My Story

Dear Friends:

I suffered from chronic back pain for years. It would come and go seemingly without warning. I'm the kind of person who likes to be "in control" ... and suffering from back pain that didn't have an obvious cause was maddening. I'm an entrepreneur, and at the time my pain was at its worst I was running a .com company with my brother in San Francisco (Guru.com), and spent many a day in my office, flat on my back, "grinding it out". My perfectionism-prone personality and commitment to being a responsible co-founder of a venture-backed company drove me to keep working, often 80+ hours per week, back pain or no.

One day I was talking to a good friend named Chris who recommended I look into the connection between stress and pain. Like me, Chris was a tall guy, an athlete, and someone who had suffered from chronic back pain. I read everything I could find about stress and its relationship to pain and illness, and I consulted the experts ... and it all started to become clear.

I realized that the cause of my pain wasn't something "structural". After all, I'd had a full work-up done at the Stone Clinic in San Francisco, CA, one of the premier centers dedicated to back health. The films showed that my back was normal and healthy -- and despite that I was suffering from debilitating bouts of pain. So what could be causing the pain?

I'd tried many of the "structurally-focused" or "traditional" approaches to treating my pain such as anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, chiropractic, electro-stim of the muscles, acupuncture, etc. But none of these seemed to get to the core cause of my pain.

I came to learn that life stressors, whether conscious or unconscious, and difficult emotions (conscious and repressed) were the triggers of the physiological responses causing my pain. Developing this self-awareness was the very first step in reducing my back pain by 90% and managing it successfully every since.

You can cure your back pain without drugs, devices, or surgery. This site is dedicated to that proposition.

Here's to taking back control,

Jon