Archive for the ‘Plantar Fasciitis’ Category

Ryan Zimmerman on DL with plantar fasciitis

I ran across an article a couple days ago that talks about Ryan Zimmerman, a professional baseball player, having to be put on the Disabled List because of plantar fasciitis pain in his left foot. What caught my eye was that he’s only going to be on the DL for 15 days, and the coach’s statement regarding his performance (which has been lacking lately, due to the injury): “I fully expect him to be, at the end of the year, where he normally is.”

If you follow athletics and keep an eye on the time that it takes professional athletes to recover from injuries and conditions like plantar fascia pain, you might notice that, in most cases, they get better very quickly. Why is that? Well, professional athletes are young (Zimmerman is 30) and generally in great shape, and of course that helps. But they also have access to the absolute best medical professionals and trainers, as well as the latest in cutting-edge medical knowledge. When big money is on the line, like it is in professional baseball, teams don’t want to have their players sitting on the bench any longer than necessary. So they make it their business to keep up with the latest research and know the absolute best and fastest techniques to rehabilitate their athletes.

Compare this to your average doctor, who is busy with his practice or working 12-hour shifts in a hospital. With medical knowledge literally doubling every year, the average doctor simply doesn’t have the time to keep up with all the new developments. And there isn’t much financial incentive to do so either. He’s going make a perfectly good living just taking care of people using what he was taught in Med School. And for most people, whatever the doctor prescribes will be sufficient to make them feel better. So, no problem.

But if you’ve had a chronic condition, been the your neighborhood doc and not gotten better, it might be time to look around for more effective solutions. Medical knowledge is advancing at an incredible rate, and it’s actually likely that you will be able to cure yourself in many cases…even if your local doctor doesn’t know how to do it.

A nice testimonial

I got a really nice email a few days back.  Here is the gist of it:
Hi Alex,
   I bought your e-book and video on Target Plantar Fasciitis, and it has helped me so much. I have had plantar fasciitis and anterior tibial tendon pain for quite some time. I am a distance runner, running up to 40 miles a week. For several months I had no pain while running (only sore after), but in June it became painful to run. Have spent the last three months trying all of the conservative treatments…night splint, icing, stretching calves several times a day, going to PT, massage therapy. I have been running at a reduced volume with no speedwork or trails, after taking off a few weeks. I started doing [the recommended exercises] 2 1/2 weeks ago, and taking [the recommended supplement], and the pain is gone!
– Sally Boyd

It’s always nice to receive an email like the one above, because it shows just how effective a scientifically-based treatment protocol can be, compared to stuff that’s done just because, well, it’s always been done.  

For example, there is no good reason to ice a tendon that’s been experiencing pain for more than a couple of weeks, because that tendon clearly does not have inflammation as its primary problem. Massage therapy is great for preventing tendon problems from occurring in the first place, but won’t help much once you have chronic pain.  Same thing goes for stretching.  (Actions that prevent problems from happening are not necessarily the same ones that will cure it once the problem is there.)  And I don’t know of any study that shows night splints to be effective for plantar fasciitis – although a lot of companies that make the splints insist that they are.

Yet doctors and other medical professionals continue to prescribe this sort of thing, not only for tendons and fascia but for other connective tissue as well. They’ll even try to shoot your achilles tendon up with cortisone, despite studies that have shown that this will make the tendon more likely to rupture than if it’s left alone.

It’s really a mystery. My guess is that the doctors are just so busy that they simply don’t have time to keep up with the latest research.

But the fact is, about ten years ago a Scandinavian team of scientists discovered that certain specific types of exercise were good for chronically painful tendons…and certain other types were very definitely not good for them.  Turns out that this same protocol can (and does) work for fascia as well.

This is why resting a tendon helps to alleviate the pain; you aren’t doing any of the bad kind of movement.  But of course you can’t just sit and rest forever, which is why you need a well-designed program of the good movements to actually heal the tendons, not just fail to injure them more.  And that’s what the Target Plantar Fasciitis and Posterior Tibial Tendonitis ebook+video package delivers.

Of course, not every method of treatment works for everyone.  If you want to find out whether my product can help you or not, I invite you to take the free, one-minute tendon and fascia test that you can find on this page.  It will tell you very quickly what sort of tendon or fascia pain you have, and what you can do to help get rid of it once and for all.

