I just had to stop and write to congratulate you on 750,000 viewers. What a accomplishment. I think your wonderful and I am sooooo happy others do also. Please, please keep up the good work. It is appreciated. Your friend in Los Gatos Ca, Mary Reply
I just had to stop and write to congratulate you on 750,000 viewers. What a accomplishment. I think your wonderful and I am sooooo happy others do also. Please, please keep up the good work. It is appreciated.
Your friend in Los Gatos Ca, Mary
Thanks for being a part of it, Mary! And thanks for taking the time to drop a line! Onward and Upward!
750,000… WOW! You really do a great job, Steve, putting all the elements of wellness together. Keep up the good work!
Thanks Andrew! I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon!
Love your site and all of the updates. The info is so valuable! I will forward on as much as I can! Susan
Hi Dr. Steve,
I think what you are doing is great, and I appreciate all this information. One thing I would like to note though, is that not every practitioner who completed an ART training is as conscientious or as qualified as you are. I have an injury, and I used Active Release website’s locator that you had mentioned in a posted response to someone else. The site listed a chiropractor here in Maryland. I went and it was a horrible as well as expensive experience.
That chiropractor wanted to push through his treatment protocol regardless of my input and conducted turns and movements on me somewhat roughly without wanting to explain what he was doing. When I said something hurts he did not respond. My symptoms worsened from the next day and the bitter reminders with each twinge of pain made me feel I was taken in. When I called to cancel my follow-up appointments, interestingly, he didn’t bother to ask after any changes in my condition. Everything about that guy, his aggressive recruitment of patients, and his communication style was bad news for me.
I wanted to add that since incorporating some of the gentle exercises on your site, particularly practicing abdominal breathing, baby back, pushing away with palms posture correction, etc, I have been recuperating little by little. Thank you for your videos and site.
That’s great, J…keep it up!
Sorry you had a bad experience, J. I recommend ART practitioners because they all at least have some baseline training that I’m familiar with. Unfortunately there are some practitioners who sometimes lack good communication and listening skills. ART is a good method and I still recommend it.
I hope the next experience turns out better.
I helped push a pickup truck out of the driveway and the next day my shoulder was paining.
It’s been 3 months and still have pain when I move my arm straight up.
In the past you helped remove the pain of my Sciatica with your exercises.
What would you suggest for this shoulder?
Kim, I’m glad you got help from the sciatica exercise. If you need individual help I’m am opening up a coaching program soon where you can get my advice for specific issues. Be on the lookout for that. Until then you can search for the word “shoulder” on this blog and my youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/posturedoc
Hey Dr. Steve,
Are there any Chiropractors in the Springfield, MO area that specialize in the core wellness program that you use? Really like your website and the work you do.
Hi Dr. Steve,
I really enjoy and appreciate your work. I’m an LMT, so of course like you, I work with CPS constantly. I regularly refer clients who really want to make a change to your site for additional information and support– thank you!
My questions are about “flat spots” in the thoracic spine.
Do you have any “flat-spot”-specific ideas for exercises or movements that encourage the curves to rectify?
Also, do you have any hands-on advice for the LMT’s out there working this condition?
Thank you so much and have a wonderful vacation in Mexico! Salud!
Hi Dr Steve
i just saw your posture youtubes for sitting at a desk .
You mention using a stand up desk
Do you have a video clip of how you set this up effectively
Many Thanks for your time
Hi Dr. Steve.
I've had MS for 18 years (rr). Three months ago the amount of time changed on my job that I would be on my feet. Leading up to that time I knew that I would need to get in better shape for it but I failed to do so. Six weeks ago the lower portion of my left leg and the bottom of my left foot went numb along with insignificant pain in my butt. I saw my neuro and she is blaming MS. Brain, T spine and lumbar mri's were all taken. All are fine. No new or active lesions. She thinks it's a pseudo flair but there are new symptoms, which to me would not make it a pseudo flair…I could be wrong.
I really feel that something else is going on and I'm not throwing in the towel. I saw a chiropractor a few days ago. He viewed the film and said that I have a small disc bulge on that side, which sounds right to me. He also observed me doing the chair exercise THE WRONG WAY. I saw your video and you explained the correct way to do a piriformis stretch…wow.
I am well aware that the disease progresses but certain things are giving me some hope. When I do the piriformis stretches along with my thigh muscles the sensation feels better in my foot afterward. When I sit down the numbness comes back….so now I'm back to square one! This NEVER happened when my knee would go numb in the past. Sitting down was comfort for me.
I forgot to mention that when I sit and lay down the numbness intensifies which makes my day to day extremely difficult. Up to about a week ago my foot and back of my knee would swell up (which is not ms). I started taking ground flaxseed and the swelling has stopped.
