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Back Care Basics: A Doctor's Gentle Yoga Program for Back and Neck Pain Relief Paperback – May, 1992
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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., 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.
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"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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book for any yoga therapist or a person who is recovery from back issues, that are looking for a new way to recover.Published 21 days ago by Adam Hutchens
This is a well written book. I got it Saturday and have already read it form front to back. It is full of very interesting information and the poses are easily understood. Read morePublished 2 months ago by oldmodelT
Lots of yoga pose variations for a person to try. I feel it's a good book for someone with back pain who is interested in yoga.Published 4 months ago by Z Altug, PT, DPT, MS, CSCS
Really informative and accurate. It's great for someone that's just getting into yoga. It explains step by step very clearly.Published 5 months ago by TaniM
Good!! i am lucky to have found a wonderful personal trainer to help me deal with scoliosis...same principles. Read morePublished 7 months ago by ***
bought it for a neighbor who wanted to replace a copy borrowed from another friend. The friend wanted it back, so I think she really liked it and wanted to keep it in her library.Published 9 months ago by Lynn K