A big problem with most back care programs is limited treatment options. Pain medications often mask problems, allowing further damage to occur because warning pain is not felt. Physical therapy is limited by what insurance companies deem necessary, and lastly surgery, a costly option, is often ineffective.
The good news is that yoga therapy can help relieve your pain while at the same time improve flexibility and strength. Yoga is great for healing back pain and at the same time is a practice for your entire mind and body. Most people find they sleep better, their mood improves, and they enjoy an enhanced sense of well-being.
This book features two yoga therapy practices. The first is for acute back problems which means you’re in pain right now. This practice is designed to bring structural balance back into your body and gently stretch key muscles, reducing pain and helping you heal. The second practice is designed to build strength and flexibility which helps prevent future problems.
•How to prevent low back problems in the first place.•The different types of low back problems and why they occur.
•A first-aid section that shows highly effective natural methods for relieving pain.
•Anatomy of the low back.
- The beginning of this book gives a really good description of the spine, nerves, connective tissue and muscles explaining how they work and how they become injured. Although I knew this it was a really good review, well written and easy to understand and visualize.
The yoga positions are very basic and simple ones but the entire sequence of movements to get into and out of the positions is very well described. Following these instructions will allow you to do these movements correctly and without additional injury.
These positions really do help!
AND the explanation of how NOT to sleep and how to correct yourself is also excellent!
- I bought this book last night around 11:30 pm. I am 49 years old, too much sitting in front of computer, bad posture. Last couple of years my lower back pain increased gradually. I stretched, exercised, unfortunately irregularly, so my lower back got better got worse. I was in huge pain last night and I bought a few books and browsed quickly all of them.
I needed some help quick! This book suggested to stop sleeping on stomach. I had also tried that before but always went back to that habit.
BUT it also suggested HOW TO SLEEP. (Chapter 4, first tip.)
Well I tried and it is something I can do easily.
It is 6:30 am right now and for the first time in SOME months I woke up without pain!!! Wow. I thought I owe this review to the author.
- Although I was already familiar with many of the yoga stretches in this book, I did learn a few new ones. The first 4 chapters of the book covers back anatomy, causes of back pain, and other lifestyle changes that one can make to alleviate back pain. Unfortunately, I have another book that covers that info, but I’m not going to ding the book for that.
- Whether you are a beginning yoga student or an expert, this book is simple to read and follow. The explanations of the moves are logical. The illustrations are clear and helpful. These yoga positions help to loosen my back, tight hamstrings and shoulders and neck. Done properly, I feel my whole body loosen and relax. I have the book both in the hard copy and on my kindle for travel. I practice the moves every morning before my walks and sometime in the evening as well to help me unwind and relax. Thank you for this wonderful treatment program to relieve my lower back pain.
- I have age-related lower back arthritis/stiffness – occasional leg pain from pinched nerves – and hip arthritis. this book is excellent for relieving the back issues, and in so doing also eliminates the leg pain. Stretching the hip muscles has relieved that pain. Far better than taking more medicine.
- Written by a chiropractor, this book explains the spine, movement and structure before moving on to treatment and exercise with photos. I may be able as a spinal surgery patient to actually do a few of these once I get approval from my doctor. I thought this book was well-written and the information accurate.
- I injured my lower back four days ago riding in the backseat of my daughter’s pickup truck. Two days ago I discovered this book and started with just a couple of the acute phase exercises. I now have twice the flexibility in my back and about half the pain.
- Millions of years ago some wise-guy ape-man decided to walk upright and it looked SOOOO cool that all the idiots around him copied it. Now most of us have chronic lower back pain while knuckle-walking gorillas sneer at us. Evolution isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
But we got ourselves into this mess and we have to deal with it. So you can 1) chew handfuls of pain medication and suffer the side effects and maybe end up addicted and in jail or 2) have surgery which exposes you to danger and may or may not improve your condition or 3) take control of your health and learn about your body and natural, organic ways to prevent and eliminate pain. If you bought this book, you’re at least considering picking Door #3 and good for you!
PLEASE don’t skip the first three chapters. No, reading about the causes of back pain, and common back problems, and the anatomy of the lower back isn’t wildly entertaining. And, yes, I know you didn’t go to medical school. But the odds are excellent that at some point in your life you will be sitting in an exam room with a doctor who’s trying to explain why you are doubled over in pain and to give you some choices about what to do. You can’t make intelligent health care decisions unless you have some basic knowledge. So suck it up and read through it a few times until it starts to make sense to you. Someday, you’ll be glad you did. (And so will your doctor!)
Many of these poses will look familiar. That’s because physical trainers and coaches have been stealing ideas from yoga for generations. They didn’t identify it because “yoga” sounded sissy and un-American. I have a yoga mat and no other equipment and I’m old and over-weight and I was able to do EVERY ONE of these poses without difficulty. I’m motivated to try this program because I have sciatica and I know that back stretches help because I have used them for years and avoided surgery and pain medication. I’m always looking for ways to make my stretches more effective and this looks good. The book combines easy-to-follow written instructions with helpful pictures.
I will make two suggestions. Be careful getting up and down and (if you are home alone) have your cell phone or wireless on the floor next to you in case you should get stuck. Better safe than sorry. Movement is the answer to many of our health problems. Just do it!