This is a 55 Video Course on the ultimate concepts you need to know about your major muscles and joints, about pain, about common conditions you may experience, and about a crucial head to toe stretching routine that every human being should learn and practice. You can take the entire course or focus on learning only those segments which you seek help and answers with. In an age of abundant and redundant information, you will enter the wisdom age by participating in this course. Enjoy!
Welcome to my Stretching For Pain Relief Course! This course will be a tremendous help with helping you tp prevent pain as well as help you relieve pain when you are in pain. Enjoy the course!
DISCLAIMER: Please consult with your physician before starting any physical activity and this course is not intended to treat or diagnose any medical conditions.
This video introduces you to the purpose and essence of the course. You will understand the inherent problems in dealing with muscle and joint pain such as low back pain, and the problems in navigating our health care maze. You are starting on the path to wisdom about your pains and preventing and recovering from these pains. You will learn the answers.
This video explains the sources of our pain and explains that much of our pain is not from what we might think from absorbing the prevalent media. Disk herniation, rotator cuff tear, and torn meniscus are statistically very insignificant as causes of our pains compared to muscle and ligament pain. How this pain comes about and what we should do to prevent and recover from it are discussed in this video.
As human beings we are more complex than we might think. This video addresses our pain and the potential sources of our pain. In order to find a solution and resolution for our pain we must first know its source.
The prevalent information blast is that low back pain has to be caused by disk herniation, knee pain has to be caused by torn meniscus, neck pain has to be caused by disk herniation, and shoulder pain has to be caused by rotator cuff tear. For most people, nothing could be further from the truth. The most prevalent causes of our pain are discussed here.
This video continues the discussion of muscle and joint pain, where it comes from, how we can better understand it, and what we should be doing to prevent and recover from it.
If you have neck pain, are wondering what to do about it, who to see, what type of treatment to get, or if you have been given a diagnosis like disk herniation, then this video is for you. Watch this video and you will gain wisdom regarding neck pain, where it comes from, what to do about it, and how to avoid joining the morass of people getting tests, treatments, procedures, and surgeries they would be better without.
When almost anyone today talks about their shoulder pain they say they have a rotator cuff problem. This has become in vogue. But the 4 muscles making up the rotator cuff are but one of many causes for shoulder pain, and for some reason, the other common sources of shoulder pain are not in the vernacular of the typical person with shoulder pain. This video brings wisdom to the discussion of shoulder pain, diagnosis, and treatment, and is essential for anyone with shoulder pain or looking to understand shoulder pain.
Wrist pain is common for people who do manual labor, extensive housework, and repetitive computer work. The label of the day for these people is "carpal tunnel syndrome." But few people using this term know what they are really talking about. They don't know that "carpal" means "wrist." There are many sources of wrist pain, and most wrist pain can be helped to resolve without surgery. If you have wrist or hand pain, then this video is for you.
Knee pain is the most common affliction after low back pain. Arthroscopy of the knee is thought to be a cure-all and is abundantly performed. Yet the New York Times taking after the New England Journal of Medicine on three occasions reported that arthroscopy of the knee is mostly a waste because in double-blind studies patients treated without arthroscopy fared no worse. There are specific indications for arthroscopy, and only then is arthroscopy appropriate. Knee pain has many sources and understanding and wisdom along with self-management will go a long way. This video gives you that power.
Many patients have complex severe pain involving many muscles, joints, and body parts. Often the pain occurs with no definable reason. Patients and doctors are at a loss to explain or treat this pain. It can be totally crippling. Fibromyalgia can occur after after years of abuse of the body at work or play, or after years of limited use and motion. It is crucial to have an understanding of the muscles and joints and how to move them fully every day. They must be reeducated. If you have inexplainable pain or already have a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, then this video is for you.
