article on iliotibial band syndrome. Very informative, not to mention entertaining. My IT rehabilitation has been very successful. I followed all your advice, every single thing, and it has completely gone away. It is as if I have a fresh pair of legs! Since speaking with you last, I have done two marathons, an Ultra Marathon, and a whole bunch of triathlons. So, thank you, Paul — thank you for all your help! I have met many runners with IT problems, and I refer all of them to your website. I certainly hope that they give themselves the opportunity to invest in your product.

— Arkady Hagopian, Los Angeles triathlete, ironman

Arkady’s story is remarkable: not only has he come back from a stubborn case of ITBS to run triathlons, ultras and ironmans, he’s also achieved a remarkable fitness transformation with pretty amazing before and after pictures (see his blog). Arkady is also running to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society — consider spending a few dollars on his campaign. — Paul

Re: Save Yourself from IT Band Syndrome!

I love your IT band tutorial. Is there any way that I can keep it forever, or maybe order a hard copy? This information is very valuable to me — I would like to be able to refer to it permanently.

— Marilyn Anderson, Aspen, Colorado

Of course I hope it will be a book someday! Meanwhile, customers are welcome to electronically preserve and/or print my tutorials. — Paul — Paul

Re: Save Yourself from IT Band Syndrome!

You may be the only intelligent life on the internet when it comes to knee pain. I’ve read both your tutorial on ITB and most of the tutorial on PFPS last night, and both were excellent. It is clear that this is something that you have studied and — more importantly — something that you have critically analysed. The best twenty dollars I ever spent!

— David Whillans, marathon runner with complex knee pain, Ottawa, Canada


Re: Save Yourself from IT Band Syndrome!

I've read 100% of your ITB article, and enjoyed reading it! I'm back to running 6-7 days a week and I just won a 5km race (although the time was slow for me) a few days ago! I am certain that starting contrast hydrotherapy helped a lot — I had never heard of it, and my knee started feeling better after just a few sessions of contrasting. I also had no idea about the counterintuitive effect of running slowly until you explained it, and speeding up during rehab was probably the most important change I made. Thanks for the advice!

— George Ingham, marathoner, Virginia


Re: Save Yourself from IT Band Syndrome!

My iliotibial band has been perfect since I last spoke with you. I'm back to running 6-7 days a week and I just won a race (although the time was slow for me) a few days ago! I am certain that starting contrast hydrotherapy helped a lot — I had never heard of it, and my knee started feeling better after just a few sessions of contrasting. I also had no idea about the counterintuitive effect of running slowly until you explained it, and speeding up during rehab was probably the most important change I made. Thanks for the advice!

— George Ingham, marathoner, Virginia


Re: Save Yourself from IT Band Syndrome!

I have read (several times) your article on iliotibial band syndrome. I am so thankful for it! It makes a lot of sense with the problems I am having, and I think I may finally be able to find a course of action to solve my ITB problem. I hate not being able to hike, bike, or sometimes even walk ....

— Lanina Spencer, Lincoln, CA


Re: Save Yourself from IT Band Syndrome!

I thought I had my Ph.D. in the iliotibial band. I thought I had spoken with everyone and read everything out there, but somehow I managed to miss what you’ve done here. I already knew everything in your admirable ebook ... but I might be the only one, because you have published a lot of good information!

— Jeremy Friedman, triathlete, New York


Re: Save Yourself from IT Band Syndrome!

It’s hard to work out what causes the trouble in the first place, and different strategies work for different people, but thanks to your advice and recommendations I’m running, and a lot less grumpy! Thank you!

— Debbie Bridgland, mid-distance runner, Atwell, Australia


Re: Save Yourself from IT Band Syndrome!

Very much improved since reading your tips and admonitions ...

— Leanne Schultz, runner, Victoria, Canada


Re: Save Yourself from IT Band Syndrome!

Thank you for all the sound information! Other information was confusing and conflicting to sift through compared to your tutorial. I appreciate the time and effort that must have gone into creating it.

— Karen McCulloch, long distance runner, Wisconsin


Re: Save Yourself from IT Band Syndrome!

