Another testimonial for Target Tendonitis

I received an email the other day from a Target Tendonitis customer. His name is Anton, and he’s a professional level violinist.

Here’s the email, slightly edited:

Hello Alex,

Just wanted to share some updates and ideas, so you can help more people:

Your exercises definitely work, and healed about 95% of the issue, allowing me to get back to normal.

What I find hard to ignore are strong anecdotal benefits of creatine and collagen supplementation that I have discovered when I actually wasn’t trying those supplements for my hand, I tried them for something else, creatine for exercise, and collagen for skin etc. I did not change any other parameters in my diet or lifestyle or exercise routine, but upon starting creatine I noticed several times that my hand is stronger and feels better in general. This was a sudden change exactly when I started creatine. I would say my hand went to like 97% normal. Then several months later I tried collagen and repeatedly again noticed that my hand is nearing 98-99% total healing and is definitely more pain free and stronger than before collagen.

Joint supplements help, but they help more just for my stretching and demanding hand work during the violin playing which is tough on aging joints. With these supplements I feel like I’m 18. My hand recovers instantly, I can play all day the hardest pieces.

Hope all is well,
Anton Polezhayev

You can listen to Anton playing in this video. (Do yourself a favor and check it out. He’s really good!)

As for the benefits of the supplements Anton mentioned, I’d like to give my own opinion. First, there is no doubt that creatine works. It is the most-studied bodybuilding supplement in existence (maybe the most studied, period), and both anecdotal and clinical evidence is overwhelming. Creatine works for building muscle.

However, tendons are made of collagen, and collagen takes over 200 days to regenerate, even in young, healthy subjects. So to say that creatine produces an immediate (and noticeable) effect on tendon health is, to my mind, a pretty bold claim. I think that something else is probably happening instead. When you have a tendon issue, you of course try to avoid using a particular bodypart in a particular manner. As a result, the muscles attached to the affected tendon will atrophy to a certain extent. My feeling is that when the Target Tendonitis exercises made it possible for Anton’s tendons to heal, his muscles were still somewhat in “catch up mode” and hadn’t yet recovered 100%.

Enter creatine. There’s no question it works, and any bodybuilder will tell you that the results are almost immediate. So when Anton started taking it, it produced an immediate and noticeable effect on the muscles, which then led to better playing and enhanced recovery.

Again, there’s no question that creatine works for muscles. And it’s cheap. (You can get a kilo of my favorite version here, for instance, for about sixteen bucks.) No one has an allergy to it. So if you’re having some trouble healing up that last little bit, try some.

As for supplementing with collagen, my feeling is that it simply doesn’t work. I’m planning to write a fairly long post giving my reasons, but basically I don’t see a mechanism for ingested collagen to somehow travel through the body intact and then “join up” with tendon collagen to help repair the tissue. Basically, taking collagen for tendon pain (or smoother skin, or repair of any collagen structure in the body) is about like eating bull testicles and hoping that it improves your potency. (There’s another very good write-up here that you can read if you like. It’s a little heavy on the scientific jargon, but the author’s take on the issue is exactly correct.) Furthermore, there is no scientific evidence that I know of supporting the idea.

But again, lot’s of people seem to swear by it, so maybe there’s something there. And as with creatine, the stuff is cheap and widely available. So if you feel like it might help, feel free to try it out. If you do, please let me know via a comment on this thread how things worked out for you.

Customer Testimonial for Target Tendonitis

So guy down in Mexico, Carli, who is a life coach and in amazing physical condition, wrote and asked for help resolving a tendonopathy (just a fancy word for an unspecified tendon issue). He knows a lot about bodies on his own, does Ironman races and so on, and had taken the Tendon Test on this website to determine what his problem actually was. The indication was not tendonitis at all, but seemed more likely to be tendonosis.

