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Back Care Basics: A Doctor's Gentle Yoga Program for Back and Neck Pain Relief Paperback – May 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Rodmell Press; 1 edition (May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962713821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962713828
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In Back Care Basics, Mary Pullig Schatz, M.D., helps to guide and educate those suffering with back pain. While explaining back problems from the viewpoint of Western medicine, she offers a comprehensive approach to self-care and healing using the ancient science of yoga. Yoga develops the health of the body and the clarity of the mind. It also has therapeutic value, providing ways of preventing and curing diseases.

Yoga enables the various parts of the body to function in harmony, keeps the cellular system healthy, and improves circulation and respiration-the main vehicles of health. Dr. Schatz has demonstrated the efficacy of yoga by blending the thoughts of the West with those of the East. She has described the construction of the spinal column with its vertebrae and its protecting muscles in a clear and simple way, so that all can easily understand its functioning. She has given correct cautions to observe while exercising and stresses the importance of rehabilitation after injury and surgery." -- B.K.S. lyengar (2013-02-27)

About the Author

Mary Pullig Schatz, M.D. - Mary Pullig Schatz, M.D., graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where she also completed specialty training in pathology. Dr. Schatz has successfully used yoga to heal her own lower back and neck problems. A certified Iyengar yoga teacher, she teaches yoga to health professionals, medical patients, and other yoga teachers.

Mary Pullig Schatz, M.D., graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where she also completed specialty training in pathology. Dr. Schatz has successfully used yoga to heal her own lower back and neck problems. A certified Iyengar yoga teacher, she teaches yoga to health professionals, medical patients, and other yoga teachers.

More About the Author

Mary Pullig Schatz, M.D. is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and is certified by world-renowned yogi B.K.S. Iyengar to teach his method of yoga. She is the author of Back Care Basics, the best-selling yoga book (currently in its 21st printing having sold over 148,000 copies) that offers back pain solutions using gentle yoga techniques, and Relaxation Basics, an audio program that provides progressive relaxation techniques as an aid in managing daily stress, as well as stress-related conditions and illnesses. Her most recent creation is the award-winning iPhone app Office YogaMD (formerly Computer Rx - YogaMD).

An avid yoga practitioner for many years, Dr. Schatz combines the wisdom of East and West into therapeutic and transformational yoga programs. Her remarkable background has allowed her to enrich yoga instruction. A respected surgical and clinical pathologist, Dr. Schatz brings her extensive knowledge of western medicine to the study of yoga and its healing potential. The result is these informed, accessible, and effective yoga instructional programs.

Dr. Schatz has served on the advisory board and contributed to Yoga Journal and The Physician and Sportsmedicine journal. Her writing has been featured in Men's Health, The Encyclopedia Britannica, The Physician's Personal Advisory, Rodale Press Publications, Prevention Magazine, Yahoo Health, MSN Health & Fitness, Yoga Journal, and Always.com. Dr. Schatz has been featured on CBS This Morning and John Seigenthaler's PBS series A Word on Words. Recently she was interviewed by Glamour Magazine and Mind Body & Sole. Dr. Schatz was named a "BackHero™" by Back1.com, and her iPhone App was selected by Working Mother Magazine for their list of "Top 20 Apps for Working Parents."

Customer Reviews

That really helps--- good book.
doc9090
As a yoga instructor, I found this book particularly helpful for working with people who have neck and back injuries/pain.
Rhonda
The photos are very clear and easy to understand as are the instructions of asanas and restorative poses..
JackOfMostTrades