When unrelenting pain occurs many people are lost to know where they should go for help when self-management becomes difficult. The primary care physician, internist, orthopedic surgeon, neurologist, neurosurgeon, anesthesia pain doctor, chiropractor, physical therapist, acupuncturist, physiatrist, emergency room, and urgent care center are all available to see you and will not turn you away. But who really knows what you need and who is the best choice for you? This video will help you with this common dilemma.
Radiographic imaging and the service of the radiologist are the focus of this video. If you encounter muscle and joint pain you are bound to undergo X-Rays and possibly, and even probably today, will experience an MRI or even several. The important questions to ask are what do these studies really mean for you, and when are they necessary and appropriate to have done, and even, are they always necessary. This course will answer these questions and even discusses how getting an MRI can lead to unnecessary procedures and surgery.
Each type of pain we experience has many potential sources. Each pain we experience also has many potential pathways for treatment with many potential treating doctors and many potential treating specialties. This video helps you sort this all out.
Sometimes the doctor is put on a pedestal and he and his patients can turn him into an all-knowing god who never gets sick. But the truth is that the doctor is just another regular human being who experiences all the frailties of man. I live a healthy life. I pray regularly, eat healthy mostly fruits, vegetables, and fish, exercise regularly in the gym, playing tennis, rollerblading, or swimming and jogging at the beach, and avoid cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs. Yet, unexpectedly I have experienced many orthopedic and rheumatological conditions. By dealing with these conditions as a patient, I have learned invaluable truths in conjunction with my medical training and practice experience. In this video I share my experiences with you.
There are various injections in use to mitigate and even resolve muscle and joint pain. Steroid injections are most common for both localized muscle pain and joint pain, and another common injectable is hyalgan or synvisc which is used for joint pain and arthritis. These injections are an invasive procedure and must be performed properly for the right condition and by the right professional who is well-trained in these injection techniques. If injected for the wrong problem, or in the wrong place, or by an inexperienced professional, the result could be disastrous with even increased and even severe pain. When done appropriately for the right problem, a steroid injection can provide miraculous permanent relief of certain problems. Not all steroid injections are alike. A steroid such as kenalog or celestone is commonly used and you should make sure your doctor also uses lidocaine and marcaine numbing medicine in the injection concoction to give short and long-lasting relief from the pain of the injection. If you have muscle or joint pain and nothing seems to give relief, yet injection has not been tried, you may be a candidate and this video is for you.
A pearl is a hard to find precious natural creation. In this video and the next I give you pearls that you will not find too many other places, and they are valuable for everyone.
This video is a continuation of the previous one and offers you pearls of wisdom when it comes to your navigation of our healthcare system. It is worthwhile for everyone.
Many people are very familiar and sometimes knowledgeable about their "things." But when it comes to their body parts they think they need a doctor. There are many tools available to everyone to help speed up the healing process. It behooves everyone to develop familiarity with basic things you can do to help yourself diagnose and treat common symptoms and problems you may experience.
Muscle and joint pain include low back pain, knee pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain from injuries of all types, aging, and living a sedentary lifestyle. If you experience any of these pains or want to avoid these pains, this video discusses the various causes of pain and will help you evaluate and understand pain better.
Exercise is kind of like dieting when we look at how the public understands their exercise needs. They tend to think that any exercise is adequate and good just like there are so many diet fads. But no, one's exercise progam should be catered to their specific needs, and their specific history of exercise, athletics, sports participation, and injuries and pain. This video will help you do that and discusses personalizing your exercise program.
This video bridges the earlier videos which empower you with knowledge, wisdom, and understanding to prevent, conquer, and defeat pain, with the next set of videos which empower you with a total body full range of motion stretching routine. The exercise routine is separated by key muscle-joint groupings so that it becomes easier to learn and practice. The combined wisdom and action package is a power punch for you to live and practice daily to always have the tools to be the victor over any pain you may encounter.
