In working to recover from a broken femur after a nasty snowboard accident, I have first hand experience in dealing with the limiting mentality that I would have to accept living in chronic pain and that “I was broken”. Over the course of six years I started a journey of working with numerous orthopedic doctors, acupuncturist’s, massage therapists and physical therapists. I was often side tracked in thinking that I could find a quick fix or that someone could take away the pain with one doctor’s appointment or treatment. In my worst moments of pain I considered arthroscopic hip surgery and became frustrated with misguided exercises/physical therapy that aggravated my condition. However I had a strong intuitive feeling that there was some muscle weakness or biomechanical problem that was creating the ongoing pain. I began to take ownership that I could work to find the root cause of my pain and reject the idea that there was a quick fix to healing myself.
During this time I started to research my diagnosis of FAI and work to break through the self limiting story that only surgery could relieve the pain. I had the fortunate opportunity to find Matt Hsu’s videos on youtube that discussed hip pain and FAI. Matt’s videos helped me to further understand why I had such dysfunctional movement patterns and opened a new door of self awareness.
In working with Matt over several months I have had the good fortune of finding a supportive guide who has helped me to take ownership in healing my hip and leg pain. What is critical to understand is that this has required lots of hard work and discipline in building strength and conditioning. Matt has been dedicated to helping me gain a high level of knowledge related to the dysfunctional movement patterns that have created muscle imbalances leading to chronic pain.
I have experienced a huge improvement in functional strength and pain free movement. Matt’s dedication to understanding the root causes of chronic pain and taking a holistic approach to sharing his knowledge has helped me avoid an unnecessary surgery and greatly improve my quality of life.
In overcoming the chronic pain in my leg and hips I have now come to a better understanding that we must take responsibility for maintaining our health and healing ourselves. We need to reject the idea that doctor’s always have a cure or that we have to live with a diagnosis that surgery is the only option. Our bodies have an amazing capacity for self healing and recovery if we can get in touch with body awareness and dedicate ourselves to the hard work it takes to regain strength and functional movement.