If you are one of the tens of millions of Americans struggling with Chronic Pain, I get it.  You see, I lived it myself.  After a decade of wondering if it would be better to have my foot amputated, I discovered some simple truths — first and foremost being that INFLAMMATION IS THE ROOT of virtually all Chronic Pain and Chronic Disease. 

Furthermore, the peer-reviewed scientific literature showed me that this Inflammation always leads to something the medical community refers to as ‘FIBROSIS‘ (in my clinic I typically refer to it as SCAR TISSUE).   Although supplements themselves are never the complete solution for dealing with Scar Tissue (HERE), they can be an integral part of the getting-your-life-back puzzle.  The best nutritional supplements for healing injured collagen-based tissues can be found HERE.


  1. Diana

    Dear Dr. Schierling,

    About a year ago I made a mistake by having a doctor convince me to wear a walking boot. Now I am left with radiating heat on the back of my spine. I had two epidural injections would only left me weaker with muscle and connective tissue and foot drop. In addition I have two herniated disc with mild degeneration bilateral in the lumbar area plus two budging in the cervical. Also the epidural with the facet block left me not so good with my stomach. What would you recommend for me to recover some muscle/connective tissue.



    • Hello Diana,
      Sorry to hear that. Make sure to read my blog category called “Universal Cure”. Not that I am guaranteeing a “cure” but because Inflammation is the root of most of the problems you are describing, learning how to root this problem out at the source (not simply trying to cover it up with meds) is almost always beneficial.

      Dr. Russ

  2. Ranika

    Would you recommend Omega for RA?

  3. Diana

    Dr. Russ – I’m so happy to have found your website today. I’ve been suffering with different types of chronic pain, which started out with my spine, for 15 years. I’m sick & tired of western doctors lack of interest in getting to the root of my problems. I’m now researching more sensible ways of treating chronic pain, without the help of my doctors. “They refuse to consider recommending any kind of supplements even knowing I have a connective tissue disorder”. Thank you again for all the helpful information! Diana

  4. Dian

    Thank you for the article! I’ll ask my local chiropractor who sells Standard Process for Ligaplex. Have a healthy and wonderful day!🙂

  5. Ian

    I am 17 years old. I have a chronic tendon injury (6-7 months). The injury hurts in the inside hamstring tendons behind my knee. I am a competitive swimmer, and the injury was caused by repetitive up and down kicking. There is pain when I kick up towards the sky as that is when my hamstring tendon is activated. I have been to physical therapy (didn’t work) and I have been doing Active Release Therapy for about 3 weeks (6 appointments). Also, during the course of the day when I walk and sit there is mild pain.

    As the months progressed with my injury I decreased the amount of stress my hamstring underwent by not kicking sometimes. Before the injury I swam about 7,000 yards a day; (used my legs for all of it) I currently kick around 500-1000 yards a day. After that amount, the pain doesn’t become unbearable but it definitely kicks in, so I stop kicking.

    I have worked a lot on activating my glute on the up kick, and now my glutes fire perfectly. However, it is impossible not to use hamstrings on the up kick, so my hamstrings continue to hurt even though I use my glutes a lot.

    So I tried eccentric hamstring curls, where I used 2 legs concentrically, and then I eccentrically lowered with only 1 leg. I did this with a 5 pound weight for 10 reps each side every day for 5 days. My hamstring pain became worse, so I stopped. Then, two weeks later I tried the same thing with 2.5 pound weight, and it hurt more than normal again after 5 days so I stopped. The whole time through both bouts off eccentric exercise I swam between 500-1000 yards of kicking.

    I will admit, after I take a super hot shower and it seems blood flow increases to my hamstrings, they feel better. I become nearly pain free for 10 minutes and exercising them doesn’t hurt much at all.

    • Hello Ian,

      Hate that ART did not help. It is often quite effective. Could be a lot of reasons for this. Have someone video you and put the video on a program that slows it down to a frame at a time and watch for biomechanical differences / abnormalities from right to left. Sometimes these things can take a long blasted time to heal. The problem is, athletes don’t like to take the time necessary. As an athlete myself, I understand this all too well.

      Dr. Russ

  6. krislight

    Can you recommend a suitable substitute for Ligaplex II that is appropriate for a vegan?

  7. ruchi

    good …. thank you

  8. joy

    Thanks I work to keep as alkaline as possible, but not perfect….hoping the Ligaplex II will help and I just ordered a new bottle of glucosomine, have taken it off and on for years but not now, so I’ll get with it again….also read it can raise blood sugar so that kind of spooked me.

    I do all the RIGHT stuff and take Jarrow DHA max omega 3’s and cooking with olive oil and coconut oil….

    Again I’m not perfect and aging isn’t my best friend, mind is good but the body…. THanks for your assistance. joy

    • Dian

      Extra-virgin olive oil contains a great number of healthy properties, but upon cooking, it loses many of its health benefits. It oxidizes with exposure to air, light, heat, and just with time. So the best way to go is not to cook with it. For max health benefits, consume cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil on salads (makes a great dressing when mixed with lemon, salt, and pepper or other herbs), in pesto, mixed into hummus, as a replacement for butter on bread, as a condiment, or take a little bit each day as a supplement (same goes for unrefined coconut oil). It’s also good for your skin, applied topically. Choose olive oil that doesn’t smell rancid (the fresher the oil, the healthier it is). Fresh, healthy oil will have a stronger olive fruit smell, a complex zesty, bitter, or slightly peppery taste, depending on the variety — taste reflects freshness and nutrient content. It should not be yellow (which means it’s old or refined and processed, which is rancid and unhealthy oil). The bottle should be dark, not clear, to help keep it fresh longer. Store it in a cool area away from sunlight, and don’t let it get too old (you’ll be able to tell by the smell and taste when it gets rancid).

