The Pain Hackers' Guides: The Sciatica and Hip Pain Protocol (eCourse)

Our definitive, in-depth guide to resolving the most common types of lower body pain by using Coaching The Body™ analysis and techniques on the key muscle groups.

Resolving Sciatica is Easy Once You Understand Where It Really Originates.

So many people struggle with sciatica and hip pain for years—with no help in sight. And that's partly because even the most experienced practitioners (medical doctors and bodyworkers alike) have a fundamental misunderstanding of where chronic pain really comes from.

I had to start from the ground up to uncover the true sources of pain before I could be consistently successful at helping my clients. Now, I know how to do that – and over the last 15 years, I've helped hundreds of people with this painful, disruptive condition.

I've put all my hard-won secrets from the last two decades into an online course that will change the arc of your career and give you the satisfaction of truly helping people.  

Hi - I'm Chuck Duff, Founder of Coaching The Body Institute.

Treating pain isn't very difficult once you understand where it comes from. Unfortunately, the medical system and nearly all alternative practitioners are uninformed about the true origins of pain—which is why we have over 65,000 people a year dying of opiate overdose in the US. Pain is assumed by the medical establishment to always be a product of injury or disease, but this is just plain wrong.

I’m a trigger point therapist, and through 15 years of repeated study and clinical experience, I've found that the vast majority of pain comes from muscles that have developed trigger points.

I developed my own unique system for treating pain, by integrating techniques from Thai massage and other modalities with trigger point therapy and modern neuroscience. It really works, and now my mission is to teach others this revolutionary approach.


Trigger Points: Extremely Common, Widely Misunderstood, & Easily Addressed

Trigger points, which are actually responsible for most pain, are small areas of stagnation in muscle tissue that develop in response to chronic or acute stresses on muscles. Unfortunately, most students are taught a version of trigger point therapy that is incomplete and not very effective—and that's if they even learn it at all. I call my system Trigger Point 2.0 because I teach it very differently than you might have learned in massage school. 

Trigger points are NOT injuries —but they commonly send pain to other areas in the body (pain referral) in a way that can feel like an injury. This phenomenon fools everyone—doctors, PTs, and most practitioners.

While the pain can be severe, trigger points are fairly easy to correct. The techniques aren't difficult—what's important is knowing which muscles to treat and in what order. Our system combines the insights of modern neuroscience with a new take on trigger point therapy, and the most effective techniques and tools for putting these ideas into practice.  

 Example: "Trochanteric Bursitis"


If  a client goes to the doctor with localized pain on the side of their hip, the doctor is very likely to tell them that they have "trochanteric bursitis." Meaning that a sac over a bone in their hip became inflamed for some unknown reason. Somehow, their body just broke.

It seems obvious and tempting to blame the problem on the structures and "injuries" near the site of the pain – however, this is almost never the true cause. And it's really a guess—the doctor isn't going to cut your hip open to see if the bursa is actually inflamed (and that is a good thing).

Trochanteric bursitis is what Travell and Simons call a "garbage diagnosis." Medical people don't generally know that this type of pain is generally referred pain from a muscle, so by default they assume disease or injury at the site of the pain.

As CTB therapists, we know that the tensor fascia latae (TFL) muscle refers pain exactly to that area, and is generally what causes this pain. It's an important little muscle, that often gets overloaded.

In the Core Sciatica and Hip Pain Protocol, we show you how to thoroughly treat the TFL, along with many other muscles that cause pain in this area.

Like most muscles, the actual treatment isn't difficult. But you do need to understand how to treat each muscle as well as how to set yourself up properly to move the leg. And, most importantly, you have to understand the neurological "tricks" that will allow the muscle to give up its holding pattern, and be familiar with the common muscles that refer satellite pain and get it into trouble.

The Pain Hacker's Guides: The Core Sciatica and Hip Pain Protocol

Sciatica can be disabling, and many come to our clinic having suffered needlessly for years. The sad part is that we consider sciatica and hip pain to be among the easiest complaints to address. These cases won't be scary or frustrating any longer when you're armed with true understanding.

This brand-new online course incorporates our decades of clinical experience in treating sciatic pain using my Coaching The Body™ method. This knowledge will transform your practice and make these cases easy for you to resolve. How cool is that?

We've distilled out the most important muscles and the best sequence to treat them in. More importantly, you learn how to use our analysis method to understand and resolve your clients' sciatic and hip pain at the source, not wasting your time on esoteric muscles that don't often contribute, or chasing so-called injuries, joint dysfunction, etc. when these aren't the issue

If you don't understand the role of satellite referral in this area, you will end up wasting a lot of time. Our protocols are built around satellite and functional relationships.

I've taught this approach to hundreds of students successfully at my school in Evanston, IL – and now all of my sciatica secrets are available to you in a convenient, online course - the cost of which you can recover in a session or two.