Still, after trying some of my exercises for a couple of weeks, Carli wasn’t seeing the results he’d hoped for. So he sent me a message and asked for some specific advice. Customer support is part of selling a product, and I don’t mind giving individual advice (within reason!) if someone has a question about the content of my ebook or videos. And I mind even less if they’re not getting the results they want, because what I want is happy customers! After all, the whole point of my putting up this website and writing the ebook is to help people. If I can’t do that, there’s no reason to stay in business.

It turned out that I needed Carli to make a video of the exact exercises he was doing for his de Quervain’s Syndrome problem. With today’s technology, a lot of times it’s just easier to show me what the problem is than try to describe it in an email or text. After reviewing his video, I gave him my opinion about what was going on with his body. Basically, I suspected that his problem may not be tendon issue at all, and so I recommended that he see a medical specialist for a professional opinion. While I don’t have a super-high opinion of how doctors generally approach tendonopathies, there is no question that they have excellent specialized knowledge of conditions that can be mistaken for a tendon problem (like nerve impingement, arthritis, cartilage degeneration, etc.) by a layperson. Carli sent me back this very nice reply:

That’s great feedback, Alex. I’ll try an appointment with a MD and see what they say. I’ll also continue with the exercises and monitor any change. And yes, I’m 43 (thx for the “late 30’s” guess hehe), so even though I’m in top shape the body doesn’t take what it could at 25.

I’m determined to get better, so I’m sure I will, one way or another.

Thank you once again for taking the time to read, watch, and reply. It really shows you’re passionate about what you do and that you care for your clients & readers. I’ll be sure to point anyone with similar troubles your way.

Blessings, and have a great week!
Carli

The jury is still out on what exactly Carli’s issue is. But I’ll be here to help as much as I can, and between my knowledge and the help of an MD, there is every chance that he’ll fix his problem once and for all.

Another satisfied customer

I got a very nice email this morning from a customer named Evan. Evan is a guitarist, and musicians quite often develop tendon issues because of all the repetitive practice that they have to do in order to master their instruments. After asking about some other stuff, Evan wrote the following:

It seems my tendonitis/nosis issues have almost completely cleared up. It’s amazing, I’ve been playing the guitar for 2 hours a day for the past couple of weeks
without any pain, just some mild fatigue sometimes at the end of the day. I can’t believe it, it’s taken me 15 years to find something that let me play guitar without any issues. amazing!

I know from personal experience just how frustrating it can be to deal with a long-term tendon issue, but man…fifteen years! Fortunately, Evan didn’t give up when misdiagnoses and conventional treatments let him down. He kept looking around until he found a solution that worked.

One thing people fail to understand is that nature designed the human body to work, and work well, for quite a long time. If you take care of your body, there’s no reason that it should start to give you pain or discomfort until very old age. Pain, especially the slow, creeping pain that comes with tendonosis, exists to let you know that something is wrong, not that there is an irreparable, catastrophic break. Of course, if you never do anything about it then a small problem can very easily turn into a big one. But if you have access to the proper methods of rehabilitation and nutrition, your body will fix itself in a relatively short amount of time.

Speaking of nutrition, Evan wanted to ask something else:

Quick question for you since I’ve read that you’re big on [a supplement I recommend in Target Tendonitis]. In your experience, do people generally need to
keep taking it forever or do most people scale down the amount they
take? I’ve been taking it 3 * 3 times a day and noticed a little ache
start to come back when I ran out so I haven’t tried easing myself off
it yet. Any thoughts on that?

Once you’ve injured a bodypart, especially soft tissue like a tendon, it is unfortunately the case that it will remain more prone to re-injury than other areas. So yes, it’s probably a good idea to keep taking a low dose of [the supplement], and also throw in a couple sets of the recommended exercises once or twice a week just for maintenance purposes, even after you’ve fully recovered.

If–like Evan–you’ve been suffering from tendon pain for more than a couple of weeks, it’s almost certain that your problem isn’t “tendonitis”, no matter what anyone has told you. I have a test on this website that is designed specifically to give you a real answer to what kind of tendon pain you have. (Don’t worry: not only does it take less than a minute, it’s completely free. You don’t even have to give your email address.) You can find it here. If you’re tired of icing and resting and taking aspirin and still not getting better, do yourself a favor and check it out. It might just be the best minute you’ve spent since you injured your tendon.