I bought an inexpensive eBook about ITBS called Save Yourself from Iliotibial Band Syndrome ... so far it’s the most complete (and fascinating) ITBS reference I have found. No, I’m not being paid to say that. I just never knew reading medical articles could be so entertaining ... Even if I don't have ITBS or if I do and the therapies don't work, reading the article is still worth it, simply for the entertainment value.

— Joe Kelly, long distance runner, swimmer writing in his blog about this eBook (See Joe Run, See Joe Swim)


Re: Save Yourself from IT Band Syndrome!

I went to a sports medicine “specialist” for my iliotibial band syndrome, and he wasn’t very special. It was actually a complete waste of my time, all he did was diagnose me and tell me to take it easy and slow my pace down (which turns out to be exactly wrong, which I now know, thanks to you). You gave me easily a half dozen new ideas about how to take care of my knee. I would have paid triple for this, seriously, you should raise your prices.

— Christine Corey, triathlete, Seattle


Re: Save Yourself from IT Band Syndrome!

Remember me? I had what you diagnosed as iliotibial band syndrome and you suggested I try the ice cup method. Well it worked wonderfully and I have never had any recurrence of this problem. Thank you so much for your invaluable advice!

— Irene Kerosec, Vancouver


Re: Save Yourself from Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome!

This has already served as a massive eye opener for me. It makes a huge amount of sense where previously there was only confusion.

— Greg Bruce, “struggling masters athlete”


Re: Save Yourself from Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome!

Thanks for a hugely informative tour of the dark continent of knee pain.

— Bob Maul, former nationally ranked Masters swimmer (Bob says, “Bad knees ended that chapter of my life.”)


Re: Save Yourself from Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome!

I am so impressed with your tutorial on patellofemoral pain that I cannot find words strong enough for the praise due to you. After exhaustive research, your tutorial is the most thoughtful, comprehensive analysis of this issue I have found. It ties together and explains everything else I have read, makes sense of all the confusion, and finally gives me a clear direction. Thank you so much for your painstaking investigation and shedding some real light on this source of chronic pain. Every orthopaedic and family doctor every where should read this tutorial. You know more about this than they do.

— Heather Stanton, school psychologist, Elmira, New York


Re: Save Yourself from Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome!

You can put another check mark on your satisfied customers list. My knee has no more pain or ache or problems. I have started doing tai chi again, which entails deep knee bends. I was ready to expect some knee pain from that, but it has been fine.

— Floyd Rudmin, Tromsø, Norway


Re: Save Yourself from Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome!

Given what I have learned about patellofemoral pain syndrome over the last two years through personal experience, your tutorial is probably the best summary of everything I have seen.

— anonymous customer


Re: Save Yourself from Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome!

I have read your tutorial on patellofemoral pain syndrome, and it seems to provide the only sensible information I can find on the subject, despite countless hours on Google, and endless hours with three different physical therapists, an orthopedic surgeon, and my regular MD.

— Heather F., patient with 6 months of “constant pain”


Re: Save Yourself from Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome!

Just reading tutorial has already given me hope that I can finally get some relief from my chronic patellofemoral pain syndrome. Why didn’t I find this 2 years ago?! It has been so frustrating, both physically and emotionally, as I’m sure you already know from your patients. Your eBook is very enlightening and well written. Please feel free to use my comments as a testimonial. I was glad to see other testimonials, too — it’s nice to know that I’m not the only one who is struggling with this.

— Melanie Caldwell, Yonkers, NY


Re: Save Yourself from Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome!

I came across your website last night when I was trying to research the anterior knee pain that I have had for 22 years. I read on till midnight, gripped by all you have to say! Thanks for a very, very helpful article.

— Marni Rebmann, Matching, Harlow, England


Re: Save Yourself from Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome!

I’m reading your patellofemoral pain tutorial slowly to absorb your wisdom and expertise. It’s also very pleasurable reading. As I learn, it seems almost comical to me that I have consistently pushed beyond the “envelope of function” into the “zone of overload.”  I see just exactly the mistakes I have made going into my marathon. It just seems so obvious now! Thank you so much. You have helped me in a great way that goes way beyond $20 …

— David Greenman, distance runner, Harrison, New York

This is pretty much exactly the sort of revelation that I hope my readers have!  “Gosh, it’s so simple, really ...” — Paul

Re: Save Yourself from Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome!

