ALT =[“Appointments with Dr. Jolie Bookspan: Information page for scheduling private appointments to fix your pain and learn healthier life with Dr. Bookspan.”]


Information for Private Appointments


Workshops With Dr. Bookspan


© Jolie Bookspan MEd, PhD, FAWM



In these fast-paced, jam-packed, sometimes humorous group workshops and private sessions, stop pain and keep it from coming back. Learn why common treatments and training methods don't work, and what to do instead. Learn top training methods and get stronger and fitter in fun healthy real life ways without needing a gym. See the principles in action where you least expect them. Learn more solutions than you can shake a stick at. Come prepared to excite your brain.

THIS page gives details about what we do in these sessions. Descriptions and schedules for all the different classes are on my Classes page. More ways to get better, including free on-line articles are on my Clinical page. More about me is on Adventure Medicine.


WMS medical conference July 2010  Fix Pain class - physicians, military, and smart students
Thank you AFEM Academy developmental projects director Peggy Santamaria for the banner.



Therapist Linda Hsu says:

"It was a true pleasure and honor to experience Dr. Bookspan in person and to see her embody everything she teaches and writes about. I have finally found a teacher who knows the "whys" of chronic pain, and is willing to take the time to explain and investigate causes and solutions. I am grateful that she took so much time and care to present such invaluable information in such an accessible way. Everything taught in this class was backed by research and science and can be immediately applied to activities of daily living - Brilliant!"



  Class Texts and other BOOKS

ALT =[“Healthy Martial Arts by Dr. Jolie Bookspan. Training for all athletes in all sports, body and mind. More on author web site”]      ALT =[“Fix Your Own Pain Without Drugs or Surgery by Dr. Jolie Bookspan. Fix causes using scientific methods you can do yourself. Available from author web site”]   ALT =[“Stretching Smarter Stretching Healthier by Dr. Jolie Bookspan. Effective quick methods for healthier range of motion during daily life, sports, exercise, and at home. Available from author web site”]   ALT =[“The Ab Revolution 4th Edition by Dr. Jolie Bookspan. Replaces all eariler editions. Available from author web site”]   

ALT =[“Health and Fitness in Plain English - How To Be Healthy Happy and Fit For The Rest Of Your Life by Dr. Jolie Bookspan THIRD edition. Available from author web site”]  ALT =[Diving Physiology in Plain English - new eighth edition 2021 with Blue Cover and white text: by Dr. Jolie Bookspan]   ALT =[“Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Review For Physicians Board Exam Guide by Dr. Jolie Bookspan. Available from author web site”]




What is Taught

In All Classes and Appointments
Why you get pain and loss of function, and specifics of what to do about it. Learn effective training methods for top advancement and long-term health combined. Understanding to apply concepts, not just do arbitrary exercises without ability to tell why they work or not; How to keep problems from coming back on your own without pills, gadgets, ongoing treatments, or other externals. Power is back to you.

Fix Your Own Lower Back Pain Workshop
General mechanics of disc pain, disc degeneration and herniation, sciatica, impingement (pinched nerve), joint and soft tissue pain and injury process, lordosis, bad discs, facet pain, general arthritis and narrowings, spondys, hyperlordosis (swayback), pain with standing, pain with sitting, muscle spasm, hip dysfunction, tight muscles, more.
Learn to identify and re-educate common injurious ergonomics and habits, and identify good and bad exercises.

Fix Your Own Neck Pain
Neck and upper back pain, upper crossed syndrome, disc pain, disc degeneration and herniation, shoulder impingement, rotator cuff, pinched nerve and pain down the arm, joint and soft tissue pain and injury process, bad discs, general arthritis and narrowings, tightness, spasm.

Fix and Prevent Injuries Workshop
Shorter summary of all the above, plus ankles, knees, shoulder, neck, arches, more.

Healthy Aging Workshop
Practical uses of the above for older populations to regain general strength, upper back mobility and normal kyphosis, leg strength and balance, healthy knee and hip dynamics, disc spacing, better appearance, balance training, and restore independence, and for all ages to prevent problems.

Healthier Stretching, and Healthier CORE and Back Training Workshops
Fast fun re-training to change unhealthy common stretches and training techniques to healthier, stronger, immediately useful ones. Full class Syllabus links, plus schedules, are on the CLASSES page.

Private Appointments
Customize any or all the above plus more topics based on need and request. Talk doesn't cook rice - we will practice what you need while here, not only talk about it.