What You Get In This Online Course:

  • Over 10 hours of video lessons covering all aspects of treating the core muscles involved in sciatic and hip pain, including techniques, analysis and treatment design.
  • 12 hours of NCBTMB approved remote CE for massage with quiz.
  • For each muscle, we cover the relevant functional anatomy, trigger point referral and behavior, key relationships with other muscles and treatment.
  • You learn a memorable protocol that guides you through each treatment, including the decisions you have to make at key points, assessments and modifications.
  • For each muscle, we show you how to approach it with bodywork as well as the appropriate use of tools like the Muscle Liberator™.
  • Some easy and effective self-care techniques to give your clients between sessions.
  • Copies of our slides and reference materials for you to download and keep.


Get 33% off this Painhacker's Guide during our 3-day Pre-Release Sale. All assets are ready, we're just cleaning up some cosmetics. You'll get immediate, 24/7 access to the best sciatica and hip pain training on the planet!

Meet Your Instructors

Your course has been designed by two respected teachers and practitioners with over 20 years of combined clinical experience helping clients with shoulder pain. 

Chuck Duff

Chuck left a lucrative (but soul-sucking) career in software development to pursue training in traditional Thai massage. He opened his first clinic, Thai Bodywork, in 2001, and quickly became frustrated with the lack of of understanding in traditional methods for deep, long-term pain relief.

During his decades-long quest to understand the true nature of pain, he rediscovered the forgotten nuances of trigger point therapy, and realized he could integrate it with his training in Thai techniques. He developed Coaching The Body™ through years of research and clinical study, and has been teaching it since 2005.

Chuck's in-person and online teaching has now achieved international recognition as one of the most sophisticated and successful approaches in the world for treatment of pain and dysfunction.

Doug Ringwald

Doug was a yoga instructor (and a musician, and a graphic designer, and a soccer player) with chronic back pain. As long as he was practicing yoga, he wasn’t in pain.

But he found himself unable to help his students with their chronic and severe pain. He felt frustrated by his lack of knowledge in functional anatomy and kinesiology.

Doug explored a myriad of learning opportunities—but after a life-changing experience with Thai Bodywork, he decided to enroll in Chuck Duff’s Level I training program. And we still can’t get rid of him. 🙂

Three years later, Doug quit his job in digital publishing to become a full-time therapist and teacher. He’s been teaching alongside Chuck since 2014, and he now sees clients at his Highland Park clinic in addition to his training and curriculum development at CTBI.

I have had a shoulder issue for 2 1/2 yrs never went to dr. I have just been treating with massage therapy weekly with some relief, & added Rom but never seem to regain all my Rom w/o pain. OMGoodness I just self treated with Liberator & full Rom w/o pain Im absolutely amazed! keep checking it and it is gone w/ full Rom!
Thank You

Melissa Smith

The content of the course is very well presented from the anatomy to pain referral patterns. The demos are easy to follow. It is great to be able to go back and review the material as needed.

Diane Sawtell

This training has been one of the best investments I have made. And I’m not even halfway through my training! I highly recommend it if you’re considering it.


Why I'm Offering You A Huge Discount For The Next Few Days...


I want you to have and use this knowledge, because my mission is to change the way that pain is understood and treated in our society. My goal is to create a movement of highly effective Pain Hackers - so I'm offering you an incredible value on this course. The CEs alone are worth much more than the $197 I'm asking you to pay. Once you purchase, you will have permanent 24/7 streaming access to the videos, and can review them at any time.

Do this now. This is how we are going to change the world and its illusions about pain. Please join us and become the Pain Hacker that all of your clients are raving (and telling their friends) about. I look forward to seeing you in the training!


"I'm taking the class & it’s awesome❣️Im getting great results with all my clients 🙌" -- Nancie, CTB Member

Here's What You Get In This Pain Hacker's Guide

  • Over 10 hours of instructional video, streamable 24/7 on your computer or mobile devices
  • 12+ hours of NCBTMB-approved remote CE for massage after you pass the quiz
  • This is my definitive protocol for sciatic pain, with our updated approach including specific treatment with the Muscle Liberator™
  • All relevant functional anatomy, trigger point knowledge, use of Muscle Energy Techniques, and best use of both bodywork and tools
  • Hands-on demos showing me treating people with real pain, showing you step by step what to do
  • A recorded 2-hour session with an actual client who came in for severe sciatica and hip pain
  • Access to our private FB group for Pain Hackers
  • Self-care techniques to give your clients
  • Downloadable slides and reference materials covering the material presented in the videos
  • 30 Day Money Back Cancellation - No Risk!
  • Confidence that you'll be able to make an incredible difference in the lives of your clients - that you can address their pain when body else could help them, including medical professionals.


Get 33% off this Painhacker's Guide during our 3-day Pre-Release Sale. All assets are ready, we're just cleaning up some cosmetics. You'll get immediate, 24/7 access to the best sciatica and hip pain training on the planet!