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Fixing You: Back Pain: Self-Treatment for Sciatica, Bulging and Herniated Disks, Stenosis, Degenerative Disks, and other diagnoses. Paperback – December 15, 2009
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Fixing pain involves more than just stretching or strengthening muscles; it requires your attention to how you move. Poor movement creates weak or tight muscles which then reinforce poor habits creating a cycle of pain. Rick teaches you which muscles are at the root of your pain as well as how this creates painful movement. He then shows you how to break this cycle.
Fixing You: Back Pain is part of the Fixing You series addressing chronic or recurring pain in the entire body. Rick simplifies complicated medical problems helping you distill the causes of your pain down to a few simple issues. His explanations remove the mystique of back pain and show you why it is the easiest area of pain for him, and now you, to treat.
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In my seminars, I bring this information to life by evaluating and treating volunteers from the audience to show exactly how this information works. This is an exciting experience because it removes the mystique of treating back or neck pain. There's nothing that drives home the point more than seeing someone fixed right before your eyes!
I grew up on a farm in Ohio and traveled the world for several years before becoming a physical therapist. My world travels taught me to count my blessings and opened my eyes to other ways of thinking. Other than helping people fix their bodies, my passions are travel and exploration and hope to merge all three some day!
Top Customer Reviews
Olderman's book guides you through diagnosing yourself and then provides targeted corrective exercises. A fantastic bonus is that the book includes a code so you can access excellent videos on his website demonstrating the various diagnostics and exercises. This is especially helpful because he provides commentary during the videos that helps keep you on track to make sure you are doing each exercise correctly. Usually I try the exercises just from the book first, and then I watch the videos to refine my technique (which, before watching the videos, usually includes multiple mistakes!).
He also explains just enough anatomy (with excellent diagrams) that I feel empowered to figure out what's going on with my body on the fly. For example, I often feel back pain while I am driving (yes I need a new car), and today I noticed that I could stretch my hamstrings just by tipping my pelvis forward at red lights. I felt so much better!
I am so grateful for this book. This, along with 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back by Esther Gokhale, are probably the 2 best back books out there.
I've been without those sciatica "zingers" down the back into the legs for about two weeks now. I'm not totally free of pain in the morning, but a few stretches, some ice, and I am pain-free all day. WOW! And I thought I was headed for a wheelchair! Being in pain for over a year, I've spent money on doctors, physical therapy, aquatics therapy, exercise videos, pain medication, etc. and was still thinking as the pains shot down the back of my legs, "What am I doing wrong?" Rick's inexpensive little book has the list of questions for self-diagnosis, the explanations of the anatomy of possible causes of pain, the clear instructions for easy stretches to alleviate the pain, free accompanying videos on his website that demonstrate proper self-diagnosis and treatment, and he even answers email questions promptly. PRICELESS! Don't go to a surgeon until you try the easy self-treatments in this book! Research shows that surgery may only create new pain. Rick will explain why. Who knew?! All I had to do was change the way I sit, stand, walk, and especially rise to standing from a stooping position, and I'm pain free! The techniques in this book should be taught to all physical therapists. Thanks, Rick. You are a hero!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of good suggestions about dealing with back pain, especially the idea that if you don't do anything, you will get no positive results. Hah!Published 2 months ago by Read-A-Book
This book has some good background on the root causes of back pain, but for me it didn't offer much in the way of solutions for back pain.Published 3 months ago by William Goodwin
Good exercises in the book, but very technical and I find it hard to focus on all the medical details. I can read about a page and I have to stop.Published 5 months ago by P. dozier For Dozier
All of the books emphasize to use the web site; not what I expectedPublished 11 months ago by mary c. allen
Every day I think of the valuable information and reasonable advice and insight I've gotten from this and all of Rick Olderman's books, despite the fact that I do not like the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by sonia fox
I've been to doctors and physical therapists who gave me these same exercises (and a lot more than anyone could manage) but they failed to explain what my problem was which left... Read morePublished 12 months ago by vivian