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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
I have been a practicing Chiropractor for 14 years. I started using the techniques described in this book on my patients and began to see improvements the very first day! If you have been suffering from chronic pain and have been unable to live pain free, you need to read this book. If you interested in improving your athletic performance on any level, you need to read this book. If you simply want to get more out of life from a health perspective, you need to read this book. I just ordered 10 copies and I'm going to start giving them my patients!
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
Anthony Carey has risen to become a major leader in the exercise therapy/posture alignment field. In this, his first book, he reveals some of the thinking and many of the exercises behind his breakthrough method of relieving musculoskeletal pain. As a man who has spent almost 10 years seeking relief through posture alignment therapy, I've come across no greater therapist than Anthony Carey and his associates at Function First. He is a true student of the musculoskeletal system, and one who refuses to stop learning and growing in his ability to treat people in pain. Get the book and if at all possible, see Anthony or one of the therapists at Function First. I can recommend no better person to help you deal with your musculoskeletal pain.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
My name is Aaron Kuehl and I have been a Nationally Licensed Physician Assistant for 8 years. In 1997 when I moved to San Diego, CA I met Anthony Carey and he absolutely changed my life. For 10 years I had suffered through daily chronic low back pain and was unable to find relief through conventional medical treatment programs. I was treated by Family Practioners, Orthopedic Physicians, Osteopaths, and Physical Therapists for years with little results. Since I went to medical school myself, I was convinced that this was the only way to solve my chronic issues. After meeting with Anthony I was literally brought to tears with elation because after only two sessions I noticed a 50% reduction in my pain level. After finishing the program at Function First, I was pain free for the first time in ten years. For those of you who have suffered from any type of chronic pain, you know how much the quality of your life is affected. I wasn't able to do the things that I normally liked to do. In the past 8 years since going through the Function First Program, I have completed three half-marathons, two full marathons and 6 triathlons. Thank you Anthony Carey, and thank you Function First!

Sincerely,

Aaron Kuehl PA-C
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2007
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I have had horrible, progressively debilitating low back pain for 1.5 years. I have spent thousands of dollars on massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, and so on, all of which helped for short periods of time. I tried physical therapy, but it did not help for very long. I stretched and strengthened on my own every day, but it did not help for long. I bought this book and began doing the exercises. I felt an immediate change and relief after doing the exercises just once. I have been doing the exercises faithfully every day for 2.5 weeks now, and I am no longer taking pain medication. If my back flares up a little, I just do the exercises, and I get immediate relief and don't have to take pain medication at all. I also have found that eating a low-inflammatory diet and taking Omega 3 supplements every day help with inflammation immensely, but those didn't help with the actual structural problem that was the underlying cause of my low back pain. The exercises in this book are addressing the structural problems. I am so thankful that this book was written. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has chronic pain. The exercises seem to strengthen and stretch in all the exact right places in the exact right sequence. I can feel my back getting stronger and balanced the way it should be.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
After suffering for more than 8 years with chronic low back pain I was fortunate to learn of Anthony Carey and the Function First Approach. I have always led an active lifestyle but after reaching my mid-thirties the years of misalignment had taken it's toll. Rather than "elect" for surgery I educated myself and found Anthony Carey. WOW... What a difference. After identifying the CAUSE of my pain, Anthony gave me the specific exercises to alleviate the pain once and for all. (All this without surgery or special equipment!) Now I maintain an active, pain-free lifestyle. Kudos Anthony Carey and the Function First Approach.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
As titled, this is not a complete program and serves as an incomplete introduction through which Anthony Carey can sell his services.

Look at the following paragraph:

"There is also a 'pecking order,' if you will, when one observes postural alignment problems. Certain issues must be addressed before others because they have a greater overall disruption to normal movement patterns. What this means is that you may have to do the exercises for one Form for a few weeks and then move on to another Form, based on your combined alignment findings. You can find additional photo samples of the Forms at [...]

Benign enough. Until you realize that he never explains this pecking order. The author identifies 6 core forms of alignment dysfunction, and most people will identify with multiple forms. If there's a "best" order, wouldn't that be good to explain to your readers?

And I want you to go to the website and try to find the additional photo samples. Hint: you're going to be directed through at least 5 sales gates before finding the link... in plain text... at the very bottom of the page. And what you will find is 8 unlabeled unexplained photos.

If you can figure everything out on your own, here's a list of everything prescribed in your pain-free program:
-4-5 stretches

That's it. There's an included "graduate" program that is a series of non-specific bodyweight exercises even though the author says that the value of his book is that it is specific to each specific alignment dysfunction.

This book is purposefully incomplete in order to sell further services. It's paying $10 for an advertisement.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2007
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I purchased this book because I am having multiple aches and pains in my low back and in my neck, accompanied by headaches. I was expecting yet another generalized run-of-the-mill stretching exercise book and I was so very pleasantly surprised! (I had checked this book out of my local library prior to purchasing, so I knew ahead of time how wonderful it was.) I especially like the variety of body postures/images included in the book. The diagrams show you a new way to "look" at your own particular body to point out specific malalignments. Because of this unique feature, I was quickly able to determine my own mechanical problems and then go to the specifically targeted exercises to deal with these mechanical problems. For me, I quickly was able to identify a high hip on one side, a shorter leg, a slouched shoulder, forward head, etc., etc. When I do the specific exercises for my malalignment problems, I KNOW I am getting some real help, instead of just generally "hoping" for a good result! The book is almost like having your own personal trainer examining you and then custom-tailoring exercises to work on your particular problems. It is just that specific! I am impressed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
I've been suffering with sciatica for 3 years now and couldn't get through a day without pain meds. Since doing the exercises as described in the book, I have been able to reduce or eliminate (depending on the day) my use of pain medication. Awesome! It helped that I already knew exactly what was structurally wrong in my body: my pelvis is not only twisted but one side is higher than the other. This book addresses both of these conditions... and four others. My husband has poor upper back posture (slumped shoulders) and there are even a set of exercises for that. We commit 15 minutes each night to the exercises and it helps! It's not the miracle answer, but if you commit the time and energy, your pain will be reduced significantly.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
I figured out my body type from the information in the book and did the appropriate exercises. The exercises are not hard and are not very time consuming. I have several posteral issues that I've had all my life. After a couple of weeks I could feel that my body had changed - not that I lost weight, but that things were in different places. Later I noticed more changes. It's really helped with my postural issues - something no other exercise program had done. I'd recommend it.
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on September 9, 2014
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
No more trouble with my siatica. Pain free is right. I'm now on the graduate program to keep myself string and aligned.
Faith
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