It pays to know what the real problem is

I had 3 years of grief 2006 to 2009 but I’m committed to [the exercise program] and 4 weeks in there’s good progress.

– Mark

Comments like the above really piss me off. Don’t get me wrong – I love getting emails that tell me my program has helped someone who wasn’t getting helped before. But to spend THREE YEARS of one’s life in pain? What a shame, and what a huge waste of time.

The real problem, as I see it, is that the medical community simply isn’t bothering to keep up with the ongoing march of information. In a way, this is understandable. In The Checklist Manifesto (which is a really interesting book), author and surgeon Atul Gawande makes the point that medical knowledge is now roughly doubling every single year. And no doctor can keep up with all that. But you would think that someone in the AMA or CDC one of the government’s alphabet soup departments that are tasked with overseeing the medical industry, SOMEONE would realize that what is commonly called “tendonitis”…isn’t.

Matrix tendonitis

After all, the research has been there for a decade and a half now. It was back in the year 2000 that a scientist named K. M. Khan and his colleagues made the point that there can be no tendonitis (or any “itis”) without inflammation, and there can be no inflammation without the four classic symptoms (which have been known since antiquity). These are: pain, redness, swelling and heat. Any layperson can very easily do a self-check to see if they have them or not. How a doctor, a person trained in medicine and supposedly a specialist in the field, can look at a patient and, NOT seeing all of these signs, still make a diagnosis of inflammation is really puzzling.

Matrix Tendonosis

Tendonitis is inflammation, and if you are in basic good health inflammation will generally go away on its own within about two weeks. But tendonosis is a different story. In medicine, an “osis” indicates a degeneration of the tissue involved. With tendonosis, the collagen fibers that make up your tendon are developing knots, breaking down, and generally not performing correctly, thus causing you pain. You can fix tendonosis you take the right steps, but it is a much more serious condition than tendonitis, and left untreated can result in having to have surgery to repair what will ultimately be a ruptured tendon. And nobody wants that.

So if you’ve been told that you have “tendonitis”, but rest, icing, aspirin and so on aren’t making it go away, do yourself a favor and take my free, one-minute tendon test and see what’s really going on. Just answering a few easy questions about your condition will tell you what your tendon problem actually is. And that could literally save you years of frustration and pain. Because it’s very hard to treat a condition that you don’t even know what to call, and when you don’t understand the real problem in the first place.

Another testimonial

I haven’t published one of these in a while, but the testimonials keep coming in for Target Tendonitis.  Here’s one from a guy who has had quite a number of tendon issues:

Greetings,

Purchased your program.

I’ve been applying [the recommended exercises] to my very complicated tendonosis profile for about a week and a half.  I anticipate several more weeks of application before I can realistically consider working out again.  Still, I’m performing “everyday” movements again and that is HUGE.  If I’m understanding the material, it’s possible to tailor the exercises to fit virtually any circumstance.  Find the movement that causes pain and “reverse engineer it.”

Your videos are excellent and I keep coming back to them.  Tendonosis seems to behave like a contagion in the body and it’s so helpful to keep coming back to solid reference points.  I’ll check back in a few weeks.  So far, much, much more progress than I would have imagined within the time frame.

Terry Maness

Terry’s tendon pain started in one of his elbows and “exploded” (his word) all up and down his arm from there, from forearm to shoulder. But he is exactly right in that the techniques given in Target Tendonitis can be adapted to tendon issues in any part of the body. Terry has taken his symptoms one at a time and applied the correct sort of exercise to them, with the above results. I’m confident that in a few more weeks he’ll be able to get back into the gym and resume his workouts without much problem at all…and more importantly, no permanent loss of strength.