Your posture is how you hold yourself-how you carry your body. Your posture is so very important that a healthy posture is a key tool in your battle against pain, and a poor posture can be the cause of your pain. You should hold your spine erect without slouching or drooping. And breathing is how we take in the number one nutrient we need for our survival and which energizes and cleanses our bodies. Oxygen, O2, needs to be delivered as a package to every cell in our body so that we can function healthfully. Surely knowing how to take a deep breath to move all working parts fully and to exhale completely are an important exercise for us in our day. Healthy posture and healthy breathing are foundational keys to good pain-free health.
You have had your neck for as many years as you have been on this planet. But chances are you know more about your clothes, your cell phone, your watch, glasses, and car than you do about your neck. Do you know how to demonstrate full range of motion of your neck. Do you know that their are six ranges of motion of the neck as there are with the low back? These are simple motion routines that I strongly believe we should be taught as children when we learn to brush our teeth. In fact, just as everyone owns and uses a toothbrush, I would call this course the "toothbrush and toothpaste" of the musculoskeletal system. Learn the full range of motion routine for your neck taught in this video and you are well on your way to knowing how to do the full body routine.
Your shoulders are complicated mechanical machines which move in many ways and directions. They are the link-pin to moving and controlling your arms and hands. This is probably the most complicated full range of motion routine of them all to learn. Take your time and get it right. You will be thankful. Learning this video will help you keep your shoulders and arms fully functional as long as you will need them.
The shoulder is a complicated joint and is probably the hardest to learn a full range of motion routine. This video offers an alternative to the previous one to make the shoulder routine conceptually simpler for those who would like that. You can learn this video for completeness and further education, or if you are good with the previous video, then you can just as well skip this video.
Many people struggle with pain and stiffness of the shoulder. Some develop a condition known as "frozen shoulder" or adhesive capsulitis in which motion of the shoulder can be severely restrictedfrom ever occurring. If you would not only like to prevent this problem, but also know how to recover from this problem, then this video is for you.
This video teaches how to perform full range of motion of your elbows. For anyone looking to maintain full range of motion of their elbows and not lose motion, prevent elbow pain and problems, and/or recover from elbow, arm, and hand pain this video is invaluable.
Your forearms rotate in motions known as pronation and supination. This video teaches a simple routine for full range of motion of your forearms. If you want to prevent or recover from any forearm pain, or for that matter, and arm pain, then this video is for you.
If you want to avoid problems of the wrists or if you want to recover from such a problem, then this video teaching a full range of motion routine of the wrists is for you.
This video teaches a full range of motion routine for the hands and fingers. This video is important for you to watch and learn if you want to prevent problems of the hands and fingers or if you want to recover from such a problem.
Full range of motion of the low back is crucial for all human beings to prevent and recover from low back pain. Low back pain is the number one complaint of all patients to all doctors. It can be a severely debilitating problem. It is the number one problem for workers' compensation. The biggest preventer of low back pain is regular, if not daily, performance of the full range of motion routine of the low back taught in this video. If you have low back pain and are looking to recover from it, or if you want to prevent low back pain, then this video is for you.
The range of motion stretching routines taught in this course can all be performed standing, sitting, or lying down. The choice is up to you. If you have limited balance, are frail, have a fracture or limitation of the lower extremities, i.e. legs, or similar problem or challenge, then you might prefer sitting to standing while performing the range of motion routines of the low back and lower extremities. If this is your situation, then this video teaching range of motion of the low back from a sitting position is for you.
Hip pain and hip arthritis can be common and debilitating. In addition to avoiding undue stressful activity for your hips, and wearing healthy rubber-soled shoes, a daily full range of motion exercise routine is very important. This video teaches you how to move your hips through full range of motion.
This video teaches how to move your hips through full range of motion while in a sitting position. Not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to do this routine while standing, and sometimes it is just easier to do this routine while sitting. For example, full range of motion of the hip can be done while sitting at your desk, while on a plane, or under similar circumstances. This video is important for you if you want to prevent or recover from hip pain.
This video teaches a simple method for moving your ankles, feet, and toes through full range of motion. This video is especially important for those people who who want to prevent or recover from ankle, foot, and toe pain.