Cathy Sander, student of "Fix and Prevent Injuries" writes:

I had had 4 separate sessions of PT, chiropractic and massage experience AND I work for an oral surgeon who has a dental AND medical degree (and I still had pain, lots of pain). Using Dr. Bookspan's work, I fixed my pain. I researched Dr. Bookspan online before I enrolled for the class. I was confident that this is a very knowledgeable and practical person who is passionate about her scientific research AND living a full life with varied experiences. I am so glad I took the opportunity to meet her in person and experience her energy."

"What was great about class? No desks & lots of movement. Syllabus emailed to me in advance to prepare for class. Lots of visual and hands on aids--especially the model of the spine I could take apart and see each vertebrae and each disc individually. Dr. Bookspan also sent a follow-up email summarizing everything we studied in class with page numbers corresponding to her books (it's like she read my mind)."



Style of Instruction


Format For Appointments


Location For Group Classes

Some classes are available in a fun on-line format. Some larger in-person classes are held in Wyndmoor, PA. Workshops held at medical conferences are listed on the Class page. If you have a great location, let me know. Address is sent to registered students. Scroll down this page for maps.



Location For Your In-Person Private Appointment

Health is Retrained In All Aspects - Including Booking and Traveling to Your Private Appointment


What to Wear and Bring to All Appointments and Classes



James Michie after his appointment.
He wrote his success story for us. See it on the Yoga page







Academy Certification and Instructor training may be earned by top students through study directly with me (Dr. Bookspan.) I have no authorized instructors. Any certificates from others are theirs not mine.


Dr. Bookspan, standing at back, and students at the Black Belt Hall of Fame Class of 2010



Participant Comments


The workshop gave me a vastly improved understanding of mechanics and rarely presented ways of utilizing them for health and problem elimination/control. The overall learning / insight is excellent; the information of immediate clinical therapeutic use. I very highly recommend this course.
- Dr. Linder Wingo, M.D., Ocala Florida

The workshop is very practical. Concepts easy to understand.
I already have felt pain relief.
- Dana Chandler, North Carolina

I personally benefited and reduced my own back pain.
Also, the shoulder information you taught us helped my shoulder pain (had it for years --PT exercises did not help). My shoulder pain has actually gone away. I am amazed.
- Major Kelly Fripps, BSN, RN, US Air Force,
NC Flight Commander, Primary Care Teams Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona

I thought I would take the workshop to learn how to help my patients. I learned specific techniques that have already given me relief of my own pain. The workshop gave ways to easily recognize and correct problems. I recommend everything about this workshop.
- Dr. Thomas Brown, M.D., Emergency Room Physician, St. Agnes Medical Center

I will be able to help my patients with all I learned.
What do I say about this workshop? Go for it!
- Dr. Mack C. Poole, M.D., Spartanburg, South Carolina

My mother literally stopped the surgeons on her way into surgery, and left the hospital to try your techniques instead. She is much better now. I truly am grateful for your willingness to help, your compassion, your generosity. I consider you an angel of mercy, for you have also rid me of the pains that were making me old before my time.
- Kat Gibson, Colorado, "One of America's top singers and songwriters" acc to Savanna Times Journal


Helpful Preparation Before Your Appointment


1. Free Summaries. Read Those That Apply To You

Upper Back and Neck Pain
Neck and upper back pain, herniated and degenerating cervical (neck) discs, upper shoulder, rotator cuff pain, numb arm / fingers, and forward head.

Lower Back Pain
Fix your own back pain, intro to discs, and understanding exercises.

Español Dolor de Espalda y Que Hacer?

Bad Discs and Sciatica
Disc degeneration, herniation, and sciatica, and how to fix them yourself

Français Prévenir le mal de dos en cas de longue station assise.

Lower Back Pain With Standing, Walking, Running
How (exactly) abs fix back pain (It's not by strengthening) - You may be surprised. Includes, lordosis, hyperlordosis, spondys, swayback, SI joint, more.

Français! La Révolution Abdominale™ Une Nouvelle Manière de Comprendre et d’Utiliser les Muscles Abdominaux

Foot Pain, Fallen Arches, Metatarsal Pain
See the Patient Success Stories for three patients who explain how they used my work and did it right.

Knee Pain
Instead of reducing activity, learn healthy movement that helps knees and improves function at the same time.