In my videos, I give 90 minutes of specific instruction showing exercises that you can do for all the parts of the body that are most commonly apt to suffer from tendon problems. An hour and a half is quite a bit of time to go through the main joints and attachments, so the videos are pretty thorough. But still, it’s impossible to put out a video for every imaginable point that might suffer from tendonosis, so the materials also show you how to design your own specific exercises specially tailored to your own tendon pain.  There’s a text explanation of the principles in the ebook, and for people who learn best by watching someone else do something, I take you through the exact process on-camera in the videos.

While tendons themselves are pretty generic (regardless of what some people might tell you, they’re all pretty much the same; there’s nothing special about an elbow tendon versus a hip tendon), the fact is that people are individuals. Factors such as bone length, tendon insertion points, age, general health, lifestyle, type of work and so on can make a certain exercise effective for one person, but not for another. So I feel it’s important to help educate people on how to help themselves.  I’ve tried to make it so that after you go though the Target Tendonitis materials, there won’t be any question at all about how best to attack your tendon pain.

However, there are several different classifications of tendon pain.  And I don’t want you to order anything from me without there being a good chance that my materials are going to do you some good.  That’s why I’ve put together a tendon test that’s completely free and will only take one minute (literally) of your time.  You can see for yourself whether Target Tendonitis is right for your specific case before deciding to order.

 

 

A Nice Testimonial

Here’s a testimonial that I received via email a few days ago:

I am writing you to give you my thanks. I am a 24 year old male who has suffered from pain in my left wrist for 2 years before I found you’re book target tendonitis.

I tried everything you can think of. All the doctors visits, MRI’s, and steroid shots could not fix the pain. I considered surgery many times. As a last ditch effort I found your book and the program in it.

Now let’s fast forward a couple months. I am now back in the gym, lifting weight like I used to, with no pain. You have helped me beyond words. It’s funny how such a simple idea can trump the multitude of doctors visits I had. It is proof that a little self research and alternative therapy goes a LONG way.

Thank you very much for helping to give me my life back. Working out is very important to me and I was not the same person without the gym.

Thank you for sharing the knowledge,
Preston

The above was completely unsolicited, and is typical of the results that people who have stubborn tendon pain can expect when they use my system. I say “my” system, but the method has been known now for at least a decade, and there are more than a hundred scientific studies that have been done proving that it works (some of which I list at the end of Target Tendonitis). For some reason, though, the medical community hasn’t picked up on it yet…maybe because they’d prefer you to keep coming in for cortisone shots? I don’t know.

Like Preston says, a little self-research can go a long way, especially today when medical visits cost so much. But even if they cost nothing at all, who wants to get involved with all the time and hassle of going to a doctor’s office when you can usually fix tendon pain by yourself, on your own schedule, and without having to travel anywhere?

If you think that such a cure doesn’t really exist, I invite you to have a look at the testimonial pages that are shown on the right-hand side of this site. Just like Preston above, men and women of all ages have benefited from the treatment protocol laid out in Target Tendonitis, and I’ve gotten some pretty amazing testimonials to show for it. (Some even come from medical professionals!)

Another testimonial

The following is a testimonial that was freely given by a client named Jan Manzanero. It highlights the problems that can occur when a tendon issue is misdiagnosed as inflammation – usually the doctor tells you it’s “tendonitis”, but in this case the verdict was tenosynovitis, which is inflammation of the sheath around the tendon. Of course, estimates by people who study this problem say that the chances are up to 95% that it’s really tendonosis if you’ve had the pain for more than a few weeks and it hasn’t responded to NSAIDs, icing and rest.

But I’ll let Jan speak for herself:

Hello, Alex. I have intended to write you back for some time.

