How It All Started

As a Portland, OR chiropractor I started Fix Your Own Back in 2006 in an effort to help my own patients. Google had just bought YouTube.  I remember because I started seeing an uptick of  patients in my clinic suffering from lower back pain. Their pain often turned out to be a disc injury they’d gotten after trying out a YouTube video by a so-called expert, or following an exercise video that was supposed to give them abs of steel but ended up giving them a literal pain in the back.

Turns out YouTube can be a little hazardous to your health.

So, I had two simple goals for this site: to offer quick simple exercises that I knew worked to relieve lower back pain and to provide guidance and reminders to my own patients on how to correctly do the exercises I’d taught them in the clinic.

Creating Videos Tutorials That Work

I started making video tutorials for the site, and was happy to discover that it helped my patients even more than I’d expected. They were able to remember the coaching, and felt more confident doing the exercises at home when they knew there was a video they could watch. Doing the exercises more often also meant that they felt better faster.

I was honored, excited, and a little self-conscious when I found out that people from around the world, including other doctors, were using the site and finding it helpful.

Many of the people that called or emailed me had already completed the basic exercises on Fix Your Own Back. Now, they were moving better and living with less pain.  They had found it helpful. They wanted more.

I got questions like these:

“What exercises are safe for me to do in the gym?”

“What exercises will hurt me?”

“How can I keep playing the sports I love without hurting my back again?”

I wanted to offer more help and resources, so I increased the exercise library, re-launched Fix Your Own Back in 2012, and opened the videos up to everyone.

Try Out the Exercises for Yourself

Fix Your Own Back gives you an organized and simple plan of exercises that will give you relief from lower back pain caused by disc injury. These exercises are the combination of several different lines of research and are safe for a back after disc injury.

To watch these videos and do the exercises now, click the link below.

Show me the exercises

A Huge Thank You to These Leaders

The exercises here are distillations from the scientific literature and from the works of great people like

  • Robin McKenzie, PT
  • Stuart McGill, PhD
  • Vladimir Janda, M.D.
  • Pavel Kolar, PT, PhD 
  • Craig Liebenson, DC 
  • Gray Cook, PT 
  • David Butler PT
  • Lorimer Moseley, PhD.

These individuals and their research teams have helped provide me with a greater understanding of how to address flexion intolerant, disc–related back pain. My study with these individuals improved my understanding of functional rehabilitation, helped me to better instruct patients, and helped me teach clinicians and doctors how to integrate exercise therapy and functional rehabilitation into practice.