General questions

Who is this app made for?

RedPill is designed for therapists and doctors who help patients overcome musculoskeletal complaints and injuries. For example, physical therapists, manual therapists, massage therapists, athletic trainers, chiropractors and doctors of osteopathy.

Why do you charge an introduction fee?

There’s still work to be done. But, we don’t want you to have to wait until we’re finished.

Our solution to this is an introductory fee. Early adopters pay only $100 per year.

On top of that, you get to lock in this very low annual subscription fee for years to come. If you keep your subscription active, you’ll never pay more.

What are you waiting for?

If it’s a beta-version does it provide the right suggestions?

Yes it does. We would not launch the app if it didn’t.

However, we still have work to do. With time, we will add more easy-starts. We’ll also add illustrations and evaluation suggestions for every organ.

And, if we learn about new (found) inter-organ relationships, we will update the database with that information, of course.

Is RedPill made for tablets?

Yes, it is.

It is designed to be used in your clinic.

The app is made to help you be as accurate and efficient as possible during your treatment session. It is intended to promote dialogue between you and your patient.

The images on the HOME are actual photographs of an iPad running the app.

Can I use RedPill on a laptop or computer?

Yes you can, but … depending on your screen resolution it doesn’t look like intended.

You should use a high screen resolution. A low(er) resolution makes the app look large and requires you to scroll more than necessary.

Most newer computers and laptops let you change the screen resolution under “settings”.

TIP: decreasing the width of your browser lets you stack the columns on top of each other, just like on a tablet.

I saw I can submit suggestions and questions with an organ, what can I post?

As long as it’s practical (useful) and about the organ in question you can post anything you’d like.

Links such as those to websites, information about techniques or upcoming seminars, therapy, and exercise related videos and images, etc.

As for questions, you can for example ask your colleagues about how they solve the dysfunctions they encounter.

Why do you allow posts from users in the app?

We assume that two therapists know and see more than one.

We’re hoping that we can help each other get better. Learn from each other.

So, go ahead start sharing useful/practical information with your colleagues from all over the world. Together we can create a great source of practical information.

What if I have a question about the app?

When you subscribe, you receive our email address.

You can use it to ask us anything about the app.

Note: please submit therapy related questions or suggestions with the organ that you have a question about.

Questions about the subscription

Is a subscription for a single user only?

Yes, it is.

This means you cannot open the app on two laptops at the same time or open it on your laptop while you’re logged in on your iPad.

The app will not work as intended if you do.

Can I buy a clinic pass?

At the moment, we do not have a clinic pass/subscription available.

However, if there is a lot of interest we might be able to add this feature.

What about the FREE trial you mention?

Every new user gets a 5 day free trial. A free trial gives you full access to the app.

You register by filing out your name and email address and submitting your credit card information. Your credit card will NOT be charged. Your account will indicate you are in the ‘trial” period.

If you unsubscribe, before the end of your trial, by selecting the “cancel subscription” button, your credit card will NOT be charged. After selecting the cancel button your account will indicate you do not have an active subscription.

If you’d like to keep using the app, your credit card is charged when your 5 day trial is over. Your account will mention you have an active subscription.

So you know, your credit card grants you 1 free trial.

Questions about the app

What do the columns show?

The 1st column, the column on the far left or top depending on if you use a computer or tablet, shows the painful or injured organs.

The other columns from left to right or top to bottom, again depending on if you use a computer or tablet, show their connecting or related organs, organs that influence the 1st-column-organs.

The organs in the 2nd column are more closely related to the 1st-column-organs than the organs in the 4th. Because of this, the 2nd-column-organs are generally more important for recovery than those in the last column.

What are the numbers to the left of the organ names?

The numbers show how many connections or relationships an organ has with the organs listed in the columns before it.

So, a 3rd column organ with the number 9 next to its name has 9 connections with organs listed in the 1st and 2nd column. And, a 4th column organ with the number 17 next to its name, has 17 connections with organs listed in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd column.