Your writings are a breath of fresh air. I read your article on knee injections this AM in about two minutes and it addressed some issues that I could have spent days and weeks and many hundreds of dollars on and I still would not have been as informed as I got in two minutes this morning.

— Gary Nichelsen, Calgary, Canada

What I love about this testimonial is the strong affirmation of the value of good information. But it goes farther than that: Gary was already a customer, had already purchased multiple tutorials from my eBookstore … and then, months later, he also sent me a generous donation by PayPal after reading an short update article about knee pain. — Paul

Re: Save Yourself from Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome!

Your research is impressive.

— Gita Upreti, graduate research assistant and casual runner with patello-femoral pain, Arizona


Re: Save Yourself from Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome!

Much more informative and easy to read than anything else I could easily find. I laughed quite a bit, actually.

— Pearl Lim, lawyer, Hong Kong


Re: Save Yourself from Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome!

A year of knee pain hell, followed by half an hour of reading your article, followed by instant, permanent relief after following a single sensible suggestion you made! If someone out there is wondering whether or not it’s worth it to spend a few bucks on this information, I would definitely advise them to go for it!

— Sarah Onsen, office worker


Re: Save Yourself from Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome!

Finding this information was a huge relief for me. I really did think I had “tried everything.” But I found pages and pages of stuff in your article that no other doctor or therapist had ever even mentioned.

— Jared Foster, long-distance runner


Re: Save Yourself from Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome!

Your article about patellofemoral pain is by far the best resource on the web — a true service, I think, to those who are getting bad information from doctors and physical therapists.

— Adam Lowry, long-distance runner, California


Re: Save Yourself from Low Back Pain!

I had suffered from undiagnosed and seemingly untreatable low back pain since late August last year. Three physiotherapists, my GP, two RMTs, and my generally excellent personal trainer failed to help me make any progress. At my last visit to my GP in late December, he maintained his insistence that I just needed to loosen up my hamstrings! The systematic approach you took to reviewing all the supposed cures and providing a clear analysis of each and no doubt saved me thousands of dollars and months of frustration. That gave me the focus to work on trigger points known to cause LBP (with the help of some additional books and a great TP therapy app for my phone). My back pain isn’t totally gone, but I’m 95% there and I’ve got a handle on it.

— Erin Banks


Re: Save Yourself from Low Back Pain!

I have had life-altering low back pain for more than 8 years. I’ve had the fusions at L5-S1. Prior to my first surgery I spent 18 months seeking relief through physical therapy, intense massage therapy, myofascial “release” therapy, a visit to Dr. Sarno himself, injections, dry needling of trigger points and massage from a physiatrist, chiropractic work and more. For years between surgeries I tried core strengthening, acupuncture, PT, more massage, two rhizotomies, and visits to the Mayo clinic and Johns Hopkins’ pain management in-patient programs. So I’ve been through a lot. And your book is the first thing I’ve read that dispassionately and entertainingly dissects all of the options and offers some realistic, pragmatic suggestions. It’s a gift to all back pain sufferers.

— John Ford, veteran of severe chronic back pain


Re: Save Yourself from Low Back Pain!

Your tutorial was really important because it gave me confidence that while it hurt, it was probably not serious. I particularly appreciated the idea that the back is not “vulnerable” and discs are not going to pop out every time you exert yourself. So I stayed calm, kept active within limits, and got some massage. In a few weeks, my back felt really good, the referred pain had stopped going down my hips and legs, and things have stayed good even after playing in a tennis tournament.

— John Dunn, Ottawa


Re: Save Yourself from Low Back Pain!

I purchased the low back tutorial recently and got the free trigger points one also. Many thanks. They are great! I had already accessed the perfect spot series and have been working on my trigger points. It is very pleasing to have the full discussion on the chemistry and physiology, and I now have a much better idea about the whole ghastly business.

— Leah Brannen, Saskatoon, Canada


Re: Save Yourself from Low Back Pain!

I have been suffering from lower back pain for the last 5 weeks and found your page to be very informative and interesting. I really can’t thank you enough actually because for the first time I’m really starting to feel like I’m on the right track here.

— Glenn Hill, Canterbury, Australia


Re: Save Yourself from Low Back Pain!

Thanks to your website, I pretty much got rid of my back problems almost overnight. It’s also fun and thought provoking to read!