I found your book through a search when I didn’t like the direction my care was going. An orthopedic doctor had diagnosed me with de Quervain’s tenosynovitis of the right wrist, and had given me a cortisione shot. He also prescribed a gel that made me dizzy, and I went to three sessions of physical therapy. The therapist applied heat for 30 minutes while she chatted with other clients, and then made a wrist brace to immobilize the joint. That was the plan: completely immobilize it. She said she had had the same condition, and had recovered by this method. By the third session, it was no better, my hand was getting alarmingly weak, and I was in tears. This seemed to alarm her, as well, and she recommended I return to the doctor. The doctor had already given me the protocol: try the cortisone shot, gel, and physical therapy, and if none of that works, surgery. There was no way I would consent to surgery, so I began an internet search…

Through continued searching, I found your book and felt improvement almost immediately using your methods. I continue to use the principles for occasional flare-ups of right wrist pain, as well as problems in several other areas, as needed. It has been a great help! The best part is that I am avoiding unnecessary therapies and pain killers, and — worst of all — surgery! Thank you so much for the book. I wish more medical professionals would employ these methods.

Sincerely,
Jan Manzanero

Deep down, people generally know when something isn’t working for them. Presented with a therapy plan that clearly didn’t work for her, Jan was courageous enough to take matters into her own hands and searched until she found a real answer.

If you’re suffering from long-term tendon pain, it’s critically important that you understand the real nature of your condition. To help out with this, I’ve put together a tendon test that can help diagnose your problem in less than a minute.

Not only is it completely free, it might actually save you quite a bit of time and money that would otherwise be wasted on pursuing useless therapies that result from a misdiagnosis. So take a minute of your time and see how much useless pain and suffering you can save yourself.

An amazing testimonial

If you’ve read much of this blog, you know that I sometimes (okay, fairly often) take issue with the diagnoses that physicians give to their patients. Doctors will routinely call any sort of tendon pain “tendonitis”, even though that term only applies to a very specific sort of tendon problem (inflammation).

But doctors generally think they know what’s going on, and so I don’t very often have them buy my ebook. August 23rd, however, was different. I got a “sale” message and noticed that the email address was from a senior physician employed at a well-known major pharmaceutical company. (I can’t mention the name here, but trust me, you’ve heard of it.) I thought, “Huh” and then more or less forgot about it after that. But two days later, I got the following email:

Dear Alex,

Purchased Target Tendonitis 2 days ago – started the exercises (for my shoulder) and they seem to be working already! I will let you know more after a few weeks.

Thanks,

Allen H Heller, MD
Vice President, Medical Science
[Company name]

So, not only a doctor, but a VP at a major health-care company. Dr. Heller was also nice enough to include the abstract of a new study that supports the techniques I reference in Target Tendonitis, so we talked shop a bit via email. Then came the following message:

Started the protocol on Weds, and the improvement is truly remarkable. I had had symptoms for more than 6 months and began working with a local PT about 4 weeks ago with only modest improvement. I would say subjectively that I’m about 80 per cent better after 3 days. The improvement was so dramatic that this is why I searched the literature to see to what extent this approach was generally known. (My background is in internal medicine, clinical pharmacology, and statistics -not PT or sports medicine.)

Best,
Allen Heller

I’ll say here that my approach is very well-documented, scientifically speaking, and also has a lot of anecdotal evidence going for it. Yet health care professionals seem to be almost completely unaware of it. It’s really strange.

Anyway, we exchanged a few more emails and then the correspondence dropped off. On October 11th (about seven weeks into Dr. Heller’s recovery program) I emailed him to follow up. This is the reply I got:

Alex,
My symptoms are about 98 per cent gone. It’s really quite remarkable. I was about 80 per cent better after the first week, and in fact, stopped going to my local PT at that point because your program was so effective and better than the less targeted program I was doing there. The very minor symptoms that remain are barely perceptible and don’t interfere with any activities. I confess that they are so minor that I stopped doing the routine – I suspect that if I continued the program they would be 100 percent resolved. It also seems that what’s left is improving on its own. So I expect symptoms will be 100 percent resolved with a little more time.

