The spine might be damaged initially, but it usually heals on its own, the authors assert. After that, stress causes muscle tightness, which results in continued pain. Traditional treatments don't work because they treat the spine, not the stress. The solution: understand your own symptoms and pain, learn to resume full activity, and work with your negative emotions to prevent them from derailing your recuperation.
Part 1 of Back Sense helps you evaluate your own case and determine whether you have warning signs of a serious injury or disease (in which case you must get medical attention), understand the mind-body connection, and examine how stress may be causing your chronic pain. Part 2 teaches you how to bring full physical activity back into your life and manage your negative emotions.
The authors--two of whom relieved chronic back pain with this very program--do not want you to baby your body or limit your life to protect your back. Rather, they contend that "being careful actually appears to be harmful." They explain that "as long as you are trying to get rid of pain, you stay preoccupied with it," creating more tension, and by avoiding "risky" movements, you lose muscle conditioning, making you vulnerable to additional injury. The book takes you through a process of gradually incorporating more exercise and tracking your reactions. The style is simple and friendly, and the book has many plan charts, logs, and other helpful tools. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great insight into the importance of the "toxic" diagnosis of conventional doctors in contributing to the chronic pain cycle.Published 5 days ago by estherg
I have not read a page of this book. This is a review from the point of view of a spouse of someone with back pain. Read morePublished 14 days ago by dne202
An absolutely phenomenal book on chronic pain, and learning how to get over one's fear. Practical steps. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Katharine Hope
easy reading. lot of good tips to deal with back pain. very helpful. I would recommend it to others that have chronic back painPublished 5 months ago by JoAnn Mendoza
No new concepts or guidelines, just encourages you to get off of your butt and exercise. Mentions mindfulness and dealing in the present, but no specifics. Read morePublished 6 months ago by D. stark
Very interesting to also read about the psychological / mindful approach to curing back pain that is being picked up by the professionalsPublished 6 months ago by Michiel Kaemingk
this book was highly recommended to me by a counselor. I would like to "pay it forward" to others. It's an easy read but there are pages to chart-and-learn. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mary Ann Rice
This book is an invaluable tool in the effort to break the chronic pain cycle. Once you decide that you are basically healthy, your body is not your enemy and you want to make the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer