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The Permanent Pain Cure
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I found a lot of great info that helped me with an ongoing problem of neck and shoulder discomfort. One suggestion: the author should consider putting together a companion DVD that leads the viewer through the exercises. It was a bit challenging trying to refer to the book and do the movements a the same time, some of them are fairly involved and the subtle points of doing them correctly are important.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2008
I purchased The Permanent Pain Cure after several weeks of pain due to a pinched intercostal nerve. The spinal stretches stopped the pain after two days and it has not returned. The exercises, stretches and treatment directions are clearly explained, with good illustrations. An outstanding product.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2009
This book is very well written and the information contained within is priceless.

This is a comprehensive guide to physical well-being, focusing on nutrition and essentially a way to self-administer ART(Active Release Techniques). ART techniques are used worldwide for treating everyone from professional athletes to sedentary people with joint and muscle pain.

All of the info is based in solid science and is well researched. The reviewer Eugenia below would ease her fears by doing a little more research, as the supplements and their effects are all well documented. Just a quick search on PubMed will show that. Additionally, an anti-inflammatory diet has been shown to help relieve other inflammatory diseases such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, allergies, and more. "The Inflammation Syndrome" by Jack Challem expands on this, providing tons of evidence and more in-depth information on nutrition than provided in this book.

The book is both highly educational and practical. Towards the end there are programs outlined for treating specific areas of pain. Everything from knee, shoulder and lower back to hands and feet are included. 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.

I have used the information in this book to recover from a necessary shoulder surgery well ahead of schedule and also relieve knee pain from an two year old injury. I am a 22 year old athlete involved in contact sports and will continue to use Ming's techniques to stay injury and pain free from now on. I am recommended this book to every athlete I know, and have already started treating my 84 year old grandma's arthritis.

I have read other books on the subject and done tons of research online. This book contains excellent information not available anywhere else, and I highly recommend it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2012
I am thrilled with this book. I followed the book's program for shoulder problems. I am so happy with the improvement. Before getting this book I had a frozen shoulder for many months. I tried massage and pt-recommended stretches. The massage gave me a tiny bit of improvement. Maybe 1%. The physical therapy stretches were painful in a way that felt wrong. Lots of pain and no improvement. I saw "The Permanent Pain Cure" mentioned in a runner's blog and decided to try it. I was familiar with fascia work from a past ankle injury rehab. Using the book I saw improvement quickly. Now, 8 weeks later, my shoulder is 99% back to normal. The stretches are complex and it helps to have someone read the directions to you as you do them. If that person has some experience in body work, even better. Now that my shoulder is just about back to normal I'm moving on to tune-up other body parts that are a little stiff.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2012
Twenty years ago, I became bedridden and disabled from a severe pain syndrome. It started with severe Interstitial Cystitis, and I was put on Elavil which caused me to become bedridden. Over the next ten years, my pain became so severe that I was put on 4,800 mg of Neurontin. Recently, on a whim, I saw this book: The Permanent Pain Cure and within 3 days of doing the program, my pain has subsided. I don't believe in quick fixes, but for me, this was one. I think my "Fibromyalgia"was really fascia that became tight and damaged the more bedridden I became. I am crawling my way back to earth and am down to 400mg of Gabapentin. Thank God, because that stuff makes you so nauseas that you must be on Proton-Pump-Inhibitors, but that's another story. Thank you Ming Chew for your brilliance and giving me my life back.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2009
I have been suffering with shoulder and neck pain for about three years now. When I saw this book I thought, 'oh finally a cure for me.' Not so. I gave the book two stars because the advice on supplements and drinking water is good. Unfortunately, the cruxt of the book, the 'stretches' were very bad for me. I followed the instructions very carefully and reinjured myself and hurt my other shoulder in the mean time. I am sure the author studied his theories, and may have had some success with his 'stretches', but for me they were more like tortures. They were painful, difficult to get into postion for, and did me far more harm than good. The reason for this review is to serve as a warning that this book may not be for everyone. I get tired of physical therapists with books claiming that they can help 'most' conditions. I thought surely I must fall into someone's 'most' population. Not so with this book. I have been a yoga teacher for many years and believe I may have injured myself with over stretching. These 'stretches' are very reminescent of over stretching muscles to me. The neck position in the book seems counter productive to protecting the neck in a stretch. It leaves your neck very vulnerable in the supine positions. Ok nuff said, just don't buy these concepts hook line and sinker. This book is definitely not for everyone.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2008
If you commit to following the program, you will have immediate and lasting relief from pain. Some of the stretches are not easy, stick with it. Well worth your effort.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2010
I bought this book because my business is to try to help people feel better from fibromyalgia [...]. I reversed fibromyalgia in my body over the course of 6 years with techniques similar to the ones in this book, and when I saw what this man had to say had to say about fascia, I had to buy this book.

I like the stretches, although many of them seem overly complicated and too aggressive for the beginning stretcher.

I also think that self trigger point therapy before the stretches would greatly enhance them and make injury less likely.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2008
The stretching exercises are very interesting and actually work. This book is a great beginning point for those of us that have never stretched on a regular basis. I highly recommend this book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2011
I had developed so much pain in my left leg that I could barely walk. My doctor said it was referred pain from arthritis in my hip. This didn't seem right to me, and pain killers didn't help much. I looked at our library for books on myofascial pain, and found this book, The Permanent Pain Cure. The author tells about problems with the faschia, the membranes that cover all the muscles, and has a number of exercises to help stretch out places where they are wrinkled. I tried a couple of his stretching exercises for leg pain, and they helped right away.
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