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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (November 2, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553380524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553380521
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

The author of Pain Free returns to address the subject of pain caused by computer work. His philosophy is that carpal tunnel surgery, ergonomic chairs, and pain-killing medicines are poor choices for the treatment of this pain and that only the realignment of the body and correction of muscle weakness can fix computer-related stiff necks, headaches, and carpal tunnel syndrome. In plans for low, moderate, and heavy users of computers, Egoscue offers well-illustrated stretches and strengthening exercises. Though it is difficult to believe that all ergonomic devices are bad and that surgery is never necessary, some library patrons may be clamoring for alternative approaches to overuse injury. Otherwise, try more mainstream sources like Sandra Peddie's The Repetitive Strain Injury Sourcebook (LJ 12/97) or Deborah Quilter's The Repetitive Strain Injury Recovery Book (LJ 2/1/98), which were both written with the assistance of an M.D. This book is recommended only for public libraries where demand warrants.AElizabeth A. Williams, Houston Acad. of Medicine-Texas Medical Ctr. Lib.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Straight talk...brilliant insights...an important book for all of us."
--James V. Kimsey, founding CEO and chairman emeritus of AOL Inc.

More About the Author

An anatomical functionalist, Pete Egoscue, founder of The Egoscue Method Clinic in San Diego, has been practicing and perfecting his 'Pain Free' method since 1971. He helps more than 25,000 people a year recover from chronic pain.

Customer Reviews

Buy this book and study it!
L. J. H.
Well, this time I'm making sure I take the time to go for a run on regular bases.
M. Stencel
This book helps to explain how did the pain come about.
Bryan Low

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Low on June 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
I started to have wrist, elbow and shoulders pain after 6 years of using PC and mouse. I try arranging my mouse and PC adjusting the height of my chair and table. All of these steps does not help. This book helps to explain how did the pain come about. The excercises are effective and ease the pain after doing it for only 1 or 2 days. Now the problem is to have the discpline to do them.
Great book!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 2001
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I bought this book because I was developing wrist problems. The program has definately helped but more imporant to me - as a side benefit I am headache free for the first time in almost 10 years!
I HIGHLY recommend this book
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 2000
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The E-cises in this book work wonderfully for getting rid of the pain caused by countless hours spent in front of a computer. After reading this and doing the e-cises, I no longer have headaches, back pain and no risk of carpal tunnel syndrome. I highly recommend this for anyone who spends any amount of time using a computer.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Margaret P. on September 20, 2005
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Egoscue says that most chronic pain is caused by poor posture and poor body mechanics (e.g., moving wrong). The solution -- a set of stretches that teach you good posture and good body mechanics. These "E-cises" are gentle and easy to perform. They do take a bit of time -- more than an hour for people who use PCs all day -- but the results are amazing. The biggest problem with this book can only addressed by the reader: this advice does you no good unless you lay down and do the E-cises. Don't let the lengthy time daunt you though -- the time required shrinks after a few weeks, and the relief is well worth it. The 5-minute stretches are helpful, too. The reviewers who didn't like this book all sound like they never actually tried the E-cises.

I'd give this book 5-stars, but I must in honesty admit that Egoscue's book "Pain Free" is superior.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Fredric Harper on April 24, 2004
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For 4 months, I've had a "pinched nerve" in my neck that caused chronic pain in my right arm (enough to wake me up in the night, every night) and a sort of "numb" feeling in my right index finger. I've been helped some by my chiropractor, some by massage, and gotten prescription pain relief from my M.D. However, after 3 weeks of this book's daily exercise routine for "power PC users," my right arm has been pain free (with no medication). Regardless of grammer (another reviewer's gripe), what this book says is true and it works.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 2002
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This book alleviated my lower back pain in 2 days. It's fantastic! Allan Morris who did an earlier review (above) obviously didn't give it a try and should not be in a position to criticise anyone's grammar, looking at his posting.
Worth every penny.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Paul Harris on October 29, 2001
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So-called experts would have us believe that the workplace, including offices, are dangerous to people since repetitive motions such as typing are the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome and other painful conditions. That's ridiculous, says author Pete Egosgue, who offers simple and effective exercises to cure those pains and improve our health. This is one of the most valuable books I have ever read.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. Johnson on September 18, 2009
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My husband and I have both benefitted from this book. We owned a copy for years that we would loan out to others which we finally ended up giving to a man who has terrible back and neck problems. I would also be interested to try the other Egoscue books and DVDs.
At one point in time my husband had a desk that moved a dozen ways, an ergonomic chair, and a wrist brace on both arms...the resulting back, neck, and arm pain from heavy computer usage was not getting any better. He got this book and, as long as he does the e-cises, he feels great.
We both highly recommend this book.
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