Sensible advice for aches, pains & injuries

An entire book about the humble muscle knot — perhaps the most under-diagnosed source of pain.

Big Self-Help Tutorials for Pain Problems

Detailed, readable tutorials about common stubborn pain problems & injuries, like back pain or runner’s knee

Many common painful problems are often misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and mistreated. Made for patients, but strong enough for professionals, these book-length tutorials are crammed with tips, tricks, and insights about what works, what doesn’t, and why. No miracle cures are for sale here — just sensible information, scientifically current, backed up by hundreds of free articles and a huge pain and injury science bibliography.

  • secure, instant digital delivery
  • no sign-up or password
  • money-back guarantee
  • great customer service
  • free new editions forever
  • print, save, and share them
  • use on laptops, iPads, Kindles, more
  • audio versions (for two books)
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529000 words
The Boxed Set of Tutorials Pay 50% less per book. Steeply discounted bundle of all 8 tutorials listed below, ideal for professionals and keen patients. Free future editions forever. Purchased individually, the set would cost $160, but the set is only $79.50 — a savings of $80. Includes several bonus audio downloads. Visit the boxed set information page.

Web e-books are better. Read them on any device. Lend them out. New editions free forever.

The tutorials are USD$1995 each and can be purchased and accessed in two minutes. No “account” or password is needed. Unlimited sharing. Each has a large, free introduction so you can get a good feel for it before you buy. Uncomfortable with buying things online? You’re welcome to give me a ring to confirm that I’m “real.” I am. 😃

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137,500 words
Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome • Muscle knots cause or complicate most of the world’s aches and pain, and this book takes a “teach a man to fish” approach to treating them. Even if muscle knots are not your main problem, they may be the most treatable part of another problem. Includes a chapter by Dr. Tim Taylor about medical factors in chronic muscle pain.
web e-book
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58,000 words
IT Band Syndrome • A perpetual best-seller for runners and by far the most detailed information available about this frustrating knee problem. IT band syndrome takes the prize for “most misunderstood common knee pain.” Many readers have told me that this book saved them from thousands of dollars worth of useless therapy and months of wasted time. Audiobook version included, read by the author.
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102,500 words
Low Back Pain • Most low back pain books try to convince you that there’s a cure.This book debunks those books — like Myth Busters for your back — so that you can stop wasting your time and money on therapies that don’t make much sense. But it also reviews all the rational and practical treatment options as well. What works, what doesn’t, and why?
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72,000 words
Neck Pain • Dive into the mysteries of neck pain and especially the awful phenomenon of the neck “crick”: what is that feeling, and what can be done about it? Like all books, myths are debunked, especially the neck posture myth, and every imaginable self-treatment option is reviewed.
web e-book
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71,000 words
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome • Knee pain hope. Ordinary “arthritic” knee pain has its myths, but it is ridiculously complex. This extremely thorough, readable guide demystifies frontal knee pain and explains exactly why conventional therapy almost always fails … and what might work.
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45,000 words
Plantar Fasciitis • The problem with plantar fasciitis is not a lack of good treatment options — it’s just a matter of getting the word out, because most patients with stubborn plantar fasciitis never hear about the good treatment options. Audiobook version included, read by the author.
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24,000 words
Shin Splints • Do you know why your shins hurt? There are four very different types of shin pain. This tutorial breaks it down for you and goes through all the treatment options and recent science. About 20 times more information about shin splints in one place than you can get anywhere else.
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19,000 words
Muscle Strain • Everything you need to know about the humble muscle strain — routinely mistaken for other things. Ideal for athletes with strains that never seem to heal.

9 reasons tutorials are awesome (and worth a few bucks)

There is a lot of free health information online. Why would you buy any? What makes these tutorials worth paying for? Other than the fact that most free health information on the internet is crappy …

  1. Free future editions. Books about health science are almost obsolete by the time they hit the shelves. I constantly revise, update, and expand tutorials as the science evolves. And you can read the updates, for free, forever.
  2. A sense of humour. isn’t a comedy website, but I do make a genuine attempt to make dry material about pain at least a little bit fun. There's whimsy and sass.
  1. A way with words that makes more interesting, useful and fun. I was a professional writer long before I was a massage therapist.
  2. Heavily researched … and beautifully footnoted. I spent a bunch of money and worked for years to create “good footnotes” for It’s absurdly idealistic.
  3. Respect for science and reason. Amen! I have a zero tolerance policy for bullshit. Logical fallacies are banned from I am debunking myths instead of perpetuating them or selling pet theories, big promises, and miracle cures.
  4. Easy on the eyes. Elegantly simple design. is “a clean, well-lighted place.” I can’t knowingly publish a sloppy document any more than I could cut off my own hand — it’s just not in me.
  5. They will save you money. For a few dollars, my tutorials often save readers hundreds or thousands of dollars in unnecessary or inefficient therapy expenses.
  6. Satisfaction guaranteed, of course, and good customer service in general. If you aren’t happy with your purchase, all you have to do is write to me and we take care of it. One of my biggest pet peeves in life is crappy customer service.
  7. No shipping. Digital publishing means you can buy and read these documents now — no trip to the bookstore, and no trees have to die. (Funny how this bullet point seemed more amazing a few years ago, but hey… still great.)

Interested in ebooks and publishing? You might enjoy this rant: Better eBooks! What’s wrong with the ebook industry (and how I’m making something better for my customers)