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!

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 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!

Another testimonial

“I have to say the book has very insightful material and information. Its definitely helping me through some serious golfer’s elbow. Alex Nordach has been over the top with help from a personal standpoint. You couldn’t get that from a Dr. or any other web books. Best purchase I made in a long time.”

– Clint Shelton, 35, weightlifter, via Facebook

If you’ve been suffering from tendon pain for more than a couple of weeks and are still hoping to get better using icing and aspirin, stop wasting time. Take the free Tendon Test to find out just what kind of tendon pain you have (hint: it’s probably tendonosis, not tendonitis) and choose the best method of rehabilitation. All tendon pain is not created equal.

Yet Another Testimonial

Target Tendonitis has gone international. Each month I ask previous customers for feedback on the book, and this month I’d like to share a testimonial from one in Latin America…

Dear Alex:

The book has been very beneficial. I have suffered from stubborn tendinosis three times. The first two ones were elbow tendinosis. I simply did too many pullups. These were not mere “tendinitis” . I aggravated the tendinitis because I didn`t rest enough. The point is I felt it in the morning only, but every morning was worse. So I had to quit pulling for months-well, more than a year-till I decided to perform [the recommended exercises].
I am currently curing from another one in my Achilles tendon. Now I´m better, but I had to stop running from last November to June. It was when I bought your book that I began doing [the recommended exercise], which improved my Achilles a lot.

To summarize : this stuff works and is very practical and easy to implement.

Thanks a lot, man. Tendinopathies really suck, and your book can help many people.

Santiago Ces Garcia
P.D. : Feel free to use my humble review.

There are more testimonials on the sidebar to the right, but if you’re suffering from long-term tendon pain, what are you waiting for? Take the free, one-minute Tendon Test and find out what to do to get started on your healing.