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Upright Health

Hosted by: Matt Hsu

This podcast covers ideas, tips, and tricks to help you help yourself overcome pain, get stronger, and become a more resilient and energetic version of yourself. Hosted by Matt Hsu, a former chronic pain sufferer...

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#36: The 4 1/2 Mental Mistakes Keeping You in Pain

Are you suffering with chronic pain? Could you be making mental mistakes that are leading to this suffering? Listen in for four and a half common mental mistakes that can lead to pain and unnecessary suffering!
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#35: How Many Reps Should I Do?

Is there a right number of reps for exercise? How do you know how many reps to do? If you’re like most fitness seekers these are questions that have played through your mind. Is there a right answer? Listen in for...
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#34 – Does Exercise REALLY Matter?

What is exercise? Should you be doing it? In this episode we discuss what exercise really is and how to use it to improve your life. We talk about key areas of focus that a lot of trainers don’t talk about (and it...
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#33 – Do you REALLY need to meditate?

In this episode we discuss what meditation is and isn't. The conversation provides insights about how meditation can improve exercise, stress, anger, and more. Meditation is an incredibly valuable practice to...
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#32 – Blowing up back pain B.S. with Cathryn Jakobson Ramin

Do stem cell or PRP injections work for back pain? What do X-rays and MRIs really mean for your spine? What can you do to get out of chronic back pain? Find out from investigative journalist and author of Crooked:...
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#31 – Do surgeons lie?

Surgeons often make optimistic claims about their surgeries – in spite of evidence to the contrary. Do these doctors lie? Are they regularly lying about surgery results? Or is something else at play? Find out what’s...
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#30 – What is the purpose of pain?

What is the purpose of pain?   If you have chronic hip, back, or shoulder pain, what does the pain really mean? Does it mean you’ve got permanent damage of some kind? How can you use and think about pain in a way that...
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#29 – The message you aren’t hearing from your doctor

Chronic pain sufferers often get conflicting information from doctors and other experts. One doctor tells you this surgery is the best. Another says this one is better. Another says none of them will help. Another...
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#28 – The Secret History of Joint Pain

Why does the medical system seem to be surgery-happy? Why do even physical therapists seem to think surgery is the only option for some kinds of joint pain? In this episode, we’ll look at the history and systemic...
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#27 – What’s new with painkillers?

In today’s episode, Matt talks about news of opioid painkillers and what the history of opioid prescription means for you and your body. Resources: FDA requires strong new safety warnings for opioids Opioids for...
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#26 – Think about your muscles

In today’s episode, Matt lays out the risks and rewards of thinking about muscles instead of focusing on the alleged problems inside your joints. When faced with joint pain, why is better to think about muscles? 
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#25 – What absorbs impact? Is it your cartilage? Your bones?

In today’s episode, Matt discusses the prevailing ideas of how our bodies absorb impact and how these ideas affect the decisions we make. Doctors often warn us that "impact" from activities like running and jumping...
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