— Amsterdam Jeroen Strompf, MFA, Screenwriting, Chapman University


Re: Save Yourself from Low Back Pain!

First, THANK YOU for this information. You’ve done all the heavy lifting: reading the literature, the studies, et cetera. And you’ve presented all the information in a concise, useful and entertaining format. I have learned a lot from reading these two tutorials, including the miscellaneous articles you have referenced along the way.

— Jan Nelson, pharmacist and power yoga practitioner


Re: Save Yourself from Low Back Pain!

I bought two of your eBooks last week, and I’m enjoying going through them. Your presentation is excellent. It’s far too early too say, of course, but I think I’ve already begun to benefit from your approach. One of the things I like most about your approach is your respect for “science,” as opposed to “merchandising.” You've put so much into those two eBooks, it's going to take time to do them the justice they deserve.

— David Calderisi, Toronto, Ontario

David diligently followed up a month later with the following comment: “By now I’m convinced your research and recommendations are right on the money. Thanks. I’ve recommended you to a few people who, like myself, have had back problems on and off for years. Thanks for having provided such a useful tool.” — Paul

Re: Save Yourself from Low Back Pain!

I was just about to buy some “magic cure” book and pay for it when I came across your review of it and decided against it. Then I took the bold step to buy yours instead, although I feared your review was just a ploy to grab business from your competition. But thank God I did! That is the best £10 I have ever spent. In fact, pound for pound, I’ve never purchased anything which has had a greater impact on my physical well being. It was such a relief that you were able to really understand and define exactly what my symptoms were in such detail. Also to be able to visualize the problem and understand what’s going on and why the therapies work is really satisfying. Thank you very much. Your literature is very informative, easy to read and digest. Moreover, it bloody well works. Well done and keep the good work.

— Osman Hassan, London


Re: Save Yourself from Low Back Pain!

Your low back pain tutorial is refreshing. I’d gotten tired of hearing the same old explanations for my back pain, which are obviously wrong simply because the back pain was around before the things that supposedly caused it! It was nice to read something clear and logical that is actually consistent with my experience.

— Jean Gallagher, low back pain sufferer, California


Re: Save Yourself from Low Back Pain!

I love what you do, I read your site often, and I recommend it to friends. I bought the boxed set because I read the studies you linked to, because I decided since my back hurts and so does everyone else’s in my family, I want it all. Plus my best friend has wicked iliotibial band syndrome, so I figured I’d pass along that info to him. Anyways, dude, you rock socks off, keep on fighting the woo woo, you’ve made a reader for life! Thanks more than you know.

— Dave Falloon, Systems Administrator, Winfield, Canada


Re: Save Yourself from Low Back Pain!

I recently purchased your low back pain tutorial. What a fascinating read. You certainly have done a lot of research and what you say does make a lot of sense. I am very optimistic that you've got me pointed in the right direction.

— Colin Ylioja, low back pain sufferer, Regina, Canada


Re: Save Yourself from Low Back Pain!

Nearly 150 footnotes! If there were something like a Ralph Nader award for studious, debunking health care professionals, I’d nominate you.

— Mary Ann Kae, Licensed Massage Practitioner, Seattle


Re: Save Yourself from Low Back Pain!

Just wanted to give you a quick update … my back has been absolutely fine. Unbelievable … or perhaps not, considering what I’ve learned from you! A big thank you for all your help.

— Lois McConnell, retired airline executive, suffered chronic low back and hip pain for a few years


Re: Save Yourself from Low Back Pain!

My back has been great … I continue to do your wonderful exercises. I sung your praises wherever I went in Africa. Thanks again for your patience and diligence.

— Selma Savage, nurse, Vancouver (upon successfully reaching her goal of travelling to Africa without back pain)


Re: Save Yourself from Low Back Pain!

Just wanted to say I love your site, it’s full of information! I bought your low back pain tutorial —very good!

— Lita Scruton, Ontario


Re: Save Yourself from Low Back Pain!

Just talking to you that evening really helped my stress level and calmed my fears that I was doomed to a life of restricted activity and pain.  Do you know that very night, I was able to sleep through the night?  Being able to understand what is going on with my body really helps. Thank you so very much!

— Kathy Ryan, suffers from low back pain, Idaho


Re: Save Yourself from Low Back Pain!