Do-it-yourself foam-roller for fasciitis and tendonitis

Recently, I’ve seen some videos floating around that promote foam-rolling as a way to cure tendon and fascia pain.  While this isn’t exactly true – foam-rolling can help prevent problems from happening in the first place, but won’t cure anything once the problem has occurred – foam-rolling is still a great idea and should definitely be on everyone’s list of body-work that they do on a regular basis.

If you’re not familiar with foam-rolling, here’s a brief explanation:

Basically, a foam-roller is, well, a tube of fairly dense styrofoam.  That’s it.  Rollers come in various sizes and lengths, but the most common ones are about three feet long and six inches or so in diameter.  Most gyms have them now, and they’re generally encased in blue vinyl covers for ease of washing and so on. The idea is that as you exercise, age, go about your daily activities (okay, as you live), you develop small areas of pain here and there in your body.  The pain comes from something called adhesions, which are places where the fibers in your muscles don’t slide smoothly alongside each other like they’re supposed to, but instead get stuck together, thus creating pain when you try to move in certain ways.  A good physiotherapist can massage these away for you, but with a foam-roller you can do it yourself by placing the affected bodypart on the roller and rolling back and forth a few times with a bit of pressure to break up the adhesion.

Amazon sells foam-rollers, although most of them are a little less rigid than the usual gym version.  This is actually good for people who are new to foam-rolling, as the practice tends to hurt quite a bit in the beginning, and a softer roller can limit the pain.  But once you’re used to it, a soft roller won’t do you as much good as a hard one.

On the other end of the scale is this monster.  It is not for the faint of heart.  It looks – and can feel – like something out of Torquemada’s dungeon, but it will absolutely destroy any adhesions you might have.  If you can stand the pain, that is.

RumbleRoller The RumbleRoller is specifically optimized for myofascial release.  And pain.

In-between are the regular gym rollers.  But if you want something that you can use around the house…as well as pack into your gym bag…as well as easily store away…as well as use for other purposes, then investing in a pair of FatGripz might be the way to go.  I realize that readers of this blog are generally runners, but many of you work out in the gym as well, and Fatgripz are one of the best ways to do great things for your arms.  Not to mention the fact that if you’ve developed tendon or fascia pain in your feet or ankles, there’s a good chance that you might end up with it in your arms and shoulders as well.  (Some people are genetically more predisposed to developing connective tissue pain than others.)  Fatgripz can virtually eliminate this possibility by changing the thickness of the typical gym barbell so that your hands don’t always close to exactly the same degree each time.

It’s kind of hard to roll a small tendon like the peroneal or post tibial, but for the plantar fascia or achilles tendon, foam rolling can be just the ticket to prevent injuries before they happen.  If you’ve already had an injury and have completely recovered, foam rolling can also go a long way toward making sure that injury doesn’t come back again.

But you don’t need a six-foot long roller to get at the soles of your feet or your ankles.  And if you do buy a regular foam roller, you really can’t use it for anything other than, well, foam rolling. FatGripz, on the other hand, are much more versatile.

FatGripz come in sets of two, and they are 2.25″ thick plastic attachments that you can put on a regular barbell to make it into a “fat bar”.  Why would anyone do this?  According to the company using FatGripz will increase both the strength and the size of your arms.  (It’s harder to grip a fat bar than a regular one, causing the arm muscles to work harder even if you’re doing the same exercises.)  For tendon purposes, having a choice of widths for your barbells is an excellent way to prevent repetitive stress injuries – especially in your forearms – if you spend much time in a gym,.

But here’s the other advantage.  You can take one FatGrip, slide a broomstick through it, and make your very own “foam” roller.  While it won’t really do for large areas like the back, the small size makes it ideal for rolling the major tendons and fascia of the ankles and feet.  And it’s a bit harder than your usual foam roller, which is nice.  (If you want a softer version, just wrap a towel around the FatGrip.)

Here’s a picture:

Stick through Fatgrip to make a foam-roller

Use your Fatgripz as a foam-roller.

The smaller diameter of Fatgripz doesn’t make much difference when you’re rolling, and unlike a lot of regular foam rollers, they come with a 60-day money-back guarantee. So if for whatever reason you don’t like the things, you can return them for a full refund.

But honestly speaking, I don’t know anyone who’s returned them. They work great for their intended purpose (in fact, they were named “Training Tool of the Decade”) and – as described above – they also can serve double-duty as a localized foam roller for smaller bodyparts like the soles of the feet. Check out the website here. You won’t be disappointed.