What are “easy-starts”?

Easy-starts make using RedPill easy.

They are images that compile evaluation-suggestion-lists just by clicking on them.

You can learn more about this below, under “Questions about easy-starts”.

What does the “filter results” button do?

It allows you to change what you see; it lets you filter the suggestion lists.

With the filter, you can leave, for example, “bones” and “nerves” out. This is useful if you don’t want to evaluate and treat the “bones” and “nerves” that show up in the lists.

Note: if you use the filter the progress-meter resets, all the thumbs (thumbs up or down) you selected go back to neutral.

What do the "progress" graphs show?

The blue progress bar or graph shows the overall progress you’ve made. It shows how many organs on the suggestion list you’ve evaluated. For example, if you’ve evaluated half of the organs on the list, i.e. 15 of the 30, it tells you your progress is at 50%.

The green progress bar or graph shows how many of the organs you’ve evaluated are functional and pain free. If, for example, 2/3’s of the organs are in tip-top shape, i.e. 10 of the 15, it gives you a thumbs-up for 66%.

The red progress bar or graph shows how many of the organs you’ve evaluated are dysfunctional and hurting. If, for example, 1/3 of the organs are in a sub-par state, i.e. 5 of the 15, it gives you a thumbs-down for 33%.

How do I save the "progress" I make during a therapy session?

Saving your patient’s progress is easy.

Once you’ve selected several thumbs, click on the “progress” button in the side bar. From there, just follow the steps. It’s very easy to use.

You can save your progress under a new patient and complaint, save it under a new complaint for an existing patient, or save it under an existing patient and complaint.

Single session progress is shown with progress-bars. Progress over multiple sessions is displayed with graphs.

Note: The progress-meter resets, and the thumbs go back to neutral, when you use the result filter.

What is the “patients” button?

It is your patient’s administration information.

Here you can edit and delete patients and their complaints.

The patient admin also gives you access to the progress per patient and complaint. Just select the heart-icon to see the progress you’ve made from treatment-session to treatment-session.

What is the "timer" for and how does it work?

The timer helps you stay on track; it helps you keep a steady flow and rhythm in your treatment session.

It counts down from five minutes, helping you to not spend too much time per organ.

It starts after selecting the “start treatment,” a “thumbs-up,” or a “thumbs-down” button. Selecting a thumbs-up or thumbs-down button also resets it.

At “1 minute left,” it gives off a single beep. It does the same for each of the last two seconds.

You can hide or show the timer by selecting the “timer” button in the sidebar. So you know, even if it’s hidden, it keeps count.

Under some organs it says "contra-lateral" or "bi-lateral", what does that mean?

Contra-lateral means you should evaluate the muscle, bone, or deep fascia in question on the other side of the body. On the other side from where the pain or injury is.

Example, if you patient’s right knee is hurting and the list contains “rectus femoris – contra-lateral,” you should examine the left rectus femoris muscle, the rectus femoris on the left side of the body, contra-lateral (opposite side) from the injury.

Bi-lateral means you evaluate the organ on both sides of the body, the left and right side.

Example, if your patient’s left lower back is hurting and the list contains “gluteus maximus – bi-lateral,” you should examine the left and right glut max.

Questions about easy-starts

How do I pick an easy-start?

Start by making sure there are no contra-indications for therapy and physical activity. Make sure you patient is healthy enough.

Then ask him or her where it hurts. Try to find the center of the pain together with your patient. You can examine the area and ask about painful movements.

You can also pull up the easy-start images and have him/her point out which image seems to overlap. The description under the image helps confirm if it’s the right location.

When you and your patient agree on an image that covers the painful area exactly or as well as possible, simply select the image.

For future reference, write down the name of the easy-start you pick. You can also add the name between (…) behind your patient’s complaint upon saving progress.

That’s it.

Do the easy-start images represent where the pain is located or what the injury is?

They represent the location of the pain.

