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Overcome Neck & Back Pain [Paperback]

Kit Laughlin
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Dec 29 1998
If you suffer from back pain, as 85 percent of Americans do, you may think there is no way to bring about a complete end to your pain. Books, videos, and even doctors offer ways to manage the pain, but not to stop it. Finally there is a solution. Overcome Neck & Back Pain, the international bestseller, provides a means to end your back pain permanently through an easy-to-follow four-part program of structural analysis and correction, stretching, strengthening, and relaxing.
Kit Laughlin spent years suffering from back pain, and, in search of relief, even traveled to Japan, where he found the solution. Using the principles of hatha yoga, he developed a combination of Eastern and Western medicine that provides a way to stop back pain and even protect oneself from future injury.
Through clear, instructive photos and easy-to-follow instructions Overcome Neck & Back Pain shows the beginner how to use stretching, strengthening, and relaxation to end the pain. Overcome Neck & Back Pain also provides instruction in more advanced techniques, with an explanation of the principles behind the movements. The comprehensive text offers solutions for athletes and nonathletes, old and young alike.
If you've given up hope of curing your back pain, Overcome Neck & Back Pain provides the sensible solution you need.

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Kit Laughlin studied oriental medicine during a five-year stay in Japan and, on his return to Australia, was the Japanese ambassador's personal shiatsu practitioner. In 1988 he was asked to treat the prime minister of Japan during his visit to Australia, the first time a Westerner had been asked to provide such a service.
Laughlin was awarded a Master of Letters degree in 1992 from the Science Faculty of the Australian National University, and currently is doing research for a Ph.D. dissertation in which back pain is the key case study.
Laughlin originated the Posture & Flexibility and Strength & Flexibility courses that have been run by the Australian National University Sports Union for the last eleven years. Assisted by fourteen teachers whom he trained, Laughlin has taught these courses to thousands of students of all ages and levels of fitness, with proven results. He is the presenter of the acclaimed Overcome Neck & Back Pain seminars and the author of a forthcoming book, Introduction to Posture & Flexibility.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars got me moving again March 24 2004
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While no book could replace hands on instruction, this book comes close. This is the book that got me moving again after years of struggle with chronic back pain. Rather than a "one size fits all" approach, the book encourages one to review the evidence of your body and carefully approach the problem. I wonder where I would be if I hadn't run into this book a few years ago. Try it, it may save your back.
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I had the pleasure of training with Kit Laughlin and other Posture and Flexibility instructors. Prior to learning Kit's approach I often experienced muscle tension in my neck, shoulders and back. Starting with the very first lesson, I learned specific stretches which eliminate tension in these muscle groups.
In Kit's first book, 'Overcome Neck and Back Pain', he introduces a self-service approach to relieve neck and back pain through improvement of whole body suppleness. He demonstrates stretches targeting not only muscles in the neck, shoulder and back, but also muscles in the pelvic area and legs which influence back pain, as the reader will learn. Specific back strengthening exercises are also included to help the reader build up the muscle strength needed to maintain good posture and prevent back pain.
I have seen students of all ages and levels of flexibility benefit from using these techniques. Although a book can never replace hands-on instruction, this book will lead you on a path to overcome neck and back pain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide! Feb. 16 2004
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Very complete book with daily routines in the back. The description of exercises is extremely thorough. Much more complete than many other books out there. I have been through some rough times with my back and shoulders, and have searched widely for guidance to help me take care of myself - this one is a keeper. Doctors and Chiropractors are wonderful - but the ultimate responsibility is ours.
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I had the pleasure of training with Kit Laughlin and other Posture and Flexibility instructors. Prior to learning Kit's approach I often experienced muscle tension in my neck, shoulders and back. Starting with the very first lesson, I learned specific stretches which eliminate tension in these muscle groups.
In Kit's first book, 'Overcome Neck and Back Pain', he introduces a self-service approach to relieve neck and back pain through improvement of whole body suppleness. He demonstrates stretches targeting not only muscles in the neck, shoulder and back, but also muscles in the pelvic area and legs which influence back pain, as the reader will learn. Specific back strengthening exercises are included to help the reader build up the muscle strength needed to maintain good posture and prevent back pain.
I have seen students of all ages and levels of flexibility benefit from using these techniques. Although a book can never replace hands-on instruction, this book will lead you on a path to overcome neck and back pain.
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Format:Paperback
I had the pleasure of training with Kit Laughlin and other Posture and Flexibility instructors. Prior to learning Kit's approach I often experienced muscle tension in my neck, shoulders and back. Starting with the very first lesson, I learned specific stretches which eliminate tension in these muscle groups.
In Kit's first book, 'Overcome Neck and Back Pain', he introduces a self-service approach to relieve neck and back pain through improvement of whole body suppleness. He demonstrates stretches targeting not only muscles in the neck, shoulder and back, but also muscles in the pelvic area and legs which influence back pain, as the reader will learn. Specific back strengthening exercises are included to help the reader build up the muscle strength needed to maintain good posture and prevent back pain.
I have seen students of all ages and levels of flexibility benefit from using these techniques. Although a book can never replace hands-on instruction, this book will lead you on a path to overcome neck and back pain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Effective Pain Relief June 5 2000
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I am not a sufferer of neck or back pain, however, with my occupation I come across many people who are. I'm a Fitness Trainer, and have taught many stretches from this book to people, who have gained immediate relief from their neck or back discomfort.
If you're looking for a self-help guide to eliminating your neck or back pain, this would be a great book to have. It explains how to find your own muscle imbalances and directs you to the most appropriate stretches for your problem area. The other great feature of the book is it offers so many variations to each stretch, so if you come across something you can't do, you will always find a version you can do. Many of the stretches can be done sitting in a chair. There are also plenty of clear pictures and diagrams to help you along the way.
You don't always have your massage therapist or physiotherapist at hand, but you can always keep this book close by. I believe for most people, if you follow the book carefully, you will develop a method to ease your pain whenever you need to, and keep your spine strong and healthy.
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