Just talking to you that evening really helped my stress level and calmed my fears that I was doomed to a life of restricted activity and pain.  Do you know that very night, I was able to sleep through the night?  Sure supports what you were saying about the emotional component and how important it is. And your articles are so informative and truly were helpful as I was struggling.  Being able to understand what is going on with my body really helps. Thank you so very much!  I look forward to reading more ...

— Kathy Ryan


Re: Save Yourself from Low Back Pain!

I have suffered from terrible low back pain for eight years. Doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors and spine specialists all provided me with different advice, none of which worked. They all looked at me like I was crazy when I told them I get my seven-year-old son to step on the painful area, but I actually crave the pressure! After reading your article, I feel like someone finally understands. Thank you!

— Ashley Reisig


Re: Save Yourself from Low Back Pain!

I have fibromyalgia and ache all the time, especially in the back and the hips. But what appears to sometimes be a backache is actually originating in the hips ... this is probably the best information I have read explaining what is really going on!

— anonymous reader


Re: Save Yourself from Low Back Pain!

I have to thank you from the bottom of my back! I have been suffering from severe, chronic low back pain and physiotherapy was no help. Out of frustration and pain I started doing my own research, and after a while I stumbled upon your explanation of the ‘Perfect Spot 12’. I located the ‘knot’ at the spot indicated, my wife followed the massage instructions, and after one somewhat painful massage I have no more pain and full freedom of motion. This is just short of a miracle from my perspective. I can now start living again and enjoying life. Thank you, thank you, and thank you again!

— Pete Hamel


Re: Save Yourself from Low Back Pain!

I used to have unbearable episodes of back pain, and had stopped playing squash completely — it was just too risky. After a handful of treatments, I was pain-free! Just in time for becoming a father, too! And the relief has been surprisingly long-lasting.

— Majid Ghorbani, MBA Student


Re: Save Yourself from Low Back Pain!

I had severe lower back pain for twenty years, and I’d tried everything — doctors, chiropractors, massage therapist, acupuncture. I lived in China for eight years and so there was no shortage of experienced massage therapists, and yet the results were always short-term. When I returned to Canada, Paul quickly got to the root of the problem and pretty soon I was out of pain, and it didn’t come back. Now I visit Paul for the occasional “tune-up,” and not only do I feel physically refreshed, I feel mentally refreshed as well. I know that a massage from Paul is the best thing I do for my health and well-being. I have never come across anyone better.

— Allison Wolf, Marketing Director


Re: Save Yourself from Low Back Pain!

I spent seven hours straight sitting at my computer and my back didn't hurt at all! You’re a genius! Thanks so much.

— Isabelle Deguise, Graduate Student


Re: Save Yourself from Low Back Pain!

I had to quit golf for pain. With Paul’s help, now I can play all day without a twinge! But Paul offers much more than that — I think he is an old soul.

— Judy Rollick, retired teacher


Re: Save Yourself from Neck Pain!

I never had severe neck pain except for the occasional bad day, but it was stubborn. I’ve never really had any relief from it ever, always a low grade ache. Every therapist I ever saw told me it was posture, and every doctor said it was arthritis (even though it started in my 20s). Your tutorial clearly explain several other possibilities, and it’s mostly under control now just from a little bit of self-treatment of my muscles once every week or two. It’s not “cured,” but it’s about a hundred times less irritating than it was. Thank you!

— Laurie Pappas, Denver, unusually busy home-maker, mother of seven


Re: Save Yourself from Neck Pain!

After Googling ‘neck knot’ I read an article on some ask-the-clinician site which was pretty useless, and then tried yours. It was exactly the information I was looking for! Your article affirmed some of my own theories and enlightened me with more detailed information. You’re a thorough and organized writer.

— Cheryl Sosebee, artist


Re: Save Yourself from Neck Pain!

After thirty-five years with severe constant neck pain, I am 80% better, and I feel like I can actually enjoy the rest of my days. Paul Ingraham helped me understand that the problem with my neck wasn’t ‘structural.’ Even though it felt like something was ‘out,’ that’s not really what was happening. I’d seen every kind of therapist you can imagine, and no one ever explained it so clearly. I had my doubts at first, but the results of applying his ideas have been nothing short of miraculous. I used to wrench my neck all day long, always twisting and turning trying to get away from that damn crick! And now? People who don’t even know me that well are saying to me, ‘Hey, Elliott... you’re not twisting your neck around the way you used to!’ If you’ve got a stiff neck, I can’t recommend Paul Ingraham’s perspective on it strongly enough.