So, an image with the infraspinatus muscle lit up and with the title “infraspinatus” indicates; “pain in the infraspinatus area”.

It doesn’t mean the infraspinatus is injured (damaged) or otherwise impaired. You’ll have to evaluate it to determine if it is fully functional and pain free.

What if the easy-start doesn’t line up with the area my patient points out?

If none of the easy-starts line up exactly with your patient’s pain/injury area, pick the one that overlaps most, the one that fits best.

You can also try to enter the organs yourself.

Finally, you can submit an easy-start request by emailing us the location of the complaint and any additional information you’d like to share. Please use the email address you’ve received during the subscription process to submit your request.

How do I pick an easy-start if my patient points out 2 areas?

Pick an easy-start that overlaps the most painful area.

You can always address the lesser complaint after solving the more severe one.

What if the painful area is very large, like the whole hand or the side of a thigh?

There’s almost always a center, a most painful area.

That “most painful area” is our guiding star. Find an easy-start that lines up with what hurts the most.

I can’t find the easy-start I’m looking for can I submit a request for one?

Yes, of course you can.

Just email us using the email address you’ve received during the subscription process – the address is listed in the emails you’ve received.

Try to explain as clearly as possible where the pain or injury is situated. Mention landmarks, bones, muscles, etc. If you have more information to share, don’t hesitate to send it.

Is using the evaluation-suggestion-list any different when I use an easy-start?

No, it’s exactly the same. No difference at all.

A list is a list. It doesn’t matter how they come about. Easy-starts are just an easy way of compiling the evaluation-suggestion-lists.

Questions about adding organs yourself

Do you have some general suggestions on how to add organs to the 1st column?

What if we talk you through how we add organs?

First, we make sure there are no contra-indications for therapy and physical activity.

Then we ask our patient to point out the area that hurts most. If the area is out of reach and/or out of sight, we ask our patient to describe where it is.

By probing around with our fingers and asking about painful movements and whatever else provokes the pain we make sure we’re on the same page.

Once we agree that we have found the right area, we turn to an “atlas of anatomy” and look for the painful area. From superficial to deeper, we add two or three organs to the 1st column – the ones that are most visibly present in the painful area.

Depending on the location of the pain (i.e. joints, muscle attachments, muscle, belly) there are several specific organs you can focus on. See below.

For future reference, add the 1st column population between (…) behind our patient’s complaint upon saving progress.

What if my patient has joint pain?

For general joint pain, you can add the bones that make up the joint and the joint capsule.

If the pain is situated on one side of the joint, for example the outside of the knee joint, you add a muscle running over the outside of the joint (i.e. “vastus lateralis”), the bone that forms the distal attachment for the muscle (i.e. “tibia”) and the joint capsule (i.e. “capsule knee joint”).

You can add a ligament to provide an extra accent. For the example above, we can add the “fibular collateral ligament (knee)”.

Note, the more organs you add, the wider you cast your net. Which is of course great but it makes the list grow, sometimes to uncomfortable proportions. Play around with different options; “move” your accents so to speak, before deciding on a specific 1st column population.

What about a painful or sprained ligament?

Populating the 1st column for a painful or sprained ligament is similar to populating it for a painful joint.

Let’s take the “anterior talofibular ligament” as an example; your patient has a sprained ankle.

Add the ligament you believe to be hurting, the “anterior talofibular ligament.” List a muscle that runs by it, a muscle with a synergistic function.

Muscles help/assist ligaments with protecting joints. The “peroneus brevis and longus” for example, are synergists of the “anterior talofibular ligament.” They’re a team when it comes to protecting the outside of the ankle joint, the talocrural joint.

So, add the “peroneus brevis and longus”.

Last but not least, add a distal connecting bone. With the example above, the “anterior talofibular ligament,” it is the talus.

You can cast a wider net by adding the joint capsule to the 1st column. In our example that would be the “capsule talocrural joint”.

What if my patient has pain at a muscle attachment?

List the bone the muscle connects with and the muscle itself.

