Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain Paperback – Feb 29 2000
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Pete Egoscue learned a lot about pain when, as a Marine officer, he was wounded in Vietnam. He segued from patient to physical therapist, and now runs a famous clinic in San Diego, where he claims he's helped 95 percent of his patients cure chronic pain--including Jack Nicklaus and Charles Barkley, whose athletic careers he helped prolong. At the heart of his program are stretches and motion exercises to restore proper function to muscles and joints. His methods are often surprising and counterintuitive. For example, for foot pain, he suggests a series of hip exercises. In fact, this is one of the most startling books you'll read about the human organism. Egoscue has strong opinions about how modern life is changing the way our bodies function, reducing the tasks we must perform and thus reducing the functional range of motion of our muscles and joints. Fortunately, he offers movement exercises to restore what nature meant us to have. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A celebrity physiologist shares his pain-relief method.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I'm an amateur endurance athlete who also heavy weight lifts. Most of this book is directed at sedentary people; the author uses a lot of examples of clients who never work out and because of lack of physical activity they develop muscle imbalances and chronic pain and the idea of this book is that through restoring proper motion and mobility to the muscles, it will cure chronic pain.
However, I'm not fond of how the book is organized, and I wish all the stretches were listed in an easier to read way, so I could practice and read at the same time, instead of having to scroll through endless paragraphs. What would be even better is if Pete Egoscue could make a dvd or youtube videos to go along with the book to demonstrate the stretches. The picture diagrams are not very helpful. I try my best to watch my form in a mirror as I do the stretches, but learning from a book isn't very easy to do, especially when the book isn't detailed with good, clear pictures. (The pictures in this book are really simple drawings that don't really show much).
You also need certain tools in order to do the stretches, like blocks, straps, a small bench or big sitting block, etc.
I gave up on this book because I'm an instant gratification type of person. Please read on so I can tell you what has instantly helped to ease my lower back pain caused by degenerating discs, and it's free, you don't need to spend money on it. I lived in chronic pain for years before I found my routine.Read more ›
As I walked into the public library one day my eyes fell on this book sitting on the shelf next to the check out stand. I could not believe my eyes since it seems to have been written especially for me. This coincidence put me on my road to recovery. I have been doing the exercises about six months now, and I feel a hundred percent better. I now have a copy of this book in my personal library. I feel it is very important to read the complete book, and to keep it handy for reference and inspiration. I have a new lease on life due to the discovery of this book.
But I'm afraid I've become an anecdote myself. After doing the shoulder pain exercises for a couple of weeks, not only has the pain gone away but my shoulder height has dropped about four inches. I can tell, because both of my lathes were set to be at elbow height, and now they're far too high.
After doing the shoulder exercises for a month or so I switched over to the general exercises, and my feet, after 50 years, now point straight ahead when I walk instead of out to the sides. With a little deliberate effort at first, mind you.
The book makes consumate sense. And it sure worked for me. Far better to buy and follow the book now before our modern propensity for the sedentary life gets you in trouble.
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Excellent, super helpful.
Explanations are empowering, relief is priceless.
This is a great book. It helps you understand why you have your pain. The exercises are easy and help relax the muscles back to the original position.Published 3 months ago by Ms. Johnston
I recommend this book heartily, along with The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook by Clair Davies, for anyone suffering any myofascial or muscular/alignment discomfort. Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. McMurrah
This is an amazing book. I have found the suggestion for exercises helpful and the whole Egoscue theory hopeful for managing foot pain after a devastating accident. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sandra Street
Great book for professionals as well as anybody with chronic pain !Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
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