A new video

I’ve just put together a new video that explains the difference between plantar fasciitis and plantar fasciosis. It’s less than ten minutes long, and – while I’m not the most charismatic guy on camera – the information may save you a lot of time and money if you’re trying to treat your feet for the wrong condition.

Author: Alex Nordach

A lot of bad advice out there…

A silly video

I ran across a video the other day and thought I’d write a post about it because it gives a good example of just how much bad advice there is out there among “certified” physical therapists and so on.

Before I start, I want to say that I know (and have used) some excellent PTs, and I certainly do not want to say that everyone in the field is a quack or anything like that. There are definitely some good people out there, and if you have access to a really competent PT, he or she can often work miracles. But on the other side of the coin, just having a certification (of any sort) doesn’t necessarily make you competent in your job. And a lot of people get fooled by labcoats.

Personally speaking, I’ve received enough bad advice from “body professionals” over the years that nowadays when I have to see one I always try to assume that they know what they’re talking about…but I also always ask some pointed questions, just to make sure. I hope that this blog post will make you think about things a little, and encourage you not to blindly accept what you’re hearing the next time you go in for some “body work”.

I’m not going to link the video here, but you can find it on YouTube. Just go to the YouTube site and type in /watch?v=pn6i-_dTX0g after the part of the URL. The video’s less than two minutes long, but if you don’t want to watch the whole thing I’ll give a brief summary below.

Strengthening a tendon

The video shows a PT who tells you how to “strengthen” an apparently healthy woman’s achilles tendon by using a stretch band. The woman is sitting on a therapy bed and takes the band, loops it around her foot, and then proceeds to exercise the foot against the band by pointing and relaxing her toes.

All this is fine, and the PT makes sure to cover some good points about getting in a full range of motion and so on. The problem is that the band only provides about five or ten pounds of resistance, and the woman in the video who uses the band has got to weigh at least a hundred and twenty.

This may not seem relevant, but think about it for a second. If she weighs 120lbs, that means that every step she takes she is putting 120lbs of pressure on her achilles tendon. How is a band with ten pounds of resistance going to strengthen a tendon when that tendon has far more stress put on it just when the woman walks? (We won’t even talk about how much more than 120lbs each step really is because of acceleration/deceleration forces.) If you can bench press 200lbs without any problem at all, you’re not going to develop more strength by working out with 20lbs.

What’s the point?

So what’s the point of using a very weak stretch-band for this? Basically, unless the woman was injured and spent so much time off her feet that her achilles tendons atrophied to the point that they can no longer support any weight (which would mean that she couldn’t even stand up), there is none. Maybe a polio victim would qualify, but exercising an achilles tendon in any realistic scenario will involve using a decent amount of weight, one that equals a significant percentage of the exerciser’s bodyweight.

Yes, if the woman was injured or is recovering from surgery it makes sense to monitor her level of pain and start out using a lighter weight. But not this light. Using a weak band like that reminds me of the housewives who walk into gyms, start using the one- and two-pound dumbbells, and then wonder why their bodies don’t change. It’s not hard to understand when you realize that the average bag of groceries weighs more than the “workout” weights! They’re not using enough resistance to have any effect on the muscles.

One other point about the video is that the PT says that the stretch band provides “constant resistance” so long as the hands holding the other end of the band remain stable, but this isn’t really true. If you stretch a rubber band out, there is going to be more and more resistance the further you stretch it (until it breaks, anyway). The resistance at the beginning is light, and gets progressively heavier the more you pull.

Admittedly, this is pretty minor. The range of motion that a foot has isn’t very great, and so there won’t be a lot of difference in resistance between the beginning and the end of the motion. But it’s disturbing that a trained and certified PT would say something like this in the first place, when a simple, “Be sure to keep your hands in the same place” would be fine. I think that a lot of times people in positions of authority like doctors and physical therapists have a need to justify what they’re saying to their patients, and sometimes this can lead to a little trouble.

Think for yourself!

In any case, please, if you have a problem with your achilles tendon, plantar fascia or anything else, don’t just blindly trust what someone in a labcoat tells you. Use your common sense and try to think critically about what’s being said.