This is generally enough.

If you’d like, you can add extra accents by adding “deep fasciae” or other organs that run through the painful area.

What if my patient has pain in the middle of a muscle?

Simply list 2 or more muscles that run through the area.

You can decide to list the most superficial muscle and the muscle just below it. Adding the muscle next to it is an option as well.

Adding 2 muscles to the 1st column is generally enough.

Questions about evaluating a patient

The app doesn’t explain how to evaluate the organs, why is that?

We believe an evaluation requires feedback from the patient and depends on the techniques a therapist is most comfortable with. Because of this, we feel general suggestions are not as useful. We don’t want to lead you in a “wrong” direction.

We’d suggest you turn to books, seminars, and workshops to learn about evaluating muscles, deep fasciae, nerves, and other organs.

You can also ask your colleagues, or other RedPill users, for help or assistance. Just post your question under the organ you’re evaluating. We bet they’re happy to share their point of view and experience with you.

Do I have to evaluate every organ on the list?

Of course not. The list is just a suggestion list, a calculated one.

That being said, skipping organs and whole columns might make you miss a dysfunction related to your patient’s injury. This in turn can result in a slow(er) recovery.

We can’t guarantee a fast recovery but if you’re pressed for time, you can try skipping a column or two. Although every column contains important pieces of the puzzle, the organs in the first two columns are more directly involved in your patient’s complaint.

What about making a diagnosis?

There’s no need for a diagnosis.

Although you can, the approach does not require you to figure out what might be wrong or damaged.

It is important, however, to ensure there are no contra-indications for musculoskeletal therapy and physical activity.

Can I work in a different order than the order proposed?

Of course, you can.

The sequence RedPill suggests is based on the number of connections between (among) the organs involved. However, it’s just one way to approach the order of things.

For example, if you feel joints are most important, you can evaluate the involved bones (bones make up joints) before any of the other organs. And, if you think deep fasciae is most important, you can evaluate it before looking at anything else.

Simply cherry pick your way through the list. Start at the bottom of the 4th column and work your way up by whichever organs you feel require your attention first.

Don’t forget to select the thumbs-up and thumbs-down buttons as you go.

I only work on certain (soft) tissues. Can I limit the output of the app to only muscles and deep fasciae?

Yes, you can.

With the “results filter” you can change what you see. You can limit the output to whatever you’d like.

Please remember that limiting the output might hide important parts of the puzzle, which in turn can affect your treatment results.

Note: If you use the filter the progress-meter resets, all the thumbs you selected go back to neutral.

Why start every therapy session at the beginning, at bottom of the 4th column?

You start every session at the beginning to make sure you do not miss, or skip over, a dysfunction, and to check the quality of your work during the previous sessions.

A body changes constantly – for better or for worse. Physical activity or lack thereof, quality of sleep, mood, what we eat and drink, everything we do affects the function of our muscles, deep fasciae, and nerves.

Deep fasciae become more or less pliable, nerves more or less mobile, muscles become stronger or weaker, and so forth.

Starting each treatment session at the bottom of the 4th column ensures the changes the body goes through don’t mess with your quality of work. It allows you to be closer to perfect.

Some lists seem rather long. Can I really get through all this in a single session?

Yes. After several sessions, you should be able to get through the list.

How many sessions you need to get to this point, depends on your patient’s complaint, his/her fitness, your quality as a therapist, and if your patient does his/her exercises as suggested.

So if I understand it all correctly my patients’ last session consists of evaluations with a negative outcome, thumbs-up selections, only?


Your final session is a check-up, a session in which you evaluate every organ on the list but find nothing wrong. There should be nothing to treat or correct. No dysfunctions, no pain, nothing. All thumbs-up, 100% green.

You can see the final treatment as assurance that your patient is and will be feeling great.

What should I look for when evaluating the “pliability and tonicity” of an organ?

RedPill-Pliability-and-tonicityLook for a uniform/homogenous, pliability and tonicity that is similar to the contra-lateral side and falls within the norm.

