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Product Details

  • Paperback: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Triad Pub Co; 1 edition (September 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0937404268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0937404263
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I have found a terrific relief from the usual back pain I've had." -- Jim Dine, artist

"The techniques described in this book are remarkably effective in the treatment and prevention of back and neck disorders." -- William P. Burks, M.D., surgeon

About the Author

Deborah Caplan is a physical therapist who specializes in treating patients with back problems. She has successfully applied the Alexander Technique to back care for over thirty years. A founding member of the Center for the Alexander Technique in New York City, she is on the senior faculty of the teacher training program.

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Graeme Truscott
Caplan's book is a user-friendly guide to good body use, including many illustrations and exercises which will help anyone who wishes to avoid back trouble.
Carolyn Sullivan
The exercises are gentle and simple to do, well illustrated and clearly explained.
Eckhart H. Richter

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book does a great job to educate about how the body functions, with emphasis on helping those with back pain. It is an excellent integration of the Alexander approach with physical therapy to aide in recovery, and better lifetime function.The illustrations are very helpful. As a physical therapist, I recommend this book to all of my patients with Back Trouble.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Callahan on April 10, 2008
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I've spent hundreds of dollars on my back pain and if I'd known the simple principles in this excellent book I could have done alot to help myself sooner. This is not a full-blown explanation of the Alexander Technique; it's more like an quick-start guide on how to use it to immediately relieve some of your back pain. I have scoliosis and you would have to go to an Alexander teacher to improve beyond a certain point with that diagnosis. However, applying the principles in this book gave me a new confidence that I could improve my range of movement and reduce my pain. Overall, an excellent investment in back health.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eva Sperling on March 23, 2008
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Well written, clear, concise. Covers all types of situations in which this method of using your body is helpful. Interesting approach for those who already have a problem and for those who wish to prevent poor posture and all its consequences. The story of Alexander's discovery of this approach is very interesting. Includes many good illustrations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Sullivan on August 10, 2006
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Caplan's book is a user-friendly guide to good body use, including many illustrations and exercises which will help anyone who wishes to avoid back trouble. She covers all sorts of situations, including bone and joint ailments and post-surgery. Do yourself a favor and buy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Real Bob on March 27, 2011
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I've had back problems for some years which have recently been diagnoses as sciatica. Stretching, strength training and physical therapy has been of some help so I started Alexander Technique lessons with a local certified instructor. I like the approach and feel that the first few lessons I've taken have been beneficial. Specifics of the Technique are difficult to explain, but this book puts them in the context of practical exercises for the back with examples in special cases such as if one is a musician or pregnant. Would recommend as a reference to those of us who experience back pain and look for means to avoid or mitigate the effects.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Thompson on November 17, 2010
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This is a great book about the technique, which can help chronic back pain. You must have an instructor for this to make sense, however. There are exercises that are recommended that have helped me. Read the book several times, while taking lessons, and the ideas make more sense each time you read them.
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