Stephen O'Dwyer


Stephen O’Dwyer, CNMT, has been helping individuals find significant and often permanent relief for chronic and recurring musculoskeletal pain since 1990. After practicing in San Francisco for ten years, he returned to his college hometown, Burlington, Vermont and founded Neuromuscular Therapy of Vermont, where he's practiced since 2000. In 2015, he opened a second office in Norwich, Vermont.

Training & Teaching

Stephen trained in a variety of therapy methods including Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue Bodywork, Somatic Movement Education, Craniosacral Therapy, and Active Isolated Stretching. He has spent many years developing an integrated methodology for pain relief.  

He has served as an assistant instructor for the St. John Neuromuscular Therapy Seminars and as associate faculty at the Touchstone Healing Arts School of Massage in Burlington, Vermont.

In addition, Stephen has taught advanced technique classes for massage therapists and other health practitioners interested in increasing their clinical skill in treating chronic pain.

Beyond Private Practice

In 2004, he created Lower Back Pain Answers, an information website about lower back pain causes and remedies, and for the last several years he has been invited to speak about his work for first-year medical students at the University of Vermont Medical School as part of their Complementary and Alternative Medicine curriculum.

In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he turned his attention to the development of this learning platform and his flagship course -Stretching Blueprint for Pain Relief and Better Flexibility - the first of three courses in his Blueprint Series, a synthesis of his 30 year career.

A longtime practitioner of meditation, Stephen teaches a six-week course through The OSHER Institute at Dartmouth called Mindfulness Meditation: Establishing or Deepening a Daily Practice (spring and fall terms) and recently completed the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.

Stephen is a skier, former triathlete, marathon runner, and yoga practitioner. He lives in Norwich, Vermont with his sweet wife, Robin, his awesome stepson, Tray, their beloved Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, Danny, and their looney cat, Chai.

How This Platform Came To Be

Message from Stephen O'Dwyer

Welcome to Relieving That Pain Online Courses!

I DID NOT EXPECT to create this learning platform in 2020! I had planned to create it over the next 3-5 years but the coronavirus had other ideas.

In March, 2020 my private practice of 30 years was closed by governor's order.

Since then I have spent virtually every waking hour trying to turn a 3-5 year plan into a 3-5 month plan. Thus began the complete transformation of my work life as this online platform was born.

On the home page, the first thing you see is the mission of this platform...

Relieving That Pain

Your Doctor Can't Explain™️

What this means in practical terms is a dedication to the assessment and treatment of pain for which...

• There has been no diagnosis, or
• There has been an insufficient diagnosis

In short, that pain your doctor can't explain.

But I want to be crystal clear that this is not intended as an antagonism with doctors. 

Quite the contrary. Doctors are asked (implicitly or explicitly) to know everything. This is both unrealistic and profoundly unfair.

Modern medicine satisfies a vast range of our health care needs and has rescued us from medical practices we should not be anxious to return to.

In my own life I have relied on a wide range of doctors:

• Years ago when I crashed on my bicycle and needed a labral repair for my shoulder, I turned to an orthopedic surgeon.
• Being over age fifty, I turn to a gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy at regular intervals.
• Recently a "floater" in my eye sent me off to be checked out by an ophthalmologist. (Nothing serious, thankfully!)
• Most recently intense flu-like symptoms turned out to be a Lyme-positive diagnosis for which I took 21 days of antibiotics and (fingers crossed) successfully knocked out that nasty bacteria.
• And now the COVID vaccine for which I am very grateful, especially so I can see my mother again after a year's absence.

But there are numerous instances, especially in the realm of chronic pain, where the biomedical model of modern medicine is not able to diagnose, much less resolve, the symptoms.

So when I say, relieving that pain your doctor can't explain, it's meant to acknowledge this fact and to point to the need to expand our view. That is the mission of this site: to offer an expanded view of the body along with a comprehensive range of potential solutions.

I hope you will join us in this project!

If you have not already done so, I invite you to subscribe to our newsletter. You'll have immediate access to the Mini Course: 3 Key Stretches for Relieving Lower Back Pain, FREE for subscribers.