Immediate relief

Movements

The single most important thing I learned to beat the pain with is movement. If you learn how to move, you enable your body to heal itself. And if you learn how not to move, you'll keep from constantly compounding your pain. Everyday your body has things healing it and damaging it, and if you can tip the balance so healing > damaing, you will feel better.

The movements I'm talking about have a 2000 year history tied to medicine. I used to see people doing these movements and have no idea why they did them. It seemed a little like dancing in a strange way. Then I trained with master from Shanghai to learn them. It took many months to understand why and how to do them, but I noticed each week that went by I was improving. I was also far more aware of where the pain was coming from, and how to manage it when it came. My simple goal here is to help get you out of pain by training you how to do these moves. While it is always better to train with a master live and in person, there's a gap in finding people close to you, or if you're in pain it might be impossible to travel or pay the expense. Here is a list of trainers, in case you are in an area where this is possible.



6 minute daily routine

Everyday, often multiple times per day, I do this routine to help keep the pain away, or even reduce it on those days when it comes back. There's a full 6 minute video here, as well as each move broken down. Each move here is martial art - you will get better as you practice it.



Other movements

The 6 minute routine is a distillation of many move available moves. I will be providing additional moves here, but for now can point you to resources that are already available.



Acupuncture

I'm going to sound critical here, but it comes from my direct experience. After trying many, many acupuncturists, there is only one branch of acupuncture I found that led to me feeling substantially better, with immediate results. That branch is called "Five Element", and unfortunately there are not a lot of acupuncturists with the training. JR Worsley is the guy behind it all, but he passed in 2003. There is an institute underway that is focused on buiding an institutional base now and called Lingshu Institute, based in San Francisco. I truly hope it attracts the best minds to continue the magic. The founder here was the healer behind Scott Forstall's recovery, and has cured so many other people.



Medications

The first thing every Western doctor will do is prescribe medicine. While I think there's a place and time for medicine, it's use is completely out of control and may be causing you more damage than relief. Further, most all medicines are meant to be taken for very short spells, like a few weeks, not continuously for years as they so often end up. Since I'm not a doctor, I won't recommend what to take and what not to. Just know every medication you take is taxing your liver and kidneys, meaning they have less ability to heal you because they are so busy trying to process the medication in your bloodstream. My first course of action was to get off everything the Western doctors had put me on, and in conjunction with acupunture, after a few weeks I was noticeably in better shape. Then I trained in the movements and have never looked back. Why so many people are on medications that they simply don't need is something we must address as a society.



Massage

Massage can help along the way. Many times your muscles just won't let go, and unti they do, your are stuck. You can fix this through a mixture of movements, acupuncture, and massage. But massage on its own is not the answer, and tends to be a very short term fix. It's also a pretty expensive habbit. I found after learning about all these acupunture points, what a block feels like, and then how these movements can unblock you, that massage become much less critical and instead I can rely on movements.



Resting

This is one of those areas I'm still really angry about. Doctors would do their small piece of treatment and then tell me to go rest. So I'd go lay on the couch or floor. Little did I realize that movement is actually a critical part of healing. Instead I was just withering away, with my muscles getting less strong, and my circulation in general getting worse. The advice should have been this: rest, but move around often in ways that won't injure you (see the movements above).



But I still have to go to work - help!

If at all possible, I recommend reducing your stressload while you are trying to get better. That might mean scaling back on hours, and shifting to a different kind of job temporarily or permanently. I went all in and actually took nearly a year off with great results. But if you can't do that, I highly recommend putting together a plan that covers the following:

  • Reduce work stress as much as possible
  • Sleep whatever amount you need
  • Choose a diet that helps reduce inflamation (e.g. cut sugar and caffeine out)
  • Do your movements all the time, many times a day
  • Carefully read the "Avoid these things!" section and stick to it



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