Lauren's Leap: Breaking Free from 20 Years of Hip Pain

 By  Shane Dowd , CES, CMP

Imagine living with debilitating hip pain for two decades—where every step you take is punctuated by discomfort, and even the simple act of sitting becomes a daunting task.,,

This was Lauren's reality for 18 to 20 years until she found a transformative solution that nearly eliminated her pain.

The Long Struggle with Hip Pain

Lauren's journey began with daily pain levels fluctuating between moderate to severe...

Routine activities like sitting at a desk could elevate her pain to a level six or seven out of ten. Despite trying various treatments, including:

In spite of all that, her condition only worsened over time. Medical interventions like pain injections and MRIs offered temporary relief but were themselves painful and disruptive.

The Turning Point

As Lauren faced the prospect of surgery for her hip condition—specifically, issues with her acetabulum and femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)—she stumbled upon the "FAI Fix" program. This discovery came during a crucial time as she was navigating the complex decisions surrounding potential surgical interventions.

A New Approach to Healing

The FAI Fix program introduced Lauren to a holistic approach focusing on targeted tissue work, stretching, and re-education/strengthening exercises (The TSR Method).

This regimen was drastically different from her previous experiences, where the focus was often on isolated treatments that failed to address the underlying issues comprehensively.

Lauren dedicated herself to the program, performing intensive tissue work initially for 45 minutes to an hour each day. This deep engagement with the program helped her establish a crucial mind-body connection, making her acutely aware of her body's needs and responses.

Remarkable Results

Within months, Lauren's pain dramatically reduced from a consistent six or seven to almost zero on most days. The program not only alleviated her hip pain but also provided tools and techniques to manage and mitigate pain in other areas affected by fibromyalgia, a condition she has battled alongside her hip pain.

Empowerment through Self-Care

What sets the FAI Fix apart is its empowering approach, encouraging individuals to take control of their recovery. Lauren highlights the program's emphasis on self-administered, precise massages—what she calls "targeted tissue work," which she believes is the most crucial element often overlooked in standard physical therapy.

Continued Progress and Future Outlook

Today, Lauren enjoys a significantly improved quality of life, engaging in activities that were once impossible, like driving for hours and sleeping comfortably on her right side. She maintains her condition with regular tissue work and reduced routine exercises, demonstrating sustained improvement and resilience.


Lauren's story is a powerful testament to the potential of self-directed physical therapy and holistic treatment approaches. Her experience underscores the importance of understanding and addressing the body's comprehensive needs rather than seeking quick fixes. For those struggling with chronic pain, her journey offers hope and a possible path toward reclaiming their health and freedom.

Lauren’s transformation from enduring decades of hip pain to living almost pain-free is not just inspiring but also educational. It highlights the effectiveness of combining knowledge, consistent effort, and the right therapeutic approaches to overcome chronic physical ailments.

What about you?

If you want a "DIY" approach to hip pain, check out

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About The Author

Shane Dowd, CES, CMP is the owner/founder of He is also a sports performance & mobility coach specializing in injury prevention and flexibility for athletes.



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