Performing a full range of motion routine of all the major muscle and joint groupings from head to toe should be a maintenance health program for everyone from a young age onward. This routine is the toothbrush and toothpaste of the musculoskeletal system. From a very young age every human being knows how to brush their teeth and owns and uses a toothbrush and toothpaste. This is not a perfect prevention methodology for the teeth, but it is the best we have. The daily full range of motion stretching routine similarly is not perfect, but it is the best definitive prevention technique we have. One of my goals in life is to have this routine recognized world-wide as an essential wisdom component for all man, similar to brushing teeth.
Alan or Shlomo, as my dear friend is known to me, played professional football and even possesses a Superbowl Ring from the Dallas Cowboys. To my knowledge, he is the only observant Jew who played professional ball. Shlomo came to me at various times with neck pain, shoulder pain, low back pain, and knee pain. We met in a small gym and I taught him the lessons of this course. Shlomo is an excellent student and has a very positive attitude. With his motivation and strength of character and this course, he overcame his pain and knows what to do to prevent and conquer any new pain.
Leah had no particular pain, but instead attended the live and in-person version of this course, to learn how to live a healthier life and prevent muscle and joint pains. She is very intelligent and wise and mastered the nuances of this course. She is very thankful and I am proud to have been able to help her.
Renee spends nearly her entire day in a chair working as a medical biller. She came to me with low back pain and I shared with her the important parts of this course which she must apply in her life to conquer her low back pain. She is very thankful to have me and my course as an invaluable resource.
Tomas had a very stressful job for many years which required many meetings with multiple people every day and many miles driving every day. Hand pain, low back pain, and knee pain have troubled him and he came to me for help. With the tools in this course I helped him learn a daily preventive routine and a self-management program. He overcame his pain and is most thankful.
Erin is the manager of her husband's medical practice and has 5 children at last count. She is under a lot of pressure on all fronts. She has experienced low back pain, and uses the tools of this course to stay busy on her feet and not get slowed down by pain. She is very motivated and works hard at good pain-free health. She knows the value of this course and is very thankful.
Dr Mike is a retired veterinarian who loves to ride horses and even volunteers for the police department on horse patrol. I have helped him with low back pain and despite constant up and down bouncing on his horses, he uses the wisdom of this course to prevent and conquer low back pain. He has seen it work for many other people as well.
Dr David is a dear friend. He is an unusual physician in that he is super-specialized. He is triple board-certified in oncology, internal medicine, and hematology. We have had many lengthy discussions about healthcare, and he learned my course and practices it. He has been an avid bicycler and jogger and knows how important wise self-care is and practices the daily full range of motion routine delineated in this course. So does his father.
Dr Marvin is my dentist and friend. He is an avid long distance runner and complains of chronic low back pain. He came to me to teach him that part of this course that pertains to the low back. He is a good student, and after learning from me, he now is able to self-manage his chronic low back pain.
Dr Jeff is a chiropractor and a colleague with whom I have worked and even shared patients. He is educated to the importance and significance of this course and I am pleased to have his testimonial included here.
Ilana was managed by me for severe debilitating shoulder pain and hand pain and numbness. She had previously been given a diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome. She was kept up at night by her pain. I helped her with the techniques in this course to overcome and rid herself of her pain.
Igal was treated by me for neck pain, low back pain, leg pain, and foot pain as the result of a car accident. He is a stubborn patient, but over time he became a good learner and a good student. He learned how to be moderate in his activities, how to move his muscles and joints through full range of motion, and how to self-manage his pain.
Ira had pain and came to me for help. He was a good student and learned this entire course and now practices self management very successfully.
Judy was a patient of mine who had severe pain and stiffness of nearly all of her fingers. She was told she needed surgery on all her affected fingers. I helped her fully recover without surgery and taught her a total body routine with associated wisdom teaching.
Jamie is a world class musician performer and has been voted the #1 musician in South Florida. He invites me to sit in on his piano bar performances and to bring a full horn section to his rock and roll band performances. He has had postural issues with his upper back and neck and had left hip pain which limited his mobility. With guidance and care I gave him the tools to overcome his problems. He continues to dazzle his audiences.