Bad Exercises
Common stretches and exercises that reinforce and practice rounded spine posture, bad movement biomechanics, and the same problems you thought you were exercising to prevent.

Why Fitness Isn't Working
Not all exercise is healthy or good medicine. How to change exercise into healthy practices.

Fitness as a Lifestyle - Functional Fitness
Making all daily movement useful and healthy. Changing arbitrary sets and reps of exercise into how you actually need to move and stretch and lift in real life.

Stretching Smarter Stretching Healthier
Identifying and changing bad stretches that contribute to pain and the same poor posture you started with. Changing stretches into how you move and stretching real life.

Facts and myths about what it can help or not.

Yoga does not fix causes of pain and can often be a cause itself. See how to make yoga healthier and prevent yoga injuries.


Make sure you understand the concepts, not skip understanding to "do" exercises.



2. Read This Short Fitness Fixer™ Summary

Click this link for the Humor page and scroll down until you find my article, "Somebody Please Do My Personal Responsibility For Me!."

This article had appeared on my column with which ran from 2006 to 2010. After they discontinued the column, they kept articles at first but took off all the accompanying photos and movies I had made for them. I thought that at least the articles would remain on their site as an enduring reference. Then they took down all the articles - almost 800 of them. I moved this article to my Humor page. For archives of some of the rest, check my Fitness Fixer Index.


3. On Twitter @TheFitnessFixer
Instant updates on classes, exciting projects, fitness fixes, and more. Tweet your successes. Short and Easy.

Follow me, Tweet, or just read and enjoy:


4. Check Your Topics on The Fitness Fixer™Column Index - Almost 800 Free Articles

I wrote my column, The Fitness Fixer for from 2006 to 2010. Fun innovative ways to make exercise and daily life healthier.

The company I used to write The Fitness Fixer column for, after several successful years, suddenly removed all the movies and most of the photos I made to show concepts in action, or put them out of order with the text, removed all the interesting, helpful dialog with readers in the comments sections, and then, most strangely, cut some of the articles so that the end was at the top, and the beginning of the text appeared at the end. Then they removed all the articles entirely. If you are a major health company who can syndicate or run this column, we can restore it to all the originally intended fun and benefit.

Here is my page telling a little about it plus an alphabetic index of most of the articles, by topic: The Fitness Fixer Index.



5. Check How Others Fixed the Same Pain You Have - Inspiring Patient Stories

In Inspiring Patient Stories people tell, in their own words, how they used the information in the classes and books to stop their pain and injuries. Not testimonials, but tutorials.



6. Get Your Books
Full step-by-step instruction books are available in class at discount for students, or on my web site BOOKS page:

Fix Your Own Pain Without Drugs or Surgery Everything we cover in class to fix your neck, upper back, and lower back pain and disc pain, fully illustrated, step-by-step. Plus how to fix pain everywhere else - chapters on exactly what to do to fix and prevent pain in your hip, shoulder, wrist, knee, feet and ankles, leg cramps, more.

Health & Fitness in Plain English- How To Be Healthy Happy and Fit for the Rest of Your Life
New THIRD Edition.
Fix back and neck pain, understand and fix health risks, learn healthy daily functional movement, nutrition and lifestyle. 31 chapters of step-by-step instructions.

The Ab Revolution™
No More Crunches No More Back Pain New revised FOURTH edition.
Change your understanding of what abdominal muscles do (and don't do) during daily activity and what they have to do with your spine. Part I teaches you how to stop a major kind of lower back pain from too much inward lumbar sway (swayback / hyperlordosis). Part II uses that new healthy spine position for a revolutionary core re-training method - no forward bending that hurts disc and trains bent forward posture. Combination of sports medicine and fun lifestyle movement training (functional exercise) to straighten posture, learn neutral spine, and get a healthier stronger workout than with conventional abdominal exercises. Used by military, law enforcement, and the nation's top spine doctors. Illustrated.

Stretching Smarter Stretching Healthier

Learn which traditional stretches add to pain and dysfunction. Learn healthier and more fun stretches to do instead. Learn functional moment to restore resting length during daily life.

Healthy Martial Arts
Top training applied to all life and all your athletics.



Keep Pain Away - Prevent Pain From Returning

For SMARTER PROGRESS Fixing Your Pain and Keeping it Away

All methods are intended to decrease pain and improve function starting as soon as you begin using them.