— Trevor Elliott, real estate speculator


Re: Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Just wanted to say how great a job you’ve done on all this stuff. People claim they know about trigger points, but the majority really, really don’t. If I didn’t become my own doctor I’d be in a really dark place right now. What you’re doing is really important. I still have the Trigger Point Therapy Workbook and Travell and Simons’ “big red books,” but you offer some really important commentary and reality checks missing from both of those sources.

— J.M., chronic pain sufferer


Re: Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

If every disorder had such a well written self-diagnostic and treatment guide we'd be a lot closer to manageable spending on health care. Thanks.

— Timothy Trutna, programmer with chronic muscle pain, California


Re: Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

I purchased the low back tutorial recently and got the free trigger point one also. Many thanks. They are great! I had already accessed the perfect spot series and have been working on my trigger points. It is very pleasing to have the full discussion on the chemistry and physiology, and I now have a much better idea about the whole ghastly business.

— Leah Brannen, Saskatoon, Canada


Re: Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

I owe you many thanks. Your tutorial has given me great hope. I was extremely discouraged and frustrated by the issues I was having, but I experienced more relief in my first session with a trigger point therapist than I did in 12 weeks of physical therapy.

— Ryan Luke, MA, CSCS, Department of Kinesiology and Health, Georgia State University


Re: Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

From Allan’s review of my trigger point book: “The thing that really jumps out at me about Paul's trigger point tutorial is the fairly mind-boggling amount of research he has done. It's pretty incredible. It's obvious that he does his homework. It's obvious that he's been doing it for many years. And yet it's not a boring or academic document. He keeps it surprisingly light and fun while simultaneously explaining a lot of physiology and pathology.”

— Allan Saltzman, owner of YogaTools.com, maker of some fine hand-crafted tools for yoga and self-treatment


Re: Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

I have been suffering from lower back pain for the last 5 weeks and found your page to be very informative and interesting. I really can’t thank you enough actually because for the first time I’m really starting to feel like I’m on the right track here.

— Glenn Hill, Canterbury, Australia


Re: Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Thanks to your website, I pretty much got rid of my back problems almost overnight. It’s also fun and thought provoking to read!

— Amsterdam Jeroen Strompf, MFA, Screenwriting, Chapman University


Re: Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

I’m really enjoying your work!

— Janice Kregor, competitive swimmer, retired pediatrician, medical school instructor


Re: Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Your tutorial is great! It has humor and factual information presented in a clear “layman” mode. Your writing has given me much mental clarity and power about a subject that has been so confusing for so long. I am now in a much better position when I see the muscle doctors, and it also made me look much smarter in dealing with the health insurance people.

— Melissa Rizio, a “classic trigger sufferer” suffering chronic pain since 1991


Re: Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

My husband had been suffering from shoulder and neck pain for years. He had tried numerous medications, physical therapies, deep tissue massage, Bowen technique, acupuncture and trigger point injection — none of which provided anything more than minor, temporary relief. Then I bought your tutorial on trigger points. I read it, carried out your instructions to the detail, and … after 5 sessions of the technique you provided, the trigger points were ‘gone’! He has never felt better in years. Thank God I was able to stumble upon your website by chance. I want to thank you for sharing your expertise over the net.

— June Lim, MD, Diplomate, Philippine Society of Anesthesiologists


Re: Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

First, THANK YOU for this information. You’ve done all the heavy lifting: reading the literature, the studies, et cetera. And you’ve presented all the information in a concise, useful and entertaining format. I have learned a lot from reading these two tutorials, including the miscellaneous articles you have referenced along the way.

— Jan Nelson, pharmacist and power yoga practitioner


Re: Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

I am blown away by your trigger point eBook. It is fantastic! I wish I would have come across your site sooner as I do serious research on just about any purchase I make, and that goes double now that I have hand pain issues. I purchased Clair Davies’ Trigger Point Therapy Workbook back in mid Dec, which has been great, but it was lacking. By comparison, I’m in awe of how well you illustrate and explain what’s going on with trigger points. Your analogies are superb and reading your book helps give so much better an understanding of what’s going on that I don’t feel like I’m shooting in the dark as much. I’m just surprised that I didn’t find your site sooner. I’ve done lots of research online and could only find short one-page write ups on trigger points. From your copyright, you’ve been up for 9-10 years and your content is superb. Thank you for such a great book, well worth the $20.

