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The Permanent Pain Cure: The Breakthrough Way to Heal Your Muscle and Joint Pain for Good (PB) Paperback – July 10, 2009


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About the Author

Ming Chew is a physical therapist, former champion bodybuilder, martial artist, A.R.T. (active release techniques) practitioner, and student of Chinese medicine. He has an active private practice in NYC where he has healed, among others, star athletes Jason Kidd of the New Jersey Nets and Jason Giambi of the Yankees, Amanda Edge of the NYC Ballet, and actor Matt Dillon.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (July 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071627138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071627139
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great book, really helped me out for back pain.
Bryan
Most exercises and stretches include your entire body, so not just those target areas, but your entire body will feel and work better if you follow Ming's advice.
T. Valdes
This man is definitely onto something and everyone will benefit from his knowledge!
RenLass

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By C. O'Hagan on May 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The Permanent Pain Cure covers the system that Ming uses to supplement the manual techniques he uses in his physical therapy practice. His methods comprise myofascial stretching and release techniques adapted largely from Guy Voyer, MD, DO and Mike Leahy's Active Release Techniques (ART). This is the only widely available book that I know of that teaches Voyer's myofascial stretching and ELDOA techniques (Ming does not use the term ELDOA, but rather spinal decompression stretches, which is basically what the French acronym ELDOA stands for). While the book does not cover the entire ELDOA and myofascial stretching system, it does teach key stretches that are probably of most benefit to the majority of readers. The ELDOAs that are shown appear to be selected according to the nerve roots that pass through the vertebral segments in question, e.g., delts, biceps, quads, hamstrings, etc.

Many of the myofascial stretches are slightly modified from Guy Voyer's original versions (at least the versions I know). However, I also think some of Ming's modifications are nice improvements. Another reviewer commented on the difficulty of the stretches. Having practiced many of Guy Voyer's stretches for the past three years and having attended his myofascial stretching seminar, I can attest to the difficulty of many of the stretches. This difficulty comes from the fact that many stretches require the simultaneous co-contraction of several muscles to create a properly targeted stretch. Another factor is that for many people, these stretches will target tissues that have never been stretched before, producing considerable resistance from the tight tissue. Consistent practice does make the stretches easier, and the payoff is well worth the effort.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By RenLass on September 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have tried many, many things as most chronic pain sufferers have. I have been working at a computer for years and years and despite all the things I've tried for a very stiff/sore back, neck, etc. I've never gotten any significant relief. I saw this book at a local bookstore and thought I'd try it as the program wasn't too time consuming. It took awhile as I was in pretty bad shape fascia-wise and this is the only program I've seen that addressed that, but I stuck with it. I took the systemic enzyme supplements that Mr. Chew suggests, along with some other joint supplements (MSM, chondroitin, glucosamine) and the EFA oil. Well Mr. Chew saved my career....!! I'm virtually pain free and am now ready to start the strengthening portion of his program with kettlebells. I will also say that Mr. Chew has kindly taken the time to personally answer two emails I sent him with questions I had, which I really appreciated. This man is definitely onto something and everyone will benefit from his knowledge! By all means, put in the time and effort (and it isn't all that much) and avail yourself of this amazing healing program.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas M. Evans on October 19, 2010
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I bought this book after being virtually crippled by a stress in my heel. I researched for weeks trying to figure out how to help this issue I had (I was unable to push off with my right foot when walking). I found this book on google books and began reading about it. I found it interesting because of it's knowledge of fascial tissue (yes fascial not facial). If you have never heard of fascial tissue this book is a must read to understand how pain can be relative. I am 21 years old and have had chronic sore knees for the past 3 years. I use to manage the pain with otc pain medicine like Ibuprofen. I was never happy to live on something like ibuprofen but I couldn't figure out any other options. This book begins by explaining that if my knees hurt chances are its not the knees, but somewhere in my facial line there is tightness causing a pull on my knees which causes pain there. I did some of the quadriceps stretches and BAM no more knee pain! I also have a very sore achy back from working at a desk and lifting weights. The author has a detailed walk thru of back stretches to do to correct that (he even explains which ones to do if you are a desk worker). The found the author to be credible as he is a former body building (IFBB certified) and also a Physical Therapist.

A few reviewers have made comments about the supplements he recommends. If you read about those supplements they are very tolerated by the body. If you are timid about knowing what to buy you can get everything he recommends inside of the Animal Flex Pack
http://www.amazon.com/Universal-Nutrition-Animal-Flex-pckts/dp/B000HNHDRI/ref=sr_1_1?
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Howard Naughton on September 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
Book is priceless for the supplement and dietary recommendations alone. After about 2 weeks muscles began releasing when stretched. Feeling better now than I have in years. Had thought that continually increasing stiffness and pain were inevitable parts of my aging. Fortunately, I was wrong. Looking forward to more stretching and strengthening.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bookgirl on June 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
Like most people I know, I have had chronic pain in certain areas of my body for ages. For me, it started with a moped accident when I was 17. I wasn't horribly injured, but my back and leg were yanked out of place and I was never quite the same after. At first, my lower back was affected. Then my hip, and my neck.

After a few years, I went to a chiropractor. It helped a little, but it didn't actually fix me. The pain was just always nagging at me, getting worse over time. I tried acupuncture, yoga, weight lifting, Pilates, supplements, meditation, massage, those two little green balls, you name it. Nothing worked. Each time I'd be super hopeful, I'd get a little relief, but in the end it wasn't a cure.

Finding this book was like a miracle. I read some of the reviews here, and ordered it online. It was hard to just do the hydration part and be patient and not stretch. Still, I did it. I didn't actually do all of the supplementation he suggests though. What I did do was:

-buy several good water bottles and keep them with me always to stay hydrated
-buy and take fish oil, the systemic enzymes, and the hyaluronic acid
-I already take a multi

The first time I did the stretches was like a revelation. It was like every stretch I'd ever done before this book was a joke. I'd never been able to properly stretch my neck in my life. When I did the side of neck stretch, I felt such profound relief I swear I was practically in tears. Seriously.

You know what it's like when you have a terrible headache, and then you take some pain killers, and there's that moment when it goes away? The relief is awesome. Well, there are stretches in this book that are like that. They can actually make the pain go away.
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