Each technique should make an obvious positive change right then. If it does not make sense or help, you may not be applying it as intended (you are doing it wrong).

Do not do anything that makes more or new pain. Don't fix one pain and cause another (that's traditional medicine, not this method).

Understand each thing presented and why it is done - before using it.

Pain may return if you return to habits and exercises that strain muscles and puts joints into unhealthy positioning.

Keep thinking and practicing and understanding until healthy motion becomes natural and the way you move for all daily life.

Check for your topics of interest on my free online health column: The Fitness Fixer Index.

Review free summaries of “Fix Pain” information:

Get your books - Fix Your Own Pain Without Drugs or Surgery and Health & Fitness in Plain English, THIRD edition, plus others. Available in class at discount. To order anytime, click: Books.

Take other workshops and classes for new information and to refresh and practice. Click the link: Classes.

Enjoy getting better. Smile. Relax. Breathe.

Schedule follow-up appointment for better and higher gains and to learn new healthy fun things. Your visit provides what you need to learn to stop pain and prevent recurrence, and not need repeated visits for more of the same pain fixing. That is health.


Thank you for smart observation, and Julie Ballenger, success patient, for sending it.



AFTER Class - Helpful Review Articles


    Use my “Fix Pain” articles: Scroll down to "Start RIght Now" Summary Articles. There are many, each of a separate topic - fix back pain, fix back pain with standing, fix discs and sciatica, fix neck pain, fix pain from sitting, fix knee pain, hamstrings and myths about their relation to back pain, many more.

    Use healthy movement for all your real life activities. Read how in: Fitness as a Real Lifestyle.

    Check for more topics of interest on my online health compendium - almost 800 free articles: The Fitness Fixer Index.

    Get the Books for review, to continue progress, and learn more great methods.

    Check for other great classes.

    Motivated top students may apply for follow up appointment or continue with Individual Care.




Philadelphia Attractions and Maps - Healthy Events and Fun

Event Guides -

Event Guide -

UWishUNu -


Philadelphia Bike Share In Philadelphia

For years, I kept spare bikes for friends, students, and patients visiting. Now you can get convenient access to public bike sharing. (They took away seven (7!) of our permit parking spaces in our neighborhood to put up their paid racks, even with public land a few feet away. I think it could have been done smarter, while giving you helpful bike service).

The Philadelphia Bike Share program is called Ride IndeGo!

Web site for information and sign up is

Customer Service phone: 844.4.indego


Here is the City of Philadelphia Bike Share page.

An interesting Walking Tour - Our Murals
Philadelphia Mural Arts project. "The city-run Mural Arts program was created in 1984 as the Anti-Graffiti Network, providing constructive projects for young artists ... more than 3,000 murals have been painted so far on walls around the city." Click for maps and center city walking tours with mural highlights.

Below a map should load of "The Mural Mile" 17 of Center City's most iconic murals along a 2.5 mile walking route through downtown Philadelphia (let me know if the link does not work or if you want more mural info):

View The Mural Mile in a larger map



"Get On-Get Off" Buses, Tours, Combined Tour and Tickets to Great Attractions

PhlashTour -

Big Bus Tours - Sightseeing Tour -

Philadelphia CityPass  - Transportation plus admission to 6 of Philadelphia’s most famous attractions (with options to add more). Site includes Q&A, purchase info, maps of routes, and full description of all attractions.


Getting Around the City - by foot, taxi , ferry, public transportation, and visiting the surrounding countryside by regional rail and cars:

Click this link from on Getting Around.

Transit Twitter- @SEPTA  - check for city bus detours, strikes, delays, news.


Weather Conditions for Your Travel


Maps & Directions


Use this map for routes to your center city hotel choices.
The map should be marked for reference with our Karate Training center - 2100 Chestnut Street, downtown Philadelphia, 19103

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Directions to Wilderness Medical Meeting Workshops at Breckinridge Colorado:

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Let's Open Our RESORT for Fun Training and Healthy Life


Maybe at your campus, studio or beach? Also join fun and instructive Dr. Bookspan projects - help the world, be in my next books, write rhymes about your pain fixes. Click Projects.




I hope I have answered most of the usual questions.

If you have more, or want to schedule, use the instructions on the Clinical page.



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- Howard Aiken


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Make up your mind, you'll never use crutches or a stick,
then have a go at everything. Go to school, join in all the
games you can. Go anywhere you want to. But never, never let them
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