Author: Alex Nordach

The Real Cost of Plantar Fascia Pain

Ever wonder what the actual cost of an ongoing condition like plantar fasciitis is? There are some studies that have attempted to estimate it, but those numbers are probably low. For a better, more visceral idea of what the continued search for relief can cost, check out this post from someone who still hasn’t found the answer:

You ask what people have tried and the cost and effectiveness of those treatments. I’ve taken prescription NSAIDs ($10 per month, thanks to insurance). I’ve tried inexpensive shoe inserts from the store, which didn’t work. The thing that helped most was PT exercises which I found online (free). Unfortunately, that only lasted six months, then things got worse and I talked to my doctor ($20) who ordered an MRI (my share was $315, since I’d already met my insurance deductible). The doctor then referred me to a podiatrist ($20). The podiatrist had me get $50 orthotics and follow up in two months ($20). Those orthotics didn’t help, so the doctor measured me for $400 custom-made orthotics (not covered by insurance) and had me follow-up in another two months ($20), and again a year later ($30). Another four months later ($30). Along with the custom orthotics, I bought three pair of good-quality shoes that the orthotics will fit into ($170, $145, $110). I’d rate the effectiveness of orthotics about 80%, so long as I wear shoes all day every day. This requires extra carpet shampooing since we don’t typically wear shoes in our house. Add to that all the time and fuel required to go to all those appointments, the time to do the exercises, and ongoing pain. Recently the pain has increased, so I have another appt with the podiatrist scheduled, and might be told to try another expensive, ineffective treatment.

The page that the quote comes from is here (the second “reply” down from the top). Note that this person (a) has what appears to be some pretty good insurance and that (b) even though this list still isn’t exhaustive, it totals up to more than twelve hundred dollars (none of which, I’ll bet, came with a money-back guarantee). And the condition still isn’t healed.

Why? Well, I can’t say for sure, but I think I have a pretty good idea. Let me use a completely different example to make a point. Imagine that you have a toothache, and that the only remedy is to pull the tooth. You go to a dentist, lie back in the chair, get shot up with novocain and have your left bicuspid extracted. Now, if the problem was really with your left bicuspid, you’re golden. But if it was really the incisor that was causing the pain, you’re going to be in for an unpleasant surprise when you get home and the novocain wears off.

I’ve said it before, but since the Mayans were wrong and the world is still here I’ll say it again: The reason so many people fail to find relief from “plantar fasciitis” is that they don’t have plantar fasciitis in the first place. If you’re calling a condition by a name that suggests one problem but in fact you actually have a different problem, it stands to reason that no matter how many “cures” you try, you’re not going to get any better.

Here’s the deal: Any kind of “~itis” indicates inflammation, and inflammation by itself is usually pretty short-lived. A week or two at the most. If you’ve had plantar fascia pain for longer than that, the chances are very good (like, 95%) that your condition is plantar fasciosis, not plantar fasciitis. (Of course, you could have both at the same time. But in that case it’s the ~osis that’s causing the ~itis to flare up for so long.)

This is the main question for most people with persistent PF pain, so I created a quick and easy (and free!) plantar fascia test to help them make a more informed judgement on the matter. The test only takes a minute, and as you can see from the above, it might just save you a lot of time and money.

About the author:
Alex Nordach has been involved in the health and fitness industry for over 30 years.  His ebooks, Target Tendonitis and Target Plantar Fasciitis have sold thousands of copies world-wide and been translated into other languages.  If you have had tendonitis or plantar fasciitis for more than two weeks, chances are that your problem isn’t an “itis” but an “osis” – as in tendonosis or plantar fasciosis.  Check out the links above to learn more.

Author: Alex Nordach

Cortisone shots don’t work very well for plantar fasciitis

(I’m going to get a little technical with this post, but if you read past the boring part to get to the conclusion, I promise it’ll be worth your while.)

A recent study conducted in Melbourne, Australia and reported in BMJ (which used to stand for British Medical Journal, but now is just “BMJ”) shows that cortisone injections, while possibly good for a bit of plantar fasciitis pain relief in the short-term, just aren’t effective after about a month or so.

The study tracked 82 people who had plantar fascia inflammation, but not overall systemic inflammation.  These people were divided into two groups, with one group receiving a shot of dexamethasone sodium phosphate (a cortico-steroid, just like cortisone) and the other group getting a placebo shot.  The group that got the real shot reported a 10.9% percent decrease in pain at one month, but no statistically significant pain reduction at the two- or three-month markers.

The study concludes that cortisone injections are good for pain relief in the short-term, but not for the long term.  In other words, you can fool your body for a little while with these things, but not forever.