I will continue to do these stretches, I'm sure it will take some time. Am I wrong to continue to search for more answers?
No, you’re not wrong for searching for more answers, Artie! Check out the post on the side glide to check for disc issues http://www.gettoyourcore.com/side-glide/ and also search for “disc” in the search box on this site for more info.
I’m glad you got the hip stretch figured out.
Check out the training / coaching course info for more individualized help and lots more indepth training at http://www.reversecpsnow.com/course-enroll-2013
Keep the faith, Artie!
Hi Dr. Steve,
Just watched your video on youtube (Piriformis Stretch For Back Pain and Sciatica…Done Right!). It seems very helful specially with the good tips about straightening the back… I manage to start doing this excersise since i think i have piriformis syndrome due to a lot of biking and improper bike fitting and shitty saddle.
Do you think that could cause piriformis syndrome?
My question also is how many times should I do such exercise in a day and for how long should I keep the piriformis muscle stretched each time?
Thank you very much
Lots of causes, Ali…but that is a lot of pressure on your rear end for long periods of time. Ergonomics should be improved. Just go to the stretch and breathe. relax a little deeper into it with every exhale, repeat until you hit your end range…usually 5 to 10 breaths.
Steve!!! (Dr. Steve!)
I just discovered you on the net. Your explanations are so clear. The gift of clarity.
Shoulder pain – bursitis? Crossed posture syndrome. Miobalance. Great video on your other website. I hope to find relief and healing in my left shoulder, tending to my posture with Miobalance.
It's great meeting you. Hope to keep following you and feeling better in shoulder – back – posture.
All the best!!!
Eduardo. Mexico City, Mexico.
It all starts with a strong and stable center, Eduardo! Glad you’re liking the content.
Hi Dr. Steve, I've been enjoying your videos for some time now. Even though I don't always try everything demonstrated, they're a great addition to my wellness arsenal. I've acquired a foam roller and wonder if you can recommend a video demonstrating what to do with it. Somehow I missed that demonstration in your recent video, and would like something a little more comprehensive. Thank you!
I cant find you on cardsapp, how can I find you?
Thanks Steve for helping me to get myself "straightened up"!! 🙂 see you and Rebecca soon!
I have just found your informative and promising video clips and subsribed to your blog. I wondered if you have addressed teh "foot drop" symptom presumably due to a bulging L5-S1 disc pinching the nerve root. I am trying the hip glide excercise – do you think that may help?
Possibly…keep monitoring strength as you do the move and make sure to get a solid orthopedic / neurological eval to discover the source of the weakness.
Having been diagnosed with FS, I just tried your shoulder exercise (leaning into a bar with inside leg lift) WOW! I really did think that it should be easier than months upon months of PT. But OMG! This is brilliant. Instantly I am able to now raise my arm overhead farther than ever in years. PT has helped my shoulder thaw … but just didn't seem to address this one overhead issue at all. I can see that with further work I will recover completely and feel so grateful. Just the little bit of insight you provided made so much sense and is THE crucial difference. Thank you SO MUCH for your sharing, wisdom and understanding of the issue.
Wow that’s fantastic, Judith! Sometimes the brain just needs that “push away” intention to reset the proper movement pathways. Keep us posted on your progress!
Thank you, Dr. Steve, for taking the time to create all of your videos and answer questions–I truly appreciate your help. You're compassion for others should be the model for all healthcare practitioners….
I recently watched Piriformis Stretch For Back Pain and Sciatica…Done Right! (Part 2), but was unable to perform the stretch. I have two bone spurs in my right leg–one is in my right hip, the other at the top of my right femur. In addition, I have never been able to sit cross-legged, even as a child. My flexibility in that leg is so very limited, that I can't even bend it enough to rest it on my other leg to perform the stretch. Having said that I wonder if you can make a suggestion for an alternate move to help with the piriformis/sciatica issue I am also having in that leg. I'm 5' 4" and 115 lbs., eat an organic diet and do all I can to stay well, but my right leg causes me so much pain, it wakes me up at night and I can barely exercise.
Thank you again for your time, help and concern!
I am doing your piriformis stretch and just started, so have no comments yet. I do have a question though. I go to a Pain Clinic and about every 4 months get a cortisone/novacaine injection direction into the sacroiliac-iliac joint for lower back pain which is severe. This helps me greatly for awhile and we are thinking of nerve ablation in the future. I am 82 and in perfect health except for degenerative discs. One is herniated.
The injections relieve everything EXCEPT the right upper gluteal muscle and the doc said it was either greater trocanter bursitis or piriformis. MRI of course doesn't show this.