      Coconut oil is a mostly saturated fat, so it’s very stable (doesn’t oxidize easily). Good for baking and light cooking, but avoid frying, which makes it (as well as any food) unhealthy and inflammatory. For good health, use only unrefined and cold-pressed (virgin) coconut oil. Organic is best whenever you can afford it (same with olive oil, and food in general). Commercially refined coconut oil is highly processed, usually at high heat, which isn’t good for your health. The least processed (“whole” foods) are the always the best. Coconut oil contains a great many beneficial health properties, including the antifungal chemical capryllic acid, and the oil’s been studied for its role in improving brain function (as with many healthy oils), but its healthful properties are preserved only when it’s eaten cold and unrefined.

      Check out World’s Healthiest Foods at and type in “healthy fats”, omega-3, coconut oil, or olive oil in the search bar for more info or to find tasty healthy recipes.

      A few months ago I read a report from a research study that found that consuming fish oil capsules for omega-3 supplementation causes an increase in cholesterol; but when salmon and other healthy fish sources of omega-3 were eaten, it did not cause participants’ cholesterol levels to rise, and both groups (the participants taking fish oil capsules and those eating fish) attained the same level of omega-3 in their bodies.

      Conclusion: Eating whole foods for nutrition instead of depending on supplements is the best and healthiest way to go.

      Just make sure you’re digestion works properly, or you won’t get any benefit no matter what you eat. For those of us who don’t have good digestion due to health problems or age, try taking digestive enzymes. There are many digestive aids in the market; Standard Process also makes them. A holistic health professional or naturopathic medical doctor can help you determine what deficiency you may have and what digestive aid type (general broad-spectrum enzymes, specific help for breaking down fats, for proteins, etc) might suit you best, because what helps one person may not be suitable for another (even if it’s a natural supplement!), especially if you have certain health problems.

  9. Rupert Clarke

    Do you have a general recommendation to support achiiles repair (non-surgical) following a complete rupture in a 65 yo active male. A friend mentioned magnesium supplementation ?
    Many thanks.
    Rupert Clarke

    • Ligaplex by Standard Process without a doubt.

      Dr. Russ

      • joy

        I deal with bodywide OA and a pretty big mess from an anterior hip replacement in 2010, knee is worse and foot/ankle on this replacement side worse….

        I’m taking Ligaplex II over 3 weeks now and wonder if it take longer to “kick in”….it may be helping but it’s hard to tell. I don’t want to give up and I muscle test and pendulum test positive for it. I’m 76, so long old OA. Testing tells me to take 4 per day, 2 and 2.

      • Hello Joy,

        Bear in mind that Ligaplex is the kind of supplement that is going to take awhile to work. Also, with OA, you probably need something for the joint surfaces like Glucosamine. However, the most important thing you can do is to eat an ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET and take PFGO. Dealing with INFLAMMATION is critical if you want to effectively manage this without more drugs or surgery.

        Dr. Russ

  10. Erika

    Hi, My daughter ( 4,5 years) has connective tissue issues due to cerebral palsy. She is getting a gel capsule with fish oil, calcium and Magnesium. I know I should be adding more of what you said but have problems locating things that taste okay and that she can swallow. She can handle chewing but tablets, especially foul tasting liquids don’t go down. we live in Germany. what do you suggest I do?

  11. LeAnn Craddock

    My structure has collapsed. I have Severe Advanced Arthritis, I get chiropractic and was very blessed to have met a couple that are MST’s and are helping immensely. I take all kinds of supplements and have changed my diet. Have been at this for a long time but it took me the first 4 yrs to get off all of the medications the dr’s had me on…What can I take that will help strengthen my structure? It just seems to be taking so long. I’m still working on getting the knots (toxins) out of my body. Thank you!

  12. Charlotte Baggs


    I have Diastasis Recti and was wondering what would you recommend as a supplement for me to take that would help re build my connective tissue?

  13. Ronny Moussa

    Hi Dr i was hoping you can help me with my problems.i have mild tendinosis in my left shoulder around the rotar calf area.i also have in my left and right wristsand now in my right leg in the areas of the quads, adducter and calfs.i have been taking fish oils for maybe five years on and off and now i have started on cissus and powdered joint complex that has gucosimine, chrondrotin and msm.i have started the gym and taking protein shakes.i have been taking them for about 5 weeks now and dont see much there anything else i can take or do to help me with my 35 years old and a plumber as my job.thank you

  14. Corri

    For someone with a chronic underlying issue, such as Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (essentially defective collagen that is thin and weak), would attacking the scar tissue/deranged collagen still be benificial? I guess, I wonder if my body might attack only the scar tissue, and either help build/synthesize proper collagen, or if it would see all collagen as deranged and then try to clean it all out. A very odd question, maybe you have an idea?🙂 Enjoying some real answers to what supplements are truly helpful!

    • Hello Cori,

      I do not think that my Tissue Remodeling would work on most patients with hardcore EDS. The thing to do, however, would be to simply follow a healthy lifestyle (GLUTEN FREE would be huge here). The best supplement for you would be Ligaplex II.

      Dr. Russ

  15. brickjuice

    How important is it to take Ligaplex I with food? I am currently fasting yet want to begin taking this supplement again. Thanks so much!

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