Most helpful critical review
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2011
I think Rick Olderman is really on to something here. I've had constant neck pain for almost 3 years now, and headaches and migraines for at least 5 years. Although my pain didn't stem from a car accident or sports injury, I am confident that this book can help fix years of habitually bad posture and neck strain. The fact that I haven't seen any of the stretches that are featured in this book is really exciting and a big sign of hope for me. I've seen chiropractors and have gotten massages, but I never felt like those practices were effecting the root cause of my pain.
Olderman says this in the conclusion, and it is a great summary of his approach to healing neck pain and headaches:
"Correcting your shoulder blade's resting and movement dynamics can be a key component of fixing stubborn neck pain, including pain caused accidents or injuries. My experience has shown that correcting function eliminates neck pain and headaches in most patients - even in the presence of structural problems, such as degenerated disks or bulging disks."
Olderman provides a series of stretch and strength training exercises to help build up the muscles that have been strained around the shoulder blade(s).
I plan on completing at least 6 weeks of said exercises, and will post an update below. As of 10-23-11, I have only rated this book 4 stars, as I have yet to do the exercises. Rating will increase/decrease after evaluation of the stretches and exercises after at least 6 weeks.
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Well, that was disappointing. I completed the 6 weeks of exercises, and I think it caused even more headaches than before. Obviously my issue with neck pain does not steam from my shoulders.
Since trying this book, I've gone to physical therapy which HAS DEFINITELY helped my headaches, migraines, and neck pain. It wasn't something I would've thought of on my own (going to PT for headaches), however, my doctor who specializes in headaches and migraines suggested it. In just a few months, my headaches have decreased by 75% and my migraines have decreased to 2 per month instead of 4-5. If you are looking at doing some kind of therapy to help your headaches and neck pain, I would now first recommend physical therapy, without a doubt and with no hesitations.
I'm taking my review down to 3 stars, because this book probably will work for some, but for me it was not the answer.