I am uncertain as to whether to do the piriformis stretch every morning or the disc because I am not sure which is causing the pain. Can they both be done? Thank you for any advice.
Piriformis stretch can be done without irritating the disc if your back is COMPLETELY straight when doing it.
Hi Dr. Steve — A week and a half ago I broke my heel bone. I was on the third step of a ladder and reached for something that I’d dropped. I felt I was loosing my balance. The ladder was on a tile deck and I had no shoes on. In an instant I decided I didn’t want to fall left where I’d land on a small wrought iron table before hitting the tile and falling onto my left shoulder, elbow, wrist and who knows what else. I thought the better option would be to jump backwards off the ladder. I did that and landed directly on my right heel, shattering the bone in a number of places. The orthopedic doctor said I didn’t need surgery or a cast. He has me in a splint which I can take off when I’m in the house and very careful. I can put NO weight on my heel for 6 to 8 weeks. I rented a knee scooter which is wonderful but it’s very hard not being able to walk around and getting no exercise. I’m trying to eat extra protein for my bones.
Any suggestions would be most welcome.
Thanks for your You Tube videos, I battle with a lot of lower back pain.
I’m tall – 6ft5 and I struggle with my back. I am a graphic designer
so I’m working at the computer most of the day. I also get a lot of
tension and back pain in my higher back (Infraspinatrus).
I was really dumb and picked up a washing machine on my own
two weeks ago and injured my lower back. Going for Physio today.
Hey I noticed you don’t seem to have a logo. Please feel free to contact me
I will be happy to create one for you at a reasonable price. Just pop me an email
and we can chat.
Best Regards, and keep it up!
I also suffer from migraine headaches and I find there’s a link between migraines and back and neck tension.
So your stuff helps!!! Thanks a million.
really helped my lower back pain,it disappeared. thanks so much, please email me with news and updates. thank you, jonathan burch
Hello: I just signed up for “Reverse CPS Now”. I like the videos I have viewed.. They make sense and your instructions are explained very well. I also like your relaxed tone of voice. Your voice is very encouraging.
Even though the exercises are difficult for me right now, your voice, movements and explanation of the movements make me feel the exercises were doable. I am 73 years old, overweight and very stiff. I have a tear in the lateral meniscus of my right knee (is this the same as a tear in the cartilage?) and am hesitant about sitting/getting up from the floor and crossing my knees when I sit on the floor or bed.
What is your opinion of the Sit/Rise exercise (without hands) for someone in my condition? I realize that you cannot give medical advice, but I would just like to hear your opinion on the SRT that is talked about very much now.
I am going to do the “Reverse CPS Now”. It sounds like I could use this as a start to get my mental, nervous system and body in line with each other. Do you send out e-mails to people that have signed up for this procedure? Thank you for the videos. I found them very practical and real. Mary
No need to attempt the sit to rise with no support for someone in your condition. Pushing off with a hand and knee is perfectly fine. Yes, when you sign up for the fundamentals here on the blog or for the paid course you get follow up emails to keep you motivated and moving forward.
Hi Mary, just enter your name and email at http://www.gettoyourcore.com/cps
Dear Dr Steve,
Greetings; I am a lower leg amputee in fairly good shape.
I watched you vidoe of getting up from the ground but omitted to show what stoodas a back up, s urdy chair or a wheeelchair.
My problem caused from fear more than anthing else, is HOW DO I GET DOWN TO THE FLOOR FROM A WHEELCHIAR WITH MY PROSTHESIS.
iINOW HAVE AN IDEA OF HOW TO GET UP BUT NEED BOTH.
DO YOU HAVE A VIDEO THAT SHOWS THE PROCESS IN FULL OF GETTING DWON TO A FLOOR EXCERCISE MAT AND GETTING BACK UP EITHER ONTO A CHAIR OR WHEELCHAIR,
MANY THANKS FOR YOUR HELP,
Sorry I do not, Christine. Knowing what type of prosthesis would be helpful in planning future content.
Dear Dr. Steve. I have suffered from Periformus syndrome/ Sciatica for several years. I manage my condition with regular exercise. I just saw you demonstrate a seated stretch on Youtube that isolates the posterior capsule. your approach to this stretch with a straight back makes all the difference. Instant relief. Thank you very much.
It’s a good one. Glad you got good benefit, Bob.
Good Afternoon Dr. Steve.
