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Two Years of Pain, Gone in Ten Minutes


Me and Adam, just before speaking

Last week I went to Minneapolis to speak to a group of special educators, kids with Autism and Tourette’s Syndrome, and more. Whenever I’m in town I hang out with Adam Glass. This was no exception. I even got him to come to the event and put pants on, so a big win there.

Before the event we went to a Mongolian BBQ and nearly shut the place down. As we ate, he said “How’s the thing with your rib and your back?”


“I’ll work on it tonight,” he said.

For over two years I’d been fighting an increasingly irritating and then painful bout of nonsense. A pain under my lowest rib on the right side. Then it would creep up my back, down into my right leg, and after a couple of days I’d wind up twisting to the left horribly when I walked. Then my entire rib cage would start to tingle and keep me awake at night, which was beyond obnoxious.

X Rays showed minor scoliosis, but everyone’s got some degree of that, so it didn’t worry me too badly.

I kept trying what I always try. I tested out movements and performed those which increased my range of motion. I tried resting. I took ibuprofen and used ice and blah blah blah.

I went to four months of weekly chiropractic appointments, which always gave me some relief, but it was always temporary and would generally be undone with the next training session.

I went to a specialist who told me that we needed to take some of my blood cells and inject it directly into the area under my ribcage.

“Why?” I asked.

“Because it’s the best thing to try,” he said with great conviction and what looked like mild boredom.

I didn’t do that.

It came and went, but I never felt “good.”

After I spoke in Minneapolis, we went over to his gym. I’d never been there and wanted to go try out all of his goofy strongman equipment, even though it was nearly 11 PM when we arrived.

He asked me to walk around the room a couple of times while he watched. Then he gave me three movements to test out. They are hard to describe accurately in writing, so I’m not going to try, but they were variations of twists and lunges and presses in what felt like very strange, clumsy positions. I am confident in saying that they are not movements I ever would have come up with to address the problems I was describing, and that you probably wouldn’t have either.

After about ten minutes of this, I felt like myself. The pain was gone, but that wasn’t necessarily more significant than having no pain after leaving the chiro.

But then I started lifting. It was like the last two years had never happened. I was as strong as I’ve ever been, and lifting without any pain or discomfort.

But again, that wasn’t necessarily significant. When I get warmed up and really get going with my training, it’s easy to feel good and think everything’s fine. It’s never until the next day that I think “Oh I shouldn’t have done that.”

It’s been four days now. I am at 100%. It wasn’t like he had a clipboard and said “Do this, this, and this, and you’ll be fine.” He just pointed in a direction, it proved to be a good one, and now I’m able to make my own refinements to the movements.

No matter how many times I see Adam do this for someone, or for me, it continues to surprise.

Here’s the thing: it takes someone whose mind doesn’t/can’t work like everyone else’s to ask questions that nobody else can ask.

I asked Adam to try to explain the method to me. He spoke at great length using a very RainMan-ish metaphor that would have sounded bizarre but makes total sense in light of the results he gets. It was a metaphor so good that I’m saving it for the book and won’t be writing about it here.

Suffice it to say that what comes naturally to him is not going to come naturally to anyone else. Not as far as pain resolution.

If you are struggling with pain, I highly recommend that you contact Adam. If you’re truly damaged, he won’t pretend he can do anything for you. If you say “My spine is crushed,” he’ll say “That’s terrible. What does your spinal specialist say?”

But if you’re experience pain without obvious damage, I can’t overstate this: I think it would be worth your time to call him and get a consult. He won’t pretend he can help if he knows he can’t. You’ll have lost nothing.

It’s a gamble, but I’ll tell you this: the next time I run into something I can’t fix, I’m going to save money on the chiropractor, PT, osteopath, and the guy who wanted to inject my blood cells back into me, and I’m going to buy myself a plan ticket to Minneapolis. It’s the only gamble that makes sense to me, based on experience and results.

I’ve never seen anything like what he does. I know I’ll never see anyone else do it as well. I am typing this while sitting in a chair. That doesn’t sound like much, but sitting has caused me severe discomfort for nearly two years now.

Just like that, I’m me again.

No pain. That is priceless.

I don’t get any money out of promoting Adam, but I’m never going to stop. He has changed my life…again.

If you’re interested, here’s how to contact him.




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  • Bill Jones April 23, 2012, 10:46 am

    “It’s the only gamble that makes sense to me, based on experience and results.”

    As it should be!! Glad to hear your better!

    • Josh Hanagarne April 23, 2012, 10:56 am

      Thanks Bill. It had been such a relief. You never realize just how badly you were hurting until it’s gone.

  • Heather April 23, 2012, 12:44 pm

    Hurray for Adam Glass! Please tell him in that pic on your blog, right before the speaking gig, he looks like Johnny Cash, standing next to a tall guy wearing glasses. GO GLASS! THAT ROCKS! 😀

    • Jeroen April 24, 2012, 3:54 am

      Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly.

      • Josh Hanagarne April 24, 2012, 8:07 am

        Do you really think he looks like Johnny Cash?

  • cinderkeys April 24, 2012, 12:29 am

    I know a couple of people with fibromyalgia, one of whom is mostly bedbound due to another neuroimmune disorder. Are these the kinds of people your friend can help?

    • Josh Hanagarne April 24, 2012, 7:05 am

      Cinder, you’d have to ask him. Send him an email and he’ll ask you some questions about the situation.

      • cinderkeys April 24, 2012, 10:53 am

        Have sent. Fingers crossed.

        • Josh Hanagarne April 24, 2012, 11:04 am

          Awesome. The thing is, everyone can move better than they do. Everything he does is based on getting things to move better. But we all have a different ceiling. My sister has severe MS. Adam can help her move better, but nothing we know of is going to take the lesions off her spine and brain.

          I’ll be very interested to hear how it goes.

  • Todd April 24, 2012, 6:22 am

    That’s awesome, Josh. Hmmmm Minneapolis, you say?

  • Scott April 30, 2012, 11:03 am

    I’m glad you found a reason and cure for your pain. I am also an avid weight lifter, strength/fitness trainer and enthusiastic reader. About three months ago I started having pain in my abdomen near my right bottom rib and behind my right shoulder blade. I thought I may have tweaked something, chiropractors couldn’t figure it out, trainers were baffled and my Dr. thought I looked to fit for him to really care much about it. Three months passed, I ended up in the hospital with a stone stuck in a bile duct in my gall bladder. Now I’m out of commission for a month before I can get surgery. I can’t train hard but I can still do some things. One good thing; I can catch up on my reading.

    • Josh Hanagarne April 30, 2012, 11:30 am

      Thanks Scott. Are you reading anything good?