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

286 of 296 people found the following review helpful By Suza Francina on July 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
Suza Francina, author, The New Yoga for People Over 50, Mayor Pro-Tem from Ojai, California, writes:
"I have been teaching yoga to people of all ages for over 25 years. One of the most common reasons people begin a yoga class is to get rid of their aches and pains. I can say with complete confidence that of all the books I've read on therapeutic exercise for back and neck pain relief, Dr. Schatz book offers by far the most effective, individualized approach to a healthy back.
Back Care Basics goes beyond generic exercises and takes into account each person's special circumstances. It is a lifesaver for people caught in the viscious cycle of pain and fear. I have referred to it countless times creating yoga based exercise programs for people in chronic pain. In fact, almost my entire copy is highlighted or underlined!
If you or someone you love is suffering from back or neck pain, I encourage you to educate yourself by reading this book. I also hope that other health professionals working with people with back problems--chiropractors, massage and physical therapists, acupuncturists,etc., will read this book and leave it in their waiting room. Chiropractors tell me that patients who are practicing yoga rarely have acute back pain and their adjustments hold longer. People with back and neck problems benefit more from other therapies if they practice the gentle yoga program taught in Back Care Basics.
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174 of 180 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
I had heard lots of wonderful things about this book for the last few years. Then I bought a copy. The results have been nothing short of amazing. Dr. Schatz has compiled a book which is a must for anyone with back pain or neck pain.
Her diagnostic tests allow you to immediately identify your problem areas. The recommended exercises are clearly illustrated. You get exercises that are custom-made for your body.
Of course, the magic happens when you actually do the exercises. I saw remarkable results in my posture the very first day I started doing the exercises. The neck and shoulder tightness has also improved.
Dr. Schatz is an expert in this area, and this is not designed as "quick fix." This is a sound program to be followed over time. However, I must admit I was astounded at the speed at which I saw improvement.
If you have any back or neck pain, or poor posture, you absolutely must get this book. It will improve your health dramatically. Thank you, Dr. Schatz for this magnificent book.
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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Patrick D. Goonan on June 6, 2006
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This is my favorite book for addressing back pain issues. It presents a great foundation in the basic anatomy of the back and then uses this information to develop the concepts that help people understand why back and neck pain occur and how to correct it.

The book contains progressive exercises and workouts of various lengths that use Iyengar yoga to address back pain. Each exercise is carefully explained and includes good tips on how to perform each correctly. I also like that it provides the rationale for each exercise and important points to focus on while performing each movement.

There are also chapters on specific problems. This is definitely a comprehensive reference and it has helped me a lot with my own back problems. In addition, it is an excellent overall introduction to yoga.

The author is a physician who had back problems herself. She is highly credible and treated her own back problems with the methods described. I recommend this book to anyone interested in an introduction to yoga or wanting to learn more about rehabilitating back and neck problems using yoga.

Finally, if you are looking for another book on this topic "The Pilates Back Book" by Tia Stanmore is also very good. It also starts out more gently and is somewhat more accessible. However, it's not nearly as comprehensive or as detailed in describing the exercises. I own and use both and recommend owning both to people who are serious about understanding and working with back issues. (

Personally, I also found Tai Chi helpful before I was ready to do yoga. However, I don't have a book I would recommend that would be a good standalone resource. If you go this route, it's probably best to find a good teacher who is also a physical therapist or at least has some knowledge of dealing with back and neck related issues.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book helped has helped me to recover from a debilitating disc rupture. It taught me exercises to do even when I was stuck in bed. The book gently teaches stretchs and strengthening exercises and has cautions and warnings for all kinds of back problems. It also had helpful information for dealing with the reality of life with an injured back, including relapses and how to cope physically and emotionally. Highly recommended. I have better posture and the essential body awareness needed by us back pained people.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By John Gillin on October 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
Recently having x-rays and an mri because of lower back problems the diagnosis were several ruptured discs. Doctor Schatz's book was everything I needed to know to start my rehabilitation. She leaves nothing to the imagination literally answering all of my questions in the first three chapters alone. Not knowing creates a lot of fear for us back sufferers and fear brings on even more pain. Since gently entering into a stretching routine I found incredible results after the first week. I could move about freely without pain. Her straight forward approach was an 'easy read' for me. Highly recommended!
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