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.
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Not all problems are psychological and the argument they are presenting is a psychological issue equals a back issue. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
As much as I like and respect Dr Sarno and his work, I have to say, Back Sense is better! Fantastic book, I'm not exaggerating; this book really spoke to me in a way Sarno's great... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rick
Great insight into the importance of the "toxic" diagnosis of conventional doctors in contributing to the chronic pain cycle.Published 5 months 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 5 months ago by dne202
An absolutely phenomenal book on chronic pain, and learning how to get over one's fear. Practical steps. Read morePublished 10 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 10 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 11 months ago by D. stark