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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1 Box edition (April 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761160973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761160977
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 4.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Yoojin Kwak on May 3, 2012
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Around week 23, I started experiencing some bad lower back pain. I was in constant pain sitting down, standing up, walking around, and sleeping, I became pretty desperate. Yoga helped some, stretching helped some, trying to keep a better posture helped some, but nothing relieved the pain completely. After searching around, I found this book/ball combination and immediately after doing "Back on Ball" I felt much better. Resting on that ball felt better than any of my husband's massages. My prenatal masseuse won't even touch my lower back, only my shoulders, so this was the first 'relief' I've felt.

The book you get is a small 4x4 inch book. There are lots of pictures, so the poses weren't hard to imitate. I wish they had come in DVD form, maybe with a routine so that I wouldn't have had to read while learning the poses, and it would do the timing/repetitions for me. The balls are around the same size, and are a squishy rubber texture, not unlike a mini exercise ball, but the material feels sturdy. The book is organized into 7 chapters - an intro chapter, breathing, ball poses, stretches that don't use the ball, pregnancy problems and which exercises to do for them, reshaping your body after birth, and postpartum exercises.

The book seems to be geared more for people early on in their pregnancy or those trying to get pregnant to do to prevent these issues from occurring. I started late in my second trimester, but at least the lower back was helpful for me. The general thought behind them is that your body is clenched/tight and these balls in combination with breathing techniques will helped your body relax and let go.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By edaniels on August 9, 2014
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Not pregnant, just wanted the purple ones. I am a major skeptic when it comes to "miracle" cures - so I was really, really shocked after I tried using miracle balls. When a terrible college mattress, hours of hunching over homework, and hauling heavy books across campus turned my back into one massive knot of constant, piercing pain, I figured I had nothing to lose, and gave this a try. I don't know what it is about laying with a squishy grapefruit under your tailbone that makes everything stop hurting, but it really truly does. I only rarely did the exercises from the book - mostly I'd just lay on the floor with a miracle ball under my tush while I did the assigned reading for class the next day - but even irregular use did wonders. I'd rave about them to my fellow collegiate sufferers, and they'd look at me with these hugely skeptical looks on their faces. So I'd lend them a ball... and never get it back. (This is my second pair - I started out with the original turquoise ones.) I no longer have to sleep on that misery-inducing mattress, so my back is much happier in general, but my miracle balls will always be my go-to remedy whenever my back or shoulders hurt.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ginger on February 16, 2014
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At first it was awkward to use, but after a few minutes my body adjusted and it felt great. I am in my third trimester so laying down for more than a few minutes is exceedingly uncomfortable, but the hip relief that the balls provide is totally worth it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Cover (And Everything in Between) on September 27, 2011
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I received this from goodreads.com First Reads giveaways. I entered this contest in anticipation of getting it for a friend and luckily I got it! She has already started to use it and says that "It IS definitely a MIRACLE!!" She was able to sleep through the night after an afternoon of trying out several of the exercises. I might just have to get it back from her IF I ever become pregnant :)
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By ccarli62 on May 17, 2014
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My physical therapist used the regular miracle balls during one of my sessions after my first son was born and it really helped to get rid of the knots in my back from carrying around a huge baby. The pregnancy balls were delivered and felt like they were not inflated properly and didn't have the same impact as the regular miracle balls. I would suggest getting the regular ones and doing an online search for using the miracle balls during pregnancy.
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By Kloie on January 6, 2015
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I am 23 weeks pregnant and have been struggling with lower back pain for years. I've only used the balls one night and my lower back feels AMAZING!!!! I will say that it did hurt while I was laying and the balls were under my low back/butt area. It was a weird stretching/pulling sensation and had a good hurt feel. When I woke up this morning, I felt great!!! I'm halfway through my work day and my back still feels AMAZING!!!
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These have helped a lot with my sciatica & lower back tension, but I find that the book isn't as helpful as I would like. I tend to just find placement that works feels like it's helping & ignore the book. The book is small, and too wordy to really use while trying the balls - I would love if they had a DVD or something with better instructions.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amber on September 15, 2012
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From 4 months on through the rest of my pregnancy I experienced excruciating sciatic nerve and back pain (partially due to pregnancy and partially due to a previous back injury). There was literally NO position and no piece of furniture in my house that I could get comfortable on... until I purchased the Miracle Ball. These balls work great!!! I primarily used them for the specific back pain but as I got bigger and neared the end of my pregnancy I explored other uses for the balls as well. The small manual/guide is nice because it gives lots of options and uses for the balls but isn't a huge honking book.
I have been really happy with the balls and they are so small that I can slip them in my bag to take to work as well (great when I am sitting in my office chair all day... or at lunch if I want to do some back work on the floor of my office) or use them for long driving trips in the car.
I also plan to use these in lieu of tennis balls as a massage option during labor. The tennis balls are just a little too firm for my comfort and my husband can be too aggressive... I will have him use these balls (or I can use them myself in the hospital bed) to help with back labor. Much better than the tennis balls, I think, because they are a bit larger and not rock hard. Again they are small, light and compact and fit easily in my labor and delivery bag.
Also, I plan to use them after birth to help get back into shape or to alleviate pain whenever my old back injury flares up.
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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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