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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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Product Details

  • Series: Fixing You
  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Boone Publishing, LLC (December 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098219370X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982193709
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fixing You: Back Pain represents a new biomechanical approach to fixing back or sciatic pain, rather than merely treating symptoms. Rick Olderman, a sports and orthopedic physical therapist who specializes in chronic pain treatment, teaches you exactly what is causing your pain and the surprisingly simple way to fix it.

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.

About the Author

Rick Olderman is a physical therapist, personal trainer, and Pilates instructor living in Denver, CO. Rick's philosophy is that pain is a signal that something is wrong with the body, fix those issues and pain will disappear--often very quickly. Rick specializes in helping people with chronic pain conditions from head to toe. Rick's books have helped thousands of people recover from their chronic pain.

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I am a sports and orthopedic physical therapist, personal trainer, Pilates instructor, and speaker living in Denver, CO. I have been practicing physical therapy since 1996 and in the last 5 years have honed the approach found in my Fixing You series (www.FixingYou.net). I specialize in treating chronic pain and derive great satisfaction in helping someone who has had decades of pain become free of it.

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. On the farm I became a tinkerer. I loved to figure out how things worked and eventually became a pretty good handyman. 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!

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I have used this book to help myself recover from postpartum back pain.
M. Martin
Rick's explanations of body mechanics are very easy to follow and help you understand why you experience pain and how to fix it yourself.
Sarah R. Weinberger
If u have a back pain and your doctors are not able to help u much (as in my case) then you really need to read this book.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lance A. on December 21, 2010
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This series is BRILLIANT! I have noticed a huge difference in just one week. Who would have guessed that a lot of my back issues had to do with tight hamstrings (back of the thighs)!

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.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By EyesofLight on August 3, 2012
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An update: A year after studying Rick's book and relentlessly following his advice, I have my life back! I can go and do whatever I need to - gardening, walking, bending, lifting, etc. without pain! I now know what I was doing wrong all those years before. Don't give up - persevere in changing bad movement habits and FIX YOURSELF!
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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!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Martin on February 9, 2010
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This book has excellent visuals and easy to understand explanations of what is usually a complex subject. I have used this book to help myself recover from postpartum back pain. I also use it as a reference for my clients. I teach Pilates for fitness and rehabilitation and I find Rick's movement observations and anatomy explanations extremely helpful. For me, it has opened up a whole new window of looking at back pain. The insights from this book have helped me and many of my clients. I highly recommend this book if you are struggling with back pain or interested in learning more about potential causes.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By B. Coleman on February 18, 2010
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I have bought several books for back pain and this is the best. He gives you straight forward advice and it works. I have had back pain for 3 years and have been to several specialist and even had a non-invasive procedure done. The surgery helped some, but still had pain after the surgery. I started doing the exercises a few weeks ago and I am doing much better. I am not 100% yet, but I am finally seeing progress. I even met with Rick using a web cam to make sure I was doing the exercises correctly. If you are planning on purchasing a book about back pain, this is the one to buy.

B. Coleman
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Vella Tess on October 10, 2013
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When I bought the book I expected some specific selections on herniated disks, bulging, etc, but rather I found explnations on various sources of pain, common parts involved and different aspects regarding posturing and others. Not much is focused on providing specific direction to fix/alleviate pain in a bulging or herniated, or descicated disks. Good starting point, but wish there was something more specific as the title states. Also note that this is a tiny book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By factfinder on November 24, 2013
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If you are suffering from back pain, then I highly recommend this book. Rick does a good job making the distinctions between different sources of back pain and then gives stretches and exercises to specifically address each source. I read and re-read parts of the book to better understand what might be the source of my back pain. If you are like me and not very familiar with anatomy, then there are some new words that you need to learn. The book has a glossary in back with definitions, so that helps along with re-reading sections of the book. After a short while doing some of the stretches, I have already noticed a reduction in my back pain. This is very encouraging to me. In the past, I bought some other books (including "The 7 Minute Back Pain Solution") and I diligently tried to follow the exercises and stretches, but even after a few months of trying it, they did not do much for me. "The 7 Minute Back Pain Solution" book just offers a cookie cutter approach to all back pain and does not distinguish between different sources of the pain and specific ways to address those sources. All the stretches and exercises are the same for all situations in that book. Rick's book was much better to help pinpoint specific causes of back pain. I was also encouraged to read in this book that even with structural damage to the spine, it is still possible to reduce or even eliminate back pain. I even e-mailed Rick to try to get some suggestions for my specific situation and he responded back promptly with more information to try to help me. I was really impressed! He seems to be a caring person who is sincerely trying to help others who are suffering. I also plan to buy his book on hip and knee pain.
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