— Kevin Janisch

Thanks, Kevin — I’ve been coughing up good analogies even longer than that! Since the early 1990s! — Paul

Re: Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

I bought two of your eBooks last week, and I’m enjoying going through them. Your presentation is excellent. It’s far too early too say, of course, but I think I’ve already begun to benefit from your approach. One of the things I like most about your approach is your respect for “science,” as opposed to “merchandising.” You've put so much into those two eBooks, it's going to take time to do them the justice they deserve.

— David Calderisi, Toronto, Ontario

David diligently followed up a month later with the following comment: “By now I’m convinced your research and recommendations are right on the money. Thanks. I’ve recommended you to a few people who, like myself, have had back problems on and off for years. Thanks for having provided such a useful tool.” — Paul

Re: Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

I am really enjoying your trigger points tutorial. It’s great to have a lot of extra, professional information to work with. I have found a serious shortage of information on the web, so it was easy to pay for your tutorial given the clear quality conveyed by the introduction.

— Daniel Jalkut, software developer, Somerville, Massachusetts


Re: Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

You saved me from having to look any further for the information I have been so desperately seeking about trigger point, and basic massage techniques. I found your info educational and entertaining, and appreciated your wit as well. I’m not surprised to discover that you are Canadian — I’ve always enjoyed the Canadian sense of humor!

— Laura Gallagher


Re: Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Outstanding, excellent work! I really want to commend you. I teach trigger points, and I will be recommending your tutorial to my students. Thanks very much.

— John Harris, medical massage therapy instructor, Santa Barbara, co-author of Fix Pain: Bodywork Protocols for Myofascial Pain Syndromes


Re: Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

We can’t help hoping for magic! But, to your credit, you tell it like it is!

— Harold Smage, trigger point sufferer, Elkhorn, Wisconsin


Re: Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

I enjoyed your trigger point tutorial and read the whole thing again last Friday. I also sent it to two friends who are having problems. It’s the education your site has armed me with that is most valuable to me.

— Melinda Alltree, Vancouver


Re: Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

One trigger point therapy treatment completely relieved a nasty stubborn hip pain that I'd had for five months!

— Jan Campbell, retired French language teacher, Palm Springs, recovered easily from several months of hip pain


Re: Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Just wanted to give you a quick update … my back has been absolutely fine. Unbelievable … or perhaps not, considering what I’ve learned from you! A big thank you for all your help.

— Lois McConnell, retired airline executive, suffered chronic low back and hip pain for a few years


Re: Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

I have started practicing trigger point release/therapy. I can’t say that trigger point therapy has completely cured my problem, but it’s helped tremendously! I am now running every other day, 6 miles or so per run. When I do have pain, it’s tolerable and the trigger point therapy/self massage helps. The pain is always gone by the end of the day.

— Terri Rebmann, PhD, RN, CIC, distance runner, St. Louis


Re: Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

I've struggled with excessive muscle pain for 20 years. I've had doctors, massage therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and so on, all to no avail. Your writings on the subject are the first I’ve come across that make sense to me. Your writing is clear and easy to follow and you cut away the rampant B.S. that's out there. But what really hooked me in was your opinion that stretching and weight training can actually make the pain worse — both of which I’ve experienced! That's when I first thought, “This guy really knows what he's talking about.”

— Jim Stephens, 20-year muscle pain veteran, Illinois


Re: Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Your writing is clear and easy to follow and you cut away the rampant B.S. that's out there.

— Jim Stephens, 20-year muscle pain veteran, Illinois


Re: Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Thank you again for publishing so much useful information about solving pain problems. After seeing so many doctors over the years that don’t take time to volunteer information I am ecstatic to find your website.

— Carla Whitney, trigger point sufferer


Re: Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

I have suffered from terrible low back pain for eight years. Doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors and spine specialists all provided me with different advice, none of which worked. They all looked at me like I was crazy when I told them I get my seven-year-old son to step on the painful area, but I actually crave the pressure! After reading your article, I feel like someone finally understands. Thank you!