Okay, so here’s the good stuff.  First, the above has been reported pretty widely, but what I found most interesting wasn’t included in the study abstract.  If you get into the study itself, you’ll find that (1) about 75% of American physicians recommend using cortisone shots to treat plantar fasciitis, and (2) nowhere in the scientific literature has it really been established that these shots actually work.  (In fact, cortisone shots have been shown to be genuinely dangerous, but that’s another subject that you can read about in this post.)

Kind of strange, huh?  I mean, you would think that if all these doctors were recommending a particular kind of treatment, that treatment would at least have some pretty good science behind it…right?

Turns out that this isn’t the case.  I’m not going to go into all the reasons that your doctor might have for recommending something that doesn’t really work, but let’s face it: doctors are human and they can make mistakes just like anyone else.  A lot of times, they confuse plantar fasciitis with plantar fasciosis, which is a significant mistake when you’re trying to treat something.  Also, they’re really really busy, which doesn’t allow them to keep up with the latest research and studies.  (But if you’re reading this, and a doctor tells you to get one of these shots, now you can whip out the results of the best study done so far and see what s/he says.)

Sure, you might get a little pain relief for a short while…but let’s face it, even the people who reported an improvement only got about a ten percent reduction in pain with the shots.  And that was only for about a month.  After that the pain came back and they were just as badly off as they were without the shots.

Wouldn’t it make more sense to go with a treatment technique that actually has quite a bit of scientific evidence behind it?  And one that would actually get rid of the plantar fascia pain once and for all, rather than just temporarily “relieving symptoms”?  Fortunately there is such a treatment, and it’s available to anyone who has a little time to tend to their feet.  It doesn’t require any special equipment, and anyone can do it at home (or anywhere else, if you don’t mind showing your bare feet to strangers).  Furthermore, it comes with a money-back guarantee for 60 days, which is something that no doctor I know offers!

Of course, I’m talking about the ebook+video package that I sell on this site.  It’s called Target Plantar Fasciitis and Posterior Tibial Tendonitis, and I think that it’s the best thing going if you really want to take control of your foot pain.  But I don’t recommend it for everyone.  If you’re interested in buying it, please take the short (and totally free) one-minute test here before you do. It will show you what kind of PF pain you have, and whether or not the TPFPTT package will help you or not.

Author: Alex Nordach

Why is Ryan Mattheus going to get better before you do?

I ran across an interesting article recently.  It caught my eye because of two points, but I’ll let you read it before I tell you why I thought it was interesting:

Ryan Mattheus to visit specialist, will miss two weeks at worst

Washington Post (blog)

“By Adam Kilgore (Al Behrman – AP) Nationals reliever Ryan Mattheus will visit a specialist in Baltimore on Tuesday to determine the severity of plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Depending on the diagnosis, Mattheus could either return in time to …”


So what’s so intriguing here?  Well, one, the Nationals are confident that Mattheus is going to be cured of his plantar fasciitis within two weeks.  That’s not much time.  And two, it doesn’t matter how severe his condition is.  Two weeks is all it’s going to take.

Admittedly, Mattheus is a professional athlete, relatively young, and has access to some really good trainers.  But still, if you’ve been suffering from PF for weeks or months on end, you have to ask yourself why.  You’ve probably been to doctors and maybe done some internet research, but you still have the condition.  The answer is pretty simple: professional sports teams have access to better information than you do.  Or at least, they know which bits out of the overwhelming amount of conflicting data are really relevant and effective.

You could try getting in touch with a professional sports team trainer (very expensive, if you can even get to see one), or you could take a look around this blog and see that there’s very little hype and that everything is supported by science.  And then you could take a risk-free trail (everything is 100% guaranteed for 60 days) of the Target Plantar Fasciitis ebook + video package and see just how easy it is to get rid of long-term plantar fasciitis when you have the right information to work with.

Author: Alex Nordach

Keeping it real – alkalinity and tendon/fascia pain

I’ve been involved in the health and fitness industry for something over 30 years now, and no one can say that I don’t appreciate the good that the industry has done over the last few decades. People are getting out and moving more, and that goes a long way toward combatting the ill effects of today’s sedentary lifestyle.  And a lot of folks have become much more aware of what they’re putting into their mouths.  But if there’s one thing that makes me roll my eyes, it’s the exaggerated, unfounded claims that come with trying to sell something that’s exercise- or nutrition-related.