A couples of weeks ago I started to present sciatic problems on my right leg, and 1 week ago when I was fixing the crib of my baby I hurt more my back, accordingly with the orthopedic specialist that I visited a week ago (the same that gave me a shot of diclofenaco) I have a herniated disc (L5-S1) I take all the medicines possible but I still having a lot of pain…. and I would like to know if you can suggest me any exercises to decrease the pain on my right but and my leg. Thank you and best regards
Hi Andres, sorry you’re having trouble. If you put “disc” in the search box on the site here you’ll come up with lots of help. A good place to start is https://www.gettoyourcore.com/side-glide/
If you need more help and want to prevent future problems, join us inside CWI at https://www.reversecpsnow.com
I am having L4-L5 disc bulge from past 4 years, due to which my nerve is pinched, and there is less power and sensation in my right leg. My pain levels are not high and I had dapted to live a very sedentary lifestyle. As any heavy activity increases pain and burning sensation. Previous month pain increased suddenly both in back and leg. Back become very stiff and I was not even able to bend. In the mri report it showed a mild bulge at L5-S1 level and L4xL5 bulge was still there. Lumbar lordosis is lost completely. Pain level reduced in a week and I was back at same level. All these years I was doing exercise for my back. For the past month after the sudden increase in pain I stopped doing exercise and I started again yesterday. This time I changed the exercises and I tried slide glide exercise told by you. I did it 4-5 times in past 24 hours with sphinx 2-3 times. My pain level in leg has reduced drastically and burning sensation has also reduced a lot. But now my lower back has become very stiff. I experience a lot of pain in my lower back when I try to bend forward. Earlier while bending there was no pain in back but small pain and burning sensation in leg after bending continuously for 4-5 minutes.
While doing slide glide I feel no pain even I feel a bit relaxed and better. However in sphinx I experiece a stress in back.
Shall I continue to do the exercises or should I stop them. Please give me your advice.
Hi Dr. Hoffman,
I’m very interested in your CWI course/membership. I am fortunate in that I do not yet have any chronic pain issues, but I know have CPS (upper and lower). Have any of your members/patients provided before/after photos of their natural posture? I’ve read lots of wonderful things about people’s pain improving through your program, but since I am very much interested in improving posture, I’d love to see some images of people who have had success.
I was wondering if your stretch exercise on u-tube the same core exercise as Emily Larks on her program? I am tired of having to dish out money for a few little movements. I appreciate that stretch you showed on the u-tube it helped me a great deal. I hope you have a few more. Thank you Debbie Rajotte
just came across your website through one of your you tube videos.
This all sounds very interesting and I will definitely peruse it further. Wondering wether you have any input on undoing years and years of sitting at a desk, not having a clue what this would do to the body, particularly the core and glutes.
Just within the last year I am finding out how damaging this is. I have been an avid runner and lately cyclist for 20+ years and thought well, I will run in my lunch time, I will bike to work, in short do whatever I can to counteract the effects of sitting. Not realizing how bad the damage already was. Started noticing my quads not feeling pumped after cycling, no strength in the posterior to walk up steps, upper body getting tighter and core weaker. I was basically trying to sit upright, but not with my core , but upper body. In the end ended up with back pain, bulging disc and degeneration lumbar spine. Have since been blessed with a new job where I am not as sedentary and things are a lot better. But hugely struggling with glute activation. Not sure if due to the sciatic nerve being affected in my back and not asking for a diagnosis here. But I have worked so hard at trying to activate the glute med on the right side, but it’s just not staying. Because of that whatever other muscles takes over for the glute med is pressing on the sciatic nerve causing pain. The glutes on the left are pretty lame, too. I have tried to loosen up the hip flexors and psoas and quads. Foam rolling and ball rolling to a point where I am sick and tired of it. But it seems that my body just wants to be in the sitting position. To my question: an ideas on how to retrain the whole lower region/ core? Is it even possible? One day I think I got it, the next day get super frustrated because it seems like all the effort has made not difference. Any input greatly appreciated.
Saw your you tube video where you explain how to activate the deep hip muscles to increase pelvic height, but I don’t I am quite getting it.
Dr. Steve, I just wanted to take the time to say Thank YOU! It is long overdue. I appreciate your videos. In 2014 I was diagnosed with the painful Sciatica. It was hard to walk, very painful. I felt like I was 200 yrs old.
I was rear-ended at a stoplight back then so that just added more to my pain. I was prescribed the evil Tramadol for 6 months. It took five more medications to Wean Off of that evil drug, and then I had to Wean off of the “Weaning Medication”…yes 5 total. I was a mess. It was a horrible experience. I did lots of research and found your videos on Youtube.
I like your style of teaching. I did the painful stretches until they were no longer painful anymore. 2019 I have never looked back. I have not experienced any painful symptoms since 2014. I am not on any pain medications…don’t need them…nor will I ever take them again. I know better now.
I Thank you a million times. You are heaven-sent. I appreciate you.
Blessing to you, love & white light
Interested in core strength and transitions.