Curtis Madigan. Photo credit: Kara Mullane

Liangong is a health exercise system that combines orthopedic science and sports medicine and was developed by Dr. Zhuang Yuan Ming in a Shanghai hospital in the 1970s for addressing chronic pain in the neck, shoulders, arms, back, hips, legs, and feet. Curtis Madigan is a Certified Liangong Practitioner and has helped numerous musicians, athletes, and working professionals rapidly recover from tendonitis, numbness and immobility, sciatica, trigger finger, debilitating lower back pain, neck pain, coracoid impingement, bunions, wrist pain, and more. Madigan made a complete recovery from his own issues of a chronic pinched nerve in his left shoulder, torn meniscus in his left knee leading to swelling and limping, and regularly suffering lower back pain.

Madigan is the go-to professional for musicians in need of assistance. Madigan’s training in Liangong and other martial arts along with a powerful intuitive understanding of movement, have given him an incredible insight into movement mechanics. There are rhythmic timing issues that can only be alleviated by changing the way you move. Liangong offers an incredible opportunity to move more effectively and enhance your technical abilities on the instrument.

Benefits of Liangong and Movement Mechanics on Your Principal Instrument with Curtis Madigan

•Learn precise movement mechanics in playing your instrument

•Alleviate and eliminate back pain, neck pain, shoulder pains, tendonitis, pinched nerves, numbness and immobility, wrist pain, sciatica, etc.

•Prevent injuries and enhance your technical ability on your instrument (speed, accuracy, strength)

•Improve your overall posture and stage presence

•Fix rhythmic timing and feel issues that aren’t responding to other techniques

•Have more fun, eliminate stress, and develop more effortlessness in your playing

•Move on your instrument in a way that feels better and enhances your tone

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Testimonials from Individuals with Wrist Pain, Shoulder Pain, Tendinosis, and Tendonitis Alleviated through Liangong

“I met Curtis during his presentation at our Denver Area Music Teacher Association meeting. I was experiencing pain in my wrist and Curtis helped me during a 1:1 session by showing me a couple of simple Liangong exercises and alignment cues which gave me the insight and skills needed to alleviate the issue. As a result the pain has diminished in my wrist and I’m also able to correct my wrist and address any misalignments on my own time.” – Nazila Nekoorad, President of South Suburban Music Teacher Association V.P of Local Associations CSMTA

“It cannot be overstated how useful it has been to learn exercises that are directly focused on healing musician-related overuse injuries. After years of struggling with forearm tendinitis and spending thousands on various physical therapists & other specialists I found Liangong and the difference was incredible – every other specialist was focused almost purely on strength building with no regard for tension. Liangong has enabled me to continue my career as a professional musician!” – Michael Lennsen (Data Lords album w/Maria Schneider Orchestra), Denver, CO


“After about a month of enduring pain on my left wrist, I’m glad I reached out to Curtis to get an opinion from him. He advised I strengthen it with a very simple wrist exercise one can do virtually anywhere. One month of pain went away in less than two days. It’s clear Curtis has a deep passion for the human anatomy and I would highly recommend speaking to him about any joint or muscle issues you may have.” –Jonathan Gabai, Beverly Hills, CA


“Under Curtis’s tutelage I was able to correct my running gait to a significant degree that was predisposing me to shin splints. One of the major things that I garnered from Curtis’s instruction was significant gains in my body awareness which plays a huge role in rehabbing a joint like my shoulder, which after shattering it in an accident, I have had mobility issues. The movements that are the core of Liangong are stepping stones for people like me who lack an instinctual, innate sense of space and proper biomechanics and allows us to correct these problems.”  -Vikram Sharma MD

Testimonials from Individuals with Debilitating Issues Alleviated with Liangong

“I’m a trumpet player and have had a progressive pain in my right hand for six years that’s gotten worse. Because of the pain I’ve thought about quitting music altogether. I tried everything in attempting to heal my hand: massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, physical therapy, and Alexander technique. This is what finally did it. After three days of practicing the Liangong exercises I stopped wearing my hand brace, after wearing it for the entire year prior. Curtis helped to eliminate six years of pain in my right hand within a one hour session. Curtis also gave me an invaluable rhythmic perception exercise that’s helped me stay out of pain while performing.” – William Gianquinto, Santa Fe, NM

“In Mid-January of 2012, I was suffering from excruciating lower back pain. When speaking to Curtis about the pain, he offered to help me; not only was he able to help provide natural relief from the pain, he was also able to educate me on the causes, and preventative measures to ensure that I would not have to suffer the same ailment again.” – Matthew Lorensen, Littleton, CO

“I had numbness and tingling in my entire left arm that kept me awake at night and pained me during exercise. Curtis showed me a simple exercise that made the pain go away and it’s been three months now and the pain hasn’t returned. Curtis, keep doing what you’re doing – you’ve got a special gift and I hope you heal a lot of other people. God bless you.” – Jeffery Steele, Los Angeles, CA

“Curtis your help has been invaluable dealing with both of my hand’s tendinitis (very painful). I tried hand Doctors, kinesiology, physical therapy, massages, acupuncture, and nothing helped. I thought my life was finished because I couldn’t use my hands to even lift a glass of water nor almost any task. I was depressed, scared, sad, and hopeless – I’d rather die than be dependent on others. Thank you, Curtis, for teaching me to meditate and for the exercises you gave me. Now the pain is going down and I’ve started to use my hands again. I want to live! THANK YOU!” – Asalia Nieto, Brentwood, CA

“I used to have horrible pains in my neck. Working with Curtis has helped to alleviate the pain drastically. I no longer have chronic pains in my neck. Also, I haven’t been able to run for the last 15 years because of knee pain and after working with Curtis I’m able to run again. I, also, got stronger and lost weight. Also, the exercises helped me to be more present and more focused. Thank you, Curtis, for your help.” – Vitaliy Landa, Pasadena, CA

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