Madeline or Mady as I know her has been troubled with low back pain. This course has transformed her life and she is clearly in the driver's seat when it comes to preventing low back pain and staying healthy and pain-free.
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TZVI PEARLSTEIN, M.D.
I'm a retired orthopedic surgeon and I am also an arthritis patient at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center. For several years I have been a rheumatology patient taking oral Methotrexate and Enbrel injections. My mother has rheumatoid arthritis and has had both elbows and one hip replaced. My father has a history of polymyalgia rheumatica. Despite treating thousands of patients for arthritis, low back pain, and many other orthopedic conditions, and despite my long-term high level of exercise activity including tennis, rollerblading, gym and beach activities, I too am a patient. I know very well the challenge of pain from debilitating arthritis. The program I have developed here is as crucial for me as it is for any of you.
I created Stretching For Pain Relief because although an abundance of information exists, the wisdom of what to do with this information is direly lacking. While treating so many patients with pain, including patients skilled in yoga and Pilates, I realized that almost no one is educated to know how to move their major muscle and joints through full range-of-motion. Furthermore, questions of, "What does my pain mean?", "Can I self treat my problem?", "What type of doctor should I see?", "What questions should I ask my doctor?", "Do I really need this test or this surgery?", and many more questions exist for many patients. I developed this course to help patients by answering these questions and more.
As a Board Certified orthopedic surgeon for 22 years and a practicing physician for 30 years I am well aware of the abundance of surgeries being performed by my profession. There are many non-surgical treatments and solutions for these same problems. My goal is to help everyone achieve pain relief in the least invasive way possible. Stretching For Pain Relief serves this purpose.
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon 1989-2011
Visionary Thinker, Healthcare Consultant, Author, & Inventor 2011-Present
CEO iPowerChair, LLC, Pres Etchmaster, LLC (OrthoEtch, LLC & NeuroEtch, LLC), CEO PowerMinutes, LLC, CEO Half-Shekel, LLC, CEO Halbeshekel, LLC
Residency: SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York, Orthopedic Surgery, 1983-1986
Internship: SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York, General Surgery, 1981-1983
Medical: New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York, Medical Doctorate (M.D.), 1977-1981
PreMed: Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry (B.A.), 1972-1976
CERTIFICATION: American Board of Orthopedic Surgery 1989-2010
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery 1989-2011
American College of Surgeons 1989-2011
MEDICAL PRACTICE (MILITARY):
Major, United States Air Force, Gulf War Service 1990, Honorable
Assistant Professor, Uniformed Services University of Health
Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland, 1989-1990
Staff Orthopedic Surgeon, Malcolm Grow Medical Center,
Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, 1989-1990
Chief of Orthopedic Surgery, 13th Air Force Regional Medical
Center, Clark Air Base, Philippines, 1986-1989
MEDICAL PRACTICE (CIVILIAN):
Multispecialty Group Practice, Broward, Palm Beach Counties &
Dade Counties, Florida, 2002-2011
Private Practice, St. Marys, Georgia, 1995-2002
Staff Orthopedic Surgeon, Facey Medical Group,
Mission Hills, California, 1993-1995
Assistant Medical Director, Anaheim Orthopedic Surgery,
Anaheim, California, 1990-1993
POST MEDICAL PRACTICE WORK:
CEO iPowerChair, LLC, 2011-Present
CEO Power Minutes, LLC, April 2015-Present
Pres EtchMasters, LLC (OrthoEtch, LLC & NeuroEtch, LLC),
CEO Half-Shekel, LLC & CEO Halbeshekel, LLC, June 2015-
Sales & Marketing for American Horizon Financial, Inc., a
lien funding company, 2011-2012
Creation of One Minute Stretch Book/Dvd, Stretching For
Pain Relief Consulting, & Health & Exercise Inventions,
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