Healing the Hidden Root of Pain

Self-Treatment for Iliopsoas Syndrome

Due to the outpouring of inquiries I've received about Iliopsoas Syndrome, I have developed 2 self-paced online courses for addressing this problem.

The first was released in 2013, the second in 2020.

the 2013 Course

In 2013 I released my first online course: Healing the Hidden Root of Pain: Self-Treatment for Iliopsoas Syndrome (Also available as a 2-Disc DVD set).

Because of the many, many online inquiries I was receiving about Iliopsoas Syndrome I decided to create a course that could be available to a wider audience than could come to my clinic in Vermont. 

The course mimics the treatment protocol I use with clients when working with them over a period of weeks and teaches a 4-Phase system.

The 4 phases are specifically designed to provide lasting relief for the dysfunction of the iliacus and psoas muscles. When one or both of these two muscles is dysfunctional and causing pain it is commonly referred to as Iliopsoas Syndrome.

Healing the hidden root  of pain
course overview

Phase 1: Self-Massage for the Iliopsoas

Detailed massage treatment interrupts trigger points (the cause of referred pain) and also prepares the iliopsoas for the movement, stretching and toning to follow. 

Phase 2: Diaphragmatic Breathing & Somatic Movement

The restoration of proper breathing (crucial for improved blood flow to the iliopsoas) and the reawakening of fine motor control of the muscles of the pelvis comprises Phase 2.

Phase 3: Active Isolated Stretching

In Phase 3 we restore length and flexibility to the iliopsoas and its synergists using the powerful and innovative stretching method: Active Isolated Stretching.

Phase 4: Toning & Strengthening

In Phase 4 we activate both the core muscles and also the antagonists of the iliopsoas in order to restore reciprocal muscular balance.

This course is detailed and targeted and, for many, it is the right starting point for relieving Iliopsoas Syndrome.

But it is not the only possible starting point to resolve this problem.

Let me explain…

What’s not addressed in Healing the Hidden Root of Pain is the larger issue of postural distortion.

As I discuss in my article about Iliopsoas Syndrome, postural distortion can be a root cause of this problem.

But why, then, wasn’t this addressed in Healing the Hidden Root of Pain?

Because in 2013 I hadn’t yet developed a clear, accessible protocol that anyone could use for improving postural distortion. I hadn’t yet created the Flexibility Diagnostic, my proprietary flexibility scoring system.

The flexibility diagnostic

The Flexibility Diagnostic allows anyone, anywhere to comprehensively identify ALL their tight and short muscles, from head to toe.

Why is this important?

Because it is our tight and short muscles are responsible for pulling the body out of alignment.

It is our tight and short muscles that are responsible for postural distortion.

step 1 in resolving postural distortion

The first step in resolving postural distortion to clearly identify ALL tight and short muscles and regions of the body.

This can be difficult because tight and short muscles are often NOT symptomatic.

It’s more common for strained and weak muscles to be symptomatic and painful, and for us to focus all our attention on these.

Because tight and short muscles often don’t hurt, we don’t notice them. In effect, tight, short muscles can remain HIDDEN from view.

The Flexibilty Diagnostic solves this problem.

step 2 in resolving postural distortion

The second step in resolving postural distortion is to comprehensively lengthen ALL tight and short muscles and muscles groups.

This brings us the course released in 2020:

Stretching Blueprint for Pain Relief and Better Flexibility: The Complete Guide to Active Isolated Stretching.

The Flexibilty Diagnostic is one of the central components of the 2020 course.

the 2020 course

The 2020 course — Stretching Blueprint for Pain Relief and Better Flexibility: The Complete Guide to Active Isolated Stretching — picks up where the 2013 course left off.

But the Stretching Blueprint has a much wider focus, designed to relieve pain in the whole body.

Through years of clinical practice and research it has become clear to me that the greatest number of problems can be resolved with a whole-body focus. This is also how we achieve the most lasting relief.

The Stretching Blueprint tackles this ambitious goal.

Not only is the 2020 course designed to address problems with the iliopsoas caused by postural distortion, but it aims to relieve pain and dysfunction in the whole body.

With the aid of the Flexibility Diagnostic, individuals are guided through a comprehensive self-assessment for the entire body which results in the creation of a highly individualized stretching routine  — Your Stretching Blueprint.

stretching blueprint
course overview

Module 1 - Getting Started: Your Blueprint Foundation and Resources

In this Module we lay the foundation and answer such questions as: What's wrong with static stretching and the No Pain, No Gain mindset? What is Active Isolated Stretching and why is it so effective? What is Progressive Ease and how can we use it to our best advantage? 

The following modules guide you through comprehensive stretching from head to toe using Active Isolated Stretching. As you complete each video, your flexibility is scored on the Flexibility Diagnostic:

Module 2 - Stretching Foundation for the Legs

Module 3 - Stretching Foundation for the Hips, Lower Back, Spine and Abdominals

Module 4 - Stretching Foundation for the Torso, Chest, Shoulders, Arms and Hands

Module 5 - Stretching Foundation for the Neck

We then build the blueprint.

Module 6 - Creating Your Stretching Blueprint

Here we take the data you've collected in your Flexibility Diagnostic, build your individualized Stretching Blueprint, and also take a look at a sample blueprint.

Additional bonus routines are provided to add variety to your blueprint.

Module 7 - Bonus Content

Supplemental Evening Routine

Supplemental Midday Routine

Supplemental Morning Routine

how to use these 2 courses

First, you can’t go wrong here. All my courses have an unconditional 30-day refund guarantee. So you are free to try out one or both courses to see what works for you. If a course isn’t of value, you can simply request a refund. No questions asked.

But which course should I start with?

If you are experiencing so much pain that simple movement and activity is fairly restricted, I would recommend this order:

1. Healing the Hidden Root of Pain (Targeted relief)

2. Stretching Blueprint for Pain Relief and Better Flexibility (Global relief)

But if your pain is a persistent annoyance but doesn’t prevent simple activity, I would recommend this order:

1. Stretching Blueprint for Pain Relief and Better Flexibility (Global relief)

2. Healing the Hidden Root of Pain (Targeted relief)

learn more about these innovative courses

The only course available anywhere specifically designed to relieve the pain and symptoms of Iliopsoas Syndrome.

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This course breaks new ground in relieving stubborn "unexplained" pain in the whole body as well as resolving postural distortion patterns.

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Stephen O'Dwyer, cnmt

Neuromuscular Therapist & Pain Relief Researcher

Stephen O'Dwyer, CNMT


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HEALING THE HIDDEN ROOT OF PAIN: Self Treatment for Iliopsoas Syndrome (2013)

STRETCHING BLUEPRINT FOR PAIN RELIEF & BETTER FLEXIBILITYThe Complete Guide to Active Isolated Stretching (2020)

POSTURAL BLUEPRINT FOR CORRECTING PELVIC TORSION: A Step-By-Step Guide for Restoring Pelvic Balance (2021)

TONING BLUEPRINT FOR RESTORING RECIPROCAL MUSCULAR BALANCE: A Step-By-Step Guide for Lasting Stability, Strength & Flexibility (2022)

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FREE COURSE: Three Key Stretches for Relieving Lower Back Pain