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Editorial Reviews

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“This is the book that could change your body and the way you live your life…Go get this book and start enjoying your life!”

Fit Magazine

“Place the deceptively simple Miracle Ball under a trouble spot and sink into—aches actually melt away.”

Self

“Offers a no-impact routine.”

Parade

“You’ll ease the pain and tension of injuries and alleviate soreness and stiffness in muscles and joints.”

Fitness 


“Elaine’s method greatly relaxes my tight neck muscles and helps to elongate the spine. I highly recommend it.”

–Christine M. Metz, M.D., Internal Medicine, Gilmore Memorial Hospital, Armory, MS

“My patients have seen great results. I love it myself; I gave the balls to my husband, and he has finally stopped complaining about his back pain.” 


–Sally Garhart, M.D., Occupational and Internal Medicine, Bedford Occupational and Acute Care, Bedford, NH
“After taking just one of Elaine’s ball therapy classes, I was asymptomatic for the first time in 15 years. I now recommend it to all of my patients.” 

– Fred Jones, D.C., Sunshine Chiropractic and Wellness, Merrick, nY
“I highly recommend Elaine’s method to relieve back pain caused by stress and tension. My patients find it very helpful for self-management of their symptoms.” 

–Janet Freedman, M.D., Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, The Rehabilitation Center of Southwestern Connecticut at Stamford Hospital, Stamford, CT
“After suffering a back injury while playing high-school sports, I spent the next 20 years experiencing episodes of severe back pain. Then I tried Elaine’s method, and I am happy to report I am free of pain. 

–Elliot Zelevansky, Ph.D., Licensed psychologist, private practice, New Canaan, CT
 


“This is the book that could change your body and the way you live your life…Go get this book and start enjoying your life!”

Fit Magazine

“Place the deceptively simple Miracle Ball under a trouble spot and sink into―aches actually melt away.”

Self

“Offers a no-impact routine.”

Parade

“You’ll ease the pain and tension of injuries and alleviate soreness and stiffness in muscles and joints.”

Fitness 

About the Author

Elaine Petrone developed her Miracle Ball method out of her own experiences with chronic pain. In addition to her books, she’s written for and been featured in Fitness, Vogue, Woman’s Day, Glamour, Redbook, Self, Elle, Town & Country, and Harper’s Bazaar.  She has consulted Fortune 500 companies in stress and pain management as well as appeared on nationally syndicated television shows for Fox News, Lifetime, NBC and ABC news.  With over 30 years of experience, Elaine teaches regularly at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut, and trains students at hospitals and healing centers across the country. She lives in southern Connecticut. Her website is www.elainepetrone.com.

 
 
 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Book and Access edition (December 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761128689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761128687
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 4.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (737 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elaine Petrone is the creator of the Miracle Ball Method. She works at the Stamford (Connecticut) Hospital Rehabilitation Center and with private patients.

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The Miracle Ball Method: Relieve Your Pain, Reshape Your Body, Reduce Your Stress [2 Miracle Balls Included] is a method of pain relief developed by Elaine Petrone after struggling with her own terrible back pain. The key for her, and no doubt many, proved to be proper breathing and decreased muscle tension. Soooo...

The Goal: reduce muscle tension that's causing the pain
The Formula: Weight + Breathing = Release of Tension
How Accomplished: Lay on one or more of the balls in a specified spot
(although the book encourages you to experiment),
breathe properly, and relax. The ball is just a tool to
help you feel the weight of your body.

Don't be turned off by the fact that the book is over 200 pages long- after a brief introduction and a short section on breathing, the vast majority of the book is made up of pictures showing you exactly how to do the exercises. Additionally, its a tiny book and therefore has short paragraphs on each page.

I would have to say that this book will likely benefit many people with chronic pain. Muscle tension is either the major cause of a lot of pain, or at least present due to another cause. Either way, treating muscle tension and learning how to relax will take a big bite out of your pain. Readers with back pain may also be interested in Treat Your Own Spinal Stenosis. Good luck!
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I have used Miracle balls daily for nearly a decade and they have helped me with serious problems. I have given untold numbers of them as gifts with universal appreciation. Unfortunately, the last couple of pairs I've bought, the quality has tanked and the value of them has been greatly diminished. Whereas they used to be made of a thick gauge, they currently are not. When inflated fully they are much larger than the originals and do not work nearly as well. They will surely wear out much, much faster. I do not know if they have always been made in China, but the older ones are not marked China and the new ones are. Please go back to the original specifications or I will have to find an alternate to a product I have believed in for years.
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I have to say that I was skeptical about what this product could do for me, but I read some good things in blogs and at under $15, I had to try it out.

MY STORY:

I had surgery on my lower spine in high school for ruptured discs, but never had any pain relief from the sciatica until I found a fantastic chiropractor who took me from walking with a cane to being pain free in about 2 years. Gradually the visits trailed off to once or twice a year as needed.

Recently, I added 3 days of walking to my exercise routine and I developed a lot of nagging low back and hip pain, which was much different from the unbearable shooting pain of sciatica. I was constantly going to the chiropractor to get my back adjusted, but then it would tighten right up again after a few days of exercise, so I was going for adjustments sometimes twice a week.

ABOUT THE EXERCISE:

This is not a quick exercise - plan to spend at least 30 minutes to an hour each session for it to be effective. It's more like yoga where you concentrate on your breathing and relaxation. If laying still for an hour sounds like torture, this is not a good choice for you. Also, I can only attest to the product's effect on my low back and hip pain. The balls don't seem to effect my periferal joints like knees, but I also don't have problems there.

The first time I used the Miracle Balls and I felt my spine "adjust" itself, I was amazed and a little frightened.

I know enough to tell someone how to crack my upper spine for tightness between my shoulder blades, but I have never been able to do anything for my low back. It is a mess from the surgery, and usually very tight and inflamed.
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I've been suffering from back, hip, and neck pain from a car accident for over a decade. I've seen more physical therapists than I can remember, everything from osteopaths to chiropractors to feldenkrais and neuro-muscular reprogramming. I even happen to be a massage therapist myself!

Finally I just plain ran out of money to spend on bodywork and felt at a loss for completing my long road to recovery. That's when I saw the Miracle Ball kit at my local bookstore and decided to give it a try.

As soon as I finished my first session on the balls, I was astonished at how I felt. I was breathing more fully into my lower back and ribcage than I had in years! When I'm on the balls, I can feel my back muscles releasing with every breath. I feel as if my body is actually fixing itself from the inside out, rather than being "worked on" one piece at a time.

I've only been using the balls for a couple weeks now, and I'm not saying it's a cure all or a replacement for proper physical therapy. But I can honestly say that so far I feel like my body is once again getting the therapy it needs and for about $400 less a month!

If you have pinched nerves or disc problems, I would advise talking to your doctor before starting with this program. Otherwise, I think it's one of the best, cheapest, and most practical home therapies available. And believe me, I've looked!
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