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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (Feb. 29 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553379887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553379884
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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The first time I practiced the back stretches, it worked to get rid of my sciatica, but the second time it made things worse. The foot stretches did not help my chronic toe pain at all.

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.
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_Approximately five years ago I had a complete set of x-rays performed by an orthopedic surgeon, and was diagnosised with arthritis, painful heel spurs, and severe plantar fasciatis. Since that time I have tried all of the arthritis prescriptions, and I could not tolerate the side effects. Many visits later to a chiropractor and a poditrist I was still unable to be mobile without severe pain. Water aerobics seem to keep me active, but did not correct the problems. I have spent hundreds of dollars on orthoditics and corrective shoes and no relief.
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.
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I don't normally write reviews but this book deserves one - it is responsible for healing my back pain and getting me on the road to recovery after a meniscus injury, which has healed over two years without surgery. I have also consulted an Egoscue therapist - you can get a lot from the book, and it will inspire you to seek a therapist out, which is really not that expensive considering you see/ skype them only once every five months or so. The rest you do yourself. The key is to do the exercises every day, no matter what, and you will see big results - it comes slowly, but it is so worth it! It's no quick fix, but it's worth its weight in gold. If you are someone who wants to take your health into your own hands. This book is for you. Another book that is also excellent is "Eight steps to a pain free back" by Esther Gokhale. Egoscue is more about aligning the body so the joints work optimally without wear and the muscles can relax. Gokhale is about proper mechanics - how to stretch out the spine and avoid spinal compression while standing, sitting, lying, walking. They complement each other beautifully. Get both and get on the way to living pain free.
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I cannot say enough about this book. It is a godsend to me. All I can say is if you want to get better you should do the exercises. I have not had to wear my knee brace for 4 weeks. I am a personal trainer and experienced for over 30 yrs. I cannot tell you how I have integrated the exercises to help clients, my family and myself. Egoscue method is amazing.
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I'm going to have to lower my lathe about 4 inches. Hmm, well that's starting at the end. Back to the beginning: The first thing I noticed when I got the book was a blurb from Depak Chopra. Not very encouraging. The second was on about page 34 or so the author says the X-Rays are one of the biggest problems with modern medicine...and I'm an X-Ray Tech. The biggest problem is that all of the evidence is anecdotal, some even celebrity anecdotes, nary a controlled study in sight.
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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