— Ashley Reisig


Re: Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

I have fibromyalgia and ache all the time, especially in the back and the hips. But what appears to sometimes be a backache is actually originating in the hips ... this is probably the best information I have read explaining what is really going on!

— anonymous reader


Re: Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

For a year, I hardly moved without wincing. I had developed severe and extremely persistent sciatica after an accident. After a few massages, I am 90% better. That was three years ago, and it’s still good. Muscle pain was a much larger factor in my problem than I realized at first.

— Kennedy Goodkey, Actor/Writer


Re: Save Yourself from Plantar Fasciitis!

I’ve been practicing in podiatry for 16 years and I have successfully treated thousands of cases of plantar fasciitis. The condition is often misunderstood, and there are a myriad of theories out there, but this tutorial is one of the best things I’ve read on the subject. It provides an excellent overview of the latest treatment and self-treatment options, and makes sure that patients know when to see a medical professional. The crucial point Paul makes that I would like to back up is that plantar fasciitis can be successfully treated, but often requires multiple therapies and persistence.

— Mark Heard, Podiatrist D.App.Sci, M.A.Pod.A., Australia


Re: Save Yourself from Plantar Fasciitis!

Plantar fasciitis successfully treated with your advice. Now pain free for almost a year.

— Nicole Villen, cashier who was having trouble working


Re: Save Yourself from Plantar Fasciitis!

Really interesting reading. I quickly found information I haven’t seen anywhere else, and it was referenced. No one has ever even suggested that the lower leg muscles might be involved. I have often wondered about that.

— Steven Coombs, plantar fasciitis sufferer


Re: Save Yourself from Plantar Fasciitis!

Thank you! There is more and better information here than anything else I could find. What a relief to find a truly comprehensive resource. I was so sick of reading all the same old advice that I’d already tried.

— Jan A., triathlete, Oregon


Re: Save Yourself from Plantar Fasciitis!

It was (almost literally) killing me that I couldn’t walk. I’d gained weight, morale was very low. Thanks a million for this article, it’s so much more informative than anything else I could find it’s just crazy. Why isn’t this information more available?

— Janice Campbell, mother of five, enthusiastic recreational walker, Oregon


Re: Save Yourself from Plantar Fasciitis!

I have been waking up to pain for almost ten years, and I’d been through every popular remedy, and there are a lot of them. Not once in all that time did I know science. Not once did any doctor or therapist inform me what the latest research says about this condition. Thanks for finally correcting that! (And, yes, I’m finally feeling better, probably because of the night splints, which I actually hadn’t tried before.)

— Andrew Hall, IT guy, Ithaca, NY


Re: Save Yourself from Plantar Fasciitis!

I came across your article about plantar fasciitis and you have managed to diagnose what my doctor could not. Impressive! Many thanks for publishing your clear and concise explanation.

— anonymous reader


Re: Save Yourself from Muscle Strain!

The internet is a dicey place to spend money ... so many scams. I wanted to let you know how appreciative I am of your eBook on muscle strains. When I got to the stop sign, I had to reflect and realized that the style and quality of what you had written was worth a gamble. Well, paying the twenty bucks and learning what I wanted to learn — and more — was worth every penny. I am now rehabbing my level 1 calf strain with full confidence and feel very well informed moving ahead. Good luck and keep writing — we need all the help we can get out here!

— Craig Adkins, tennis player and professional skiing cameraman, Portland, Oregon


Re: Save Yourself from Muscle Strain!

Enjoyed your web site and found the advice extremely helpful having just strained my thigh muscle.

— Paul Farley, West Sussex, England


Re: Save Yourself from Muscle Strain!

My strained thigh muscle felt like a broken bone at first, but I'm using your icing method and it’s responding brilliantly.

— Paul Farley, West Sussex, England


Re: Save Yourself from Muscle Strain!

I found this article when I was researching how to heal my pulled muscle. I love the mobilization exercises at the end — great for a ‘desk jockey’ like me!

— Juanita Vannay


Re: Save Yourself from Muscle Strain!

I read your article on muscle strains, and I was very impressed. You seem to really know your stuff. I wish there was one of you in every state!

— Robin