Warm regards,

Allen

I mentioned that even though the symptoms had more or less disappeared, throwing in a couple of “maintenance sets” of the exercises would be a good idea simply for the preventive effect. (Once a tendon has been injured, there is a tendency to develop tendonosis in that location again.) Here is the final email I received from Dr. Heller:

You suggested the value of continuing the exercises as a preventive measure. I did so, and at the same time returned to my pre-injury arm and shoulder weight work-outs. I can now say that my previous symptoms are essentially undetectable.

The close temporal relationship between your exercise sets and the dramatic improvement (after months of symptoms) is highly convincing. The causal relationship is also supported by at least one well-designed randomized trial in the literature. The efficacy of your approach is quite remarkable.

Warm regards,
Allen

So there you have it. If you have been waiting for a certified medical professional’s opinion on Target Tendonitis (and by that, I mean someone who is not only familiar with the research but has actually tried the program), I can’t give you anything better than the above. If you’re still on the fence about ordering, Dr. Heller’s testimonial, plus the 100% money-back guarantee that I offer, should help you make up your mind. But before you order, do us both a favor and take the tendon test that I have on this page. It will tell you what sort of tendon pain you have, and whether or not Target Tendonitis is the right thing for it.

Another unsolicited testimonial

Got this in the mail a couple of days back:

Subject
THANK YOU!
Message
Hi Alex. I’m a 54 yo man who enjoys light weight lifting, playing guitar (a lot) and I use a computer at work quite a bit. I developed elbow pain over 5 years ago in my left arm and recently have been experiencing sharp pains in the base little finger knuckle of my left hand. The doctor only said that non use and NSAIDS would cure the problem. Well, that didn’t cure the problem (I can’t tolerate NSAIDs for more than 3 or 4 days anyway) and I had pretty much accepted the fact that I would not be able to do the things I enjoy. I figured it was just the price of getting old. After using your exercise for 3 weeks the pain in my elbow is nearly gone as well as the knuckle pain. I’m back at the gym and happily shredding away again! It seems you get a lot of positive feedback, but I just wanted you to know how grateful I am. Sincerely, Jay

Just goes to show that it doesn’t matter how old you are, if you approach things in the right way you can heal just as quickly as when you were a teenager. (Okay…maybe not quite that quickly.)

Also goes to show that doctors don’t know everything. The fact is, most commonly available NSAIDs don’t even start working on inflammation unless you take them continuously for a month or two. To give an example, Ibuprofen requires a month and a half at cumulative dosages of around 2100mg per day (spread out over three or four times, of course). You’ll do better with prescription anti-inflammatories, but even the newest, most effective drugs like Bextra and Celebrex require a week to a week and a half. So for someone like Jay, who can’t tolerate them more than three or four days, they’re basically useless. Sure, they’ll provide some pain relief, but they won’t do anything to actually cure the problem if you have tendon pain.

In any case, congratulations to Jay for refusing to settle into middle age, refusing to take the doctor’s diagnosis at face value, and for searching out the information that could put him back on track. If you’re frustrated and would like to have some ammunition to talk to your doctor with, I have a seven-minute video up here that will tell you everything you need to know to get to the bottom of your tendon pain.

Another testimonial for TT

Dear Alex,
I should have written to you sooner to thank you for how well your method worked for me. I had tendinosis in my right thumb for about a year, and no standard methods of treatment received from my doctor would relieve it. After much internet searching, I found your method. I’m normally quite skeptical of alternative health treatments, but since nothing else worked, I decided to give your technique a try. I was astonished to find that about three-quarters of my pain vanished after only three or four days of employing your method. After another month or so, the pain was virtually all gone, as long as I did the exercises every second day. Now, after four months, I don’t even have to do the exercises regularly, just once in a while if I feel a little ache. I’m now able to work out with weights again and do garden work and write comfortably. Thank you very much. I wish your technique would become well-known, especially among doctors, since there must be thousands of people out there who could really benefit from it. You can quote me on this all you like.
Yours gratefully,
Neil Bishop

I don’t have anything to add to this at all. Thanks for a great testimonial, Neil!