I’m not just talking about bodybuilder protein shakes (“Put 7,423 calories of PURE ENERGY into your body! Supermaxidynamize it! Gain slabs of muscle in only five short minutes!!!”), although the supplement industry’s claims are as outlandish as any. And I’m not just talking about the claims that various exercise disciplines make either – although some of them would put Joe Weider to shame. (I read one book on Pilates that actually seemed to suggest the exercises helped to immunize people against the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic.) No, the problem is everywhere. And remedies for tendon pain are no exception.

The specific point I want to talk about today has to do with one’s diet, and how alkaline it is. Recently I’ve seen some discussion–and even some articles–about how people have supposedly cured themselves of long-term tendon pain by changing up their diet to make it less acidic and more alkaline. The most generally recommended way to do this by eating more in the way of vegetables and less in the way of meat, especially red meat.

I fully agree that too much acidity in the body can make it easy for inflammation to occur, and as we all know, tendonitis/fasciitis are conditions of inflammation. But thinking that your diet alone is going to determine whether or not you get (or can cure) some sort of ~itis is sort of like thinking that replacing your tires is all you need to get you into the next town. Certainly, if your tires are old and worn it would be a good idea to get some new ones. But most people are going to need some other stuff as well…like some gas in the tank…and a battery under the hood.

Another point is that long-term tendon or fascia pain usually isn’t an ~itis at all, but an ~osis. Tendonosis/fasciosis means degeneration of the tissue itself, not inflammation, and you can eat all the vegetables you like but it won’t have any effect on the collagen fibers that make up both of these structures.

Nutrition experts tend to see everything in terms of diet, and exercise folks look at everything through the lens of movement. But this overloading of one or another facet of health obscures the truth. And the truth is this: a combined approach is the best, surest, and most complete way to eliminate persistent tendon or fascia pain.

Author: Alex Nordach

Cortisone shots and plantar fasciitis

Thinking about getting a cortisone shot for that plantar fascia pain? You might want to think again.

I was searching around in the PubMed archives (yes, I do this for fun) and came across the following abstract. I’ve been preaching against cortisone shots for a long time, but this study really made me shake my head. From the abstract:

From 1992 to 1995, 765 patients with a clinical diagnosis of plantar fasciitis were evaluated by one of the authors. Fifty-one patients were diagnosed with plantar fascia rupture, and 44 of these ruptures were associated with corticosteroid injection.

Wow. So of the people who actually had a rupture, over 85% were associated with some kind of corticosteroid injection. (There are a lot of different types of corticosteroids, so not all of these may have been cortisone. But since all of the options are chemically similar, they might as well have been.) This means that there’s a very good chance that if those patients hadn’t been injected, the overall rate of plantar fascia tearing might have dropped from 6.7% to slightly over 1%. In other words, going from an uncomfortable but treatable condition to a full-blown rupture (i.e., now you need surgery) was more than six times as likely to happen with a shot than without one.

If that right there isn’t enough to convince you, read on:

In most cases the original heel pain was relieved by rupture. However, these patients subsequently developed new problems including longitudinal arch strain, lateral and dorsal midfoot strain, lateral plantar nerve dysfunction, stress fracture, hammertoe deformity, swelling, and/or antalgia.

Okay, so you get pain relief from your plantar fasciitis…but then you develop a whole host of other problems. And if you don’t know what all the medical conditions above are, let me just say that a lot of them are a lot worse than plantar fasciitis.

At an average 27-month follow-up, 50% had good/excellent scores and 50% had fair/poor scores. Recovery time was varied. Ten feet were asymptomatic by 6 months post rupture, four feet by 12 months post rupture, and 26 feet remained symptomatic 1 year post rupture. Our findings demonstrate that plantar fascia rupture after corticosteroid injection may result in long-term sequelae that are difficult to resolve.

So your recovery chances are 50/50. And these academic researchers, who don’t have any particular ax to grind when it comes to one therapy or another (the study in question can be found here if you’re interested), end by saying that corticosteroid shots are basically a bad idea because they can cause worse conditions than the one they were intended to heal.

Yet, as we all know, doctors still like to prescribe them. It just doesn’t add up.

Before you try something that has been scientifically shown NOT to help, doesn’t it make sense to try something that’s been scientifically shown TO help? Especially if that something is cheaper? The techniques in my book have that scientific support (not to mention a whole host of real-world testimonials), but before you decide to order it I encourage you to take a free, one-minute test to see if they are right for your condition. No one therapy is right for everyone, and you want to make sure that something is a good fit for your particular condition before you spend any money.

Author: Alex Nordach