You can examine the organ by palpating, by examining by touch.

Organs you can test: all.

What should I look for when evaluating the “mobility” of an organ?

RedPill-MobilityLook for how the organ moves in relation to the organs that surround it and vice versa. Compare the mobility to the contra-lateral side and the norm.

You can examine the organ by mobilizing it, by moving it in multiple directions.

Organs you can test: all.

What should I look for when evaluating the “length” of an organ?

RedPill-LengthLook for how long the organ is, how many degrees of motion it allows, or how it affects joint play. Compare the length, ROM and/or joint play to the contra-lateral side and the norm.

You can examine the organ by stretching it in a single direction or combined directions.

Organs you can test: deep fascia, ligament, muscle, nerve.

What should I look for when evaluating the “ROM” of bone?

RedPill-ROMLook for how many degrees of motion jointed bones have in relation to each other.

You can test a bone by moving it in comparison to its adjacent or jointed bones, and vice versa. You can move it within a single plane or within multiple planes. Compare the range of motion to the contra-lateral side and the norm.

Organs you can test: bone.

What should I look for when evaluating the “output” of muscle?

RedPill-OutputLook for how strong muscle is, how much force it can generate.

You can examine muscle by resisting its action within a single plane or within multiple planes. Provoking eccentric, concentric and isometric muscle activity are options. Palpating the muscle during a test, testing tonicity during activity, provides additional information. Compare the output and tonicity to the contra-lateral side and the norm.

Organs you can test: muscle.

What should I look for when evaluating the “alignment” of bone?

RedPill-AlignmentLook for how bone is positioned in relation to its adjacent, its jointed bones.

You can register the alignment and/or distance between bone-landmarks of jointed bones and bone-landmarks and the floor. Compare the alignment to the contra-lateral side and the norm.

Organs you can test: bone.

What should I look for when evaluating “pain”?

RedPill-PainYour patient should not experience any pain or discomfort during the evaluation process. In other words, none of the tests above should be painful.

You can test by palpating, mobilizing, stretching, moving and flexing the organs in question. Compare the feeling your patient describes to the contra-lateral side and the norm.

Organs you can test: all.

Questions about treating a patient

The app doesn’t explain how to correct what I find during my evaluation, why is that?

We believe that the most effective way to correct dysfunctions and to alleviate pain is different per patient and soft tissue therapist. Because of this, we’d rather not make general suggestions on “how to” correct the problems you run into. We wouldn’t want to lead you in the “wrong” direction.

If you need help or assistance, you can always post a detailed question under the organ you’re about to treat. Your colleagues, the other RedPill users, are more than likely happy to share their thoughts.

What if I’m not making much or any progress?

If you’re not making steady progress, if you patient doesn’t feel better after two or three sessions, start by asking a second opinion of a colleague or specialist.

Maybe there’s a contra-indication you’ve missed, serious structural damage you don’t know about for example.

Another option is trying to improve your patient’s physical and mental fitness – with the help of qualified specialists of course. A sedentary lifestyle, an unhealthy diet, too much stress, and not enough sleep can disrupt recovery and even bring it to a halt.

Last, but not least, re-assess your therapy approach and techniques. Muscles should get stronger, longer, and more pliable if you work on making them so. Deep fasciae should be free of pain and mobile after addressing it. A lack of progress can point toward ineffective therapy. Change it. Try something different.

I am a massage therapist and cannot mobilize or otherwise treat bones, do you have suggestions on how to provide my patient with the best care possible?

Of course. We can tell you what we do in our clinic.

We ask osteopaths, chiropractors, or ortho-manual doctors (these physicians are active in Europe only) to address the bones involved in our patient’s complaints. We ask them to evaluate the bones on the list.

We take care of the muscles, deep fasciae, ligaments, and other soft tissue on the list.

Asking specialists and other therapists to collaborate in helping your patient heal generally promotes great treatment results.